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Illinois State Sen. Suzi Schmidt (R), Lake Villa , leaves the Lake County Courthouse following her arraignment today on charges of criminal damage to property and trespassing. (Stacey Wescott, Chicago Tribune / June 27, 2012)

State Sen. Schmidt allowed back home, but no contact with neighbors

State Sen. Suzi Schmidt has been cleared by a judge to return to her home near Lake Villa following her arrest this month involving an … Read more ›

State Senator Suzi Schmidt. (Lake County Sheriff's police / June 12, 2012)

Neighbors say state senator harassing them for more than year

Neighbors of state Sen. Suzi Schmidt claim the lawmaker has been harassing them for more than a year, including a confrontation with their 7-year-old son, … Read more ›

State Senator Suzi Schmidt. (Lake County Sheriff's police / June 12, 2012)

State Sen. Suzi Schmidt arrested in stalking case

State Sen. Suzi Schmidt was arrested by Lake County Sheriff’s deputies this afternoon on a misdemeanor warrant alleging that she damaged her neighbor’s property and … Read more ›


Lake County announces new arrests in killings of Laura Hobbs and Krystal Tobias, as well as Fred Reckling, all once linked to other men

Lake County prosecutors this afternoon announced new murder charges in two notorious slayings that had been attributed to other men until DNA pointed away from … Read more ›

Surrounded by his attorneys, Bennie Starks speaks to the media after his court case was dismissed in the Lake County Courthouse in Waukegan today. (Stacey Wescott, Chicago Tribune / May 15, 2012)

After 20 years in prison, man cleared in ’86 Waukegan rape

Lake County prosecutors have dropped rape charges against Bennie Starks, who spent 20 years in prison before DNA pointed away from him. Assistant State’s Attorney … Read more ›

Stove stolen from a home, and more

Burglary A stove was reported stolen May 5 from a home in the 100 block of Rosehall Drive. A fire extinguisher was reported stolen May … Read more ›

Driver called 911 after he became ill from smoking a ‘blunt’, and more

DUI-Drugs A 21-year-old Palatine man of the 1077 West Hunting Drive called 911 April 24 after he became ill from smoking a “blunt”–a cigar hollowed … Read more ›

Death of Lake County jail inmate Eugene Gruber ruled homicide

The death of a former Lake County jail inmate paralyzed after an altercation with a corrections officer has been ruled a homicide by the Cook … Read more ›

Burglary, retail theft and criminal damage to property

Burglary Alcohol and cash was reported stolen April 9 from a business in the 400 block of North Rand Road. Total loss is estimated at … Read more ›

Burglary, electronic devices stolen and DUI

Burglary A business in the 100 block of East Main Street was burglarized sometime on March 31. Cash was stolen, but a total amount was … Read more ›