|Chairman Outlines Lake County’s Top Priorities for 2016|
Transportation, 911 consolidation, growing our economy, and developing our workforce are just a few of the key priorities Lake County will focus on this year. In this video, Lake County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor talks more about these important issues and what they mean to you. Watch Now
|Lake County Dirty Jobs: Composting|
The Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO) recently set a goal of increasing Lake County’s recycling rate from 48% to 60% by 2020, which requires going beyond traditional recycling of cans and bottles, and increasing our recycling of food scrap. Turning organic waste into valuable compost is a dirty process, as we see in our latest Lake County’s Dirty Jobs
with Chairman Aaron Lawlor.
|Board Advances Radio Project to Improve Public Safety |
Various public safety agencies and first responders use radios to communicate, but sometimes their radios are incompatible because they operate over different frequencies and channels. This can result in uncoordinated response, which can hinder the ability to save lives and property. Lake County is part a multi-jurisdictional team that is working on a major initiative to improve communications interoperability. Watch this video to learn more
|Ask A Snow Plow Driver|
We passed along questions people had about our snow plow operations, and several of the Lake County Division of Transportation snow plow operators got together to answer them. While they may feel more comfortable up in their trucks clearing snow instead of in front of the cameras, they were happy to provide answers. People asked why we don't clear state roads, if it is okay to pass a plow, and more. See what they had to say
|Tollway Board Gives Green Light to Next Phase of Study for IL Rt. 53/120|
The Illinois Toll Highway Authority Board unanimously approved a resolution authorizing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the IL Route 53/120 project
. The move follows four years of diligent work by a broad group of government, business and environmental leaders in Lake County to advance the project, which had previously been stalled for decades. An EIS includes a detailed study of alignment alternatives, environmental impacts, financial feasibility and a “no build” scenario. The EIS process will also include a robust public information and engagement program with multiple meetings and opportunities for public input. Read News Release
or visit ILRoute53.org
for more information.
|Update on Governor's Consolidation and Unfunded Mandate Report|
A new report issued by a State task force includes 27 recommendations for streamlining local government through consolidation and eliminating state mandates. The list includes a number of specific measures brought forward by Lake County that could save taxpayers millions of dollars annually. View News Release
|New Illinois Laws in 2016|
More than 200 new laws went into effect in Illinois on Jan. 1. This includes a possible fine or jail time for leaving your pets outside in extreme weather, banning powdered alcohol, changes to divorce law, and more.
|Lake County's Dirty Jobs - Pouring Cement at Courthouse Expansion|
The Lake County Courthouse expansion project is well underway, and workers are currently busy on the 1st phase of the project, which is the Washington Street Tunnel. Watch this episode
of Lake County’s Dirty Jobs, as Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor lays the cement that will cover the underground tunnel below Washington Street, that will connect the jail to the courthouse.
|Dispose Needles Properly. Do Not Put in Recycling Containers|
Americans use more than one billion sharp objects as well as other materials in their homes annually for health care purposes. If these medical sharps, such as lancets, needles and syringes are not disposed properly, they could injure family members, trash handlers or others who might come in contact with them. It is now against the law to knowingly mix sharps with materials intended to be recycled by a residential hauler. You can prevent injury by placing sharp objects in a hard-plastic or metal container with a tight screw-on lid and place it in your trash, not recycling, container or bin. Do not use glass or clear plastic containers or put sharp objects in a container that will be used for recycling or returned to a store. Read more
to learn about how to safely dispose of these materials.
|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. More...
|Chicago Bears Volunteer at the Children's Advocacy Center|
The Chicago Bears 2015 Rookie Class recently visited Lake County to help transform two outdoor spaces into a tranquil, therapeutic place for children and adults who have suffered abuse. Chicago Bears Play Zones, featuring new playgrounds and landscaping were added at the Lake County Children’s Advocacy Center and the Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center, both in Gurnee. Watch now
|County Board Adopts FY2016 Balanced Budget |
The County Board has adopted the 2016 budget, a balanced budget that is $7 million less than last year and includes a 13% drop in total employees from a decade ago. Approved at the Nov. 10 Board meeting, the budget allocates $414 million dollars to core services, such as courts and public safety, transportation, and health services. The County’s tax levy on existing properties also will stay stable. The County’s portion of a property tax bill is about 7%. Lake County is fiscally stable due to the Board’s focus on strategic, long-term, data-driven decisions and the Board’s commitment to fiscal responsibility. We continue to invest in our infrastructure like roads, and focus on operational efficiencies, including sharing services with other governments. We are also using data to align operational staffing levels to amount of workload. The uncertainty of the State budget and potential State funding cuts continue to place significant pressure on our budget. Read the FY 2016 Budget
. Also, watch this video
to find out where the money comes from, where it goes, and how we are spending your money wisely.
