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In an emergency situation the citizen places a call to 911;
That call is forwarded to the La Salle County Sheriff's Office Communications Center;
A Sheriff's Office Telecommunicator will take your call. However, no information is displayed with the incoming call, except an occasional telephone number similar to the caller ID you may have in your home.
Pre-basic 911 is nothing more than a call forwarding service provided by local telephone companies under the FCC mandate. The 911 lines currently being used at the Sheriff's Office are not dedicated 911 as they would be with an enhanced 911 system.
With this type of system, the caller must be able to provide the telecommunicator with their Name, Address, Telephone Number, and the nature of the emergency if they are able to do so.
In an emergency situation, the citizen places a call to 911; (same as with pre-basic)
A Sheriff's Office telecommunicator will take the call, this time the call is coming in on dedicated 911 lines to the enhanced system.
As soon as the phone rings and is answered by the telecommunicator, the caller's information shows up on their computer screen. (Name, Address, Phone Number, and which Police, Fire, or Ambulance agency needs to be sent to respond to the call).
The citizen will still have to tell the telecommunicator the nature of the call, but if the call is lost the information stays on the computer screen until the telecommunicator clears the call. The new systems also have the ability to automatically ring back the caller on hang-up, lock the line open for tracing, and the ability to transfer callers to other agencies or telephone numbers at the push of a button.
The FMLA entitles eligible employees of covered employers to take unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons.
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Judges of Election are responsible for the administration of election procedures in the polling place on Election Day. They are in the position of ensuring that the election process is administered fairly and in accordance with the Illinois Election Code.
Election Judges are chosen by the Precinct Committeemen and by the Party Chairperson of your political party. In each precinct, the party which cast the highest average number of votes at the most recent three gubernatorial elections in the precinct shall be represented by three judges; the party which casts the second highest number of votes at the most recent gubernatorial elections in the precinct shall be represented by two judges
Before each election, Judge Training Schools are held. This covers the duties and responsibilities of Election Judges. An examination that tests reading skills, ability to work with poll lists, ability to add, and knowledge of election laws governing the operation of polling places is given every two years. Judges who have attended the class and completed the test will receive $160 for their duties on Election Day. Election Judge pay is reduced for not attending the Training Class or completing the test.
Contact the County Clerk's Office by phone; LaSalle County Clerk at 815-434-8201 or by email, and express your interest in serving as a Judge of Election; or print out, complete, and mail the Judge of Election Application (PDF).
LaSalle County Clerk707 Etna RoadOttawa, IL 61350
A mathematical number (multiplier or factor) is applied to a type of property (residential, commercial, etc); a township; or the county as a whole. They are used by local assessors and the State of Illinois for the purpose of improving assessment equity (equality) and/or reaching the State required assessment level of thirty-three and one-third percentage of market value.
Illinois Department of Revenue classes explains that multipliers are used to put assessments at the same level between counties (state multipliers and county multipliers) and between townships (township multipliers). Illinois law states that assessments are to be at one-third of the property's market value.
If the school rate is $3 per 100 of assessed value the difference would be as follows:
Since both properties should be valued at $50,000 based on both being worth $150,000, the $35,000 property needs to be increased by a multiplier/equalization factor of 1.42857.
$35,000 × 1.42857 = $50,000 × $3 divided by 100 = $1,500 paid to the school.
This adjustment results in both properties paying their "fair share" of the tax based on their market values.
Statistical studies called sales ratio studies.
The official studies are done by the Illinois Department of Revenue. These are done by the county and by township when enough data is available. The Supervisor of Assessments Office also does studies to compare to the Department’s as well as more detailed studies of townships and property classes.
The Illinois Department of Revenue requires forms (Real Estate Transfer Declarations) to be filed with the County Recorder's Office when sales of property take place. These forms contain information on the sale and must be signed by the buyers and sellers of the property.
When the sales are determined by the Department of Revenue to be "arm's length" (advertised in the open market with neither party forced to buy or sell), they are compared to the assessment applied by the local assessor from the year prior, resulting in a sales ratio. The Department then adjusts the results of the ratios by adjustments assessors and multipliers have made to prior year assessments.
These adjustments are made because State law defines one-third of market value assessments as being based on one-third of market value for the three prior years.
