Katherine M. Keefe - McHenry County Circuit Clerk, 22nd Judicial Circuit

Financial Compliance Program

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Paying Your Fines & Fees

The McHenry County Circuit Clerk’s Office, in cooperation with the Court and McHenry County State’s Attorney, implemented a Financial Compliance Program in January of 1996. The purpose of this program is to enforce the orders of the 22nd Judicial Circuit Court. The Court's policy is that fines and fees are due in FULL on the day of sentencing.
  • Your driver’s license or bond card will not be returned until your fines & fees are paid in full
  • You will not be allowed to enroll in Traffic School until your fines & fees and paid in full
  • You will not successfully complete supervision until your fines & fees are paid in full

If a defendant cannot pay their fines and fees in full on the day of sentencing, they must set up a payment plan with the Circuit Clerk at the payment windows of the Criminal/Traffic office in Room 136. Defendants who cannot pay in full must agree to follow a payment plan. The Court requires that a payment be made every 30 days. If you are sentenced to attend Traffic Safety School, you must pay your fines and fees in full within 30 days. You cannot enroll in Traffic Safety School until your fines and fees are paid in full.

If you set up an installment payment plan, you will be given envelopes to mail your payments to the Circuit Clerk’s Office. Please include name and case number on all checks sent to the Circuit Clerk’s office for installment payments. Your case number is located on the agreement you signed with the Circuit Clerk. Bring or mail your payments to:

McHenry County Circuit Clerk
Attention: Traffic Division
2200 N. Seminary Ave., Room 136
Woodstock, IL 60098-2637

The Circuit Clerk’s Office also provides a 24-hour drop box at the Russel Court entrance to the McHenry County Government Center. Payments are picked up from the drop box every morning. Please do not put cash in the drop box.

The Circuit Clerk monitors payments and sends notices to defendants when payments are not made. If a defendant fails to keep to the agreed payment plan, they will be re-scheduled to appear before the Judge. If a Judge finds a defendant who has failed to make payment in contempt of court, a warrant can be issued for their arrest. 

Balances that remain unpaid will be reported to a collection agency and the Illinois Comptroller's Local Debt Recovery Program. The collection agency will assess additional fees (allowable by statute) in addition to the balance to be collected. The Illinois Comptroller's office will withhold your balance due, in addition to their fee, from any state payments you receive, most commonly from state tax refunds.