Commissioner Suffredin's Cook County Board Legislative Library
for more info visit

An Ordinance Increasing the Court Security Services Fee Collected by the Circuit Court Clerk of Cook County

Print Page
Close Window

Suffredin's Commentary
Activity Log
Full Text of Legislation

Date Introduced: 2/6/2008
Date Passed:



Ordinance to charge $25 Court Security Services Fee in certain civil cases.

Activity Log:

Referred to Committee on Finance.
Amended in Finance Committee: allowing for the reduction of appropriation if revenue estimates are not met; effective date of March 1, 2008.
Approved by Committee on Finance.

Full Text of Legislation:

An ordinance increasing the court security services fee collected by the Circuit Court Clerk of Cook County.


Be it ordained, by the Cook County Board of Commissioners, that Chapter 18 Courts, Article II, Sec. 18-32 of the Cook County Code is hereby amended as follows:


Sec. 18-32.      Court security services fee.


(a)                Short Title.  This section shall be known and may be cited as the Cook County Court Services Fee Ordinance.


(b)               Title.  The fee herein imposed is in addition to all other fees or taxes imposed by the County, the State or any municipal corporation or political subdivision thereof.


(c)                Fees imposed.  A court services fee as set out in Section 32-1 shall be:      


(1)               Paid in civil cases by each party at the time of filing the first pleading, paper or other appearance; provided that no additional fee shall be required if more than one party is represented in a single pleading, paper or other appearance.


(2)               Aassessed in criminal, local ordinance, County ordinance, major traffic, criminal domestic violence, and conservation cases against the defendant upon entering a plea of guilty, stipulation of facts or findings of guilty, resulting in a judgment of conviction, or order of supervision, or sentence of probation without entry of judgment pursuant to 720 ILCS 550/10 (Cannabis Control Act penalties for first offenders); 720 ILCS 570/410 (Controlled Substance Act penalties for first offenders); 720 ILCS 646/70 (Methamphetamine Control and Community Protection Act penalties for first offenders); 720 ILCS 5/12-4.3 (aggravated battery of a child); 20 ILCS 301/40-10 (Alcoholism and Other Drug Abuse and Dependency Act); or Section 10 of the Steroid Control Act, former Illinois Revised Statutes, ch. 56-1/2, par.2310 (repealed).  No court services fees shall be imposed or collected, however, in traffic, conservation, and ordinance cases in which fines are paid without a court appearance.


(2)               In the following traffic offenses and all similar municipal, township and village ordinances, the court services fee shall be as set out in Section 32-1:


625 ILCS 5/6-301

Unlawful use of license or permit

625 ILCS 5/6-302

Making false affidavit, perjury

625 ILCS 5/6-303

Driving while license or permit suspended or revoked

625 ILCS 5/11-204

Eluding or fleeing police

625 ILCS 5/11-401

Leaving scene, injury or death

625 ILCS 5/11-501

Driving under influence of alcohol (drugs)

625 ILCS 5/11-503

Reckless driving

625 ILCS 5/11-504

Drag racing

In all other traffic offenses, the court services fee shall be.


(3)               The court services fee shall be imposed on and after the time the Chief Judge of the Circuit Court of the County enters an administrative order which concurs with the fees set forth in this article.


(d)               Collection.  The fees shall be collected in the manner in which all other court fees or costs are collected and shall be deposited into the County general fund for payment solely of costs incurred by the Sheriff in providing court security or for any other court services deemed necessary by the Sheriff to provide for court security.


BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED, the fee increase imposed herein shall be reflected in a corresponding projection of annual revenue, as stated in writing by the Sheriff of Cook County.  In the event of a shortfall between the estimated annual revenue, and the actual annual revenue collected from the fees, the amount of the shortfall shall be imposed as a reduction in the annual appropriation for the operating budget of the Sheriff of Cook County.


Be it further ordained, by the Cook County Board of Commissioners, that Chapter 32 Fees, Section 32-1 of the cook County Code is hereby amended as follows:


Sec. 32-1.  Fee Schedule.


The fees or charges provided for or required by the below listed sections shall be as shown below:


Code Section


Fees, Rates, Charges (in dollars)

Chapter 18, Courts



18-32 (c)

Court services fee



Effective date:  This ordinance shall be effective upon adoption March 1, 2008.


The information contained in this web site is provided as a service to the community, and does not constitute legal advice. We try to provide the information as it is reflected in our records, but we make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to this web site. As legal advice must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case, and laws are constantly changing, nothing provided herein should be used as a substitute for the advice of competent counsel or additional research of Cook County's laws and regulations.