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Case Types

Adoption (AD)

  • Adoption
  • Adoption-Unborn Child

Arbitration (AR)

  • Mandatory Arbitration

Chancery (CH)

  • Construction of Inter Vivos Trust
  • Construction of Testamentary Trust (After Probate case has been disposed)
  • Exhume a body
  • Foreclose Security Interest in Personal Property
  • Injunction (except in Tax & Dissolution Cases)
  • Interpleader
  • Mechanic Lien Foreclosure
  • Partition
  • Partnership Dissolution
  • Quiet Title
  • Real Estate Mortgage Foreclosure
  • Rescission of Contract
  • Restraining Order
  • Specific Performance
  • Structured Settlement, Original Action to Assign
  • Trust Administration

Dissolution (Divorce) (D)

  • Dissolution
  • Invalidity
  • Legal Separation
  • implified Dissolution
  • Registration of Foreign Judgment
  • Other (Specify)

Eminent Domain (ED)

  • Condemnation
  • Other (Specify)

Family (F)

  • Civil Actions to Compel Support
  • Delayed Record of Birth
  • Emancipation
  • Notice to Putative Father - Under the Adoption Act (750 ILCS 50/12a) and Juvenile Court Act (705 ILCS 405 [2-30, 3-31, 4-28, and 5-32])
  • Parentage (Paternity)
  • Petition for Confidential Intermediary
  • Petition for Custody
  • Petition for Order to Issue Marriage License
  • Registration for Foreign Support Order

Law Medium (LM) - $50,000 or Less (Other than Small Claims)

  • Arbitration and Award
  • Confession of Judgment
  • Contract Money Damages over $10,000
  • Dentinue
  • Distress for Rent
  • Ejectment
  • Forcible Entry and Detainer
  • Replevin
  • Statutory Action by a State or Political Subdivision to Recover Support or Contribution
  • Tort Money Damages over $10,000
  • Trover
  • Wrongful Death

Law (L)

  • Arbitration and Award
  • Confession of Judgment
  • Contract $ Damages
  • Dentinue
  • Distress for Rent
  • Ejectment
  • Forcible Entry and Detainer
  • Replevin
  • Statutory Action by a State or Political Subdivision to Recover Support or Contribution
  • Tort Money Damages
  • Trover
  • Wrongful Death

Mental Health (MH)

  • Petition to Administer Treatment
  • Petition for Discharge
  • Petition for Hospitalization
  • Petition for Restoration

Miscellaneous Remedies (MR)

  • Abatement of Nuisance
  • App Authorizing Eavesdropping/Electronic
  • Appointment of Receiver
  • Attachment (Original Action)
  • Burnt Records
  • Certiorari
  • Change of Name
  • Confirmation of Election Judges
  • Corporation Dissolution
  • Declaratory Judgment
  • Demolition
  • Eavesdropping/Criminal Surveillance
  • Election Contest
  • Escheat
  • Extradition
  • Forfeiture of Seized Property
  • Habeas Corpus (Civil / Criminal)
  • Lost Goods or Money
  • Mandamus
  • No Exeat, Original Action for
  • Peace Bond Complaint
  • Petition for Discovery or to Depose
  • Prohibition
  • Quo Warranto
  • Rendition
  • Review of Administrative Proceedings (Other than Tax Commission)
  • Search Warrant (Complaint for Search Warrant not related to Pending Case)
  • Sexually Violent Person Commitment Proceedings
  • Statuary Summary Suspension (If no DT case is filed)

Municipal Corporation (MC)

  • Municipal Corporation Issues Petition for the Creation of a Drainage District
  • Petition to Change form of Government
  • Petition to Disconnect from Fire District
  • Petition to Dissolve Municipal Corporation
  • Petition to Organize Municipal Corporation
  • Other Routine Matters Relating to Municipal Corporations and not listed under another category

Order of Protection (OP)

