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Provide Input into IL Route 53 Corridor Plan
Lake County and local mayors have been working for many months on a land use corridor plan for the proposed IL Route 53 that integrates land use and transportation for improved mobility, quality of life, natural resource protection, and economic development. Now, the public has an opportunity to learn about this draft plan and submit feedback at an upcoming open house, or by mail, email or online. More information.

The IL Route 53/120 project has been talked about for a long time, but now it is closer to being built than ever before. To learn more about the proposed IL Route 53 extension, visit​
New Public Safety Task Force Takes on 911 Consolidation
​When you call 911, you may not think about all that goes on behind the scenes. What you don't see is that depending on where you call from, your 911 call could go to one of 19 dispatching centers across the county. Over the last several years, Lake County along with fire, police, municipal and other public safety leaders have been discussing opportunities to consolidate many centers into a few regional 911 centers. A newly created task force has met for the first time to advance this initiative. More Info​​​
Lake County Teens Can Seek Help And Stay Anonymous Using Text-A-Tip
​Lake County teens who may be struggling or know someone who may be struggling with mental health issues can now get immediate assistance using a text-communication system called Text-A-Tip. Users can text the phrase “LAKECO” to the number 274637 to receive a response from a licensed clinician while remaining anonymous. This system allows teens, who may be dealing with issues such as depression, drug or alcohol abuse, bullying or challenging family issues to find help using their preferred method of communication, texting. Read more​​​​
Veterans History Project
Many memorials across this country honor the men and women who have served during times of war. But these memorials do not tell the personal story of hardship, sacrifice and heroism. As many who served pass on, their stories are never told. The Lake County Veterans History Project captures the stories told by citizens who served during wartime, so current and future generations can understand and appreciate what they did to serve our country. Over the past three years, 70 war veterans have met at the Lake County Courthouse to share these stories. Watch this video to meet some veterans who took part in the project. To learn more, visit our Veterans History Project web page.
Washington Street: Temporary Closure at Railroad Crossing
The Canadian National Railroad will be closing the railroad crossing on Washington Street in Grayslake early in the morning on Thursday, Oct. 1. Washington Street will reopen to thru traffic late in the afternoon on Saturday, Oct. 3.  This is part of the Washington Street Underpass construction project to install new gates on the temporary roadway. Detour info 
County Offers Free Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
Lake County has installed electric vehicle charging stations at its county facilities, which are free for public use. These stations provide electric energy to recharge plug-in electric vehicles, including all-electric cars, neighborhood electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids. Electric vehicle owners must have a ChargePoint membership to access the County’s charging stations.   
Public Works Begins Fall Hydrant Flushing
Lake County Public Works customers may notice a slight discoloration of the water after flushing during the month of October. This is not harmful and will dissipate after a short time. It is recommended that residents do not do laundry on the day that hydrant flushing takes place in their area. View the Schedule​​.

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Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor

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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