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County board approves gun violence, domestic violence prevention programs in Lake County

The county board on Tuesday approved new programs led by the state’s attorney’s office targeting the prevention of gun violence and domestic violence in Lake County. A Domestic Violence Prevention Partnership with the North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic (NSLAC) was established in part with a grant from the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority. The Domestic […]

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Lake County to receive nearly $8 million as part of nationwide settlement with opioid manufacturers, distributors

Illinois will receive $760 million, with Lake County receiving nearly $8 million, to combat the opioid epidemic after a $26 billion settlement was finalized with drug distributors and a manufacturer. Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul held a press conference Friday to announce final approval of a national $26 billion opioid settlement agreement with the nation’s […]

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State’s attorney says he’s ‘very concerned’ of circumstances leading to 15-year-old being wrongly charged in Waukegan shooting

Lake County State’s Attorney Eric Rinehart said his office will review the circumstances that led to a 15-year-old boy being wrongly arrested and charged in the Waukegan Dollar General shooting. Martell Williams, 15, was arrested last Wednesday and wrongly charged with attempted murder and aggravated battery in connection to a shooting at Dollar General, 2613 […]

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Proposed bill would require court to automatically notify victims of upcoming court dates in Lake County

A state senator has introduced a bill that would create a pilot program to automatically notify victims and witnesses of upcoming court dates in Lake County. State Senator Julie Morrison (D-Lake Forest) introduced the measure at the request of Lake County State’s Attorney Eric Rinehart, according to the state’s attorney’s office. “We have an option […]

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New task force with local, federal prosecutors and FBI aims to combat human trafficking in Lake County

A new task force aimed at fighting human trafficking in Lake County was announced Wednesday and will consist of law enforcement, local and federal prosecutors and victim service providers. The Lake County Human Trafficking Task Force will be directed by the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office. The task force, which will aim to curb sex […]

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Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office receives federal grant to upgrade Cyber Lab to help fight violent crime, sex crime

The Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office is receiving a federal grant to upgrade its Cyber Lab, which will help prosecute against sex crimes, violent crime and financial exploitation, officials said. The state’s attorney’s office said they secured a $124,000 U.S. Department of Justice grant. The Cyber Lab provides critical support to Lake County’s law enforcement […]

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Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office reviewing removal of segregation clauses in some property deeds

The Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office said they are reviewing requests to remove illegal segregation clauses that remain in some property deeds in Lake County. House Bill 58, which was sponsored by State Rep. Daniel Didech, D-Buffalo Grove, and State Sen. Adriane Johnson, D-Buffalo Grove, took effect at the beginning of the year. The law […]

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Lake County state’s attorney signs onto brief defending DACA program in federal appeal

Lake County State’s Attorney Eric Rinehart joined over 100 current and former prosecutors and law enforcement leaders in filing a brief in federal court defending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. In July, a federal district court in Texas ruled that DACA and its continued operation violate the Administrative Procedure Act, halting new applications to the program. The U.S Court […]

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2 convicted murders set to be released after Lake County State’s Office reduces their charges

Two men twice convicted of murdering a woman in North Chicago are set to be released after the state’s attorney’s office allowed them to plead guilty to burglary and dropped their murder charges. A spokesperson for the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office said the plea deals were reached Thursday following “extensive plea negotiations with the […]