|Lake County Highways and Bikeways Map is Available|
The latest edition of the Lake County Highways and Bikeways map is available. This resource contains roadway information and a map of bike paths and trails. Bike path users also can tap into this mapping technology using the mobile-friendly Bike Trail Explorer
. For information, visit the Lake County Division of Transportation’s website
, and take a look at the new bikeways section
|Video: Facts about the Rt 53/120 Project|
The proposed IL Route 53/120 project is at a critical juncture as the Tollway considers initiating an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process to study the project in detail and solicit public input. Many residents have questions about the project and unfortunately there is a lot of misinformation being shared. In this video
, Chairman Aaron Lawlor and Lake County Transportation Alliance Executive Director Steve Park provide facts about the proposed plan and dispel some of the myths. To learn more about the proposed IL Route 53 extension, visit ilroute53.org
|Lake County’s Dirty Jobs: Testing for Toxic Algae|
When people think about the Health Department, they may think about going to a clinic, or seeing a doctor, but they actually do a whole lot more, including managing the health of our lakes. Watch as Chairman Aaron Lawlor hops into Lake Tranquility in Antioch to test for blue-green algae, which under certain conditions, can produce a toxin that can make people or animals sick. Watch Video
|LCDOT Opens 5th Roundabout in Lake County|
The Lake County Division of Transportation (LCDOT) has opened the new roundabout at River Road and Roberts Road in Lake Barrington. This is the 5th roundabout in Lake County. In many locations, roundabouts provide safer and more efficient traffic flow than standard intersections and they are a key component of the Lake County highway system. Learn more
|Protect Yourself Against the Flu. Get Your Annual Flu Shot |
As we head into fall, start thinking about protecting yourself and your family against the flu. The Lake County Health Department offers the flu vaccine by appointment only at the Immunizations Clinic, 2303 Dodge Ave., Waukegan. More information
|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
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 www.ILRoute53.org
|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.
|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 Sheriff’s Office Receives Funding for Body Cameras|
The Lake County Sheriff's Office has received federal funding to purchase body-worn cameras for Sheriff's deputies as part of the Body-Worn Camera Pilot Implementation Program
. The Sheriff’s Office was one of only three Illinois law enforcement agencies to be awarded this funding. The Sheriff's Office will be placing an order in the future for 292 body cameras, which will be worn by sworn members of the Sheriff’s Office who interact with the public on a daily basis. Find more info on the Sheriff’s Office website
|Learn More About the Proposed IL Route 53 Project|
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. Lake County along with local mayors, transportation and environmental stakeholders have been working with the Illinois Tollway on a plan for the extension that will reduce traffic congestion, provide opportunities for economic development and protect open space and the environment. Learn more
|Lake County Deputy County Administrator Wins National Award for Excellence in Leadership|
The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) will recognize Amy McEwan, Lake County Deputy County Administrator, with its Assistant Excellence in Leadership Award for her significant contributions as a professional public manager. The award will be presented to Amy in September at the ICMA Annual Conference in Seattle. Amy has worked for Lake County government for ten years, and has been in local government for more than 20 years. More Info
|Temporary Closure of Washington Street for Bridge Repair|
The westbound lanes on Washington Street over the Des Plaines River will be closed on Monday, Sept. 28 from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following morning. The closure is necessary for the Lake County Division of Transportation (LCDOT) to make repairs to the bridge. . More Info with Detour Route
|Lake County Board Chairman Appoints Hainesville Mayor to Pace Board|
Lake County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor announced today that he is nominating Hainesville Mayor Linda Soto to serve on the Board of Directors for Pace Suburban Bus Service to replace the late Dick Welton, who served on the board for the past 20 years. Full Press Release
|Second Property Tax Bill Installment Due by Sept. 3|
The second installment of Lake County property taxes is due Thursday, September 3. Please note, you received one bill in May and you will not receive another bill for the second installment. If you have misplaced your second installment coupon, you can print
a copy from the Treasurer's Office website by entering your PIN or address. Find out more
|Assessment Notices are Being Mailed. Get Answers to Questions|
|Lake County Reports Progress on Strategic Plan |
Lake County’s Strategic Plan, which serves as our road map over the next several years, identifies five strategic goals related to transportation, sustainability, healthy communities, economic opportunities and public safety. Residents helped shape the plan by providing input at a series of community forums. Residents also said they wanted to stay informed on progress being made toward these goals. In an effort to be more accountable, accessible and transparent, we’ve posted our progress
|Lake County’s Dirty Jobs – Storm Drain Repair|
In this installment of Lake County’s Dirty Jobs - which takes you behind the scenes of some of Lake County government’s dirty and difficult jobs – we go to Winthrop Harbor with the Lake County Division of Transportation where Chairman Aaron Lawlor learns the process to fix a damaged storm drain. Learn more.
