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Located on the western shore of Lake Michigan, Waukegan is 42 miles south of Chicago. Waukegan, visited by Jacques Marquette in 1673, is one of the oldest communities in Illinois. The city started as a French trading post and Potawatomi Indian settlement known as "Little Fort". Records dating back to 1829 tell of a treaty signed by the Potawatomis in which they ceded all of their land in this area to the Federal Government.

Population: 91452
Local Newspapers: Chicago Tribune Chicago Sun-Times
Local Sports Teams: Chicago Bears (NFL) Chicago Cubs (MLB) Chicago White Sox(MLB) Chicago Bulls (NBA) Chicago Blackhawks (NHL)
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Zip Codes associated with waukegan, illinois: 60085 60087
Towns/Cities near waukegan, illinois : Beach Park Gurnee Park City Lake Bluff Wadsworth Zion Gages Lake

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Lake County mosque opens doors to non-Muslims: 'There are so...

Dozens gathered for an open house event held Saturday at the Islamic Foundation North Mosque as part of the first National Open Mosque Day. Dozens gathered for an open house event held Saturday at the Islamic Foundation North Mosque as part of the first National Open Mosque Day.

Suburban districts to pick up part of new teacher pensions in 2020

A change buried in this year's state budget would require suburban school districts to pick up a portion of costs for teacher pensions beginning in 2020. The state's newest teachers -- who will enter into a new retirement plan called Tier III that's a hybrid between a traditional pension and a 401 style plan -- would for the first time have the school districts that employ them, instead of the state, pick up 2 percent of their pension costs starting that year.

Shimer College is gone, but the school lives on

In 1988, Reader staff writer Harold Henderson wrote a memorable 7,300-word cover story on tiny, financially strapped Shimer College . It was a happy thing just to know that a place as unlikely as Shimer - which, eschewing textbooks and lectures, assigned only primary texts, taught through discussion, and admitted promising students without ACT scores or high school degrees - could exist.

Chris Isaak, 98 Degrees head to Genesee

Rocker Chris Isaak, '90s boy band 98 Degrees and the Midtown Men are all playing Waukegan's Genesee Theatre this fall. • The Midtown Men, with four stars from the original cast of Broadway's "Jersey Boys," 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1. Tickets $35-$65.

Man shot to death in Waukegan

Waukegan police are investigating the fatal shooting of a 26-year-old man found dead early Saturday by officers responding to reports of shots fired. Police said officers found Pruitt at about 12:15 a.m. Saturday in an upstairs apartment in the 500 block of Cummings Avenue, where they had gone after receiving multiple calls about shots fired.

Teens found in stolen cars arrested in Lake County

Lake County authorities are warning the public about an increase in car thefts and burglaries, a point emphasized by the recent arrests of two teens found in possession of stolen vehicles. The most recent occurred Saturday when Lake County Sheriff's detectives and members of the sheriff's Gang Task Force conducting an auto theft/car burglary saturation patrol arrested Christopher B. Brooks, 19, of the 500 block of Lakehurst Road, Waukegan.

Waukegan Park District to host local vendor fair

The Waukegan Park District will hold a Vendor Bridging Fair from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Aug. 17, at the Field House Sports, Fitness and Aquatics Center. More than 100 local vendors have been invited to participate in this inaugural event that is designed to connect local vendors and contractors with the Waukegan Park District, other governmental agencies and the public.

Weekend picks: New Marina City music release at Wire

The Marina City guys have built on their rock-solid foundation of punk-inflected pop with some sexy new tracks on their newest EP, "Terminal." The recently released single , "Dreamers Never Die," has already earned some powerful buzz, but I assure you the best is yet to come when the album hits Friday, Aug. 11. Catch the driving, harmony-heavy tunes when Marina City celebrates the release at Wire with Early June , Detour North and Arvia .

Woman pleads guilty to DUI in crash with sheriff's squad car

A Waukegan woman pleaded guilty Wednesday to a misdemeanor charge stemming from a crash with a parked Lake County Sheriff's squad car Dec. 23 at Route 60 at Riverwoods Boulevard in Mettawa. A Waukegan woman pleaded guilty Wednesday to allegations she was driving under the influence late last year when her vehicle slammed into a police car parked in Mettawa with its emergency lights activated.

Without state funding, Waukegan District 60 counting days it can stay open

Students participate in pre-kindergarten classes at Robbie M. Lightfoot Early Learning Center in Waukegan. Waukegan School District 60 has enough money to keep its doors open for about 46 school days if state funding doesn't come through, its top finance officer said.

Waukegan man gets 50 years for killing girlfriend in front of her daughter

Calling the act a "senseless execution," a Lake County judge on Wednesday sentenced a 25-year-old Waukegan man to 50 years in prison for gunning down his girlfriend in front of her 9-year-old daughter. Roberto C. Romero, of the 400 block of South Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, must serve out the entire term of the sentence with no chance of early parole, officials said.

Waukegan man charged in July Northbrook bank robbery

A surveillance photo from a July 15 bank robbery in Northbrook shows a suspect alleged by the FBI this week to be Francisco Martinez, 24, of Waukegan. A surveillance photo from a July 15 bank robbery in Northbrook shows a suspect alleged by the FBI this week to be Francisco Martinez, 24, of Waukegan.

Weekly picks: Dead Daisies rock heavy at Arcada

Richard Fortus, Jon Stevens and Dizzy Reed of The Dead Daisies, which performs at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles on Thursday, Aug. 10. The Dead Daisies features former band members who have performed alongside the likes of Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake, Foreigner and more. Catch them in concert at the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles.

Federal grant to help Waukegan keep Lake Michigan clean

The city of Waukegan has received a $375,000 federal grant to help filter and reduce stormwater discharge into Lake Michigan. Awarded as part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Great Lakes National Program Grant, the funds will be used to construct vegetated drainage systems, known as bioswales, at the parking lot adjacent to Waukegan Beach.

Border war racers rescue heart attack victim

At the starting line for the Border War Beer Fest 5-K Run/Walk on Saturday, a collection of strangers lined up to compete in the annual race. Within minutes of the start, the quick response by a small group, miraculous timing and teamwork saved the life of Luc Bernard, who had collapsed to the ground with a heart attack.

Lyle Lovett, John Hiatt among new Genesee shows in Waukegan

Lindsay Ell appears on a concert bill with Easton Corbin at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan on Friday, Oct. 27. Easton Corbin appears in concert with special guest Lindsay Ell at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27. Tickets are $32.50 to $52.50. Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt share a concert bill at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3. Tickets are $45 to $97.50.

'It's mesmerizing': Free lakeside yoga classes in Waukegan awaken spirit, calm minds

Local residents begin a free outdoor yoga session at the Stiner Pavilion in Waukegan by lying on their backs and breathing slowly. Local residents begin a free outdoor yoga session at the Stiner Pavilion in Waukegan by lying on their backs and breathing slowly.

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