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Cook County, IL Public Records

Circuit Court - Civil Division
50 W Washington St, Rm 601
Richard J. Daley Center
Chicago, IL 60602
Hours: 8:30AM-4:30PM CST
P: 312-603-5116
F: 312-603-3330
Jurisdiction: Civil Action under $30,000,Small Claims
Restricted Records: No juvenile or adoption records released
Cases heard in 6 district courts within the county. Probate is a separate division in Rm 1202. Note the Law Division handles Civil cases over $100,000.
Circuit Court - Law Division
50 W Washington, Rm 801
Richard J. Daley Center
Chicago, IL 60602
Hours: 8:30AM-4:30PM CST
P: 312-603-5426
F: 312-603-3348
Jurisdiction: Civil Actions over $30,000
The case types heard include, but are not limited to: appointment of trustees, breach of contract, personal injury and property damage. The Law Division also maintains the Asbestos Registry.
Skokie District 2
5600 Old Orchard Rd
Skokie Court Bldg, Rm 136
Skokie, IL 60076-1023
Hours: 8:30AM-4:30PM CST
P: 847-470-7250
F: 847-470-5049
Jurisdiction: Felony, Misdemeanor, Civil Action under $100,000, Eviction, Small Claims, Probate, Family, Traffic, Ordinances
Restricted Records: All records are public.
Deerfield, Des Plaines, Evanston, Glencoe, Glenview, Golf, Kenilworth, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Niles, Northbrook, Northfield, Park Ridge, Prospect Heights, Skokie, Wilmette, Winnetka.
Circuit Court - Criminal Division
2650 S California Ave, #526
Chicago, IL 60608
Hours: 8:30AM-4:30PM CST
P: 773-674-3147
F: 773-674-4444
Jurisdiction: Felony
Restricted Records: No juvenile or adoption records released
Records Dept on 5th Fl. Cases are heard in six district courts within the county and each court also has a central index. This location houses felony records only, but both felony and misdemeanor are on this division's computer system.
Rolling Meadows District 3
2121 Euclid Ave, Rm 121
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008-1566
Hours: 8:30AM-4:30PM CST
P: 847-818-3000
F: 847-818-2706
Jurisdiction: Felony, Misdemeanor, Civil Action under $100,000, Eviction, Small Claims, Probate, Family, Traffic, Ordinances
See list of cities and villages of this geographic area at the web page.
Maywood District 4
1500 S Maybrook Dr, Rm 236
Maywood, IL 60153-2410
Hours: 8:30AM-4:30PM CST
P: 708-865-6040
F: 708-865-4881
Jurisdiction: Felony, Misdemeanor, Civil Action under $100,000, Eviction, Small Claims, Probate, Family, Traffic, Ordinances
Bellwood, Berkeley, Berwyn, Broadview, Brookfield, Cicero, Elmwood Park, Forest Park, Franklin Park, Hillside, La Grange Park, Maywood, Melrose Park, Northlake, North Riverside, Oak Park, River Forest, River Grove, Riverside, Stone Park, Westchester.
Bridgeview District 5
10220 S 76th Ave, Rm 121
Bridgeview, IL 60453
Hours: 8:30AM-4:30PM CST
P: 708-974-6500
F: 708-974-6384
Jurisdiction: Felony, Misdemeanor, Civil Action under $100,000, Eviction, Small Claims, Probate, Family, Traffic, Ordinances
Alsip,Bedford Pk,Bridgeview,Burbank,Countryside,Evergreen Pk,Forest View,Hickory Hills,Hinsdale,Hodgkins,Hometown,Justice, Lagrange,Lemont,Lyons,McCook,Oak Forest, Oak Lawn,Orland Hills,Palos Pk, Stickney,Summit,Tinley Pk,West Haven, Willow Springs,Worth.
Markham District 6
16501 S Kedzie Pkwy, Rm 119
Markham, IL 60428
Hours: 8:30AM-4:30PM CST
P: 708-232-4551
F: 708-232-4682
Jurisdiction: Felony, Misdemeanor, Civil Action under $30,000, Eviction, Small Claims, Traffic, Domestic
Traffic data is available online at
50 West Washington Street, Rm 102
Richard J. Daley Center
Chicago, IL 60602
Hours: 8:30AM-4:30PM CST
P: 312-603-6441
F: 312-603-6204
Jurisdiction: Probate
The jurisdiction includes Wills of deceased, estates of deceased, estates of disabled adults, estates of minors and wards of the state, guardianship of minors, and guardianship of disabled adults.
Juvenile Division
1100 South Hamilton, Rm 13
Juvenile Court Building
Chicago, IL 60612
Hours: 8:30AM-4:30PM CST
P: 312-433-4881
F: 312-433-6863
Jurisdiction: Juvenile
The Juvenile Justice Division has exclusive jurisdiction over all minors, under the age of 17, who have been charged with violating a federal law, state law or municipal ordinance (other than a traffic, boating, fishing or gaming law violation).
Traffic Division - 1st Municiple District
50 W Washington St, Lower Level
Richard J Daley Center
Chicago, IL 60602
Hours: 8:30AM-4:30PM CST
P: 312-603-2000
F: 312-603-2928
Jurisdiction: Traffic
Traffic/1st Municipal District files are divided into 2 categories, major and minor cases. Most Traffic Division cases are retained for five years and then destroyed .
Domestic Relations Division
50 West Washington Street, Rm 802
Richard J. Daley Center
Chicago, IL 60602
Hours: 8:30AM-4:30PM CST
P: 312-603-6300
F: 312-603-6336
Jurisdiction: Domestic Relations
Domestic Violence Division
555 West Harrison, Rm 1100
Chicago, IL 60607-4313
Hours: 8:30AM-4:30PM CST
P: 312-325-9500
Jurisdiction: Domestic Violence
Case files generally consist of petitions, police reports, complaints, responsive pleadings, judicial orders, and other evidentiary documents.
Chancery Division
50 W Washington St, Rm 802
Richard J Daley Center
Chicago, IL 60602
Hours: 8:30AM-4:30PM CST
P: 312-603-5133, 312-603-3785
F: 312-603-5133
Jurisdiction: Equity
The Chancery Division hears matters of equity which are filed under the following categories: class actions, declaratory judgments, mortgage foreclosures, injunctions, administrative reviews, general chancery and mechanics liens.

