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Press Release-Outstanding Fines and Fees 2018

Date: Tuesday, October 9, 2018

October 9th, 2018

State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato


Winnebago County State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato announces that the County has successfully collected millions of dollars in outstanding court fines and fees. Harris and Harris, Ltd. has partnered with the County to acquire a total of$12,168,000owed by individuals involved in the criminal justice system.

 Harris and Harris

It’s been roughly six years since State’s Attorney Bruscato announced that the County was joining forces with Harris and Harris, Ltd. to collect unpaid court fines and fees. Over the past several years, there have been many efforts made to get people to pay what they owe to Winnebago County.  In December of 2011, the County contracted with experienced collection agency Harris & Harris, Ltd.  Since 2012, when the agency took over, more than $12 million has been collected. In addition to solid efforts to enforce fines and fees, programs including tax return intercept have been used. This partnership is cost neutral to taxpayers, because the scofflaws pay. Harris and Harris, Ltd. has a strong reputation and represents many government agencies throughout the Country.


Harris & Harris, Ltd. has been collecting debt for Government Agencies, Utility Services and Healthcare Facilities since 1968.  Millions of dollars have been collected for government agencies and businesses entities around the country while maintaining the outstanding reputations of clients.


For more information on how to pay outstanding fees contact:

Harris & Harris, Ltd.: 312-423-7421



Alternative Justice & Outreach Coordinator

Katie Zimmerman


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