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How to Perform a Cook County Warrant Search

The following article demonstrates how to carry out a Cook County warrant search. You will also be explained how to reveal a person's arrest history and perform an overall criminal records search. We believe that being able to check the background of people close to you (an employee, a babysitter, the one you have started dating, etc.) is vital for your personal security.

Where you can carry out a Cook County warrant search

To inquire about Cook County warrants, go to the sheriff office (50 W. Washington, Chicago, Illinois 60602). There you can get updates on fugitive and wanted people. For further details, call their non-emergency number: 847-635-1188

Proceeding with an arrest search

Next step should consist of tracing Cook County arrest records. The sheriff office can help you with that matter as well. On their website, you will find an inmate locator ( After typing a detainee's first name and entering a security code, you will be able to see electronic files containing booking date and number, housing location, visiting time, bail amount, next court date and of course the inmate's personal details. Do not confuse a Cook County warrant search with an arrest search. The former shows people believed to have committed a crime. The latter shows people who were incarcerated and spent time in the local jail.

Finding Illinois arrest records

To get a broader picture, turn to the IDOC online offender search ( It can be used for locating an inmate in IL correctional facilities by name, birthdate and IDOC number. This database also presents wanted fugitives. Each name comes with a mugshot. For more information, you can call the Department of Corrections at 217-558-2200.

Conducting a criminal record check

Illinois State Police perform criminal background checks for the public through their CHIRP web portal. However you may find the process of acquiring the information to be a little bit cumbersome. You have to sign up to get a special digital certificate by presenting a valid IL driving license. You will be asked to pay a fee of $16. What is more, the information you will get is limited as it includes only arrests that ended up with a conviction. For more detailed instructions, go to

Narrowing your inquiry: obtaining Cook County court records

If you wish to find out whether a person has been convicted of a crime in the county, you will be required to get access to court records. The Clerk of Court offers a multi-optional online case search tool where you can trace all sorts of dockets issued by the court.

Use an advanced search tool contains a comprehensive background check tool that will enable you to conduct a a Cook County warrant search and find jail and prison records from all over the state and even the entire nation. The data is updated and accurate. All inquiries are confidential. Fees are low.