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Health Department Opening New Animal Care and Control Facility
The Lake County Health Department/Community Health Center will officially open a newly constructed Animal Care and Control facility in Libertyville on July 25. It will replace the present facility in Mundelein, where animals will no longer be accepted starting July 25. Plans are to begin accepting animals at the new location on July 21. Read Press Release.
Get Info on Your Water Quality
Lake County Public Works is committed to providing safe water to their customers and are strong supporters of the Safe Drinking Water Act. Visit their website to view Annual Water Quality Reports describing the quality of their drinking water as well as details on the source of the water and what it contains.
Lake County Update: 2014 Transportation Improvement PlanLake County Update: 2014 Transportation Improvement Plans
2014 will again be another extremely busy construction season for Lake County. This year's $170 million road program exceeds last year's investment of $126 million, making this Lake County's most significant construction program to date. Watch this episode of Lake County Update and learn about the multiple projects already underway, the start a number of new reconstruction and widening projects, intersection improvements, resurfacing projects, and several pedestrian/bike path projects this year.
Legislature Approves Standards of Conduct for Government Appointees
​The Illinois Legislature approved legislation spearheaded by Lake County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor that aims to enhance transparency, responsibility and accountability of appointed government bodies. The legislation is now headed to the governor's desk. Read News Release.
Lake County Update: Visitor's BureauLake County Update: Let the ride take you..
Summer is finally here and there is so much to do in Lake County – from our 30,000 acres forest preserves to exciting day trips, weekend getaways, and family-friendly adventures, you'll find it all in your own backyard. In this edition of Lake County Update, we take you to Six Flags Great America and get lots of summer fun info from Visit Lake County. Watch now.
Services for Military Veterans and Their Families
​In Lake County, we appreciate the dedication and commitment of the men and women who have served in the United States Military. In honor of your service, we have numerous local resources to help support you and your families. No matter what your area of need, you can connect with services and programs offered at no cost. Learn more.
County Officially Launches Construction Season
Lake County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor and other County leaders officially kicked off the 2014 construction season, which is going to be another busy one in Lake County.
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Lake County Sheriff’s Office enforces Click It or Ticket – Front and Back seat
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is joining the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), the Illinois State Police (ISP) and hundreds of law enforcement agencies across the state to strongly enforce seat belt laws and save lives as part of the 2014 Illinois Click It or Ticket campaign. The law requires all drivers and passengers to wear seat belts in all seating positions in the car, not just the front seat.
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Workforce Programs and Success Stories
Did you know that more than 20,000 people visited the Lake County Job Centers in 2013? There are a wide variety of programs and services available to employers and job seekers in Lake County. Learn about the economic impact of workforce programs, opportunities for youth and read job success stories.​ Read the Workforce Investment Board's 2013 Annual Report​.
Clothing and Textile RecyclingClothing and Textile Recycling
It is estimated that nearly 85% of all clothing and textiles end up in landfills in the U.S. It is estimated that anywhere from 5-10% of all waste that is sent to municipal landfills is comprised of textiles. The Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO) has established a new community-wide program where clothing and textiles can be collected for recycling. The program will accept new, gently used, unwanted/worn, women’s, men’s and children’s clothing and textiles. All fabrics will be accepted. View the list of all accepted items, and drop off locations.
North Chicago Neighborhood Revitalization ProgramNorth Chicago Neighborhood Revitalization Program
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 developed the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP), which offers funding to rehabilitate blighted properties abandoned in the foreclosure crisis. Lake County has partnered with Waukegan and North Chicago and local affordable housing developers to tackle the fallout of mass foreclosures. As of February 2014, the NSP created 60 units of housing in target communities throughout the County. The most recent success is the demolition of a blighted commercial property located in North Chicago. Learn More.
Washington Street to Close for 4 months on March 31 for Road ConstructionWashington Street Closed from April through July
Washington Street is closed to through traffic from Cedar Lake Road to Hainesville Road for four months, from April through July. View Official Announcement and Map
Illinois Senate Passes Standards of Conduct Legislation
The Illinois Senate recently approved Standards of Conduct Legislation that aims to enhance transparency, responsibility and accountability of appointed government bodies, and create consistent standards for appointees across all counties. The bill now goes to the Illinois House. Lake County Board Chairman Lawlor has championed the legislation.
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Transportation NewsExpect a Busy Road Construction Season
The Lake County Division of Transportation (LCDOT) will continue with its multiple projects already underway and start a number of new reconstruction and widening projects, intersection improvements, resurfacing projects, and several pedestrian/bike path projects this year.​
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Transportation NewsBoard Approves Widening of Peterson Road - Road Projects Open up Central Corridor
The county board recently awarded a construction contract for the widening of Petersen Road in the central area of the county. This $11 million dollar project will reconstruct and widen the road from two lanes to four from US Route 45 in Libertyville to west of IL 83 in the Village of Grayslake and will include a major expansion of the intersection at IL 83.
