Traffic Division

Overview

All traffic offenses in Chicago are heard in the Traffic Division, located in the Daley Center. Traffic offenses written outside of Chicago are assigned for hearing in the municipal district where the violation was alleged to occur. 

Pay Your Traffic Ticket Online

Pay your Traffic Ticket online with the Clerk of the Circuit Court.

Search your Traffic Ticket Information on the Clerk's website.

If you need any additional information regarding your Traffic Ticket, please contact the Clerk of the Circuit Court at (312) 603-2000.

Main Location & Contact Information
Richard J. Daley Center
50 W. Washington St.
Chicago, Illinois 60602
Main
(312) 603-2600
Rm. 400

Case Types

Minor Traffic Offenses

The following is a list of the most frequently cited violations punishable by fine only that require a court appearance:

  • failing to secure a child in a moving vehicle
  • driving without a valid license or permit
  • driving an uninsured vehicle
  • passing a school bus while loading children
  • speeding over the speed limit but under 25 mph (over 26 mph is a misdemeanor and heard in the major rooms)
  • speeding in school zone when children are present
  • speeding in construction zone when workers are present
  • using an alley as a through street in violation of signs
  • failing to yield to an emergency vehicle
  • failure to produce registration

The initial court date for violations punishable by fine only is the trial date. Continuances will be granted only for good cause. 

Misdemeanor Traffic Offenses

Traffic violations classified as misdemeanors can be punishable by a fine (up to $2,500), a jail sentence (up to 364 days) or a combination of both. Persons charged with such offenses should consult an attorney immediately.

The most commonly prosecuted misdemeanor traffic offenses include the following:

  • driving under the influence (DUI) 
  • driving on a suspended or revoked license
  • speeding 26 mph or more in excess of the limit
  • drag racing
  • reckless driving
  • leaving the scene of a property damage accident
  • fleeing or attempting to elude the police
  • driving a commercial vehicle while driver's license is suspended, revoked, or driver has been placed out of service
  • a Class A or Class B misdemeanor 

For the initial court date for a traffic violation classified as a misdemeanor, it is recommended that a person appear with an attorney or ask to speak to an assistant public defender. 

Judges Information

This section provides a short list of judges serving in the Traffic Division together with their courtroom location, room number, and telephone number. Click into each judge’s page to view their standing orders (if the judge has a standing order). Click “view all judges” to see a list of all Judges assigned to the Traffic Division.
Judge Assignment Primary Location Phone
Marsalek, Diann K.
Circuit Judge
Presiding
Traffic Division
Richard J. Daley Center
Courtroom 400
(312) 603-2600
Sianis, Athanasios (Tom)
Circuit Judge
Supervising
Traffic Division
Richard J. Daley Center
Courtroom 400
(312) 603-2600
Cosgrove, Audrey V.
Circuit Judge
Traffic Division
Richard J. Daley Center
Courtroom 400
(312) 603-2600
Doss, Rivanda B.
Circuit Judge
Traffic Division
Richard J. Daley Center
Courtroom 400
(312) 603-2600
Duignan, Bridget C.
Circuit Judge
Traffic Division
Richard J. Daley Center
Courtroom 400
(312) 603-2600
Fowler, Phillip
Circuit Judge
Traffic Division
Richard J. Daley Center
Courtroom 400
(312) 603-2600
Frentzas, Athena
Associate Judge
Traffic Division
Richard J. Daley Center
Courtroom 400
(312) 603-2600

Additional Locations

Skokie Courthouse
5600 Old Orchard Road
Skokie, Illinois 60077
Rolling Meadows Courthouse
2121 Euclid Avenue
Rolling Meadows, Illinois 60008
Maywood Courthouse
1500 Maybrook Drive
Maywood, Illinois 60153
Bridgeview Courthouse
10220 S. 76th Avenue
Bridgeview, Illinois 60455
Markham Courthouse
16501 S. Kedzie Parkway
Markham, Illinois 60428

Additional Information

    This section contains helpful information to assist persons who have received traffic tickets in Cook County. Explanations on traffic court procedures and policies, the rights of all persons in traffic violations cases and possible penalties for traffic violations are presented. Other important topics covered include reinstating driving privileges in DUI cases and in other instances.

    PLEASE NOTE:

    This section DOES NOT contain information on tickets issued for parking violations, red light camera violations, vehicle impoundment and most vehicle equipment violations. To adjudicate cases related to those violations, many municipalities have established administrative hearing programs such as the City of Chicago's Department of Administrative Hearings. If you receive a citation or violation notice for these types of violations, you are urged to read the instructions accompanying the notice before assuming you must come to traffic court to resolve the matter. The rights, procedures and policies in those cases are substantially different from those that apply in traffic court.

    The judges of the Circuit Court of Cook County encourage all drivers to: 

    • ALWAYS BUCKLE UP
    • RESTRAIN ALL INFANTS AND CHILDREN
    • REMIND ALL PASSENGERS TO BUCKLE UP
    • DRIVE SOBER AND AWAKE
    • OBEY SPEED LIMITS
    • DRIVE DEFENSIVELY
    • YIELD TO EMERGENCY VEHICLES

    The Illinois Supreme Court has divided all traffic violations (other than parking) into two categories. The difference is simply that some violations can be settled without a court appearance while the remainder require attendance at court.

    The issuing police officer will designate on the ticket how you must respond to settle the violation. Check your ticket carefully. The ticket will state that either you:

    The distinction between which violations require a court appearance and which do not is found in Supreme Court Rule 551.

    For example, persons must appear in court if charged with the following:

    • a Class A or Class B misdemeanor 
    • any violation where the minimum fine is greater than $95.00 (except truck overweight cases)
    • any violation resulting in death or personal injury to someone other than the ticketed driver
    • violation of the Child Passenger Safety Act
    • driving under the influence (DUI) 
    • driving on a suspended or revoked license
    • speeding 26 mph or more in excess of the limit
    • drag racing
    • reckless driving
    • leaving the scene of a property damage accident
    • speeding in a construction zone
    • operating an uninsured motor vehicle
    • fleeing or attempting to elude the police
    • driving a commercial vehicle while license is suspended, revoked or driver has been placed out of service

    The following rights are applicable to defendants in all traffic cases:

    • Right to know the charge
    • Right to know the penalty
    • Right to an attorney
    • Right to a jury trial 
    • Right of confrontation
    • Right to remain silent
    • Right to an appeal

    The Clerk of the Circuit Court is required by law to report convictions for most violations to the Illinois Secretary of State. These may affect an individual's privilege to drive a car. The Illinois Secretary of State upon receipt of a notice of conviction for certain offenses is required to revoke a person's driving privileges. In some instances a conviction grants the Illinois Secretary of State discretion to suspend driving privileges. Different rules apply to drivers under age 21 and commercial driver's license operators.

    The following is a summary of actions the Illinois Secretary of State can take upon receipt of a report of conviction from the Clerk of the Circuit Court.

    These are not complete lists of all violations which will result in a license revocation or suspension. Full information can be obtained from the Illinois Secretary of State.

    • Mandatory Revocation
    • Discretionary Suspension
    • Drivers Under Age 21