About Us

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office. I am humbled every day to be able to serve the people of Lake County and hope you will take the time to learn more about the duties of our office. The Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office consists of a highly trained and skilled staff dedicated to keeping Lake County a safe place to live, work, and raise a family. I am challenged daily to do the best I can as your State’s Attorney, and to empower the staff to represent the fabric of our communities in the best way possible. A summary of our aims and values is defined in our mission statement below:

The Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office is dedicated to the following principles: to seek justice with integrity by vigorously and ethically prosecuting criminal acts, with empathy and compassion for the victims of crime and unwavering respect for the rights of the accused; to protect the people of Lake County by working with our criminal justice partners to make our communities safe; and to provide exceptional and professional legal representation to Lake County and its elected and appointed officials, thereby promoting responsible and trustworthy government.

Seeking justice—whether it be through prosecuting cases, developing preventive solutions for fighting crime, educating youth in our communities, collecting child support, or representing the importance of government transparency—is something I continue to promise to uphold. As your State’s Attorney, and as the primary catalyst for the responsibilities our office holds, I do not take these things for granted.

Growing up in Waukegan, I learned firsthand the importance of hard work, the value of diversity, and the power of community involvement. I bring those values to work with me every day. Collaborating with individuals and organizations in the community is key to our success. When community leaders, social service agencies, and leaders from the public and private sector come together and work towards common missions we maximize our potential for keeping Lake County a safe place to live.

Our partners in our mission to seek justice keep vital channels of communication open to us. Our office is committed to hearing from you, and we take pride in educating the community about our role.

On behalf of the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office, I thank you for allowing us to serve you.
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Mike Nerheim