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Video: Lake County Engineer Discusses Feasibility of IL Route 53/120
​The Illinois Tollway Board is considering moving forward with detailed engineering studies for the proposed IL Route 53/120 project. This next phase will study the project in extensive detail, including analyzing alternatives and the potential environmental impacts, and will include a robust public information and engagement piece. Some residents believe we should widen existing roads instead of investing in IL 53, but our studies show these alternatives aren’t feasible because they are more costly and wouldn’t include the enhanced environmental standards called for in the IL Route 53/120 consensus plan. Lake County Engineer Paula Trigg explains more in this video​​. ​More information:​
County Board Adopts FY2016 Balanced Budget
The County Board has adopted the 2016 budget, a balanced budget that is $7 million less than last year and includes a 13% drop in total employees from a decade ago. Approved at the Nov. 10 Board meeting, the budget allocates $414 million dollars to core services, such as courts and public safety, transportation, and health services. The County’s tax levy on existing properties also will stay stable. The County’s portion of a property tax bill is about 7%. Lake County is fiscally stable due to the Board’s focus on strategic, long-term, data-driven decisions and the Board’s commitment to fiscal responsibility. We continue to invest in our infrastructure like roads, and focus on operational efficiencies, including sharing services with other governments. We are also using data to align operational staffing levels to amount of workload. The uncertainty of the State budget and potential State funding cuts continue to place significant pressure on our budget. Read the FY 2016 Budget​​​. Also, watch this video​ to find out where the money comes from, where it goes, and how we are spending your money wisely. 
Cold Temperatures are Here. Here’s How To Stay Safe
Colder temperatures have come. There are steps that you and your family can take to stay safe. One way is to create a supplies kit with items such as food, water, and a flashlight with extra batteries. And, check out to learn other ways to manage the winter weather, such as winterizing your car and your home.  You can also learn how to respond to extreme cold, which can cause dangerous conditions such as hypothermia or frostbite, at
Give Feedback on the Quality of Life in your Community
Your opinion matters! Take this survey to provide the Lake County Health Department valuable insight to identify health needs that will guide the work in improving the overall health of our communities!  All responses are anonymous and will take about five minutes to complete. Feel free to forward the survey to friends, family and neighbors. Take Survey

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Aaron Lawlor
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It is an honor to serve as your Lake County Board Chairman.  We are working hard to ensure Lake County continues to be a great place to live, work and do business by investing in roads and infrastructure, preserving open space, and promoting economic development.  Our efforts to expand, improve and maintain our transportation network are critical to maintaining a high quality of life for Lake County families and workers.  To accomplish this, we are investing a half billion dollars over the next six years to improve our regional transportation system, and working hard to advance the IL Route 53/120 extension project.  

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