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Health NewsLake County Prepares for Ebola
The Lake County Health Department states that the risk to Lake County residents for Ebola is extremely low because there are no known cases in Illinois. Local health officials are coordinating with hospitals and other partners — from the coroner to emergency management to police and fire and EMS — to assure they are practicing the CDC guidelines, including looking for signs, asking appropriate questions, and responding if necessary. Read the Ebola Fact Sheet and visit the CDC's website for more information, and watch this video about what Lake County is doing to prepare for Ebola. 
Collaborative Effort Underway to Improve Water Quality in the Des Plaines River Watershed
​​The Des Plaines River watershed in Lake County covers about a third of the County, from the Wisconsin state line to the border with Cook County. While this river looks beautiful, beneath the surface, the water quality is below standards under the Clean Water Act. In this County Update, we learn more about the water quality issues and what’s being done to address it. Watch now.
Health NewsFlu Season is Here!
There are a number of things you can do to keep your family healthy this season. To help prevent the spread of influenza, get a flu shot, cover your cough, wash your hands frequently and stay home if you are sick. More information.
Early Voting (10/20 - 11/2)
​Visit to find your early voting site, address, hours, photo, directions, and map. You may also preview your official ballot using the "What's on my ballot?" Before reviewing this information, voters will need to confirm registration status by entering name, house number, zip code and birthdate.
Pace 2015 Proposed Budget Public Hearing
​Pace is currently holding public hearings for the proposed 2015 budget. For the sixth consecutive year, the budget is balanced without a fare increase or service reductions.
Public hearing Oct. 30, 4-6 p.m., Waukegan Public Library.
Details on the 2015 budget and capital plan.
Visit the Pace website for additional public hearing information.
Lake County Advances Sustainability with New Chapter in Regional Plan
​The Lake County Board recently adopted a Sustainability Chapter in the County’s Regional Framework Plan that helps advance sustainability both inside county government and the broader community.  The County received input from residents and various stakeholders in developing the plan. The extensive document covers topics such as land use and development, including preserving open space and protecting natural resources. It also addresses transportation and mobility, energy conservation, waste reduction, and more. Read the Sustainability Chapter. Also, visit our new Sustainability Lake County web portal to get more information and connect with green resources.
Metra 2015 Proposed Budget Public Hearing
​Metra’s 2015 budget proposal calls for fare increases of 10.8% next year and proposes additional increases totaling about 68% over the next decade. The proposed increases are needed to modernize its aging rail fleet and to pay for other costs of doing business.  The Metra Board will vote on the proposal at their Nov. 14, Board Meeting
Public hearing Nov. 5, Mundelein Village Hall, 4-6 p.m.
Details on the 2015 budget and capital plan.
Submit comments by Nov. 6.
Lake County Municipal Vehicle & Equipment Auction, Oct. 25
The Lake County Municipal Vehicle & Equipment Auction will be held on Sat., Oct. 25 at 9 a.m. Items include: police cars, computers, office equip., bikes, and misc. items from Lake County and other local communities. For full details, visit the Obenauf Auctions website at

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Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor

Aaron Lawlor
Board Chairman

Message from the Chairman

Dear Lake County Neighbors,

​With one year under my belt as Lake County Board Chairman, I wanted to report to you on the County Board's progress over the past year.

​I believe the number one way we can grow our local economy is to invest in our roads and infrastructure.  If we can't move people to and from work or goods to and from market in an efficient manner, we don't have the foundation for a thriving economy.  In order to work toward this goal, the Lake County Board is investing $570 million over the next five years to improve our regional transportation system.  More than half of that is for projects that expand and add capacity to County highways...

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Lake County's new Buy Local. Build Local. Work Local. program aims to connect Lake County businesses--including women-owned and minority businesses--with governmental procurement opportunities.

The Lake County Courthouse Expansion Project is offering bid opportunities to local businesses. Visit the website to view bid documents and register.



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