Lake County, IL to the north, Will County to the south, DuPage County to the west and Lake Michigan to the east. Cook County is the Midwest’s transportation hub. Over 50,000 truckloads of freight are shipped from Chicago daily over nine interstate highways, and over 50% of U.S. rail freight passes through Chicago. Cook County boasts two busy airports: O’Hare International Airport and Chicago Midway Airport.
Cook County is urban and densely populated with large amounts of vehicle traffic sharing the county roadways. Statistics from the Illinois Department of Transportation report 138,297 vehicle crashes in Cook County in 2009 with 244 fatalities. Fortunately, only 4,356 of these crashes were ‘Injury Classification A’ crashes, a designation used when any injury, other than a fatal injury, occurs which prevents the injured person from walking, driving, or any other activity which they were capable of performing before the injury occurred. These injuries may include severe lacerations, broken bones, head injuries, chest injuries, and abdominal injuries. As the majority of the Cook County residents live and work in Chicago, the majority of vehicle accidents occur in Chicago. In 2009, there were 81,971 vehicle crashes in Chicago with 141 fatalities, including 2,385 truck crashes involving semi trucks with trailers and 521 motorcycle crashes on Chicago’s crowded roadways.
The Cook County Health and Hospitals System manages a comprehensive system of healthcare services throughout Chicago and suburban Cook County through its hospitals, ambulatory and community health network clinics, public health department, correctional healthcare facility, and outpatient infectious disease center. The John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County is the flagship of the Cook County Health & Hospitals System, providing a Level 1 Trauma Center to care for seriously ill or critically injured Cook County residents. Provident Hospital of Cook County and Oak Forest Hospital of Cook County are also operated by the Cook County Health and Hospital Systems. Oak Forest Hospital provides for the rehabilitation, chronic disease and long-term care of Cook County residents.
Cook County is a single circuit county, which means that the boundaries of the circuit are the same as the county. The Circuit Court of Cook County is the largest of the 22 circuits in Illinois. A unified, three-tiered judiciary consisting of the Circuit Court, Appellate Court, and Supreme Court serves IL. The Circuit Court is a court of general jurisdiction with original jurisdiction in all civil matters such as medical malpractice, nursing home negligence, and personal injury cases, and in all criminal matters. There are seven main courthouses for the Circuit Court of Cook County in Chicago. The Civil Division is located at 50 West Washington Street, Room 601, Chicago, IL 60602.