The appellate court defined judicial district as the smallest geographic area that is relevant for determining venue.
“We conclude that the correct interpretation of “judicial district or similar legal entity” in § 1692i is the smallest geographic area that is relevant for determining venue in the court system in which the case is filed. See Hess v. Cohen & Slamowitz LLP, 637 F.3d 117, 123–24 (2d Cir.2011). For the small claims courts in Marion County, that smallest area is a township. We therefore reverse the judgment of the district court. We also overrule Newsom, which adopted a test based on details of court administration rather than on the applicable venue rules.”
Therefore, if you have a case pending in Cook County but reside in the suburbs, your case must be transferred to the district courthouse closest to your house. See below:
District 1: (Daley Center)
City of Chicago
District 2: (Skokie)
Deerfield, Des Plaines, Evanston, Glencoe, Glenview, Golf, Kenilworth, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Niles, Northbrook, Northfield, Park Ridge, Skokie, Wilmette, Winnetka, Cook County Sheriff, Cook County Forest Preserve, Illinois State Police �Districts 03 and 15, and Union Pacific Railroad.
District 3: (Rolling Meadows)
Arlington Heights, Barrington, Barrington Hills, Bartlett, Bensenville, Buffalo Grove, Elgin, Elk Grove Village, Hanover Park, Harper College, Harwood Heights, Hoffman Estates, Inverness, Kildeer, Mount Prospect, Norridge, Palatine, Prospect Heights, Rolling Meadows, Roselle, Rosemont, Schaumburg, Schiller Park, South Barrington, Streamwood, Wheeling, Cook County Sheriff, Cook County Forest Preserve, Illinois State Police – Districts 2, 3, and 15.
District 4: (Maywood)
Animal Control, Bellwood, Berkeley, Berwyn, Broadview, Brookfield, Cicero, Burlington/Santa Fe Railroad, Cook County Sheriff, Elgin/Joliet, Elmwood Park, Forest Park, Forest Preserve, Franklin Park, Hillside, Hines Hospital, Illinois Commerce Commission, Illinois State Police, LaGrange Park, Maywood, Maywood Park District, Melrose Park, Metra Police Dept., Memorial Park, Northlake, North Riverside, Oak Park, Public Safety, River Forest, River Grove, River Forest, Riverside, Secretary of State, Stone Park, Triton College, Union Pacific, Water Reclamation, Westchester.
District 5: (Bridgeview)
Alsip, Bedford Park, Bridgeview, Burbank, Burr Ridge, Chicago Ridge, Countryside, Crestwood, Evergreen Park, Forest View, Hickory Hills, Hinsdale, Hodgkins, Hometown, Indian Head Park, Justice, LaGrange, Lemont, Lyons, Merrionette Park, Metra, McCook, Morton College, Oak Forest, Oak Lawn, Orland Hills, Orland Park, Palos Heights, Palos Hills, Palos Park, Stickney, Summit, Tinley Park, Western Springs, West Haven, Willow Springs, Worth, Cook County Sheriff, Cook County Forest Preserve, Secretary of State, Illinois Commerce Commission, and Illinois State Police Districts – 3 and 15.
District 6: (Markham)
Blue Island, Burnham, Calumet City, Calumet Park, Chicago Heights, Country Club Hills, Crete, Dixmoor, Dolton, East Hazel Crest, Flossmoor, Ford Heights, Glenwood, Harvey, Hazel Crest, Homewood, Lansing, Lynwood, Markham, Matteson, Midlothian, Olympia Fields, Park Forest, Phoenix, Posen, Richton Park, Riverdale, Robbins, Sauk Village, South-Chicago Heights, South Holland, Steger, Thornton.