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Lake County Arrest, Court, and Public Records

What are Lake County Arrest Records?

In Lake County, law enforcement authorities create arrest records when they detain or arrest suspected offenders. Officially in the public domain, arrest records contain the arrestee’s details, a description of the circumstances leading to the arrest, and the arresting officer’s information. Lake County arrest records show suspicion of criminal activities, but do not serve as conclusive proof of wrongdoing - as do criminal records. In Lake County, the Sheriff’s Office is responsible for generating arrest records and making them and other police reports available to the public.

How Do I Get Lake County Police Reports?

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 an FOIA form to obtain incident reports, law enforcement, public records, and jail records. Applicants can submit the completed form by email, in person, by fax, or by post.

Lake County Sheriff’s Office
25 S Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue
Waukegan, IL 60085
Fax: (847) 984-5974

The office opens from Monday to Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. The first 50 pages of police reports are free, while longer documents attract a charge of 15 cents per page after the 50th page.

Crime Statistics

Lake County recorded 868 violent crimes and 8,502 property crimes in 2015. 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 five murders in that year. With 6,920 reported cases, larceny-theft was by far the most prevalent property crime in Lake County. Burglary reports 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 the violent crime rate went up by a modest 5.5%. A closer look at the data shows 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.

What are Lake County Criminal Records?

Lake County criminal records are official documents that law enforcement authorities collate when a suspected offender is convicted. These criminal records list all of a convicted person’s illegal activities in the county and typically contain arrest records, indictments, dispositions, convictions, and incarceration information. These details come courtesy of the courts and the corrections system. In Lake County, criminal records are available from the Lake County Circuit Court Clerk. Statewide, they are available from the Illinois State Police Bureau of Identification.

How Do I Get Lake County Criminal Records?

Interested individuals may seek out Lake County criminal records on the Public Access System provided by the Lake County Circuit Court Clerk. Requesters may also apply for criminal records in person or through the mail.

Lake County Circuit Court Clerk
18 N County Street
Waukegan, IL 60085
Phone: (847) 377-2550

Statewide, The Illinois State Police Bureau of Identification stores criminal history information. According to the Uniform Conviction Information Act, the Bureau of Identification makes all criminal history records and conviction information it maintains available to the public. To acquire criminal records, requesters must pay a fee to the Illinois Bureau of Identification. Name-based inquiries are accessible online, through the Criminal History Information Response Process (CHIRP) provided by the Illinois State Circuit Court.

How to Find Lake County Sex Offender Information?

Following 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.

How do I Visit an Inmate in Lake County Jail?

The Sheriff's Office Corrections Division conducts non-contact visitation with inmates over a video visitation system. Individuals interested in visiting Lake County inmates may come directly to the visitation center or schedule a remote visit from home on personal computers or other electronic devices. Visitors must have inmates add them to the approved visitors’ list before scheduling the visit at least 24 hours in advance. The visitation schedule is below:

Sunday through Saturday:
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
11:45 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m - 9:30 p.m.

Each inmate is allowed to receive one non-contact, on-site, 30-minute visit per week free of charge. Visitors must present a valid, government-issued ID, and non-adults may only visit in adult company. On-site visitors must arrive at the facility fifteen minutes before the visit starts. Visitors must dress moderately in clothes that cover sensitive body parts and shoes that cover the toes. No mobile devices, drugs, or weapons are allowed in the facility, and anyone who carries them in faces suspension of visitation privileges.

Where and How to Find Lake County Inmate Information?

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is responsible for maintaining jail and inmate records. The office provides an online search tool for locating individuals incarcerated in any county’s correctional facilities. Interested individuals may use the Inmate Search tool to find inmates by name, booking number, and booking date.

What are Lake County Court Records?

Lake County court records are official documents that detail a court proceeding from initial filing to final judgment. The courts in Lake County make up the 19th Judicial Circuit Court of Illinois, and 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. Interested persons may search this database by providing a case number or the name of an individual or business party in the case.

