Paul Palazzolo Circuit Clerk
Paul Palazzolo    
Illinois National Bank


By Debbie Shelton

SVP, West Wabash Avenue Branch

NMLS #662907


In the real estate business, it’s all about location. The Sangamon County Circuit Clerk knows a thing or two about location as well.  Paul Palazzolo, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Sangamon County, and his staff know that while a downtown location works for most constituents, sometimes the work- week hours PLUS downtown location make it difficult to conduct business.  So the staff tries to find locations and times more accommodating.  As a result, INB recently hosted two “Passport Saturdays” – one at our West Wabash location and another on Dirksen Parkway.

According to Palazzolo, the circuit clerk’s office processes about 95 passports a month.  “For example, we processed 112 in May, but averaged 93 for 2014.  Summer months are not necessarily the busiest times for processing passports.  We tend to see an upswing in applications about two to three months before the busiest travel times -- Christmas time, Spring Break, summer and fall.”

Palazzolo says the passport application process is relatively easy, so taking it offsite isn’t that difficult.  “The forms can be printed off the U.S. Department of State’s website.  The circuit clerk’s website has a link to the site.  Also, we bring all of the needed forms (to remote locations).”  But because the circuit clerk advertises the events in advance and recommends that people come in with the completed paperwork, most of the customers who come to the passport events bring the correct paperwork.   He adds, “There will be some individuals who will come to the passport event who are in the beginning stages of the passport acceptance process, but most people have, at least, done some initial research on the process.” 

With two certified passport agents and the Circuit Clerk at each off-site location, the staff had no trouble processing 30 applicants at our Wabash location and 22 on Dirksen Parkway.  That was in three hours including a donut break for staff and customers, courtesy of the Circuit Clerk himself!

Palazzolo concludes that even though his office has hosted different community outreach programs over the years, staff members still see a steady flow of passport applications and inquiries, which shows in the number of passport applications processed each month.       

“We’re grateful to the team at INB for hosting our two passport outreach opportunities.  Thanks to all who helped us reach our goal of increased effectiveness in the Circuit Clerk’s Office.” 

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Welcome To The Sangamon County Circuit Clerk’s Office

     The Sangamon County Circuit Clerk's Office serves as the administrative arm of our court system. The Circuit Clerk is responsible for keeping the official record in all proceedings that come before the Sangamon County Courts. The Circuit Clerk has financial as well as administrative and managerial duties. We collect and distribute all money owed to the Court.

     The Clerk’s Office has enjoyed a long history dating to 1821. This office is one of the few that can boast that Abraham Lincoln was one of our customers, and according to many, "He was a pretty good attorney.” Since that time, the Circuit Clerk's office has become one of the busiest Circuit Clerk's offices in the State of Illinois.

     Our employees are just as proud of our accomplishments today as our predecessors were. We have embraced technology. Our staff and management share a common goal of providing fast, friendly and accurate service in the most economical way possible. (We are taxpayers too!) Every year, the number of people that visit our office and the volume of work completed increases, as does the number of files that are processed. We take pride in the fact that this office has fewer employees than it did 19 years ago, a feat accomplished with great employees. Doing more with less – it is our way of doing business.

     This website is intended to help you navigate through the court system with ease. When you have questions, don’t hesitate to ask any staff member or me. We are here to assist you.

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200 South Ninth Street

Springfield, Illinois 62701
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