The County Division hears actions concerning a variety of matters, including, but not limited to: adoptions, election matters, emancipation of minors, mental health, municipal incorporations, name changes, tax deeds, tax objections and other matters formerly cognizable in the Circuit Court that are not heard in another division.
Circuit Court of Cook County
Information about court organization, court locations, judge information, court holidays and the trial process can be found at the Circuit Court website.
Circuit Court Rules and Orders
Rules and General Orders of the Circuit Court of Cook County, which govern the structure and processes of the Circuit Court; and selected General Administrative Rules and Orders of the court, which are issued by the Chief Judge.
Glossary of Legal Terms
Illinois Code of Civil Procedure
CIVIL PROCEDURE (735 ILCS 5/) Code of Civil Procedure.
Illinois Supreme Court Rules
Illinois Supreme Court's list of Illinois Supreme Court Rules
Municipality Fees (705 ILCS 105/27.1b)
Q: How do I request access to adoption records?
A: As a result of adoption records being impounded by statute, a court order must be obtained for access to the records.
Q: Can a non-family member petition the court to have a person involuntarily committed?
A: Yes, the involuntary commitment process is the same whether a family member or non-family member petitions the court after observing a person exhibiting dangerous behavior toward themselves or others.
Q: What options do I have if my child will not take their medication while they are in the hospital?
A: The treating physician will petition the Court requesting that your child be administered the required medication by force. If the Court agrees with the evidence presented in a court hearing by the treating physician that your child is in need of medication, a court order will be issued indicating that your son will receive the necessary medication by force. If the Court does not agree with the treating physician, an order will entered in favor of your son. The Court will weigh all of the evidence presented at the hearing to make a determination.
Q: How do I obtain information in my adoption case file (biological parents, medical history, siblings, etc.)?
A: The Clerk's Office, by law, cannot release adoption information. However, the petitioner in an adoption case can register with the Illinois Adoption Registry. It is possible that your birth parent(s) may already be registered and you don't need to search for them. If your birth parents are not registered, you can petition the Court for the appointment of a Confidential Intermediary.
Q: I just received a “Take Notice” stating that my property has been sold for delinquent taxes and I did not own the property at the time the delinquent taxes were due. Do I have to pay these taxes?
A: The tax purchaser is responsible for notifying all interested parties, including the owner, that the taxes have been sold on a particular property. If you are the owner, you should request an Estimate of Redemption from the Real Estate Taxation Services Division of the County Clerk's Office located at the Cook County Building, 118 North Clark Street, Room 434, Chicago, IL.
If you are an occupant or an otherwise interested party, you are being given notice that the taxes have been sold on the property. You should contact the owner right away to determine if they are aware of the situation. Please note that the current property owner is responsible payment of all taxes due and owed on their property.
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The Change of Name court forms may be obtained, in person, from the information counter in the County Division, Room 1202, or from the County Division homepage under the Related Forms tab.
There are times when it is necessary to provide an institution with proof of an adoption.
In instances where there is an issue of mental stability and a person appears to be a danger to him/herself or others (i.e. not sleeping, loss of weight, talking to self, not eating, combative behavior, etc.), there is a remedy through the Illinois Mental Health Code.
All County Division files can be viewed in Rooms 1201 and 1202 of the Richard J. Daley Center, 50 W. Washington St., Chicago, Ill. 60602.
A Petition for Tax Deed is filed when a person or an entity has purchased real estate taxes that have been sold by Cook County.
Minors have been known to need emancipation for signing themselves in school, signing a lease or a legal contract.
IF YOU RECEIVED A NOTICE THROUGH THE MAIL, BY SHERIFF OR BY THE CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT OR FROM A NEWSPAPER PUBLICATION TO APPEAR IN ROOM 1704 FOR A HEARING REGARDING SOLD REAL ESTATE TAXES ON YOUR PROPERTY THIS MEANS THE REDEMPTION PERIOD HAS EXPIRED AND TYPICALLY THE TAX PURCHASER MAY SCHEDULE A HEARING TO MOVE FORWARD TO ASK THE COURT FOR A DEED TO THE PROPERTY.
IF THE LAST DAY TO REDEEM YOUR TAX SALE FELL DURING THE PERIOD OF MARCH 18, 2020 TO AND INCLUDING JUNE 5, 2020, THE COOK COUNTY CLERK HAS PROVIDED YOU A GRACE PERIOD TO MAKE A REDEMPTION TO AND INCLUDING JUNE 19, 2020. YOU MUST CONTACT THE COUNTY CLERK FOR INFORMATION ON HOW TO MAKE A REDEMPTION DURING THE GRACE PERIOD. A TAXPAYER BULLETIN FROM THE COUNTY CLERK CAN BE DOWNLOADED HERE.