Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request

Illinois law requires public bodies to respond or deny to FOIA requests within 5 business days. The response time can be extended for an additional 5 business days, as allowed under the law.

FOIA Requests for Incident Reports

You may wish to wait 5 to 7 days from the date of the incident or the date you made the report before you contact the LCSO Records Division at 847-377-4200 to obtain a report. Depending on the complexity of the report, it takes on average 3 to 5 days for a report to be completed by the Deputy; approved by the Sergeant, and submitted to the Records Division.

Reports and other documents requested without a subpoena, court order or specific statutory authority will be treated as a request made under the FOIA. Many of the Sheriff's records may be exempt from disclosure under the provisions of the FOIA, as stated in Section 7 of FOIA. In order to identify records and review them for possible exemptions, the Sheriff may take up to 5 business days to respond to a Records FOIA Request and, if necessary, may take a reasonable period of time thereafter to produce the non-exempt records requested.

FOIA Requests - Adult Corrections

If you would like to submit a FOIA request for records maintained by the Lake County Sheriff's Adult Corrections Facility, please click here. The response time can be extended for an additional five working days, as allowed under the law.

Complete & Deliver

Please complete a FOIA form (PDF) and send via email or by mail to:
Lake County Sheriff's Office
Attention: FOIA
25 S Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue.
Waukegan, IL 60085


Fax: 847.984.5974

You may also hand-deliver to one of the following FOIA Officers:
  • Christy Berkquist
  • Chief Jennifer Witherspoon
Please be specific in the nature of your request in order for FOIA officers to process your request more efficiently. Please note: Illinois law does not require you to submit on a standard form, but the request should be in writing.


Copy Fees:
  • First 50 pages are free (black and white)
  • $0.15 per page thereafter (black and white)
Electronic records can be requested and will be provided, as allowed under the law.

About the Lake County Sheriff's Office

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office has the constitutional and statutory responsibility to enforce federal laws, Illinois State statutes and County ordinances for unincorporated Lake County and contract communities including the Villages of Beach Park, Deer Park, Lake Barrington, Long Grove, North Barrington and Long Grove and Volo. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office maintains peace and order, arrests offenders, issues traffic citations, serves civil process, maintains the Lake County Adult Correctional facility and provides security for the courts. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office 2016 Annual Budget approved by the Lake County Board is $66,284,890.00, with 483 full-time and 51 part-time employees.