|What do you think of our Website?|
We are looking for feedback on our website so we can identify ways to improve its design, ease of use, and more. Provide your thoughts on our website by taking this short survey
which will only take a couple minutes to complete. All feedback will be taken into consideration. Take Survey
|Meet New Four-Legged Staff Member Who Will Comfort Child Victims of Abuse|
Mitchell, a yellow Labrador retriever, will help provide comfort, compassion and companionship to children who are involved in crimes involving sexual and physical abuse. Mitchell will work with the Children’s Advocacy Center, which assists with the investigation and prosecution of these crimes. A professionally certified and trained service dog, Mitchell will accompany children when needed as they talk with officials about their abuse. Watch this video
to learn more about Mitchell.
|Lake County Cybercrimes Unit Works To Protect Children |
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office Cybercrimes Unit pursues online predators who seek to meet underage children and those who possess inappropriate images and videos of children. Follow these officers as they conduct a search warrant for a man believed to be in possession of child pornography. Persons placed under arrest are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Watch Video
|Lake County Reports Progress on Strategic Plan |
Lake County’s Strategic Plan
, which serves as our road map over the next several years, identifies five strategic goals related to transportation, sustainability, healthy communities, economic opportunities and public safety. Residents helped shape the plan by providing input at a series of community forums in 2013. Residents also asked for more communication and transparency about what Lake County is doing with their tax dollars. The county board is committed to being accountable, accessible and transparent. Visit our Strategic Plan page
to see examples of how we are making progress toward our strategic goals.
|Provide Input On How Stormwater Management Can Improve|
The Lake County Stormwater Management Commission seeks your input as to how it can better manage the stormwater issues and needs. The commission's mission is to coordinate stormwater activities of over 90 local jurisdictions to improve water quality, reduce flood damages, and restore and enhance the natural drainage system. Attend one of the scheduled public outreach meetings
. You also may provide ideas by completing the following survey
. For information about the updated plan, visit the project web page
|Watch County Update: Lake County Forest Preserves Provide Summer Fun|
The Lake County Forest Preserves will reach a special milestone this year as the trail designed to extend across the county from Russell Road to Lake Cook Road along the Des Plaines River gets completed this fall. In this County Update, Lake County Forest Preserves President Ann Maine welcomes you to one of her favorite places, Ryerson Conservation Area in Riverwoods to tell you about more than 182 miles of forest preserve trails, the programming and ways you can discover online all the forest preserves can offer. Watch now
|LCDOT Roadside Safety Reminders|
Road construction can cause delays, but don’t try to hurry through a work zone. Even if workers aren’t on site, work zone speed limits are in place AT ALL TIMES by state law. This is for the safety of drivers as well as the workers. Work zones have changing conditions, shifting or narrowing lanes, equipment and other potential hazards to motorists that are going too fast or not paying attention. On average, there are more than 4,300 work zone motor vehicle crashes annually in Illinois, with more than 1,000 resulting in injuries. In this video
, Lake County Division of Transportation (LCDOT) workers share a few safety tips and ask for your help to make sure everyone gets home safely at the end of the day.
