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About the Cook County State's Attorney's Office

Overview of the State’s Attorney’s Office

With nearly 860 attorneys and 1,560 employees, the Cook County State's Attorney's Office is the second largest prosecutor's office in the nation, second only to Los Angeles County. The Assistant State’s Attorneys in the Office prosecute all misdemeanor and felony crimes committed in Cook County, one of the largest counties in the nation encompassing nearly 1,000 square miles.  The Office has an annual operating budget of approximately $123 million for fiscal year 2011.

In addition to direct criminal prosecution, the State’s Attorney’s Office files legal actions to enforce child support orders, protect consumers and the elderly from exploitation, and assist thousands of victims of domestic violence every year.  The Office is divided into seven bureaus: Criminal Prosecutions, Juvenile Justice, Narcotics, Special Prosecutions, Civil Actions, Investigations and Administrative Services.

Subdivisions of the State’s Attorney’s Office

The Criminal Prosecutions Bureau is the largest bureau in the office. The bureau is divided into three divisions: Felony Trial, Sexual Crimes, and Municipal. Each division is further divided into specialized units located throughout the county.  The bureau is also charged with prosecuting thousands of domestic violence cases each year as well as cases of child sexual abuse through the Child Advocacy Division.

The Juvenile Justice Bureau contains two divisions: Delinquency and Child Protection. The Delinquency Division handles cases involving juveniles who have been charged with committing misdemeanors or felonies. The Child Protection Division files civil actions against parents and guardians who abuse or neglect their children.

The Narcotics Bureau consists of the following units:  Preliminary Hearings/Grand Jury, Felony Trial, Narcotics Courtrooms, Drug Treatment Programs, Complex Narcotics Prosecution, and Asset Forfeitures.

The Special Prosecutions Bureau is responsible for investigating and prosecuting complex criminal and public corruption cases. It includes units for Auto Theft, Gang Crimes, Government and Financial Crimes, Organized Crime/Cold Case, and Professional Standards. It also initiates civil and criminal lawsuits to protect individuals and the general public interest. Consumer Fraud and Seniors and Persons with Disabilities are also units in the bureau.

The Civil Actions Bureau defends the county and its officeholders and employees in civil suits, provides a full range of legal services for all county agencies, and represents the county's interests in actions brought to collect monies owed for taxes and fees. The bureau has sections dedicated to Child Support Enforcement, Complex Litigation, Labor and Employment, Torts and Civil Rights, Industrial Claims, Revenue Recovery, Municipal Litigation, Transactions/Health Law, and Real Estate Taxation.

The Investigations and Administrative Services Bureaus supply investigative, technical and administrative assistance to the office. The Administrative Services Bureau supports all the other bureaus with administrative personnel and contains the office's national award-winning Victim Witness Assistance Program that provides services to crime victims.

Organizational chart for the Cook County State's Attorney's Office.


Freedom of Information Act Information

Members of the public may make requests for inspection or for copies of the office’s public records under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”), 5 ILCS 140/1 et seq. This Act provides that some records are exempt from inspection and copying.

To make a request for inspection or for copies of office records, please make a written request to:

Mr. Paul Castiglione           
Freedom of Information Act Officer
Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office
69 West Washington St., Suite 3200
Chicago, Illinois 60602

Cook County State’s Attorney Office Policy on FOIA Requests

1.         All requests must be made in writing and should specifically state which public records are desired for inspection and/or copying.  The written request should include the requester’s full name and/or organization, address, telephone number and e-mail address to facilitate communication, discussion regarding the specific information requested and timely responses.

2.         No request will be considered “received” by the office until it is physically received by the Freedom of Information Act Officer at the above address.

3.         There is no fee for the first 50 pages of black and white, letter or legal sized copies. The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office (the “Office”) requires a fee of 15 cents per page for each page of a request that is more than 50 pages.    The requestor must pay the copying fee before the Office will release the requested copies.  For large requests over 200 pages, the Office reserves the right to utilize an outside copying service and require the requestor to pay a fee of 15 cents per page to the copying service for requests in excess 50 pages.  For requests of color documents and oversized documents, the Office reserves the right to charge its actual reproduction costs.

4.         If a person requests a copy of a record maintained in an electronic format, the office will furnish the record in the electronic format specified by the requester, if feasible.  If it is not feasible to furnish the record in the specified electronic format, then the Office will furnish it in the format in which it is maintained or in paper format, at the option of the requester. The requester must reimburse the office for the actual cost of the recording medium, whether disc, diskette, or other medium.