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Register to Vote by Oct. 7
​Residents who are new to Lake County, moved to a different county address, turn 18 on or before Nov. 4, 2014, or have a name change need to register by Tuesday, Oct. 7 with a deputy registrar. Registration is available at the County Clerk's office and at most municipal, township and library facilities. Lake County residents can visit or call 847.377.2410 to confirm registration status or find the nearest registration location.
Voting by Mail
​Voters who choose to vote by mail may visit to complete an E-request or download a paper form to receive a ballot by mail. Ballot applications are required for each election and may also be requested by contacting the Voting by Mail Department at or 847.377.2406. Voted ballots must be returned to the Clerk's office postmarked no later than November 3.
Public Meeting for Multi-Modal Transportation Project, October 20
​The Illinois Department of Transportation is inviting the public to comment on the future development of the Multi-Modal Transportation Plan at several meetings throughout the region.  Attendees will have a chance to discuss the project with IDOT staff and ask questions. This meeting is a great chance for residents and businesses in the area to weigh in on the project.  Lake County’s public meeting will take place Monday, October 20, 3 – 6 p.m. at the DoubleTree Libertyville-Mundelein, 510 E. Route 83 in Mundelein.  Written comments will be accepted at the meeting or can be submitted through the IDOT website until November 14.
veterans history projectVeterans History Project
World War II, Korean War and Vietnam veterans are invited to come to the Lake County courthouse on November 11 to have their oral histories recorded. The typed transcripts will be archived at the Library of Congress as part of the Veterans History Project. The project aims to collect, preserve, and make accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war. Any veteran interested in being interviewed or anyone interested in volunteering to assist in this project should contact Carol Cord at 847.377.3771, or visit our website for more information.
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 not do laundry on the day that hydrant flushing takes place in their area. View the schedule.
5 Steps to Your Next Job
Do you know someone who is looking for work? Let them know about the ‘5 Steps to Your Next Job’ workshop series from Monday, Oct. 6 to Friday, Oct. 10 at the Warren Newport Public Library. The workshops take place from 10am to noon each day. The address is 224 N. O’Plaine Rd. Gurnee, IL. Parking for this event is free. For further details: 5 Steps Flyer. You can see what previous participants say about the series on our 5 Steps video.

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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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