State law requires that the sales ratio studies for 2016 be based on sales from 2015, 2014, and 2013. These sales are compared to local assessor's assessments for 2014, 2013, and 2012 respectively, and must be adjusted by the Department's study results of increases and decreases for prior years.
If the local assessor has not reassessed individual properties to the required level and the County Assessor and Board of Review do not apply equalization factors to adjust the county to the state required level – the State Department of Revenue will issue required factors to the County Clerk who must apply them at their level prior to extending (calculating) taxes.
Taxes are increased or decreased by:
Simplified example - if taxing district does not request an increase or decrease in the amount of dollars from the prior year.
Calculate Tax Rate
2015/Pay 2016 2016 Factor 2016/Pay 2017DistrictEqualized Assessed Value 74,000,000 × 1.10 = 81,400,000District Levy ($'s Asked For) 90,000 90,000Tax Rate = Levy/Value .00121622 .00110565
District Levy ($'s Asked For) 90,000 90,000
Tax Rate = Levy/Value .00121622 .00110565
When Equalized Assessed Value goes up and Levy (money asked for by the District stays the same) the Tax Rate goes down accordingly and the taxpayer does not see an increase in taxes.
How Individual Taxpayer would be affected.
Individual Assessed Value 50,000 × 1.10 = 55,000 × ×Tax Rate .00121622 .00110565Tax Bill $60.81 $60.81
Tax Bill $60.81 $60.81
Increases in costs to provide services and State mandated legislation to taxing districts are two reasons tax bills may increase as districts normally must increase their levy amount to cover their increased costs. Even if no equalization factor is applied, the recouping of increased costs to the taxing district will increase the taxes an individual pays.
Simplified example - if the assessment does not change but the taxing district requests an increase in dollars
2015/Pay 2016 2016 Factor 2016/Pay 2017DistrictEqualized Assessed Value 74,000,000 None (1.000) 74,000,000District Levy 90,000 100,000Tax Rate = Levy/Value .00121622 .00135135
District Levy 90,000 100,000
Tax Rate = Levy/Value .00121622 .00135135
When the Equalized Assessed Value stays the same but the Levy (money asked for by the district) goes up, the rate increase, and the individual taxpayer pays more even though his assessment does not change.
Equalized Assessed Value 50,000 50,000 × ×Tax Rate .00121622 .00135135Tax Bill $60.81 $67.57
Tax Bill $60.81 $67.57
If a factor is applied by a township assessor to a neighborhood, property type, etc., it is considered an individual change and the taxpayer will receive a notice and the change is published in the newspaper.
If an equalization factor for a property class or township is applied by the County Assessor or Board of Review the multipliers/factors by law are published in the heading of the newspaper listing of assessment changes for the township when the assessment year's changes are published.
If equalization factors are issued by the Department of Revenue, they are published in local newspapers.
No. Farm Land assessments are based on economic value as established by the State Farmland Assessments Committee and certified to the counties by the Illinois Department of Revenue. Land soil types are increased or decreased by state factors of no more than 10% change per year. Farm homes and home sites are assessed just like any other residential property and are subject to the same equalization factors and multipliers.
Please contact the Supervisor of Assessments Office at 815-434-8233.
The Grand Jury determines that a person should be charged or prosecuted for a criminal act when it finds there is probable cause to believe the person has committed an offense. Also, it protects the innocent from unfounded accusation of crime and from the trouble, expense, and anxiety of a trial when there is insufficient evidence to believe the accused is guilty of any criminal offense.
It is up to the State’s Attorney’s Office how many are selected. There are usually 14 Grand Jurors and 12 Alternates for Grand Jury.
Grand Jurors are empanelled for a period of six months. You are given a schedule of when to attend, which is generally one to two half days per month.
One of the Alternate Grand Jurors will fill in for the time you are on vacation or a special event planned. You would notify the State's Attorney's office right away so they can make arrangements ahead of time.
Work is not a valid reason to miss your jury service. Once you are selected as a juror, you are expected to come in as scheduled unless you have notified the State's Attorney's Office of an emergency, illness, or planned vacation.
Yes. Jurors are paid $10 for their 1st day of service and $15.50 thereafter, and mileage at the current IRS business rate from the post office in your town to the post office in Ottawa, roundtrip.
