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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

Waukegan News
Census data: Population loss in lower-income cities offsets growth in southern Lake County

New U.S. Census Bureau numbers show Waukegan lost 168 people from 2015 to 2016 and has shed nearly 1,000 residents since 2010. New U.S. Census Bureau numbers show Waukegan lost 168 people from 2015 to 2016 and has shed nearly 1,000 residents since 2010.

Waukegan District 60 cuts administrative support staff despite union concerns over process

Deb Phelps, the president of the Waukegan Professional Support Staff council, criticized the Waukegan District 60 administration for not involving the union before announcing they would be cutting positions. The school board approved those cuts Tuesday evening.

'Sad commentary' on mental health help: Money matters in treatment access

One in two people will have a diagnosable mental health condition during their lifetime, while one in five adults will face such issues in any given year. Getting effective treatment is critical, but culture, language and finances can be serious barriers for some.

Waukegan man claims self-defense as murder trial begins

Juan Guajardo feared for his life seconds before plunging a knife into two brothers, killing one and wounding the other, during a scuffle outside the home they shared, a defense attorney said as the Waukegan man's murder trial got underway Monday. However, Lake County prosecutors countered that Guajardo, 40, showed no signs he was attacked by the victims before the fatal stabbing June 21, 2014.

Despite Trump, Waukegan residents push Schneider from the left at town hall

After another week of the national media's wall-to-wall coverage of President Donald Trump , former FBI Director James Comey and the relationship between the Trump administration and Russia, progressive voters in Waukegan had a chance Saturday to ask questions to their representative in Congress at a town hall - and those issues didn't come up at all. Instead, they pressed Rep. Brad Schneider from the left, urging him to work for a single-payer health care system and publicly support a retirement date for the coal-fired power plant on the city's Lake Michigan waterfront.

Investigation finds no wrongdoing in Lake County jail inmate's death

An investigation by a regional task force found no wrongdoing occurred in the death of a Lake County jail inmate last year, authorities said. An investigation by a regional task force found no wrongdoing occurred in the death of a Lake County jail inmate last year, authorities said.

Moran: Veteran Lake County chieftan weighs in on future of Route 120

Eastbound morning rush hour traffic backs up on Route 120 as it approaches Route 83in Grayslake on May 10, 2017. Eastbound morning rush hour traffic backs up on Route 120 as it approaches Route 83in Grayslake on May 10, 2017.

Police: Gurnee burglary suspect captured, found with loaded gun

A Waukegan man wanted in connection with a burglary in Gurnee was captured Thursday by the Lake County Sheriff's Office Warrants Team and U.S. Marshals Service -- Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force, authorities said. Malcolm D. Green, 23, of the 900 block of South Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, was found hiding in the kitchen of his home, officials said.

Man arrested after allegedly pulling a gun near entrance to Lake County Courthouse

A Zion man was arrested for allegedly pointing a handgun at another man just outside of the entrance to the Lake County Courthouse in Waukegan on Wednesday morning, according to authorities. Dirk Harris, 47, was arrested by deputies from the Lake County Sheriff's Office Court Emergency Response Team after officials received a call regarding a man with a gun at about 9:15 a.m., according to the sheriff's office.

Zion man accused of pointing gun outside courthouse

A 47-year-old Zion man is in custody at the Lake County jail after authorities say he pointed a gun at another man Wednesday morning outside the county courthouse in Waukegan. Dirk Harris, of the 1800 block of Hebron Avenue, is charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, a Class 4 felony, and misdemeanor aggravated assault stemming from the allegations.

Regional appliance retailer planning stores in Indianapolis area

A regional appliance and electronics retailer is coming to Indianapolis, with plans to open two stores in the area this year and a third in 2018.

Clean power advocates challenge Cunningham at new mayor's first full meeting

Michael Rodrigues was one of the advocates who addressed the Waukegan City Council in support of ending coal-fired power in the city. Michael Rodrigues was one of the advocates who addressed the Waukegan City Council in support of ending coal-fired power in the city.

Huey Lewis and the News, Kathleen Madigan head to Genesee

Fans of 1980s rock will get a chance to travel "Back in Time" when the band Huey Lewis and the News performs at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan.

Former Lake Bluff teacher surrenders on indecency charge

A former Lake Bluff teacher charged with public indecency following claims by students of past abuse surrendered at the Lake County Jail on Monday morning, according to authorities. Charles Ritz III, who authorities said returned from California to Illinois to surrender, was still in custody Monday afternoon on $100,000 bail, according to officials with the Lake County Sheriff's Office and the Lake County State's Attorney's Office.

Lake County police honor fallen officers

Nearly 100 law enforcement officers turned out Friday to honor fallen comrades during the 2017 Lake County Police Memorial in Waukegan. The annual service, held in the Lincoln Memorial Plaza outside of the Lake County Courthouse, pays tribute to officers killed in the line of duty.

Desegregation pioneer to be honored with Waukegan street

A woman at the forefront of a 1960s effort to desegregate Waukegan public schools will be memorialized Saturday with an honorary street sign. Duryl Smith tells the News-Sun that he wanted to honor his grandmother after hearing the story of her pioneering efforts.

Waukegan coach fired after probe into student sexual harassment claims

Waukegan High School teacher and coach Lance Pacernick, pictured here in a 2014-15 yearbook photo, was fired this week after an investigation into whether he sexually harassed students, documents show. Waukegan High School teacher and coach Lance Pacernick, pictured here in a 2014-15 yearbook photo, was fired this week after an investigation into whether he sexually harassed students, documents show.

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