Racine, WI Local Legal Resources

Racine, the county seat of Racine County, Wisconsin, is Wisconsins fifth-largest city. Racines population is 78,860 (2010 U.S. Census). Racine is in the middle of the Milwaukee/Racine/Waukesha Metropolitan Statistical Area, 30 miles south of Milwaukee and 60 miles north of Chicago, Illinois. Racine was founded in 1834 and encompasses the land at the end of the Root River where it meets the shore of Lake Michigan. Racine, like Kenosha to the south, is a bedroom community for Chicago and Milwaukee.

Shortly after Racines settlement in the 1800's, Danish immigrant bakers introduced their soft and fluffy puff pastry called Kringles to Racine and Southeast Wisconsin. This bakery delicacy is still a staple and a well-known treat sought by residents and visitors alike.

Racine has a great harbor on Lake Michigan, whose shoreline includes the Racine Lakefront Zoological Gardens Zoo and the Wind Point Lighthouse, first lit in 1880. The lighthouse is located near the North Beach with its 50 acres of daily-groomed sand. Sitting above a bluff near downtown Racine is Hardy House, one of three Frank Lloyd Wright structures in Racine. Racine installed L.E.D. Streetlights as part of a pilot project when the technology was first introduced. They provide three times the brightness and a 25% savings in electricity.

The Root River snakes its way through Racine and ends in the harbor of Lake Michigan. As it travels through the City of Racine, the Root River meets a series of public parks and trails. Rapids Drive is named for the rapids that challenged kayakers before the Horlick Dam was built. In times of high water, kayakers can still find some class III rapids down river near Quarry Lake Park. The Root River is a great attraction for tourists and residents alike, with great opportunities for hikers, fishermen, and kayakers.

Racine Services for the Elderly

  • Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of Racine County: The ADRC is designed as an entry point for persons who are in need of information about aging and disability-related issues. Long-term care needs are identified and matched to programs and services within the region. The ADRC is charged with the responsibility of conducting outreach services to the aging community and Transition Outreach services to young disabled adults transitioning out of high school. The ADRC attempts to identify community needs or gaps in service delivery systems.
  • Racine County Senior Nutrition Program: Racine County offers a nutrition program to adults over the age of 60 years. This program is available throughout Racine County and can be modified for special diets. Lincoln Lutherans staff prepares the meals. Deadline for making reservations to eat at any of the dining centers is 3 p.m. of the preceding business day. Anyone 60 years or older and spouses of any age are welcome. Call 262-634-2334 or toll free at 1-877-637-0327. There are a variety of nutrition meal sites as well as the Meal-on-Wheels program (meals delivered to your home).
  • The Racine County Triad Program: Older adults comprise the most rapidly growing segment of the Racine population. Increased life expectancy creates new issues and problems for senior adults and for the criminal justice system. In Racine County, the Triad Program was started by the Consumer Fraud Unit of the Racine County Sheriffs Department in response to complaints involving elderly victims of fraud. Since its creation in 1996, Racine County Triad is charged with preventing seniors from becoming victims of financial crime and elder abuse.
  • Volunteer Center of Racine: RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) seeks to provide a way for Racine senior citizens to give back to their community. RSVP allows seniors 55 and over to choose how and when they work. The goals of RSVP are wide and varied, providing opportunities such as tutoring children, career mentoring for students, building homes, and aiding community organizations, including those that provide for elderly and disabled seniors.

Racine Court Resources

  • City of Racine Municipal Court: The municipal court in Racine deals with violations of city ordinances and codes. This includes all parking citations, moving vehicle traffic tickets, alcohol consumption citations, housing code violations, disorderly conduct charges, obstruction of justice charges, public school truancy, and business licensing/operating violations. Racine Municipal Court also hears Driving Under the Influence (DUI or DWI) charges in traffic court when they pertain to a first-time offense. In Racine, the Municipal Court is located at 800 Center Street.
  • Racine County Circuit Court: Racine County Courts are part of the Wisconsin Second Judicial District. The circuit courts are located in the Racine County Law Enforcement Center at 717 Wisconsin Avenue and in the Courthouse at 730 Wisconsin Avenue. The Racine County Circuit is made up of 10 Circuit Court Judges, each elected for six-year terms. Judges are assigned to court divisions, with rotation every two years. Circuit courts have original jurisdiction in all civil and criminal matters within the state, including probate, juvenile, and traffic matters, as well as civil and criminal jury trials. The Racine Circuit Court is separated into five divisions: Civil Court (includes small claims actions), Family Court (includes divorce actions), Criminal /Traffic Court, Juvenile Court (criminal action) and Probate Court.
  • Racine County Clerk of Circuit Court: The office of the Clerk of Circuit Court is elected for a four-year term. The Clerk of Court keeps all records for circuit court cases filed in Racine County. The Clerk of the Circuit Courts office provides jurors and maintains the jury system for the circuit courts. This office also collects, disburses, and maintains records of all monies for fines, forfeitures, bail, trust, and reimbursements. They are located in the Racine County Courthouse at 730 Wisconsin Avenue.
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