No. All Grand Jurors report for their 1st day of service. There are no call-in instructions for Grand Jury.
Yes, please bring your summons, and if you didn’t mail back your questionnaire bring it with you.
Jurors will be dismissed after the court proceedings have been satisfied.
Returning forms by mail is not the only option for many courts. Some courts allow you to drop off or email completed forms. Please contact the jury office for more information on returning your questionnaire. The judicial branch spends thousands of dollars annually on printing and mailing summons, forms, juror checks, and other communications for jurors. Prepaid envelopes that are not used become a wasted expense.
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Please complete the application electronically by saving it to your computer, filling out the form, and then attaching it in an e-mail to the hiring department contact listed within the job posting.
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Mail your completed application and resume directly to the hiring department listed within the job posting. In Person -Deliver your completed application and resume to:
LaSalle County Governmental Complex707 E Etna RoadRoom 249Ottawa, IL 61350
Hours:Monday through Friday 8 am - 4:30 pm
Your application materials are subject to a screening process conducted by the individual hiring department. Should you be chosen for an interview you will be contacted directly by a department representative.
Your application must be received by the closing date indicated for a position. Applications received in the mail, by email, or delivered in person, must be received no later than 4:30 pm of the closing day.
No, we do not accept unsolicited job applications.
Yes, the County Departments are responsible for their recruiting and hiring; therefore application to positions in different departments is necessary.
Job-specific tests may occasionally be required, if they are, they will be included in the job posting. Drug Testing – All employees are required to complete a drug and alcohol test. LaSalle County reserves the right to conduct Pre-Employment Background and/or Driving Record checks on all applicants.
By state law, the Sheriff’s Merit Commission handles the recruitment for these positions. They conduct and supervise the specialized recruitment required for these positions.
Get to a safe place and immediately call 911 or the police department in the town in which the crime occurred. File a police report giving as many details as possible about what occurred, when, where, who was present, what was said, how you can be contacted, etc. The police will investigate the crime and will bring it to the attention of the LaSalle County State's Attorney's Office for possible criminal charges, and the police will make an arrest, if appropriate. Always call the police first.
The police department in the jurisdiction where the crime occurred investigates the crime. When the police believe they have enough evidence to make an arrest they bring the information to the LaSalle County State's Attorney's Felony or Misdemeanor Review Division to file charges. The State's Attorney's Office does not investigate crimes. That is the duty of the police.
In the case of a felony, the LaSalle County State's Attorney Felony Review Division prosecutors review information supplied by the investigating police department and determines which criminal charges best apply under the Illinois Compiled Statutes for Criminal Law.
Misdemeanor charges are determined by the investigating police department, except in certain situations where they are reviewed by the State's Attorney's Office. As misdemeanor cases are being prosecuted, the assistant state's attorney on the case may file different or additional charges.
An Indictment is when the Grand Jury finds probable cause to charge the defendant.
An arraignment is held at which time the defendant is present and formally charged with the crime and informed of his legal rights. Most defendants charged with violent felony crimes will plead not guilty initially at the arraignment date and be given future court dates to appear.
In violent-crime cases, a sentencing hearing is scheduled approximately 6 weeks after the trial ends. A pre-sentence investigation report (PSI) will be completed by the probation department for the judge to review before sentencing the defendant. The victim also has the right to present a victim impact statement (VIS) at the sentencing hearing. The VIS must be done in writing in conjunction with the State's Attorney's Office prior to the sentencing. Please contact the assigned victim-witness coordinator for assistance with the VIS.
A sentencing hearing is scheduled after a defendant changes his plea from a not guilty to a plea of guilty in front of the judge and has waived his/her rights to a trial, or after a trial and the defendant is found guilty of the crime. At the sentencing hearing, the judge determines what is going to happen to the defendant as a result of committing the crime. Sentences can vary depending on the crime committed and a variety of factors taken into account. Violent-crime victims have the right to present a victim impact statement done in writing in conjunction with the State's Attorney's Office at the sentencing hearing.
The PSI is like a miniature biography on the defendant’s life and criminal history. It is a confidential report that only the prosecutor, defense, and judge are allowed to read. The report is written by the LaSalle County Probation Department and may contain a victim analysis section summarizing the impact the crime has had on the victim(s) in addition to facts about the defendant who is waiting to be sentenced for the crime committed.
