Public court records are used to create tenant blacklists, making it difficult for tenants with eviction court records to find new housing. Because the impact of an eviction filing is so detrimental, having a court record sealed can often be more important than the actual outcome of the case. Current law allows for the sealing of foreclosure-related eviction cases, and presumably a large portion of cases were sealed for that reason. The law also allows cases to be sealed if they are sufficiently without a basis in fact or law. The 2014 uptick in sealed cases is due in large part to a general order outlining procedures to ensure that all new post-foreclosure eviction filings in the First Municipal District of Cook County be identified as foreclosure-related and sealed at the beginning of the case.

Sealed Cases (%) presented with eviction filing rate. Select "2010" to display 2010 values, "2017" for 2017 values, or "Avg" to display 8-year averages (this is the default display).

Community Area 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Community Area
Rogers Park 1.1% 0.9% 2.3% 2.9% 11% 10% 10.1% 8.8% Rogers Park
Norwood Park 4.7% 1.6% 7.1% 15.9% 14.8% 12.5% 17.7% 4.3% Norwood Park
Jefferson Park 8.8% 7.8% 5.4% 9.8% 14.3% 23.2% 16.9% 26.7% Jefferson Park
Forest Glen 3.6% 8.6% 6.3% 8.7% 34.6% 24% 7.7% 11.1% Forest Glen
North Park 13% 7% 10.3% 12.1% 17.1% 17.5% 28.2% 12% North Park
Albany Park 7.3% 5.2% 6.9% 5.8% 17.1% 23.3% 20.5% 11.7% Albany Park
Portage Park 12.2% 7.8% 9.4% 12.8% 20.2% 18.8% 17.8% 20.4% Portage Park
Irving Park 4.4% 6.3% 9.7% 10.8% 15.2% 16.7% 20% 15.1% Irving Park
Dunning 10.2% 10.2% 14.2% 12.9% 16.4% 26.4% 34% 16.5% Dunning
Montclare 10.6% 17.5% 17.9% 16.3% 23.1% 21.4% 23.1% 12.3% Montclare
Belmont Cragin 13.3% 12.9% 14.5% 19.5% 21.5% 23.6% 23.9% 17% Belmont Cragin
West Ridge 7.8% 6.3% 7.6% 5.5% 15.1% 16.2% 18.8% 13.1% West Ridge
Hermosa 7.4% 6.9% 10.8% 9% 18.2% 27.7% 25.4% 16% Hermosa
Avondale 4% 7.1% 10% 11.2% 15.5% 20.3% 17.4% 15.8% Avondale
Logan Square 3.1% 3.7% 7.1% 8.9% 16.6% 20.6% 15.1% 14.5% Logan Square
Humboldt Park 6.8% 5.5% 7.2% 9% 15.3% 20.9% 22.7% 17.6% Humboldt Park
West Town 6% 5.6% 10% 7.8% 11.5% 17.3% 14.1% 14.9% West Town
Austin 4.7% 3.5% 4.2% 6.2% 12.4% 14.6% 15.8% 15.1% Austin
West Garfield Park 7.4% 6.4% 6.3% 3.3% 9.8% 18% 15% 16.7% West Garfield Park
East Garfield Park 6.1% 6% 6.2% 7.9% 9.7% 14% 23% 14.7% East Garfield Park
Near West Side 1.8% 1.4% 3.5% 5.1% 8.3% 12% 8% 8.2% Near West Side
North Lawndale 6.4% 2% 6.5% 9.6% 11% 21.1% 15.2% 15.3% North Lawndale
Uptown 0.6% 0.5% 1% 2% 5.5% 6.8% 8.4% 7.4% Uptown
South Lawndale 4.7% 6.9% 10.3% 15.2% 12.5% 19.9% 23.7% 18.4% South Lawndale
Lower West Side 6.4% 2.6% 3% 16.3% 12% 12.5% 20.8% 8.3% Lower West Side
Loop 0.9% 1.7% 2.7% 1.2% 4.4% 4.2% 8% 6.3% Loop
Near South Side 0.3% 1.5% 2.4% 5.1% 7.9% 5.4% 10.1% 5.8% Near South Side
Armour Square 0% 0% 1.4% 0% 6.6% 6.3% 9.1% 5.6% Armour Square
Douglas 1% 1.1% 1.2% 1.3% 5.1% 8.7% 14.7% 6.8% Douglas
Oakland 1.2% 0% 2.1% 2.8% 7.6% 7.4% 13.7% 10.5% Oakland
Fuller Park 7.5% 5.9% 5.6% 0% 4.6% 12.5% 12% 18.9% Fuller Park
