Chris Kachiroubas became a candidate for Clerk of the Circuit Court in 2003, won the 2004 election and was sworn – in December 2004. The DuPage Clerk of the Circuit Court is responsible for all court records of the 18th Judicial Circuit. The 18th Judicial Circuit, which encompasses all of DuPage County, is the second largest circuit in the State of Illinois. Presently, the 18th Circuit has 38 House Courts and 4 field courts.
In 2006, the Clerk’s office handled over 26,000 new civil case filings and over 220,000 new criminal filings. The Clerk’s office manages over 850,000 items on the court call annually. Within the criminal filings there are 187,000 traffic tickets written by 40 different law enforcement agencies. Approximately 54% of all traffic citations are handled and disposed administratively through the Clerk’s office. Additionally, over 22,000 warrants and 46,000 summons are issued and processed through the Clerk’s office.
The Circuit Clerk’s office is the steward of all fees, fines and costs, as ordered by the court. Annual revenue for 2006 is expected to reach $24,000,000 and the Circuit Clerk’s will be the third largest revenue source in DuPage County, behind the countywide sales tax and property taxes.
Chris has brought many new innovations in his short tenure: Expanded case management and court information through the internet; Payment of petty/traffic tickets through dupagecase.com; a compliance program that has brought in over $3,000,000 since December of 2004; and a new, open, waiting area with a ‘help station’ to assist you when you come into the Clerk’s office.
As Clerk, Chris is focused on improving customer service, strengthening the use of technology and dealing with a reduced budget by the County while adhering to his statutory duties. Chris Kachiroubas is looking forward to serving DuPage County for many years to come.
Prior to becoming Clerk of the Circuit Court, Chris was elected 3 times as the Addison Township Assessor. Chris had spent a total of 24 years with the Assessor’s office beginning in 1977; serving in several different positions within the office. He served as President of the DuPage Assessor’s Association; at-large Board member to the Illinois Assessor’s Association and a Board Member to the Township Officials of Illinois.
Chris, his wife Laura and their 3 children have lived in Elmhurst for the past 7 years and Chris has lived in DuPage County for 30 years.