The defendant will be transported to prison from the LaSalle County Jail. Inmates in prison can be tracked on the Illinois Department of Corrections website click on inmate search. It will show which prison facility the offender will be housed, which county he/she was sentenced in, and his/her tentative release date will be posted. You can also request in writing to be notified of the defendant's status, or sign up with the automated victim notification system to be notified of changes in the inmate's status.
Each sentence varies depending on the crime. Additionally, offenders can receive credit for time served while in custody awaiting disposition. Most crimes are served 50% a day for a day good time, some violent crimes are served at higher percentages; 85%. First-degree murder is the only crime that is served at 100% of the sentence. It is best to get a full explanation of potential incarceration time from the prosecutor who handled the case.
Maybe. Restitution is the out-of-pocket expenses (not covered by insurance or other means) the victim has from medical bills and damages as a result of the defendant's criminal actions against them. The prosecutor will seek restitution in criminal cases whenever documentation is provided and reasonable. Sometimes a restitution amount cannot be agreed upon and a hearing is requested for the judge to determine the amount. Victims are responsible to provide all necessary documentation for restitution. Situations, where restitution would not be ordered in criminal cases, would be a finding of not guilty or the defendant is sentenced to serve time in the department of corrections (prison) or documentation was not available, or the court does not find the amount reasonable through the criminal court, etc.
Restitution is paid through the LaSalle County Circuit Clerks' office, not the State’s Attorney's Office. It is very important for crime victims to update any change of address with the circuit clerk restitution division. Checks are not forwarded if the victim moves and does not update their address.
Depending on the sentence it could be months or years. Offenders may take their entire probation sentence time to pay restitution. Payments vary depending on the ability or inability of the defendant or co-defendants to pay.
Although the judge may order restitution as part of the sentence. the defendant may still not pay or make full restitution through the criminal court. A petition to revoke could be filed for failure to pay and a hearing held. However unless it can be shown that the defendant willfully did not pay restitution and has the means to pay it, it is unlikely they would be penalized for not having the financial ability to pay restitution. If a defendant has successfully completed all other sentence terms, and/or some attempt to pay has been made, the court may terminate the case without payment of restitution.
The Crime Victim Compensation Program is through the Illinois Attorney General's Office for victims of "violent crime that occurred in the State of Illinois or are an Illinois resident that was victimized in another state or country that does not have a Crime Victim Compensation Program. They provide direct financial assistance to innocent victims of "violent crime to reimburse out-of-pocket expenses related to the crime. They will assist violent crime victims and families of homicide that do not have any other means to cover medical, burial, counseling, support, etc.
Go to the Attorney General's website. And click on crime victims or call the crime victims services toll-free at 800-228-3368. You may also contact your victim assistance coordinator in the State's Attorney's office. The coordinator can assist you with questions and help with the application process. Compensation is not guaranteed. Applicants must meet the criteria listed for violent crime victims to apply.
If you are an uninsured, violent-crime victim who was hospitalized first check with the hospital to apply under the Illinois Hospital Uninsured Patient Discount Act. (IHUPDA) This requires hospitals to give discounted care to eligible uninsured Illinois residents. Victims of violent crime may also apply to the Attorney General's Crime Victim's Compensation Program. Applications can be retrieved online at or call 800-228-3368 (TTY: 877-398-1130.)
In other cases, all documentation of bills should be forwarded to the investigating police department and also copies should be mailed or faxed to the prosecutor or victim coordinator assigned to your case as soon as possible. If the defendant pleas or is sentenced, they could be ordered to pay restitution as part of the sentence. Restitution will also be ordered in criminal court cases wherever practical and possible. Unfortunately, it is not always realistic in criminal cases for restitution to be ordered or paid, such as in severe injury involving several thousands of dollars, or when violent offenders are sentenced to prison for a long time such as in murder.