Location of all Courts in Lake County

Lake County Circuit Court - Juvenile Branch
24647 North Milwaukee Avenue,
Vernon Hills, IL 60061
Phone: (847) 377-7888

Lake County Circuit Court - Main Branch
18 North County Street,
Waukegan, IL 60085
Phone: (847) 377-3380

Lake County Circuit Court - Mundelein Branch
105 East Route 83,
Mundelein, IL 60060
Phone: (847) 377-3300

Lake County Circuit Court - North Branch
1792 Nicole Lane,
Round Lake, IL 60073
Phone: (847) 377-3400

Lake County Circuit Court - Park City Branch
301 Greenleaf Street,
Park City, IL 60085
Phone: (847) 377-3500 (Main Line)
Phone: (847) 377-3260 (Probate)

Fox Lake Adjudication Court
Village Hall
66 Thillen Drive,
Fox Lake, IL 60020
Phone: (847) 587-2151
Fax: (847) 587-2237

Grayslake Adjudication Hearing System
Village Hall
10 South Seymour Avenue,
Grayslake, IL 60030
Phone: (847) 223-8515

Gurnee Administrative Hearings Process
Police Department Community Room
100 North O’Plaine Road,
Gurnee, IL 60031
Phone: (847) 599-7070

Hawthorn Woods Administrative Adjudication
Village Hall
2 Lagoon Drive,
Hawthorn Woods, IL 60047
Phone: (847) 438-9050

Highland Park Administrative Hearing System
City Hall
1707 St. Johns Avenue,
Highland Park, IL 60035
Phone: (847) 926-1030

Lake Forest Administrative Hearing System
Public Safety Building
255 West Deerpath,
Lake Forest, IL 60045
Phone: (847) 810-3844

Libertyville Administrative Adjudication
Village Hall Board Room
118 West Cook,
Libertyville, IL 60048
Phone: (847) 918-2038

Zion Administrative Adjudication
City Hall
2828 Sheridan Road,
Zion, IL 60099
Phone: (847) 379-8308

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What are Lake County Vital Records?

Lake County’s vital records are official documents that mark certain significant events in residents’ lives. Vital records include birth, death, marriage, and marriage dissolution records. Per the Illinois Freedom of Information Act, vital records are not in the public domain. Also, per the Illinois Vital Records Act, only record-holders, immediate family members of record-holders, or legal representatives are permitted to request vital records. Therefore, vital records requesters must prove eligibility before obtaining them. In Lake County, the County Clerk’s office is responsible for providing birth, death, and marriage certificates. The Circuit Court Clerk is responsible for managing divorce records.

Where and How to Get Divorce Records?

In Lake County, the Circuit Court Clerk is responsible for managing divorce records. Eligible parties may obtain Lake County divorce records by confirming their existence on the online Public Access System and then requesting certified copies from the circuit court branch where the judge issued the divorce. The cost of authenticating a divorce record is $7, including signing and sealing.

Where and How to Get Lake County Marriage Records?

In Lake County, the Office of the County Clerk issues certified copies of marriage records. The County Clerk accepts both in-person and mail requests. To request for any of these records in person, eligible persons may visit the Downtown Waukegan office of the County Clerk located at:

18 N. County Street
Room 101
Waukegan, IL 60085
Phone: (847) 377-2400
Fax: (847) 984-5822

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 faster service, requesters may download, complete, and bring a Civil Union Record Request, or a Marriage Record Request, along with a valid ID and the required fees. The Clerk accepts cash, check, money, and credit card for walk-in requests, but takes only money orders and checks for mail requests.

Individuals who opt for mail requests must 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 marriage certificate and $4 for each additional certified copy of the same record ordered at the same time. The fee for a non-certified copy of a marriage record is $4.

Where and How to Get Lake County Birth Records?

In Lake County, the Office of the County Clerk issues certified copies of birth records. The County Clerk accepts both in-person and mail requests. To request for any of these records in person, eligible persons may visit the Downtown Waukegan office of the County Clerk located at:

18 N. County Street
Room 101
Waukegan, IL 60085
Phone: (847) 377-2400
Fax: (847) 984-5822

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 faster service, requesters must download, complete, and bring a Birth Record Request Form, along with a valid ID and the required fees. The Clerk accepts cash, check, money, and credit card for walk-in requests, but takes only money orders and checks for mail requests.

