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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​
Fiscal Year 2016 Proposed Budget $6 Million Less
​The County Board will meet next week to discuss the proposed fiscal year 2016 budget. Lake County’s proposed $496.3 million budget is balanced and is significantly less than last year.  Lake County remains fiscally stable due to the Board’s focus on strategic, long-term, data-driven decision-making, and the Board’s commitment to fiscal responsibility. The Board’s budget policies guard against making short-term budget decisions at the expense of longer-term needs. For example, Lake County does not defer important maintenance projects or spend down its reserve funds. We also do not use one-time money for ongoing expenses.  We continue to focus on operational efficiencies to save money, including sharing services, like building inspections and sheriff’s patrol services. We are also using data to align operational staffing levels to amount of workload. As a result of all these prudent measures, this budget is $6 million less and employee headcount is down by 25 compared to last year. The uncertainty of the State budget and potential State funding cuts continue to place significant pressure on our budget. Read the FY 2016 Recommended Budget and find budget meeting times and locations.
County Celebrates End of Construction at Rollins Road and IL 83
​Lake County recently celebrated the completion of the single largest construction project in LCDOT's history! The grade separation and intersection improvement at Rollins Road and IL Route 83 is complete. Watch this video​ of the Rollins Gateway celebration to learn more about how this project has improved transportation in Central Lake County. 
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. Watch this Lake County quick clip to learn more about how Text-a-Tip can save lives.
Bring Hard-To-Recycle Items to Annual Fall Recycle-O-Rama
Get rid of your hard-to-recycle items at Recycle-O-Rama from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Lake County Division of Transportation, 600 W. Winchester Road, Libertyville. Propane tanks, bikes, keys, stuffed animals, car seats and a whole lot more will be accepted. View the complete list of accepted items​
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.
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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