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Sheriff announces Waukegan non-profit center will provide alternative to the Lake County Jail

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office announced that a non-profit center in Waukegan will now be an alternative to jail for those who have mental health issues or substance use disorders. The Independence Center, in partnership with the Lake County’s Sheriff’s Office, Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office, and Lake County Government, announced the expansion of the […]

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U.S. Marine Corps recruiter arrested after being found in possession of child pornography

A U.S. Marine Corps recruiter assigned to the Lake County area was arrested after investigators found him with images and videos of child pornography, prosecutors said. James R. Wallace, 35, was charged with four felony counts of child pornography possession, court records show. Wallace, an active duty staff sergeant with the U.S. Marine Corps, surrendered […]

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Family calls for charges against officers in Round Lake Beach police custody death following new autopsy findings

The state’s attorney’s office said they are reviewing a second autopsy that showed the death of a man in Round Lake Beach police custody was partially caused by “prone back pressure” applied by police. Abel Rosiles Jr., 21, of Round Lake, died on June 18, 2020. A jury inquest ruled in October that Rosiles’s death […]

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‘This was murder’: Lake County state’s attorney reacts to verdict in George Floyd case

Lake County State’s Attorney Eric Rinehart said there is “so much more work to do” for criminal justice reform following the conviction of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the murder of George Floyd. Chauvin, 45, was found guilty by a jury on Tuesday of all three charges he faced — unintentional second-degree murder, […]

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Lake County state’s attorney announces new changes to his office, says “We must make Lake County safer”

Lake County State’s Attorney Eric Rinehart said his top priority is to eliminate systemic racism in the justice system and make Lake County safer, according to a public letter he wrote. Rinehart said that he is pledging safety, equality and transparency as pillars of his new administration. “We must make Lake County safer and our […]

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Gov. Pritzker, Lake County state’s attorney issue statements of support for criminal justice reform bill

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Lake County State’s Attorney Eric Rinehart both signaled their support for the newly approved criminal justice reform bill, which ends cash bail and implements police reform measures. House Bill 3653 — formerly House Bill 163 — passed by a 60-50 vote early Wednesday morning. The Senate passed the bill by […]