Lake County Arrest, Court, and Public Records
Lake County recorded 868 violent crimes and 8,502 property crimes in 2015, the most recent year with a complete set of crime statistics. Aggravated assault accounted for more than half of the violent crimes in the county with 496 incidents. There were also 237 robberies, 130 rapes, and 5 murders in that year. With 6,920 reported cases, larceny was by far the most prevalent property crime in Lake County. Burglary came second with 1,281 incidents while there were 301 cases of vehicle theft and 53 arsons.
Compared to crime figures for the previous year, Lake County experienced a slight 0.2% dip in property crime rate while violent crime rate went up by a modest 5.5%. A closer look at the data shows that there were lower incidences of murder (54.5%) and burglary (10.7%) between 2014 and 2015. Rape (28.7%), aggravated assault (2.7%), robbery (3.9%), larceny (0.8%), vehicle theft (35%), and arson (20.5%) rates rose in the same period.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office issues police reports such as incident and accident reports upon requests. The Sheriff treats these as requests made under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Therefore, requesters need to download, complete, and send a FOIA form to obtain incident reports, law enforcement public records, and jail records. Email the completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax it to (847) 984-5974. Alternatively mail it to:
Lake County Sheriff’s Office
25 S Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue
Waukegan, IL 60085
The office opens from Monday to Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. For an in-person request, bring the completed form to the address above and hand it over to Christy Berkquist. The first 50 pages of police reports are free while longer documents attract a charge of 15 cents per page after the 50th page. There is a flat rate of $5 per report for accident reports. The fee for copies of reports about accidents requiring construction is $20 per document.
In accordance with Illinois State Sex Offender and Child Murderer Community Notification Law, the Sheriff’s Office maintains a regularly updated list of sex offenders living in Lake County. The county’s Sex Offender Registry is available to the public and searchable online. Anyone can search for registered sex offenders by name, zip code, and offense type. The registry also includes information about jailed and non-compliant offenders.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is also responsible for maintaining jail and inmate records. It provides an online search tool for locating individuals incarcerated in any of the county’s correctional facilities. Use the Inmate Search tool to find inmates by name, booking number, and booking date.
The courts in Lake County make up the 19th Judicial Circuit Court of Illinois. The County Circuit Clerk is the official responsible for maintaining their records. These include documents generated during civil, criminal, and traffic cases. The Circuit Clerk provides a central online Public Access System for searching for these court records. Search this database by providing a case number or the name of an individual or business that is a party in the case.
To search the calendars of the various divisions of the 19th Judicial Circuit Court, visit the Court Calendars page and follow the links provided.
All requests for vital records in Lake County should go to the Office of the County Clerk. This department issues certified copies of birth, death, marriage, and civil union records. The County Clerk accepts both in-person and mail requests. To request for any of these records in person, visit the Downtown Waukegan office of the County Clerk located at:
18 N. County Street
Waukegan, IL 60085
The office opens between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. from Monday to Thursday. Its closing time extends to 7:00 p.m. on Fridays. For further enquires, call the Office of the County Clerk at (847) 377-2400 or send a fax to (847) 984-5822. For faster service, download, complete, and bring a Birth Record Request Form, a Death Certificate Request Form, a Civil Union Record Request Form, or a Marriage Record Request Form. Bring along a valid ID and the required fees. The Clerk accepts cash, check, money, and credit card for walk-in requests. Only money order and check are accepted for mail requests.
If you opt for a mail request, send a completed and signed request form (same as above), a photocopy of a valid ID, a self-addressed envelope, and the required payment to:
Lake County Clerk
Vital Records Department
18 N. County Street, Room 101
Waukegan, IL 60085
The County Clerk charges $10 for the first certified copy of a birth, civil union, and marriage certificate and $4 for each additional certified copy of the same record ordered at the same time. The first certified copy of a death certificate attracts a $14 charge. Each additional certified copy gets billed $8. The fee for a non-certified copy of a birth, death, or marriage record is $4.