Criminal Justice Degrees Guide

Criminal Justice Colleges in Illinois

There are a wide variety of programs available through universities offering criminal justice degrees. Below you will find a listing of schools by city as well as online criminal justice colleges that offer classes throughout Illinois.

Illinois is the quintessential Midwestern state. Often called the "most average state," Illiois is a bellwether for political and social issues. Illinois is also the fifth most populous state, with 65 percent of residents living in the greater Chicago metropolitan area. The capital of the state is Springfield, but Chicago is its largest city, as well as the third largest in the country. Currently, Illinois is facing a 10.6 percent unemployment rate, which is just slightly higher than the national average of 9.5 percent. There are more than 20 accredited four-year institutions and five of these were ranked as being "first tier" by the U.S. News & World Report. These schools include the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois Institute of Technology, and Loyola University Chicago. The state also has dozens of liberal arts colleges, and around 50 community colleges for students to choose from.

Illinois crime statistics rank the state in the middle of the nation inregards to safety. In 2007, there were around 450,000 offenses reported to the Illinois authorities. Of these offenses, 52 percent were reported in Cook County, which is home to the city of Chicago, and 22 percent were reported in the Northern areas just outside of Cook Country. The state index offense rate was much higher in 2007 than that of the national average, at 3,547 offenses per 100,000 Illinois citizens and 1,865 offenses per 100,000 American citizens respectively. As of 2007, Illinois ranked 12th in the nation in violent crimes, 8th in the nation in total robberies, 30th overall in burglary, larceny, and vehicular theft, and 20th in the country in murder. The state also has a much higher average than that of the national average for crimes committed per square mile. In Illinois, 104 crimes are committed per square mile, while the national median is 49 crimes per mile.

Whether you’re interested in a degree in corrections, criminology, or any other bachelor’s or master’s justice degree, the search for finding the right criminal justice academy for you begins with requesting a free information packet from schools in your area by following the links below.

Online Colleges Offering Classes in IL

University of Phoenix Kaplan University Capella University

Addison Criminal Justice Campus Programs

DeVry University

Elgin Criminal Justice Campus Programs

DeVry University Kaplan University

Gurnee Criminal Justice Campus Programs

DeVry University Kaplan University

Lincolnshire Criminal Justice Campus Programs

DeVry University Kaplan University

Lincoln Criminal Justice Campus Programs

Lincoln Tech

Normal Criminal Justice Campus Programs

Lincoln Tech

Naperville Criminal Justice Campus Programs

DeVry University Kaplan University

Oak Brook Criminal Justice Campus Programs

DeVry University Kaplan University

Schaumberg Criminal Justice Campus Programs

University of Phoenix DeVry University Argosy University Kaplan University

Tinley Park Criminal Justice Campus Programs

DeVry University Kaplan University

Interested in a criminal justice career in Illinois? Take a look at some of the best crime-fighting jobs in the state.

Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers

National Employment: 13,140

National Mean Hourly Wage: $42.13

National Mean Annual Wage: $87,620

Illinois Employment: Numbers 630

Illinois Hourly Mean Wage: $35.68

Illinois Annual Mean Wage: $74,220

Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators

National Employment: 8,110

National Mean Hourly Wage: $30.41

National Mean Annual Wage: $63,250

Illinois Employment: 210

Illinois Hourly Mean Wage: $40.1

Illinois Annual Mean Wage: $83,400

Correctional Officers and Jailers

National Employment: 455,350

National Mean Hourly Wage: $20.49

National Mean Annual Wage: $42,610

Illinois Employment: 12,350

Illinois Hourly Mean Wage: $24.78

Illinois Annual Mean Wage: $51,530

Court Reporters

National Employment: 3,172,420

National Mean Hourly Wage: $20.07

National Mean Annual Wage: $41,740

Illinois Employment: 120

Illinois Hourly Mean Wage: $20.38

Illinois Annual Mean Wage: $42,390

Detectives and Criminal Investigators

National Employment: 110,380

National Mean Hourly Wage: $31.66

National Mean Annual Wage: $65,860

Illinois Employment: 2,840

Illinois Hourly Mean Wage: $36.71

Illinois Annual Mean Wage: $76,360

First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Correctional Officers

National Employment: 45,540

National Mean Hourly Wage: $28.76

National Mean Annual Wage: $59,810

Illinois Employment: 1,780

Illinois Hourly Mean Wage: $30.72

Illinois Annual Mean Wage: $63,900

First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Police and Detectives

National Employment: 99,900

National Mean Hourly Wage: $37.78

National Mean Annual Wage: $78,580

Illinois Employment: 5,610

Illinois Hourly Mean Wage: $44.04

Illinois Annual Mean Wage: $91,590

Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates

National Employment: 26,350

National Mean Hourly Wage: $49.99

National Mean Annual Wage: $103,990

Illinois Employment: 1,090

Illinois Hourly Mean Wage: $75.34

Illinois Annual Mean Wage: $156,710

Law Clerks

National Employment:32,630

National Mean Hourly Wage: $20.17

National Mean Annual Wage: $41,960

Illinois Employment: 2,220

Illinois Hourly Mean Wage: $21.83

Illinois Annual Mean Wage: $45,410

Lawyers

National Employment: 556,790

National Mean Hourly Wage: $62.03

National Mean Annual Wage: $129,020

Illinois Employment: 29,780

Illinois Hourly Mean Wage: $66.15

Illinois Annual Mean Wage: $137,590

Paralegals and Legal Assistants

National Employment: 246,810

National Mean Hourly Wage: $24.08

National Mean Annual Wage: $50,080

Illinois Employment: 8,310

Illinois Hourly Mean Wage: $26.29

Illinois Annual Mean Wage: $54,690

Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers

National Employment: 641,590

National Mean Hourly Wage: $26.53

National Mean Annual Wage: $55,180

Illinois Employment: 31,390

Illinois Hourly Mean Wage: $31.76

Illinois Annual Mean Wage: $66,050

Private Detectives and Investigators

National Employment: 31,250

National Mean Hourly Wage: $22.66

National Mean Annual Wage: $47,130

Illinois Employment: 1,630

Illinois Hourly Mean Wage: $22.30

Illinois Annual Mean Wage: $46,380

Data Source: http://www.bls.gov/oes