Individuals who opt for a mail request must 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 certificate and $4 for each additional certified copy of the same record ordered at the same time. The fee for a non-certified copy of a birth record is $4.

Where and How to Get Lake County Death Records?

In Lake County, the Office of the County Clerk issues certified copies of death records. The County Clerk accepts both in-person and mail requests. To request for any of these records in person, eligible persons may visit the Downtown Waukegan office of the County Clerk located at:

18 N. County Street
Room 101
Waukegan, IL 60085
Phone: (847) 377-2400
Fax: (847) 984-5822

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 faster service, requesters may download, complete, and bring a Death Certificate Request Form, along with a valid ID and the required fees. The Clerk accepts cash, check, money, and credit card for walk-in requests, but takes only money orders and checks for mail requests.

Individuals who opt for a mail request must 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 first certified copy of a death certificate attracts a $14 charge. Each extra certified copy gets billed $8. The fee for a non-certified copy of a death record is $4.

Are Property Records Open to the Public in Lake County?

In Lake County, property records are open to the public per the Illinois Freedom of Information Act, which states that “all records in the custody or possession of a public body are presumed to be open to inspection or copying.” Anyone interested in obtaining Lake County property records may query the appropriate custodian’s office.

Where and How to Find Property Records in Lake County

The Lake County Chief County Assessment Office maintains property records in the state and makes them available to interested public members through online and offline methods. Interested parties may request property records from the Office from Monday through Friday, between 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Chief County Assessment Office
18 N County Street – 7th Floor
Waukegan, IL 60085
Phone: (847) 377-2050

How to Look Up Lake County Property Records

In Lake County, the Chief County Assessment Office gives the public access to property records through its online database. Interested persons can find property records using the following parameters:

  • Parcel ID
  • Owner
  • Billing Name
  • Address No

Individuals that cannot access property records online may contact the Assessment Office in person from Monday through Friday, between 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Chief County Assessment Office
18 N County Street – 7th Floor
Waukegan, IL 60085
Phone: (847) 377-2050

Location of Lake County Property Assessors

Antioch Township Assessor
1490 Main Street
Antioch, IL 60002
Phone: (847) 395-1545

Avon Township Assessor
427 E Washington Street
Round Lake Park, IL 60073
Phone: (847) 546-2146

Benton Township Assessor
40020 N Greenbay Road
Beach Park, IL 60099
Phone: (847) 746-2069

Cuba Township Assessor
28000 W Cuba Road
Barrington, IL 60010-2766
Phone: (847) 381-1120

Ela Township Assessor
1155 E Route 22
Lake Zurich, IL 60047
Phone: (847) 438-8370

Fremont Township Assessor
22385 Route 60
Mundelein, IL 60060
Phone: (847) 223-2846

Grant Township Assessor
26725 Molidor Road
Ingleside, IL 60041
Phone: (847) 546-8880

Lake Villa Township Assessor
37850 North Route 59
Lake Villa, IL 60046
Phone: (847) 356-2383

Libertyville Township Assessor
359 Merrill Court
Libertyville, IL 60048
Phone: (847) 362-5900

Moraine Township Assessor
800 Central Avenue
Highland Park, IL 60035
Phone: (847) 432-2100

Newport Township Assessor
19020 W Old Town Ct
Old Mill Creek, IL 60046
Phone: (847) 245-3346

Shields Township Assessor
906 Muir
Lake Bluff, IL 60044-1588
Phone: (847) 234-3485

Vernon Township Assessor
3050 Main Street
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089-2727
Phone: (847) 634-4602

Warren Township Assessor
17801 Washington Street
Gurnee, IL 60031
Phone: (847) 244-1101

Wauconda Township Assessor
505 Bonner Road
Wauconda, IL 60084
Phone: (847) 526-2881

Waukegan Township Assessor
415 Washington Street
Suite 206
Waukegan, IL 60085
Phone: (847) 623-4550

West Deerfield Township Assessor
601 Deerfield Road
Deerfield, IL 60015
Phone: (847) 945-3020

Zion Township Assessor
2816 Sheridan Road
Zion, IL 60099
Phone: (847) 872-5031