Lake County

Lake County is a county located in the northeast corner of the State of Illinois. It is the third most populous county in the State of Illinois with a population of about 704,000 people. DuPage County is the second most populous county while Cook County is the most populous county in Illinois. Lake County borders Lake Michigan to the east, McHenry County to the west, Wisconsin to the north, and Cook County to the South. According to the United States census, Lake County is the 31st richest county in the United States. Most of the wealth in the county is concentrated in the lakefront communities of Lake Forest, Lake Bluff, Highland Park and the affluent North Shore area. Lake County is the home of the Great Lakes Naval Station which is the United States Navy's Headquarters Command for training. It is the Navy's only recruit training center in the United States.

The Illinois legislature created Lake County in 1839. In 1841 the County residents voted to move the County seat from what is now Libertyville to what is now Waukegan. A large piece of land was purchased in Waukegan and the first Courthouse was built in 1844. The remainder of the land was sold to pay for the construction costs for the Courthouse. The Courthouse was used only for court cases and for the County Jail until 1853 when the commissioners constructed a building to contain all the county offices and County records. In 1875, a fire destroyed the Courthouse but all of the County records were safe because they were stored in the adjacent building which had been built in 1853. After the fire, there was an attempt to move the County seat to Highland Park or Libertyville. However, the County Commissioners decided to keep the County seat in Waukegan. The building damaged by the fire was reconstructed and the county jail was added in 1922. In 1967, the original Courthouse was demolished and a new high-tech administration building was built with the addition of a new jail in 1969 and courts in 1970. These structures make up the current Lake County Courthouse and Lake County Jail in downtown Waukegan.

Some of the main cities in Lake County are Highland Park, Highwood, Lake Forest, North Chicago, Park City, Waukegan, and Zion. It also has numerous villages such as Antioch, Barrington, Buffalo Grove, Gurnee, Libertyville, Lake Zurich, Lincolnshire, Mundelein, Round Lake, Round Lake Beach, Wheeling, and Vernon Hills.

Lake County Law Enforcement

The Lake County Sheriff's Office is the largest law enforcement agency in Lake County. It is also the primary criminal law enforcement agency for Lake County that works with the law enforcement agencies for the various cities and villages.

The Lake County Sheriff's Office operates the Lake County Jail and provides court security services at all of the Courthouses in Lake County. The Sheriff's Office is headquartered at 25 South Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, Waukegan Illinois.

Lake County Courthouses

The Lake County Court system is part of the 19th Judicial Circuit Court. The 19th Judicial Circuit covers McHenry County and Lake County. The main Lake County Courthouse is located at 18 North County Street, Waukegan Illinois, next to the shores of Lake Michigan. The 2nd floor of that Courthouse has four Felony Courtrooms. The 4th floor has five Misdemeanor and Traffic Division Courtrooms.

The adjacent Babcock Judicial Complex has Felony Courtrooms on the second floor as well as Misdemeanor and Traffic Courtrooms on the first floor along with the Adult Pretrial Services Unit. Bond Court is also located on the first floor of this building. Bond Hearings are held at 9 a.m. and at 1:30 p.m. in Room C-120. The Babcock Judicial Complex is located at 20 South County Street, Waukegan Illinois.

There are also three branch Courthouses in Lake County. The first Branch Courthouse is the Mundelein Branch Court located at 105 East State Route 83, Mundelein, Illinois. The second Branch Courthouse is the North Branch Court located at 1792 Nicole Lane, Round Lake Beach Illinois. The third Branch Courthouse is the Park City Branch Court located at 301 South Greenleaf Avenue, Park City, Illinois. The Mundelein and North Branch Courthouses each have one room. The Park City Branch Courthouse has two rooms. All of these Branch Courthouses primarily handle Traffic matters and Municipal Violations.

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