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Maybe. Your testimony would be required during a trial, or possibly at a special hearing date. However, only a small percentage of criminal cases actually go to trial. The majority of defendants eventually admit guilt in criminal cases and plead guilty. Commonly, this occurs in one of two ways: in a negotiated plea, the prosecutor and the defense agree to a sentence. and they present the plea to the judge for approval; alternatively, defendants sometimes simply plead guilty and the judge determines the sentence. If the defendant maintains his or her innocence in court and requests that the State prove criminal charges at trial, then victims and witnesses are subpoenaed to testify in court. Even if there is no trial, however, witness testimony is sometimes necessary or appropriate. For example, if the defendant pleads guilty to a crime, the victim of a violent crime may want to present a victim impact statement at the time of the plea or at the sentencing hearing.
To determine whether your testimony will be needed, you should call the LaSalle County State's Attorney's Office and speak to either the prosecutor or the victim witness assistance coordinator assigned to the case or courtroom. When you call, have the subpoena with you, because it contains the defendant's name, case number, courtroom, and other important information. If you are needed to testify, the State's Attorney's Office will work with you as best possible to keep to a minimum your time away from work, school, or other obligations. If you receive a subpoena and do not make direct contact with the prosecutor or assigned coordinator, then you must appear at the date and time the subpoena indicates.
The defense team (the defendant's attorney and/or investigator) represents the defendant in the case. It is strictly your decision whether to speak to the defense or not to speak to them. If you choose to speak to the defense and would like to have the prosecutor present you can request this. You should always request identification before speaking to unknown persons.
If you are a witness to a crime you may be subpoenaed to testify if the case goes to trial. Being called to testify as a witness is a big responsibility. A witness who testifies in a criminal case plays an important role within the justice system by assisting authorities in holding offenders accountable for the crimes they perpetrate against innocent victims. The police, state attorneys, judges, and juries could not make informed decisions without the cooperation of truthful witnesses.
Your actual testimony in court may not take long, but your wait before testifying depends upon many factors. We will do our best to minimize your time however there may be several circumstances beyond our control. You should plan on at least a half day. The prosecutor or assigned coordinator will be able to give you some direction in this matter.
Yes, as long as they are not witnessing or have been subpoenaed to testify in the case. There is normally an exclusion of witnesses listening to other witness testimony. You would not be allowed to sit inside the courtroom after testifying until both sides have finished witness testimony. If you are going to bring someone in support, it is suggested that you introduce them to the coordinator or prosecutor on the case. There is certain court protocol that they may not be aware of and would be helpful for them to know.
Yes. The defendant is the accused and has the right to hear testimony and evidence brought against him/her. In most cases, the defendant is represented by a defense attorney who will be able to ask victims or witnesses questions on behalf of the defendant at trial. The prosecutor and victim coordinator will meet with you in advance of the trial to answer any questions or concerns you may have before testifying.
Note: If you are not a citizen or resident, please mark your questionnaire appropriately and return to the Jury Commission office.
Jurors are to call a recorded message for instructions prior to reporting. Make sure to read all instructions on the jury summons listed on the back of the summons in the dark blue box.
The courthouse you report to is the Governmental Complex, 707 Etna Road, Ottawa, Illinois. Please park on the east side of the courthouse and enter through the east door. A Jury Commissioner will be at the door to direct you to the Jury Assembly Room. The Jury Assembly Room is located in the basement and clearly marked.
Yes. You are entitled to $10 for the first day of service. On the second day and thereafter you are entitled to $15.50. Additionally, you will receive mileage at the current IRS business rate from the post office in your town to the post office in Ottawa, roundtrip.
The jury payroll is done on the last Wednesday of the month. Checks are mailed within the next day or so of the next month.
Make sure you bring your jury summons, and if you did not mail your questionnaire bring it with you.
No one is excused for lack of transportation. You would need to make arrangements for transportation.
Jurors should dress comfortably but appropriately for a courtroom. Also, during the summer months, the courtrooms are cool from the air conditioning so you may want to bring a sweater or jacket with you. Tank tops, low-cut sleeveless tops, and halter tops are not allowed in the jury room or courtroom.
You may bring a lunch. Unfortunately, we do not have a place to refrigerate food or drinks. You may want to bring some money with you in case you eat out. There are vending machines with snacks, juice and pop. There will be coffee or tea provided in the Jury Assembly Room.
You may bring your own reading material or office work. We do have reading material provided in the Jury Assembly Room. Jurors may not bring laptops, cell phones, cameras, video and/or audio recorders or electronic games.