  • Civil No Contact Order
  • Domestic Violence Act

Probate (P)

  • Construction of Testamentary Trust (During Pendency of Probate Case)
  • Construction of Will
  • Estates of Decedents
  • Guardianship of Person and/or Estate
  • Will Contest

Small Claim (SC) ($10,000 or Less)

  • Collection of Taxes ($10,000 or less)
  • Contract -Money -Damages ($10,000 or less)
  • Tort Money Damages ($10,000 or less)

Tax (TX)

  • Annual Tax Sale
  • Drainage Assessment
  • Foreclosure of Lien for Special Assessments
  • Petition for Tax Deed
  • Petition for Tax Refund
  • Retailers Occupation Tax
  • Sale in Error
  • Scavenger Tax Sale
  • Special Assessment
  • Suit to Restrain Collection of Special Assessment or to Change Special Assessment
  • Tax Commission (Review of Decision)
  • Tax Foreclosure
  • Tax Injunction
  • Tax Objection

Child Support

The Child Support Division collects court ordered child support and alimony and distributes it to the court ordered payee.

Advantages of having the court collect and distribute the payments include providing information to the parties of the case as to yearly amounts paid, current status and proof of payment.

We work in cooperation with Illinois Department of Public Aid and forward their portion of payments directly to them, when required to do so.

There is an administrative fee of $36.00 per year, paid by the obligator. This money is collected to offset our expenses to maintain your records at the county level.

State Disbursement Unit (SDU) Hotline (877) 225-7077



Traffic

The Traffic Division hears matters which include, but are not limited to moving and nonmoving violations, ordinance violations and driving under the influence.

Payments of fines for these types of cases are also accepted at this location.

The following case types are found within the Traffic Division: Driving Under the Influence (DT), Ordinance Violation (OV), Conservation Violation (CV), and Traffic (TR).

Secretary of State Driver Services Department Phone Numbers

  • Driver Analysis: (217) 782-2720
  • DUI: (217) 782-3619
  • Fraud: (217) 782-7604
  • Medicals: (217) 782-7246
  • Safety & Financial Responsibility: (217) 782-3720
  • Traffic Violations: (217) 782-8619

All other Secretary of State Inquiries can call (217) 785-8619



Civil

The Civil Division hears matters which include, but are not limited to: mortgage foreclosures, name changes, property damage, personal injury, eviction, tax deeds, small claims, orders of protection, divorce, paternity, estates and guardianships.

The following case types are found within the Civil Division:

  • Adoption (AD),
  • Chancery (CH),
  • (CL) Civil Law Violation,
  • Divorce (D),
  • Eminent Domain (ED),
  • Family (F),
  • Law Over $50,000 (L),
  • Law Magistrate $5,001-$50,000 (LM),
  • Miscellaneous Remedy (MR),
  • Municipal Corporation (MC),
  • Order of Protection (OP),
  • Probate (P),
  • Small Claims Under $10,000 (SC)
  • Tax (TX).


Criminal

A criminal case is defined as a case that the State is prosecuting. The Criminal Division hears matters which include, but are not limited to misdemeanors, felonies, ordinance violations, driving under the influence and juvenile matters.

Payments of fines for these types of cases are also accepted at this location.

The following case types are found within the Criminal Division: Criminal Contempt (CC), Criminal Felony (CF), Criminal Misdemeanor (CM), Driving Under the Influence (DT), Juvenile (J), Juvenile Abuse/Neglect (JA), Juvenile Delinquent (JD), Mental Health (MH), Miscellaneous Remedy (MR) and Order of Protection (OP).



Probate

The Probate Division hears matters which include Estates and Guardianships.

The following case types are found within the Probate Division: Probate (P).

*The Circuit Clerk Record Search is intended to be a summary of information for the public. It does not take the place of legal information held in the actual Court file. The Bureau County Circuit Clerk accepts no liability for discrepancies between the electronic version and the official printed document.

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