Cook County Clerk of the Circuit Court

Candidate Free Time is underwritten in part by the League of Women Voters of Cook County and the City Club of Chicago.Candidate Free Time is underwritten in part by the League of Women Voters of Cook County and the City Club of Chicago.

WTTW’s 2016 Voters’ Guide to the General Election is an online resource designed to inform voters about the candidates running for office in the Nov. 8 election. Learn more.

About this office

The Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County is the keeper of the records of the Court. The Clerk is responsible for serving the court, the legal profession and the general public by recording court decisions and events; handling fines, bail bonds and other financial transactions; and supporting the court system with record storage, microfilming, automation and other services.

The candidates below appear in ballot order.

Republican Candidate

Diane Shapiro

“I am passionate about justice, and spent my life as an honorable public servant whose ethics have never been compromised.” Learn more about this candidate.


Democratic Candidate

Dorothy Brown

“It's important that we have a Clerk of Court that will protect court records for ALL the people, not just for the privileged few.” Learn more about this candidate.

About Candidate Free Time

WTTW’s 2016 Voters’ Guide to the General Election is an online resource designed to inform voters about the candidates running for office in the Nov. 8 election.

Candidates were given two minutes to tell voters where they stand on the issues, why they feel they are best qualified and what they intend to do if elected or re-elected. The messages were recorded at the WTTW studios at no cost to the candidates. 

The Voters’ Guide is an online version of Candidate Free Time, pioneered by WTTW in the 1992 race for U.S. Senate. This year’s Candidate Free Time is underwritten in part by the League of Women Voters of Cook County and the City Club of Chicago.

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