Human Resources, Bureau of



The Department of Human Resources directs and coordinates all human resource activities for those departments under the jurisdiction of the President of the Cook County Board. These activities include maintaining an applicant tracking system which monitors the status of job applications which have been submitted to the Department. The Department is also responsible for classification and compensation, collective bargaining and labor-management relations.


Why Work For Cook County Government?

Cook County offers great benefits and the chance to participate in a strong tradition of public service. Cook County is home to more than five million residents, roughly 45% of Illinois’ population. Cook County Government provides a range of vital services and programs that enhance the quality of life for residents across the region. These services range from health care to urban planning. Cook County is committed to empowering its employees to bring our constituents the best that public service has to offer. Cook County offers one of the region’s best pension plans, generous vacation, insurance and leave benefits, and a commitment to public service that bring out the best in our workforce.


Unlawful Political Discrimination

f you have information concerning unlawful political discrimination in connection with any aspect of Cook County government employment, you should contact the Office of the Independent Inspector General (OIIG) at (877) 448-4756 or (312) 603-0350. Alternatively you can file a complaint by fax or mail using the form below. Complaints can be made anonymously.

Unlawful Political Discrimination Complaint Forms and Information

Prevailing Wage Rates & Procurement Code Information

Per the County’s Procurement Code, Section 34-163, find below the link to the Illinois Department of Labor web site with the current prevailing wage rates:

A Snapshot of Cook County Government

  • Cook County employs over 22,000 employees who work in a variety of skilled jobs and trades.
  • Health Care – Cook County established the nation’s first blood bank in 1937. Cook County Hospital was the first to have a dedicated unit for trauma services. Today our healthcare system treats more cancer patients than any other provider in the metropolitan area.
  • Technology – Cook County’s Bureau Technology provides technology support to Cook County offices and employees, with its wide area network providing service to more than 120 municipalities.
  • Courts – Cook County oversees one of the nation’s largest unified criminal and civil justice system, and administers the largest single jail site in the country.
  • Highway – Cook County maintains almost 600 miles of roads and highways.
  • Land – Cook County assesses the value of more than 1.5 million parcels of taxable land, and collects and distributes tax funds as a service for local government taxing bodies.
  • Safety – Cook County provides vital services to local government, from conducting elections in suburban areas to offering 911 services in unincorporated areas and municipalities.