Delivering Better Government to the People of DuPage County
Recognized as an innovative leader
As Circuit Court Clerk, Clerk Adams oversees the creation and maintenance of the official court record for the second largest county in Illinois. Under Candice's leadership, the DuPage County Circuit Clerk’s Office has been at the forefront of implementing new programs to make government more efficient, more effective, and more accessible to the citizens.
As a recognized leader, Clerk Adams serves on a number of state-wide boards and committees, including the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, the Illinois Supreme Court’s Article V Committee, and the Illinois Supreme Court’s Pretrial Practices Data Oversight Board. She also serves on the board of the DuPage Bar Foundation and the Parents Alliance Employment Project. She is a member of the Northeast Illinois Circuit Clerk’s Association (Zone 5) and the Illinois Association of Circuit Clerks. Candice is also a member of the Illinois Judicial Conference Committee on Circuit Court Clerk Education.
The DuPage County Circuit Clerk’s Office has been at the forefront of implementing innovative programs to better serve the needs of DuPage County citizens. Scroll down to learn more.
Reducing the cost of of goverment
The Office of the Clerk is working to digitize Court records to make them easier to store and to access. The Office has implemented a county-wide eCitation program, electronic document filing, and web-based applications for search warrants, long-form complaints, and protective orders.
After taking office, Clerk Adams and her team conducted a full office reorganization to make it more effective and efficient The money saved through this project was used to raise the starting pay to $40/year.
A review of existing contracts was conducted and changes made that save taxpayers well into the six figures.
Giving people a second chance
The existence of a criminal record, even for an arrest with no conviction, can have devastating long-term consequences, including loss of access to jobs, housing and other benefits. Clerk Adams and her office have partnered with a network of volunteer attorneys to assist citizens of DuPage successfully navigate the process of having their criminal record expunged.
Making court records more accessible
The Clerk's Office understands that filing fees should not be a financial barrier to citizens of limited means. Under Clerk Adams, many fees have been reduced.