1. Lake County Jail Death Investigation

    As a result of a death which occurred at the Lake County Jail, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office contacted the Lake County Major Crime Task Force to begin an immediate investigation, per protocol. Read on...
  2. Zion Police Department, Lake County Sheriff’s Office, and Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office

    The Zion Police Department, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office are teaming up to address violent crime in Zion. The City of Zion has experienced an unprecedented number of recent shootings, including two that Read on...
  3. Waukegan Man Intentionally Causes Traffic Crash in Shields Township, Injuring 1-Year-Old

    On September 15, 2018, at approximately 8:05PM, Lake County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to the area of Route 41 north of Route 176, Shields Township, for a traffic crash with injuries. Read on...
  4. Man Flees Courthouse After Resisting Court Officer

    On September 12, at approximately 11:00AM, Isiah J. Jarrett, 33, of the 5000 block of Graceland Boulevard, Mt. Pleasant, WI, was at the Lake County Courthouse for a hearing on an Aggravated Driving Under the Influence case, where he was the defendant. Read on...
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School is in Session!

Schools in session and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office is providing a few safety tips for motorists and parents. 

  • Illinois state law requires motorists to come to a complete stop when a pedestrian/runner or cyclist is in a marked crosswalk.
  • Reduce risks in a school safety zone by eliminating any distractions, including cell phone use. If you are picking up a student and need to use your cell phone to contact them, please pull over, park and call.

Parents should teach pedestrian skills to children. Visit our Child & Teen Safety and Well-Being page for the NHTSA’s ‘Teaching Children to Walk Safely as They Grow and Develop’ guide.

School Bus Safety:

  • Illinois law states it is illegal to pass a school bus that is stopped and is displaying the stop sign arm.
  • Motorists on a road with 4 or more lanes (with at least 2 lanes of traffic in opposite direction) does not have to stop for a stopped bus travelling in the opposite direction. However, motorists are required to stop if they are travelling the same direction as the stopped bus.
  • Under Illinois law, school bus drivers can report the license plate numbers of vehicles that illegally pass them.
  • First-time offenders can have their driver’s license suspended for three months and a repeat offender, within a five-year period, can have their license suspended for a year.

Technology Safety:

Check out our Child & Teen Safety and Well-Being page and Keeping Kids Safer Online