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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Celebrates Completion of New Lake County Court Tower

Nineteenth Judicial Circuit Chief Judge Jay Ukena, Lake County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor, along with judges, county board members, elected officials, justice partners and others gathered recently for the ribbon-cutting of the new Court Tower in downtown Waukegan. The ceremony also included the dedication of the Audrey H. Nixon Pedestrian Bridge.

The new eight-story, 200,000 sq. foot court tower houses 12 new courtrooms, jury assembly space, various administrative services and room for six future courtrooms. The tower construction began in June 2016 and will open to the public July 30, 2018. Find out more.

‘Women on Patrol’ to Film the Lake County Sheriff’s Office

Women on Patrol Photo

Sheriff Mark Curran is pleased to announce another television show will be riding with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office beginning this month.  Lifetime Cable Network’s television show ‘Women on Patrol’ will begin riding with Sheriff’s Deputies the week of July 23rd.

‘Women on Patrol’ airs on the Lifetime Cable Network on Monday evenings at 8:00PM (Central Time).  ‘Women on Patrol’ will ride-along with our Highway Patrol Division and provide another opportunity for the community to have an inside look at the many responsibilities of the Sheriff’s Office, as well as the variety of calls Sheriff’s Deputies respond to.

Sheriff Mark Curran said, “I am very excited to again have the Lake County Sheriff’s Office featured on a national television program.  LivePD was a great success in giving the community an inside look at the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and this is another opportunity to do the same.  I have the utmost confidence in our employees and I am excited to see our staff featured on ‘Women on Patrol!’

Women on Patrol is produced for the Lifetime Network by Big Fish Entertainment LLC.

Sheriff’s Office Joins Forces with Agencies Statewide for 2018 Illinois Speed Awareness Day

Waukegan, IL – Sheriff Mark Curran is reminding motorists that Wednesday, July 25, 2018, is Speed Awareness Day. Expanded traffic safety patrols will be visible throughout the county to remind motorists to drive within the speed limit.

Sheriff Curran stated, “This isn’t about writing tickets, it’s about raising awareness that speeding is still the number one cause of traffic crashes in Illinois. Enforcement campaigns are necessary and effective at raising awareness and reaching motorists.”

In residential areas, speeding can have the following consequences:

  • When a pedestrian is hit by a car at 20 MPH, there is a 10% likelihood of being killed; at a speed of 30 MPH, the percentage increases to a 50% likelihood of being killed.
  • The higher the speed at impact, the more severe the injuries sustained.
  • 37% of the speed-related crashes result in injuries.
  • When speeding, there is a greater chance that other road users will misjudge how fast you are traveling.
  • Speeding extends the distance required to stop a vehicle in emergency situations.
  • Speeding reduces a driver’s ability to navigate safely around curves or objects in the roadway.

Let’s all do our part by taking a proactive approach to prevent fatalities and reduce injuries on the roadways by being aware of our speed and obeying the speed limit signs ALL the time.  If you would like more information about Illinois Speed Awareness Day, please visit

Lake County Forest Preserve News

Forest Fitness

Join the Lake County Forest Preserves and dozens of local park districts in the new Go Lake County movement. This countywide low-impact fitness initiative aims to empower Lake County residents to improve their overall health through the simple act of walking. And, there’s no greater benefit to our bodies and minds than walking in nature. Our outdoor hiking programs offered in forest preserves throughout Lake County are a natural fit to get you going. Attend our weekly Forest Fitness hikes, which are now part of the Go Lake County initiative, or take friends and family along for a hike on any of our scenic preserve trails.

Sunset Paddle

Enjoy a relaxing paddle and watch the sunset from Hastings Lake on May 20, at 7 p.m. Bring your own equipment or use one of our kayaks. No experience required, but it is recommended.

Preserve and Trail Improvement Projects

Several trail and preserve improvement projects are planned for completion this year, weather permitting. Here are a few highlights. Check our website for updates on all projects.

Lyons Woods to Waukegan Savanna Trail Connection: We’re partnering with others to create a 2.3-mile paved trail connecting the Robert McClory Bike Path at Lyons Woods to the Green Bay Road right-of-way.

Opening this summer

Waukegan Savanna Dog Park: Canines will soon have a new off-leash dog area to exercise, play and socialize. The entrance is at the northeast corner of Delany and Yorkhouse Roads.

Opening late fall

Spring Bluff Observation Deck and Trail: An existing asphalt roadway is being converted to a 0.7-mile trail, and a new wildlife education and observation deck is being built. Opening late 2018.

Science in the Preserves

We are serious about our goal to eradicate the non-native invasive species, buckthorn, from our forest preserves and beyond. In 2015, we convened several regional organizations to discuss ideas for controlling buckthorn. This conversation was organized to launch a pilot project to improve landscapes within the vicinity of Middlefork Savanna (Lake Forest). Around that same time our Assistant Public Affairs Manager, Allison Frederick, forged a partnership with social scientists at the U.S. Forest Service (USFS). Eager to discuss applicable methods for behavioral change and conservation psychology, she teamed up with researchers at the USFS to determine people’s perceptions of the trees and aesthetics in the buckthorn pilot area. Learn more

National Trail Award Received

A pedestrian bridge installed last fall over the Metra Railway to connect 4.5 miles of trails at Middlefork Savanna (Lake Forest) to neighboring facilities and parks won the best in trails award from the National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials. The award recognizes exceptional trail project planning, design and construction and benefits to the community. The Middlefork Bridge and Trail Connection was made possible by donations from: Elizabeth and Richard Uihlein, The City of Lake Forest, Lake Forest Open Lands Association, Chicago Bears, Lake Forest Academy, Lake Forest Bank & Trust Company and John and Paula Lillard. A special thank you to bridge and trail Project Manager, Michael Haug, Lake County Forest Preserves.


For more information on the Lake County Forest Preserve, click here for their website.