Civil Actions Bureau

The Civil Actions Bureau (“CAB”) represents Cook County in civil (non-criminal) matters.  CAB serves the public interest in many ways.  For example, CAB represents the people of Cook County in lawsuits brought on their behalf, defends County office holders and employees in lawsuits arising from their official duties, and represents the County in actions brought to collect funds owed for taxes and fees. CAB also provides legal advice to County officeholders on a range of matters.

CAB is divided into three divisions:

  • The Special Litigation Division consists of the Medical Litigation Section, the Civil Rights/Torts Litigation Section, and the Labor and Employment Section.
  • The Advice, Business and Complex Litigation Division consists of the Municipal Litigation Section, the Workers’ Compensation Section, the Complex Litigation Section, and the Real Estate Taxation Section.
  • The Child Support Services Division represents the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) in Cook County in helping parents receive child support and enforce support obligations owed by non-custodial parents to their children.


CAB does not file lawsuits on behalf of individual citizens or advise the public on the law. Citizens with consumer complaints can contact the Consumer Fraud Unit of the Special Prosecutions Bureau.