|Annual Water Quality Reports Available|
Lake County Public Works is committed to providing safe water to our customers in accordance with the Safe Drinking Water Act. The act requires that we publish an annual Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) describing the sources, treatment and chemical analysis of each water system. View the reports
|Save Money on Prescriptions and Medical Coverage? Learn How|
To help Lake County residents better manage the costs of prescription medications as well as health and dental services, Lake County is joining a new prescription, health and dental discount program. The program provides an average 24 percent off the retail price of prescriptions and discounts on medical and dental services. The service can be used by those who do not have insurance and those whose insurance does not cover prescriptions or services they need. Watch to learn more
|4 Reasons to Visit Your Local Farmers Market|
|Be Prepared for Stormy Weather|
Knowing how to prepare can ensure you and your family stay safe during a severe storm. Learn the difference between a “Watch” and a “Warning”, the dangers of flash flooding, food safety during a storm and more by watching our Stormy Weather Safety Tips video
. For more information about storm preparedness, visit Alert Lake County
|County Update Video: Summer Fun in Lake County!|
Warm weather is finally here and there is so much to do in Lake County - from our hundreds of lakes to boat and fish on to weekend getaways and family-friendly adventures, you will find it all in Lake County. In this edition of County Update, we take you to Waukegan Harbor as we talk about things to do this summer with the president of Visit Lake County. Watch video
|Lake County Municipalities Rated Best Suburbs in Chicago Metro Area|
Lake County is a great place to live and the rankings show it
! Several municipalities in Lake County are rated in the top 100 of the best suburbs in the Chicago Metro Area. Suburbs were ranked based on livability for safety, schools, and access to activities, jobs, housing, and transportation. Visit www.lakecountylife.org
to see all of the things that make Lake County special!
|Lake County Sheriff's Office Alerts Residents to Ruse Burglary|
A ruse burglary occurred recently in the Cuba Township area of Lake County. Ruse burglaries are crimes in which the offender uses a ruse to get their victim distracted in order to commit a burglary. Do not allow anyone in your home unless you know them personally or it is a scheduled appointment. If a solicitor comes to your residence, take notice of the vehicle they are driving, their attire, and physical characteristics. Learn more on the Sheriff’s Office website
|First-time Offenders Can Earn a Second Chance with Alternative Prosecution Program|
The Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office Alternative Prosecution Program gives first-time, non-violent offenders the opportunity to earn a second chance to make good, while benefiting the community, and victims. The program provides those individuals who meet the eligibility requirements to keep a conviction from being permanently entered on their record upon successful completion of the program, while protecting and respecting the rights of victims by requiring community service. Additionally, the program will divert cases from numerous and lengthy court appearances in general felony courtrooms. It also establishes mandatory restitution payments to crime victims. Gang members and those charged with crimes against the disabled, elderly, or involving weapons are not eligible. The County Board recently approved the appropriation of fees and costs assessed to participants, as part of the program. Read Press Release
|Lake County's Dirty Jobs: Animal Care and Control Facility|
In this installment of Lake County’s dirty jobs - which takes you behind the scenes of some of Lake County government’s dirty and difficult jobs - we head to the Animal Care and Control
facility - where Chairman Aaron Lawlor cleans and takes care of lost pets. Watch Video
|Lake County Wins National Awards for Innovative Programming|
|County Update Video: Road Construction, Route 53, and More Transportation News |
Lake County continues to invest in our transportation system, which includes making roads better, wider, and even smarter. In this edition of County Update, we take you to one of our big construction projects in the center of the county as we talk transportation with our LCDOT Director. Watch video
|New Transparency Tool Gives 24-Hour Glance at County Government|
Lake County provides service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – and you may be surprised to learn all the services we provide. Check out our new 24/7 interactive presentation
that shows how we are working around the clock to serve you.
|Learn to Fight the Bite, Watch Out for Ticks|
The Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center
is encouraging county residents to take precautions against ticks, which can carry diseases such as Lyme disease. Once considered a rare illness in Lake County, Lyme disease is becoming more common in the area. The average annual number of reported probable and confirmed cases of this disease increased steadily from 6.7 cases between 2003-2005 to 21.3 cases between 2012-2014. For more information, visit www.fightthebitenow.com
|Lake County Thanks 911 Dispatchers for their Life-Saving Work|
Every day, dedicated, highly trained men and women are working around the clock, behind the scenes, saving lives and impacting countless more. They are the heroes on the other end of the phone when someone calls 911 who provide life-saving information to residents, and direct the first responders in the field to where they need to go. Recently, the Lake County Board and Lake County Sheriff’s Office recognized our telecommunicators for their public service. Watch video
|Lake County Coroner Develops Safety Recommendations that Could Help Save Lives Involved in Motor Coach Accidents |
Motor coaches are used as an affordable mode of transportation for schools, sports teams, and churches. After a fatal accident involving a motor coach in Northern California last year that resulted in fiery explosions, Lake County Coroner Dr. Thomas Rudd along with three other forensic experts, reviewed the case and developed key safety recommendations involving coach buses and the coach bus drivers that could help save lives wherever motor coaches crash worldwide. They presented their recommendations recently at the American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Scientific meeting attended by hundreds of forensic scientists from around the world.