Jurors will be dismissed after all court proceedings have been satisfied.
Failure to Appear when summoned is a serious matter. You may be held in contempt of court and could be fined up to $500. It is in your best interest to appear if you are summoned to avoid any further court action.
No. An employer is not required by law to pay employees who are on jury service. However, some employers do. You should check with Human Resources before serving and find out what the company’s policy is for jury service.
Yes. You will receive a Work Certification form with the date of service on it. Also, if you are chosen to be a juror for a trial, at the end of the trial a work certification with all of the dates on it will be printed and mailed to your home address. You are also welcome to come to our office during office hours and pick up your form before you leave.
No. According to Illinois law, an Employer may not deny an employee time off for jury duty. No employer shall discharge, threaten to discharge, intimidate or coerce any employee by reason of the employee's jury service, or the attendance or scheduled attendance in connection with such service. 705-ILCS 305/4.l(a).
Once every three years.
We use the voter's registration, driver's license and state identifications, and Unemployment List to select for jury service. Please make sure your name and address are exactly the same on your voter's and driver's licenses.
You may have an active voter's registration in LaSalle County. If you did not cancel your voters from LaSalle County, you should contact the LaSalle County Clerk's Office at 815-434-8202 and speak to them about the cancellation. Also, make sure your driver's license is changed to your current address and not your old address in LaSalle County.
No. The only persons allowed in the Jury Assembly Room are the jurors. You can have someone escort you to and from the assembly room.
Returning forms by mail is not the only option for many courts. Some courts allow you to drop-off or email completed forms. Please contact the jury office for more information on returning your questionnaire. The judicial branch spends thousands of dollars annually on printing and mailing summons, forms, juror checks and other communications for jurors. Prepaid envelopes that are not used become a wasted expense.
Completely darken or fill in the oval to the left of a candidate or public question of your choice.
A pen is provided at the polls. Absentee voters may use a pen with black or blue ink.
Find the office for which the candidate is running and print the candidate's name on the write-in line for that office. Fill in the oval next to the candidate's name.
If you mark your ballot incorrectly, fold and seal your ballot in a security envelope provided for privacy. Return to an election judge to receive a new ballot. The spoiled ballot is not counted.
The voter inserts their ballot into the ballot counter. The ballot is read by the optical scanner and dropped into the metal ballot bin. When the polls close, the tabulator prints the results of all votes cast.
When a voter attempts to cast more votes for an office than allowed, an overvote occurs. The ballot counter will beep to indicate an overvote. The voter may choose to have the ballot accepted (the overvoted office will not count) or to have the ballot returned, marked spoiled, and receive a new ballot.
Property Fraud Alert is a notification service that alerts subscribers (via email or phone contact) each time a document is recorded with their name on it. The subscriber must select one method of notification, providing either an email address or a phone number.
The LaSalle County Recorder’s Office provides this service to LaSalle County property owners at no charge.
Names can be entered at no charge for any property owner in your family and/or your business name. Limitations only apply to the number of name assigned to particular notification methods.
You may enter up to a total of four personal and/or business names per one unique email address, or up to a total of three personal and/or business names per one unique phone number.
No. You must make separate subscription entries for each individual name (personal or business). For a married couple or for those persons who share the same last name, you must make individual subscription entries for each person.
It is highly recommended that you enter only the first letter of your first name in the first name field. For example, with a name such as Steve, Stephen, or Steven, you may wish to enter the letter "S" in the first name field. Or you may wish to enter the first few letters of your first name to limit the number of first name matches. For example, if the letters "St" are entered, a name match may result for the names Steven, Stan, Stacy, Sterling, etc.
To illustrate, let's use the last name "Van Buren" as our example. This name may at times be spelled with a space in it ("Van Buren") and at other times with no space ("VanBuren"). For cases like this, it is highly recommended that you make two separate subscription entries with both name variations. For the Property Fraud Alert system to work as intended, and for notification alerts to be sent, the last name spelling, or business name spelling of the subscription name must match exactly.
It is very possible to receive an alert that may actually pertain to another individual with the same last name (and first name) as you. Again, make sure you enter the last name spelling exactly.
