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Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request

The information you are seeking may likely already be accessible on this website and may not require you to submit a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. Please navigate this website using the tools on the Sheriff's Office website.

If you would like to submit a FOIA request, please carefully read the information below. Illinois law requires public bodies to respond or deny to FOIA requests within five days. The time for a response can be extended for an additional five working days, as allowed under the law.

Methods to Request Information and Public Records

If you would like to submit a FOIA request for records maintained by the Lake County Sheriff's Adult Corrections Facility, please go to Jail FOIA Request.

FOIA Requests For Incident Reports

You may wish to wait 5-7 days from the date of the incident or the date you made the report before you contact the LCSO Records Division at 847.377.4200 to obtain a report. Depending on the complexity of the report, it takes on average 3 – 5 days for a report to be completed by the Deputy; approved by the Sergeant, and submitted to the Records Division. 

Reports and other documents requested without a subpoena, court order or specific statutory authority will be treated as a request made under the FOIA. Many of the Sheriff's records may be exempt from disclosure under the provisions of the FOIA as stated in Section 7 of FOIA. In order to identify records and review them for possible exemptions, the Sheriff may take up to 5 business days to respond to a Records FOIA Request and, if necessary, may take a reasonable period of time thereafter to produce the non-exempt records requested.

If you would like to submit a FOIA request for records maintained by the Lake County Sheriff's Adult Corrections Facility, please go to Jail FOIA Request.

You can complete a FOIA form and mail, fax, email, or hand-deliver directly to one of the following FOIA Officers: Christy BerkquistAlexis Cypcar or Chief Jennifer Witherspoon.

Please complete a FOIA form and send by mail to: Lake County Sheriff's Office
Attn: FOIA
25 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.
Waukegan, IL 60085

Or fax to: 847.984.5974
Or email to:
Or hand-deliver to one of the following FOIA Officers, Christy Berkquist, Alexis Cypcar or Chief Jennifer Witherspoon.

Please be specific in the nature of your request in order for FOIA officers to process your request more efficiently. (Illinois law does not require you to submit on a standard form, but the request should be in writing).

Copy Fees:

  • First 50 pages are free (black & white)
  • 15 cents per page thereafter (black & white)

Electronic records can be requested and will be provided, as allowed under the law.

About the Lake County Sheriff's Office

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office has the constitutional and statutory responsibility to enforce federal laws, Illinois State statutes and County ordinances for unincorporated Lake County and contract communities including the Villages of Beach Park, Deer Park, Lake Barrington, Long Grove, Mettawa, North Barrington and Long Grove and Volo. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office maintains peace and order, arrests offenders, issues traffic citations, serves civil process, maintains the Lake County Adult Correctional facility and provides security for the courts. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office 2016 Annual Budget approved by the Lake County Board is $66,284,890.00, with 483 full-time and 51 part-time employees.

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