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Lake County, IL Public Records

Circuit Court
18 N County St
Waukegan, IL 60085 https://www.lakecountycircuitclerk.or
Hours: 8:30AM-5PM CST
P: 847-377-3380
Jurisdiction: Felony, Misdemeanor, Civil, Eviction, Small Claims
Restricted Records: No juvenile or adoption records released
There are also branch courts in Mundelein, Park City, Round Lake, and Vernon Hills. Probates in Main Branch.
Probate Court
301 Greenleaf St
Park City, IL 60085
Hours: 8:30AM-5PM CST
P: 847-377-3500
Jurisdiction: Probate, Arbitration, Traffic, Wills

Lake County, IL Vital Records

Contact the Lake County Office of the County Recorder if you would like to find vital records, such as birth, death, marriage, divorce, and real estate records.

Lake County
County Recorder
18 N County St, 6th Fl
Waukegan, IL 60085-4358
8:30AM-5PM CST
Phone: 847-377-2575
Fax: 847-984-5860
Recorded Documents, State Tax Liens

Lake County Vital Certificates

Lake County Vital Certificates

If you would like to obtain a hard copy of a birth, death, marriage, divorce, or other vital record, you can do so by searching for and requesting a vital certificate. Vital certificates are hard copy documents, the same as those used by the United States government.

Get a vital certificate.

Lake County Information

Lake County, Illinois was founded in 1839. Libertyville was the original county seat, but it was moved to Waukegan in 1841. Anchored by several upscale, affluent communities, including the metropolitan Chicago area, Lake County is the 31st richest county in the United States.

You're probably all familiar with the yummy soft-serve ice cream treat served up by Dairy Queens all over the United States, but not many people realize that it was invented here in Lake County. And ice cream isn't the only treat being offered in this busy, metropolitan county. The area residents love festivals, so the county has a regular slate of events on the calendar year-round—everything from apple picking to gardening is reason to celebrate the seasons. If you consider great shopping a treat, head over to Long Grove Historic Village. This little gem has nearly a hundred picturesque shops and restaurants, and it exudes the elegance of the early 19th Century. Downtown Libertyville is another unique shopping experience that will leave you longing for the good ‘ol days.

Is shopping too sedate for your tastes? Lake County has 25,000 acres of parkland and 75 lakes to entertain the most active outdoor enthusiast. This is a four-season area, so there are great activity choices all year long. In the summer, you can swim, kayak, fish, or hike some amazing trails; and in the winter, there are snowmobiling trails for the big kids and sledding hills for the little ones.

If you like your entertainment inside, there are numerous museums and art galleries to explore; and a number of amazing theaters that offer Broadway shows, musicals, concerts, and a host of world class entertainers. Come visit Lake County, and let the entertainment begin.

Lake County Population Records

Total Land Area (2000): 447.56 sq mi
Population (2009): 712,567
  • Females: 49.8%
  • White: 85%
  • Black/African American: 7.1%
  • Asian: 6%
  • Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0.1%
  • Hispanic or Latino Origin: 19.6%
  • White, Not Hispanic: 66.5%
Population Change (2000-2009): 67,980
Foreign-Born Population (2000): 14.8%
Language other than English spoken at home (2000): 21.4%
Persons Below Poverty Level (2008): 7.6%
High School Graduates (2000): 86.6%
Bachelor’s Degree or Higher (2000): 38.6%
Persons per Household (2000): 2.88
Housing Units (2000): 225,919
Homeownership Rate (2000): 77.8%
Migration Flow to Lake County, IL from (2007-2008):

Lake County Records

Total Earnings by Industry, in thou. dol. (2007):
  • Total: $29,026,494
  • Construction: $1,546,002
  • Retail Trade: $2,427,483
  • Professional and Technical Services: $2,304,593
  • Healthcare: $1,744,878
  • Banking: $2,054,324
  • Retail Trade: $2,427,483
  • Accommodations and Food Services: $476,022
  • Manufacturing: $6,563,401
  • Farms: $10,445
  • Government: $3,965,466
Employed (2000): 310,396
Unemployed (2000): 13,957
Unemployment Rate (2009): 9.8%
Annual Payroll per Employee (2007): $56,456
Local Government Employment (2007): 0
Local Government Revenue (2007): $2,414,502 (thou. dol.)
Local Government Debt (2007): $2,240,240 (thou. dol.)

Lake County Birth, Death Records

Births (2007): 9,838
  • Per 1,000 population: 14
Deaths (2007): 3,919
  • Per 1,000 population: 5.6
Infant Deaths (2007): 52
  • Per 1,000 population: 5.3

Lake County Criminal Records

Violent Crimes (2008): 645
  • Murder and non-negligent manslaughter: 7
  • Forcible rape: 0
  • Robbery: 161
  • Aggravated Assault: 477
Property Crimes (2008): 7,827
  • Burglary: 1,496
  • Larceny-Theft: 6,067
  • Motor Vehicle Theft: 264

Lake County Genealogy Records