It is imperative that you do not enter the suffix of your name (Jr., Sr., etc.) while entering your name into the subscription form. Only enter your first name information into the first name field and your last name information into the last name field. The same logic applies with middle names; do not enter a middle name (or middle initial) into the first or last name fields.
Business names should be entered exactly as the business name is spelled; "ACME Printing Company," "Smith and Smith," "XYZ Business Corporation." There may be times, however, that the county may possibly index these names differently. For example, "XYZ Business Corporation" could possibly be indexed as "XYZ Business Corp." In this situation the name match would occur only if you entered "XYZ Business Corp." Therefore, if your business name could contain variations similar to this, we highly recommend that you make an additional subscription entry with that variation.
Simply go to the PFA website and enter your new data information.
Your name will remain on the notification list indefinitely.
No. You must subscribe to each county individually. The Property Fraud Alert system is managed county by county. Visit the home page of Property Fraud Alert to see the full list of participating counties.
The alert notification will contain the following information:
Immediately report the crime to your local police or the Sheriff's Department.
The police will ask you questions regarding the incident and will then prepare a police report. The sooner you make the report the better the chances are that law enforcement officials can collect the evidence necessary to prosecute the crime.
A felony is a more serious criminal offense that upon conviction carries a possible sentence of imprisonment with the Illinois Department of Corrections.
Initially, a date is set to determine whether or not there exists probable cause to believe the defendant committed the offense. The State either presents evidence of probable cause to a grand jury made up of sixteen citizens, or to the judge in a preliminary hearing.
There is a difference in the law between civil and criminal cases.
The main differences are that imprisonment is not a remedy in a civil case and the burden of proof is greater in a criminal case.
In a civil case. the plaintiff need only prove his/her case by a preponderance of the evidence. Such a case can be filed even though the police and the State's Attorney feel there is insufficient evidence to prove a criminal case beyond a reasonable doubt.
Examples of cases that cannot be charged by the State's Attorney include those situations in which someone owes you money and has refused to pay you back. To most people, this behavior is theft and the person ought to be charged with a crime. However, the law requires that the State prove that the person had the criminal intent to deprive at the time the person took possession of the money.
In most cases, this element is missing. Without evidence of criminal intent, the State's Attorney would be unable to prove a criminal case beyond a reasonable doubt. In such a case, a small claims case can be filed in order to resolve the matter.
Yes, unless their presence on a particular court date has been waived (excused) by the judge.
No. Victims and lay witnesses will be notified by subpoena to testify if the case goes to trial or contacted if there is a hearing requiring their presence. It is very important you notify the State's Attorney's Office of any changes in address or phone numbers from the time of the original police report.
Yes. Courtrooms are open to the public with the exception of the juvenile court. Victims are welcome to attend court proceedings; however, their presence is not required at all court dates. Victims will be subpoenaed or notified if their testimony is needed. Since victim presence is not required on all court dates, it is suggested victims call the working day before attending court to check if the case is still scheduled. Call the State's Attorney's office at 815-434-8340, if you do not know the assigned prosecutor or victim coordinator and ask for Katy Gapinski. Please have the name of the defendant and case number available.
To determine whether your testimony will be needed, you should call the LaSalle County State's Attorney's Office at 815-434-8340 and speak to either the prosecutor or the victim-witness coordinator assigned to the case or courtroom. When you call, have the subpoena because it contains the defendant's name, case number, and courtroom. and other important information. If you are needed to testify, the State's Attorney's Office will work with you as best possible to keep to a minimum your time away from work, school, or other obligations. If you receive a subpoena and do not make direct contact with the prosecutor or assigned coordinator, then you must appear at the date and time the subpoena indicates.
Court usually begins at 9 am. Lunch breaks are generally from noon to 1 pm. Hearings and Bench Trials typically begin at 11 am or 1 pm. Court hearings can be specially set by the court and vary in time. If you plan to attend any court dates it is suggested you call the LaSalle County State's Attorney's Office one working day before with the defendant's name and case number to check on the courtroom, time, and date. If there is a victim-witness coordinator assigned to the case it is best to check in with the coordinator. If they are aware you plan to attend the court date, the coordinator may be available to give additional assistance.