|Health Report Card: We’re Healthy! |
Lake County ranks among the healthiest counties in Illinois (and the U.S.) – ranking sixth on Health Factors and 15th for Health Outcome out of 102 counties –according to a new County Health Rankings report card. The health department
will use the findings to help identify areas for improvement and develop strategies that promote the health of our communities. Learn more
|Lake County Update: Meet Lake County Treasurer David Stolman|
After serving nearly 20 years on the county board, David Stolman was elected to Treasurer last November. In this edition of County Update, learn more about the Treasurer’s Office
and Treasurer Stolman’s priorities. Watch now
|Lake County Announces 2015 Construction Program|
This year, the Lake County Division of Transportation (LCDOT) will have $137 million in road projects under construction making for another busy construction season! While about $60 million of that is carried over from projects that were started last year, there will be about $77 million in new projects, which are expected to be awarded during the first six months of 2015. The plan includes 24 projects, 11 of which contain non-motorized travel improvements, such as bike paths, or adding bike friendly lanes. Learn More
|Lake County's Dirty Jobs - Division of Transportation Heavy Duty Shop |
In this installment of Lake County’s dirty jobs - which takes you behind the scenes of some of Lake County government’s dirty and difficult jobs - we head to LCDOT - Lake County, IL Division of Transportation's Heavy Duty shop where Chairman Aaron Lawlor does some maintenance work on a snow plow truck. Watch now
|Join the Conversation: Submit Your Ideas to Improve Local Government in Illinois|
Lake County recently submitted its ideas to the State task force charged with streamlining local governments, which included a list of costly mandates that could save Lake County more than $2 Million annually, and millions more in ongoing savings. Now, residents can submit their ideas on ways to consolidate, streamline or eliminate duplicative governmental bodies, school districts and taxing authorities, and ideas on ways to replace, revise, or repeal unfunded mandates placed on local governments and school districts. Submit your comments on this website
. Read Lake County’s memo
to the governor.
|Advisory Committee Recommends Funding Plan for IL Route 53/120 Project |
The IL Route 53/120 Project Finance Committee approved recommendations to fund the extension of Illinois Route 53 north into Lake County and to support Tollway-led work to keep the project moving forward. The committee’s recommended financing package includes a variety of local sources and innovative revenue streams. The funding recommendations will be presented to the Illinois Tollway Board of Directors for consideration. Read news release, Watch video.
|Leaders Discuss State of Local Economy: Economic Outlook is Positive|
At a recent economic meeting attended by more than 500 business and government leaders, expert economists said that Lake County has a very positive economic outlook and we’re positioned for continued economic success. In this video, hear from local leaders on how we are strategically working with our public and private partners to ensure Lake County remains a prosperous location in which to do business. Watch video
|New Lost and Found Pet Service Web Page|
The Lake County Health Department’s Animal Care and Control Program has launched a new webpage
to help reunite lost pets with their owners. The new page features photos of lost or found animals submitted by residents. Residents can send a digital photo, pet description, and indicate whether the animal is lost or found, to: email@example.com
. Read Press Release
|County Board Approves Balanced Budget that Focuses on the Future|
|Recorder’s Office Adds More Tools to Assist Homeowners|
The Recorder's Office has implemented an additional service for homeowners to use to fight against identity theft and mortgage fraud. This new 24/7 service allows residents to sign up on the Recorder’s website
to receive an email or text, alerting them when certain documents have been recorded against their name or property. Press Release
|Board Approves Agreement to Bring New Tech Company to Gurnee |
The Lake County Board recently approved an economic incentive package to bring Akhan Semiconductor, Inc, a new technology company, to Gurnee. In this video, Chairman Aaron Lawlor interviews founder and CEO Adam Khan, who is originally from Gurnee. Akhan is a global leader in diamond semiconductor technology that aims to serve faster computers, advanced aviation and satellite technology, and next-generation telecommunication needs. More...
|Lake County Sheriff's Officer Saves Life with Overdose Reversal Drug|
Lake County Deputy Sheriff’s Officer Amanda Fosco was recently called to a Lake County home where she saved the life of a resident who overdosed on heroin. In this video
, Officer Fosco tell the story of how she used the life-saving drug Naloxone. Over the past several months, two lives were saved from overdoses as a result of this drug being in the hands of officers in the field, along with training provided by the Health Department. To learn more about efforts underway to combat the use of opioids in Lake County, visit the Lake County Opioid Initiative website
|Washington Street Underpass Project: Haryan Way to Lake Street|
The Lake County Division of Transportation (LCDOT) is hosting a Construction Open House for the Washington Street Underpass Project
. The Open House will be on March 2 from 5 – 7 p.m. at Grayslake Village Hall, 10 South Seymour Avenue, Grayslake IL.
