Freedom of Information Act

The Cook County Clerk is committed to an open and transparent office that duly informs the public of the important work we do.  Much of the information is already available and accessible online:

Elections
Ethics
Procurement
Clerk of the Board


If you are unable to locate the information you need above, please click below to access our FOIA application site:

        Enter FOIA Application Site


You may also send FOIAs to the following:

        Sisavanh Baker
        FOIA Officer
        Cook County Clerk’s Office
        69 W. Washington, 5th Floor
        Chicago, Illinois 60602
        FOIA.ccclerk@cookcountyil.gov

There is no fee for the fist 50 pages of black and white, letter or legal sized copies. The Clerk’s Office requires a fee of 15 cents per page for each page in excess of 50 pages.  The Requester must pay the fee for the Office can release the requested documents.  The Clerk’s Office reserves the right to assess other fees as provided under FOIA.
 

Other important information as required under FOIA:

The Cook County Clerk is the elected, constitutional officer in charge of vital records, notary public registrations, assumed name registrations, and portions of the taxing and tax redemption processes in Cook County. The Clerk serves as the Clerk of the Board of Commissioners of Cook County. The Clerk is the registration officer under the Cook County Lobbyist Registration Ordinance, and the custodian of Statements of Economic Interests filed in Cook County. It is the office that conducts voter registration and elections in that potion of Cook County outside of The City of Chicago.

A block diagram giving its functional subdivisions is as follows:

VITAL RECORDS ELECTIONS PROPERTY
TAXES
ETHICS BOARD
PROCEEDINGS
The Cook County
Clerk's office is the
official record keeper
for births, marriages,
civil unions and
deaths that occur in
Chicago and
suburban Cook
County.
The Cook County
Clerk's office is the
chief election
authority for more
than 120 towns and
villages in suburban
Cook County.
The Cook County
Clerk's office
maintains
delinquent tax
records, tax maps &
information
regarding TIF
districts.
The Cook County
Clerk's Ethics Filings
Division accepts and
records documents
detailing the
financial activities of
public officials,
candidates, certain
government officials
and lobbyists.
The Clerk of the
Board records the
activity of the Cook
County Board by
preparing board
agendas and post-
meeting reports as
well as maintaining
County Board
records.

 

  • The operating budget of the Clerk’s office is approximately $28,000,000.
  • The County Clerk has operating facilities at ten locations.
  • The Clerk’s office has approximately 228 full time employees. Its part-time and election day employees can number up to 10,000.
  • The Cook County Clerk has no board, commission, committee, or council which operates in an advisory capacity relative to its operations, nor which exercises control over its policies or procedures, or to which the Clerk is required to report and be answerable for the operations of his office.
  • The clerk maintains public records relating to voter registration, the conduct and results of elections, vital records as governed by the Illinois Vital Record Act, the official agendas minutes, resolutions, ordinances and journals of the Cook County Board of Commissioners, registrations filed under the Cook County Lobbyist Registration Ordinance, Statements of Economic Interests filed in Cook County, notary public registrations, assumed name registrations, and records relating to tax agency reports, tax increment financing reports and the tax redemption processes in Cook County.