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​Board Approves Regulations for Medical Cannabis Facilities in the Unincorporated Areas
Under the new state law that legalizes medical cannabis, local governments are required to accommodate medical cannabis cultivation centers and dispensaries within their jurisdictions. ​The County and local municipalities worked together to develop model zoning regulations and are now using those model standards in developing their ordinances.
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Doing Good Deeds VideoDoing Good Deeds for YOU! Learn about a new mortgage foreclosure mediation program
The 19th Judicial Circuit Court and the Affordable Housing Corporation of Lake County recently launched a new mortgage foreclosure mediation program. In this video, the Lake County Recorder of Deeds interviews program representatives for an in depth look at this topic. Homeowners who need copies of their housing or property documents should contact the Recorder's Office or search for recorded documents online.
County UpdateCounty Update: Lake Michigan Water Allocation
Lake County is currently working on bringing Lake Michigan water to the communities of Lake Villa Lindenhurst, Grandwood Park and Fox Lake Hills. Watch this video to learn about the importance and benefits of bringing Lake Michigan water to these areas.
What does Lake County government do anyway?
Lake County is working hard to provide services to our residents in several important areas. To learn more about how your tax dollars are used on everything from transportation to sustainability, please review this summary of some of Lake County government’s 2013 accomplishments.
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Lake County Sheriff’s Office is Going Green
​Deputies, detectives and others at the sheriff’s office have to produce a lot of reports, but they will now be using electronic devices instead of paper, promoting sustainability and expediting the flow of information. View full news release.
Lake County Forest Preserves Provide Summer Fun
​The Lake County Forest Preserve offers endless opportunities to get out and enjoy summer  – from hiking and biking, concerts at Independence Grove, and so much more!  Learn more about your forest preserves in this video with Lake County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor and Forest Preserve President Ann Maine. You can also visit www.lcfpd.org.
Assessment Notices are in the Mail. Get Answers to Your Assessment Questions
Lake County has lots of resources to help answer taxpayers' questions about property tax assessments, For a quick overview, read this newsletter and watch this video. You can also visit the Chief County Assessor's website for more detailed information.
Data Shows Strength of Lake County’s EconomyData Shows Strength of Lake County’s Economy
Lake County is the only suburban county in the metropolitan region to have recently seen both a drop in the unemployment rate and an increase in the labor force—a strong sign that jobs are being created in Lake County. Learn more in this interview with Chairman Aaron Lawlor and Lake County Partners’ Executive Director Mike Stevens.
State Drops Appeal in Elections Commission Case
The Illinois Attorney General's Office has dropped its appeal of a circuit court ruling that found the state law mandating the creation of an elections commission in Lake County to be unconstitutional special legislation. More information.
Construction Begins on I-94 and Grand Ave. Interchange
​Motorists that use the interchange at Grand Ave. and I-94 should be prepared for some big changes as this two year reconstruction project gets underway. It begins the week of July 7 with the closure of eastbound I-94 ramp to westbound Grand Ave. This is the first of four scheduled ramp reconstructions scheduled for this year to improve safety and extend the life of the roadway. Visit the Illinois Tollway for more information.
Governor Signs Standards of Conduct Law Championed by Chairman Aaron Lawlor
​Under the new law, appointed officials who serve on various boards and commissions now have to adhere to a set of standards that hold them accountable to the people they serve. Press Release
​​Board Seeks Proposals for Lease and Replacement of the Winchester House Nursing Home
In an effort to ensure Winchester House's long-standing tradition of providing high-quality care continues and to pursue a replacement facility, the Lake County Board took action to begin the process of leasing the skilled nursing facility to a private company. The County will seek proposals from private operators to lease the existing facility in Libertyville for two years, while the company becomes the licensed operator and explores building a new facility in the county. Watch this video for more information.
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New Illinois Laws in 2014
More than 200 new laws went into effect in Illinois on Jan. 1. Everything from an increase in the speed limit on tollways and interstate highways--from 65 mph to 70 mph--to an increase in the fine for being a litter bug.
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recycling containerNew Year Brings Recycling Changes to Lake County Unincorporated Neighborhoods
Unincorporated residents will receive recycling as part of their trash service (if they don't have it already) under a new law that takes effect Jan. 1. Learn more.
Election Commission Lawsuit Update
Last month, Lake County won its lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a new state law that would have created an elections commission in Lake County.
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