Cook County, IL Vital Records

Contact the Cook County Office of the Recorder of Deeds if you would like to find vital records, such as birth, death, marriage, divorce, and real estate records.

Cook County
Recorder of Deeds
118 N Clark St, #120
Chicago, IL 60602
8AM-4:55PM CST
Phone: 312-603-5050
Fax: 312-603-5107
Recorded Documents, State Tax Liens

Cook County Vital Certificates

Cook County Vital Certificates

If you would like to obtain a hard copy of a birth, death, marriage, divorce, or other vital record, you can do so by searching for and requesting a vital certificate. Vital certificates are hard copy documents, the same as those used by the United States government.

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Cook County Information

Situated on the shoreline of Lake Michigan, Cook County in Illinois is home to nearly half of the state's residents, with the majority residing in the City of Chicago. The County itself has much to offer, particularly where cultural attractions are concerned. Home to some of the country's best museums, residents and visitors can choose from the Museum of Natural History, the Art Institute of Chicago, Shedd Aquarium, the Field Museum, the Museum of Science and Industry, and many, many more. The County also boasts one of the biggest food festivals around - the Taste of Chicago. Every summer, hundreds of vendors gather in Grant Park, offering everything from the exotic cuisine of distant locales to local Chicago favorites. The County is also known for other festivals as well, including the Grant Park Music Festival, the Chicago Humanities Festival, and the Air and Water Show along the lakefront.

For people who want to enjoy the great outdoors in a non-festival setting, the County has plenty to offer. In addition to the more famous parks, like Grant Park and Millennium Park in Chicago, the County is home to numerous smaller parks as well. You could also explore the Chicago Botanic Garden or take in the sights of the Brookfield Zoo. Of course, with sparkling Lake Michigan as the County's northeastern border, you may be content with walking or biking along the shoreline and taking in the beautiful scenery that way. Cook County truly has unlimited offerings for residents and visitors alike. No matter what your interests are, they are sure to be satisfied here.

Cook County Population Records

Total Land Area (2000): 945.68 sq mi
Population (2009): 5,287,037
  • Females: 51.3%
  • White: 66.7%
  • Black/African American: 25.5%
  • Asian: 5.9%
  • Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0.1%
  • Hispanic or Latino Origin: 23.2%
  • White, Not Hispanic: 44.9%
Population Change (2000-2009): -89,800
Foreign-Born Population (2000): 19.8%
Language other than English spoken at home (2000): 30.8%
Persons Below Poverty Level (2008): 14.8%
High School Graduates (2000): 77.7%
Bachelor’s Degree or Higher (2000): 28%
Persons per Household (2000): 2.68
Housing Units (2000): 2,096,121
Homeownership Rate (2000): 57.9%
Migration Flow to Cook County, IL from (2007-2008):

Cook County Records

Total Earnings by Industry, in thou. dol. (2007):
  • Total: $207,185,995
  • Construction: $9,956,269
  • Retail Trade: $8,594,117
  • Professional and Technical Services: $32,506,925
  • Healthcare: $16,908,993
  • Banking: $26,424,908
  • Retail Trade: $8,594,117
  • Accommodations and Food Services: $5,439,493
  • Manufacturing: $19,386,811
  • Farms: $6,727
  • Government: $22,990,486
Employed (2000): 2,421,287
Unemployed (2000): 197,487
Unemployment Rate (2009): 10.3%
Annual Payroll per Employee (2007): $45,230
Local Government Employment (2007): 247,065
Local Government Revenue (2007): $21,454,899 (thou. dol.)
Local Government Debt (2007): $30,870,796 (thou. dol.)

Cook County Birth, Death Records

Births (2007): 79,333
  • Per 1,000 population: 15.2
Deaths (2007): 40,136
  • Per 1,000 population: 7.7
Infant Deaths (2007): 585
  • Per 1,000 population: 7.4

Cook County Criminal Records

Violent Crimes (2008): 37,034
  • Murder and non-negligent manslaughter: 536
  • Forcible rape: 0
  • Robbery: 18,005
  • Aggravated Assault: 18,493
Property Crimes (2008): 160,992
  • Burglary: 31,529
  • Larceny-Theft: 107,973
  • Motor Vehicle Theft: 21,490

Cook County Genealogy Records