Criminal Justice Colleges & Degree Programs in Illinois, IL

Criminal Justice Colleges in Illinois

In addition to having one of the most architecturally beautiful cities in the country as its capital, Illinois is known for the great rivalry between the Windy City's two prestigious Major League Baseball teams: the Sox and the Cubs.

Illinois Criminal Justice Colleges

Illinois is home to 9 public universities on a dozen campuses, almost 50 community colleges, and approximately 135 private schools, many of which offer criminal justice degrees. If you don't find the exact program you're looking for, you can also choose from online criminal justice colleges in Illinois. Chicago may be the biggest city in Illinois with almost 3 million people, but Illinois has half a dozen other cities with more than 100,000 people, and many smaller cities and towns to account for the state's 13 million residents. As a student at one of the criminal justice schools in Illinois, you'd enjoy the varied weather between wet, hot summers and snowy, cold winters. If you enroll in a bachelor's degree program at one of the criminal justice colleges in Illinois, you can join the 26 percent of the state's population over the age of 25 who have also earned a bachelor's degree.

Police and Law Enforcement Jobs in Illinois

Illinois has a medium-security federal penitentiary in Marion, a medium federal institution in both Greenville and Pekin, and a federal level metro center in Chicago. In 2009, there were about 141,000 individuals employed in protective service occupations in Illinois, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports, and the occupations employing the most individuals included:

  • Security guards ($25,970)
  • Police and sheriff's patrol officers ($66,050)
  • Fire fighters ($51,350)
  • Correctional officers and jailers ($51,530)

The mean annual wage for all protective services personnel in Illinois was $47,040 in 2009, as per BLS, which is moderately higher than the national mean of $41,740. Illinois' rate of violent crime is above the national average of 429 per 100,000 people, according to FBI statistics. In 2009, Illinois had 497 violent crimes per 100,000 residents, 57 percent of which were aggravated assault. Data from the National Institute of Corrections from 2008 shows that while the overall crime rate in Illinois was 6 percent below the national average, violent crime in the state was about 13 percent higher than average.

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