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Safety & Security

Due to heightened security measures, you will be required to show photo identification and undergo a security screening similar to what is conducted at an airport in order to enter either courthouse or federal building. Please plan your arrival time accordingly if you are reporting for a court proceeding or other scheduled matter.

Please note that the following items are not allowed:

No Electronic Devices

(this includes cell phones, cameras, Ipods, Ipads, Kindles, etc.)
NOTE: Attorneys are allowed to bring these devices, including laptops,
if they display a bar identification card.

No Food or Drinks

(including bottled water and other items not purchased in the building)

No Lighters


(this includes knives, scissors, and manicure sets)

NOTE: The Illinois Concealed Carry Law does not override federal law. Any person entering the building with a firearm in his or her possession will be prosecuted under federal law. Concealed carry permit holders may store their firearms in a locked box within a vehicle when parked in a courthouse parking lot.

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