Pursuant to the Non-Support Punishment Act, 750 ILCS 16/1 et seq., the LaSalle County State's Attorney's Office may initiate claims for payment of court ordered child support when the payor is a minimum of three months or more behind in child support payments.
Child support claims prosecuted by this office are limited to those cases that have been previously adjudicated in the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Court of LaSalle County and to cases wherein both parties to the action reside within the State of Illinois.
This office does have the ability to garnish employment wages, but does not have the legal authority to garnish income tax returns or unemployment wages.
The primary child support agency within the State of Illinois is the Department of Healthcare and Family Services whose cases are prosecuted by the Illinois Attorney General's Office. These State agencies have the ability to garnish income tax returns, unemployment wages and employment wages, and to handle all cases where one of the parties resides outside of the State of Illinois.
Contact with the Department of Healthcare and family Services for child support services may be made by:Phone: 800-447-4278Visit the Division of Child Support EnforcementDCSE Field Staff LaSalle County690 Centennial DriveOttawa, IL 61350
A bond hearing is held after the defendant is arrested. The judge determines whether the defendant is a danger to society and/or whether he/she will return to court for future court dates. The more serious the charge the higher the bond usually is. Once the bond amount is set, the defendant can post 10% to be released from custody. For example, a $10,000 bond would require posting $1,000 to be released. The court can impose specific conditions be placed such as a curfew, no contact with the victim, etc. Although a bond is usually set in the early stages of the criminal case, the defense can ask for a bond review or modification of the bond on future court dates.
Contact the LaSalle County Jail directly at 815-434-8383 to check on custody status or register with Automated Victim Notification System (AVN). The AVN automatically notifies registered citizens/victims by phone or email of a defendant's release or custody status 24 hours a day, seven days a week. To register go online or call toll-free 866-5-notify (866-566-8439), or TTY 866-502-2423.
The judge determines the amount of the bond. The prosecutor can request the judge to consider a high bond or request placing special conditions on the bond should the defendant be released from custody, such as no contact with victims, curfew, random drops, etc. Ultimately though, these decisions are up to the judge.
Call the police and make a report. This is to document what occurred, place, time, who was present, and what was said if anything. Be sure to tell the reporting police officer that you are a victim in a pending criminal case and the defendant is out on bond with a no-contact condition of that bond. Give the officer the name of the prosecutor handling the case. Next contact the prosecutor or victim-witness coordinator assigned to your case. A violation of the bond could result if the defendant's bond is raised or revoked at the next court appearance.
A domestic order of protection is one tool that can help a victim of domestic violence gain independence and stop the abuser from hurting the victim or children. An order of protection and a condition of bond is two separate remedies. For assistance obtaining a domestic order of protection please contact: ADV/SAS at 800-892-3375. If there is a pending criminal case please contact the victim-witness coordinator assigned to your case to assure you are aware of the status of the criminal case and notify her of any changes in address or contact information.
Any family or household members related by blood, or by current or former marriage, share or formerly shared a common dwelling (home), have or allegedly have a child in common, share or allegedly share a blood relationship through a child, have or had a dating or engagement relationship, are a high-risk adult with disabilities who is abused by a family member or car-giver.
You should immediately call the police and file a police report. If there is a pending criminal case you should also notify the victim-witness coordinator and prosecutor assigned to your criminal case.
No. In criminal prosecutions, the case has been captioned the People of the State of Illinois vs the Defendant. The prosecutor takes into consideration what the victim would like to see happen in a criminal case, but the prosecutor, who is obligated to protect society, makes the final decision about whether a case proceeds or not.
There is an effective vaccine for both Hepatitis A and B. Unfortunately, there is no vaccine to prevent Hepatitis C right now. Other ways to prevent viral hepatitis include: always practicing good hand hygiene, do not share needles or other injection drug equipment, do not share personal items such as razors or toothbrushes, always using a condom during sex, and always assuming blood that is not yours could be infectious. Hepatitis A and B vaccines are offered at the LaSalle County Health Department, by appointment. Call 815-433-3366 and ask for Adult Immunizations.
View the CDC Hepatitis Risk Assessment. This assessment is confidential and will determine if you should be vaccinated and or tested for viral hepatitis.
Free hepatitis C testing is offered at the LaSalle County Health Department, by appointment. Call 815-433-3366 for more information.