Grand Boulevard 4.7% 3.6% 5.8% 3.8% 10.8% 14.7% 14.5% 7.3% Grand Boulevard
Kenwood 2.6% 1.6% 2.9% 2.3% 4.9% 8.2% 8.2% 7.3% Kenwood
Lincoln Square 6% 4.9% 4% 6.5% 14.3% 13% 12.1% 22% Lincoln Square
Washington Park 3% 1.6% 3.8% 3.1% 7.6% 13.9% 7.8% 7.8% Washington Park
Hyde Park 1.2% 0.8% 1.3% 1.2% 4.5% 6.8% 8.3% 4.7% Hyde Park
Woodlawn 6.5% 3.2% 6.4% 5.5% 10.3% 9.9% 10% 7.8% Woodlawn
South Shore 2.6% 1.3% 1.7% 3.1% 6% 9.4% 9.5% 7.2% South Shore
Chatham 3.3% 2% 3% 4.1% 6.4% 12.5% 10.7% 8.9% Chatham
Avalon Park 10.1% 2.1% 5% 7.6% 21.2% 17.8% 22.5% 9.6% Avalon Park
South Chicago 6.8% 2.6% 5.2% 5.9% 10.2% 16.2% 15.7% 9.3% South Chicago
Burnside 0% 5% 6.5% 0% 20% 27.6% 33.3% 22.2% Burnside
Calumet Heights 8.1% 8.8% 15.3% 11.1% 13.5% 35.3% 16.9% 29% Calumet Heights
Roseland 4.8% 3% 4% 6.3% 13.5% 18.8% 16.9% 20.2% Roseland
North Center 3.2% 3.1% 5.3% 12.8% 14.3% 11.9% 17.4% 28.6% North Center
Pullman 2.4% 6.3% 3.6% 5% 17.1% 5.9% 17.1% 5.8% Pullman
South Deering 4.4% 3.8% 6.7% 4.7% 8.7% 22.5% 17.7% 21.7% South Deering
East Side 6.1% 2.8% 1.5% 12.8% 15.4% 16.9% 16.4% 18.6% East Side
West Pullman 7.9% 6% 9.9% 13.5% 10.5% 21.8% 24.5% 20.7% West Pullman
Riverdale 1.1% 0.4% 0.3% 0.8% 2% 1.2% 0.7% 0.6% Riverdale
Hegewisch 3.9% 12.1% 6.5% 7.4% 23.7% 12.8% 22.2% 5.1% Hegewisch
Garfield Ridge 6.3% 9% 28.6% 12.4% 16.7% 26.7% 30.9% 10.9% Garfield Ridge
Archer Heights 4.4% 9.4% 15.2% 10.2% 18% 18.3% 20.7% 12.8% Archer Heights
Brighton Park 6.6% 5.2% 13% 10.1% 21.1% 17.4% 26.9% 20.8% Brighton Park
McKinley Park 4.9% 2.3% 4.8% 1.5% 14.3% 24.1% 31.3% 12.5% McKinley Park
Lake View 1.1% 1.7% 3.1% 3.4% 3.8% 7.9% 8.5% 5.5% Lake View
Bridgeport 3.7% 2.7% 3.1% 6.1% 9.5% 15.7% 13.9% 13.6% Bridgeport
New City 11.3% 6.7% 8.8% 13.3% 20% 21.7% 21.2% 15.7% New City
West Elsdon 2.4% 2.1% 16.1% 15.3% 26.2% 43.1% 27.7% 25% West Elsdon
Gage Park 13.7% 4.4% 13.2% 7.8% 11% 25% 25.2% 20.8% Gage Park
Clearing 8.1% 3.6% 7.5% 7.2% 20.6% 28.4% 25.7% 13.2% Clearing
West Lawn 12.8% 17.4% 21.6% 23.9% 15.6% 33.9% 26% 22.8% West Lawn
Chicago Lawn 6.3% 4.2% 7.9% 7.7% 11.2% 19.2% 19.7% 11% Chicago Lawn
West Englewood 11.2% 3.6% 9.1% 13% 18.1% 25.3% 24.4% 20.9% West Englewood
Englewood 6.8% 3.7% 3.3% 7.4% 15.1% 18.3% 19.4% 12.5% Englewood
Greater Grand Crossing 6.6% 3.7% 3.9% 9.1% 11.2% 18.3% 12.4% 12.5% Greater Grand Crossing
Lincoln Park 2.4% 1% 1.3% 2.3% 3.7% 11.7% 13.2% 7.4% Lincoln Park
Ashburn 8% 14.6% 12.4% 20.6% 23.8% 33.1% 34.2% 21.1% Ashburn
Auburn Gresham 3.7% 3.7% 3% 6.9% 9.8% 15.1% 17.1% 12.5% Auburn Gresham
Beverly 6.3% 10.6% 3.9% 19.4% 17.5% 26.2% 15.6% 7.7% Beverly
Washington Heights 5.9% 6.3% 9.3% 8.1% 11.1% 31.6% 23.5% 23.5% Washington Heights
Mount Greenwood 1.2% 1.1% 2.4% 5.7% 12.8% 4% 14.3% 12.9% Mount Greenwood
Morgan Park 7.7% 5.7% 7% 13.5% 16.8% 25.6% 23.5% 21.6% Morgan Park
O'Hare 1.9% 3.8% 8.4% 6.1% 1.2% 4.7% 9.1% 8.5% O'Hare
Edgewater 1.2% 1.4% 1.6% 2.6% 9.1% 10.2% 13.7% 9.9% Edgewater
Near North Side 1.2% 1.2% 2.4% 2.3% 5.1% 5.4% 8% 5.1% Near North Side
Edison Park 5.9% 6.3% 0% 17.7% 8.3% 33.3% 12.5% 20% Edison Park
Results are based on all eviction case filings. For more information, read our methodology.