Voting by Mail, Weekend Judge Ceremonies, Good Citizen Award, Election Judges, Ray Bradbury

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News from the Lake County Clerk

August 2018

From your Mailbox to the Ballot Box

Vote by Mail

Beginning August 8, Lake County residents correctly registered with their current name and address can complete the required application to request a ballot by mail for the November 6, 2018 election.

Electronic and paper application forms are available by

Although any registered voter can vote by mail, this is an ideal voting option for snowbirds, students away at school, and those who will be traveling on Election Day as your ballot can be mailed anywhere.

According to Illinois state statute, ballots cannot be mailed to voters until late September.

The Clerk's office must receive your completed application by noon on Thursday, November 1. Voted ballots being returned by mail must be postmarked by midnight on Election Day.

Weekend Marriage Ceremonies Now in New Court Tower

Map of downtown Waukegan

Judges will now perform weekend marriage ceremonies in the new eight-story Lake County Court Tower, 301 Washington Street, Waukegan. (B on map)

The building’s pedestrian entrance is near the corner of Washington and County Streets. Couples will check in with the deputy at the security desk.

Parking is available in the County’s parking garage adjacent to the north entrance of The Lake County Main Courthouse and Administrative Complex at 18 N. County Street (A on map). You may also park at the Waukegan City Garage at the corner of County and Clayton Streets, 1 block north of the court tower.

Limited metered street parking is offered around the tower along the streets of County; Martin Luther King, Jr.; Washington; and Water.

For a weekday ceremony, couples will begin at the Clerk of the Circuit Court office, lower level of 18 N. County Street, and then be directed to the available judge and courtroom.

Good Citizen Award

Fremont Township Office and Fremont Township Highway Department were selected to receive this year's County Clerk Good Citizen Award for generously and enthusiastically opening their doors to serve as a Lake County early voting site. This is a substantial commitment for the township as they will need to make their facility available to voters for the entire two weeks of early voting including evenings and weekends.

Township Supervisor Diana O’Kelly and Township Highway Commissioner Bill Grinnell accepted the award from Clerk Wyckoff at a recent township meeting.

Voting site selection is complicated as each location is required to meet many state statutes ensuring building access and ample parking for all.

Good Citizen Award
L to R: Clerk Wyckoff, Supervisor O'Kelly, and Highway Commissioner Grinnell

We Need Election Judges

Fair and accurate elections are incredibly important to all of us, and attentive election judges are enlisted for the meaningful responsibility of processing voters. Join our amazing election judge team and take on the rewarding role of working in your neighborhood Election Day voting site.

Contact our election judge department today to reserve your seat in an upcoming training class. Or, visit our election judge web page to complete an online application.

If you know someone who would be interested in joining our remarkable crew, pass this information along.

We need election judges

A Hint of History - Ray Bradbury

Most of us know that author, Ray Douglas Bradbury, was born in Waukegan, Illinois on August 22, 1920.

But did you know that his family history and writing gifts have very deep Lake County roots?

Great-grandfather Samuel Irving Bradbury moved to Lake County in 1847, married Mary Adell Spaulding in 1851, and served as Waukegan mayor. All three of their children Frances, Dewitt, and Samuel Hinkston (Ray’s grandfather) were born in Waukegan.

Grandpa Samuel Hinkston Bradbury married Minnie Alice Davis, and their children, Samuel Hinkston Jr., Bion, Nevada, Rose, and Leonard Spaulding (Ray’s father) were born in Waukegan. Ray’s parents Leonard Spaulding Bradbury and Esther Marie Moberg were married in Waukegan, and their children, Leonard (Skip), Samuel, Ray, and Elizabeth were born in Waukegan.

Both Ray’s grandfather and great-grandfather were editors of county newspapers. On Ray’s birth certificate, his father, age 29, is listed as a foreman for Johns Manville.

What we know beyond our Lake County records

Ray’s ancestor, Mary Perkins Bradbury (1615 -1700)

During the Salem Witch Trials, Mary was accused of taking the shape of a blue boar and put on trial for being a witch. Despite testimony and written statements from her husband, friends, and neighbors, Mary was found guilty and sentenced to be executed on September 22, 1692. While her conviction could not be reversed, her husband and neighbors were successful in delaying her execution, but it was ruled that Mary must remain in jail. The last witch execution took place on September 22, 1692 – Mary’s original execution date. Some say Mary escaped from jail while others say she bribed a guard to gain her freedom. The new Massachusetts governor ended the trials and commuted all sentences of any remaining condemned witches. Mary died of natural causes at her Massachusetts home.

Esther Moberg (Ray’s mother)

Esther was born in 1888 in Sweden. And when she was two years old, her family moved to Massachusetts because of the work available in the steel and iron foundries. After the foundry moved to Waukegan, the Moberg family followed. Ray’s parents met, and the rest is history.

Lake County genealogical records search

If you want to search your family’s Lake County tree, use our online genealogy records index for Lake County’s vital records prior to 1916. The search results will give you a record number for referencing when you order records.

Carla N. Wyckoff, Lake County Clerk
18 N. County Street, Room 101
Waukegan, IL 60085

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