Administrative Adjudication


On November 19, 2019, the Village Board adopted Ordinance 2019-134 amending the Vernon Hills Municipal Code creating the Administrative Adjudication process and setting fines and fees.

This Administrative Hearing process is a form of a court diversion program, which allows for the expedient, independent and impartial adjudication of municipal ordinance violations that were previously heard only in the Lake County Circuit Court. 

The Administrative Hearing process is independent from the Village Departments that investigate, initiate, and prosecute the Code violations. It currently hears violations cited by the Police Department for parking, personal conduct and certain non-moving traffic offenses.

An Administrative Hearing is not as complex as a judicial court proceeding and is more time and cost effective for both parties. While the strict and often complex rules of evidence and procedure are not applicable, hearings still follow a basic structure to ensure fairness and due process of law.

Under this system, an Administrative Hearing Officer hears cases. The hearing officer is not a Village employee, but rather an impartial, licensed Illinois attorney, who must meet strict State requirements to serve in this capacity.

  1. Pay Fine
  2. Contest Without Hearing
  3. Request a Hearing
  4. FAQs


  • Secure Internet payments can be made via the Online Payment Center for a $3.00 surcharge. PLEASE NOTE, tickets normally take 1-2 business days from issuance to be posted online


  • Call (888) 291-0378 to make a payment over the phone. Pay by credit or debit card. Secure payments can be made via this number for a $3.00 surcharge. PLEASE NOTE, tickets normally take 1-2 business days from issuance to be posted in this system. 


  • Make your check or money order payable to the Village of Vernon Hills and write the ticket number in the memo field. Payments must be received by the due date to avoid additional penalties. DO NOT MAIL CASH.

  • Use the envelope provided or mail to:

740 Lakeview Parkway
Vernon Hills, IL 60061


  • You may pay in person during regular business hours or insert your payment in the drop box located at the Vernon Hills Police Department, 740 Lakeview Parkway, Vernon Hills, IL.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If your citation is marked as “Appearance With Parent/Guardian Required,” you CANNOT make a payment in lieu of an appearance - you MUST appear at the time and date specified WITH A PARENT/GUARDIAN to have the citation adjudicated by a Hearing Officer.