|Dirty Jobs: Behind the Scenes at Our Sewer Plant|
You probably don’t think about where your water goes - after you go, but our public works crews think about this 24/7. In this second installment of Lake County’s dirty jobs - which takes residents behind the scenes of some of Lake County government’s dirty and difficult jobs - we take you to a sewer plant with a tank full of sludge and muck that needs to be cleaned. Watch now
|Lake County Leaders Summit Focuses on Collaboration|
More than 150 government, business, and civic leaders came together recently for an update on the significant progress being made in Lake County, including advancing transportation solutions and 911 regional consolidation. The Lake County Forest Preserves also provided an update on the completion of the final segment of the Des Plaines River Trail
and the 100-year Vision for Lake County
. Leaders also engaged in an ideas exchange. The results of that exercise will be shared in the coming weeks. Watch video
. View pictures
|Update from SWALCO about Electronics Recycling |
Six sites have been confirmed to begin collecting electronics through SWALCO’s recycling program starting January 2, 2015. Please visit the SWALCO website
for more information.
|Flu 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.
|Sidney Mathias Sworn-In as District 20 Board Member |
Former state representative Sidney Mathias is officially the new District 20 County Board Member, replacing Board Member David Stolman who recently won the election for Lake County Treasurer and resigned from his county board post. He was sworn in at the December meeting. ...Learn more.
|Two New County Board Members Take Office |
|Lake County Courthouse Expansion Project Launch Ceremony|
Lake County officials, stakeholders, and representatives of the justice system gathered on November 21 to celebrate the launch of the Courthouse Expansion Project. The project includes a new 8-story, approximately 200,000 sq. ft. court tower with 18 new courtrooms, jury assembly space, and the construction of a tunnel connecting the jail and current courthouse. The project will increase the efficiency of the justice system and support growth of the justice agencies for many years to come. Lake County partnered with a Waukegan artist to create a symbolic piece of temporary art that exemplifies Justice. Local leaders were asked to share what Justice means to them, and their words were incorporated into the piece of art that was unveiled at the ceremony. Watch video
|Healthy Lake County|
If you suspect a developmental delay in your child, you should contact the Child and Family Connections Program at the Lake County Health Department’s Grand Avenue campus in Waukegan. This program links families to early intervention services and teaches how to play with their children to help them learn essential skills. Watch this video
and learn more about this program, and see other segments on Lake County restaurant inspection reports, and the Lake County Medical Reserve Corps.
|Healthy Lake County|
The next enrollment period for the health insurance marketplace begins Nov. 15 and goes through Feb. 15, and the Enroll Lake County
! staff at the Lake County Health Department
is ready to help residents understand the program, and apply under the Affordable Care Act. Watch this episode
of Healthy Lake County and learn more about marketplace insurance; as well as the precautions that should be taken when cooking food to prevent food borne illness.
|32 Police Departments Get Tools to Reverse Opioid Overdoses and Save Lives|
The Lake County State's Attorney, Sheriff, other law enforcement leaders, and the Health Department recently announced that many law enforcement personnel will be able to carry the antidote Naloxone in their squad cards to reverse opioid overdoses. The life-saving drug is being provided through the Lake County Opioid Initiative - a collaborative partnership. Learn more
|Lake County Board Accepts Applications to Fill District 20 Vacancy|
Lake County is seeking applicants to fill the county board vacancy in District 20, which includes incorporated and unincorporated areas of Buffalo Grove and Long Grove. David Stolman recently won the election for Lake County Treasurer and will officially vacate this seat on Dec. 1. Residents of District 20 that are interested in serving can email
their resume and letter of interest. Read news release
with more information.
|Concealed Carry Informational Forum|
The Lake County State's Attorney's Office in partnership with the Lake County Sheriff's Office is hosting a Concealed Carry informational session on Tues., Nov. 18, 2014 at the College of Lake County, Grayslake Campus from 6-7:30pm. More information
|Scam Alert! Delinquent Property Taxes Letter to Seniors|
Seniors are receiving a letter in the mail claiming that the County will take their house if they don't pay the delinquent taxes on their property. If you have any questions or want to double check the status of your payment, you should call the Treasurer's Office at 847.377.2323 or check on line at lakecountyil.gov/treasurer
. DO NOT contact the person listed on the letter.
|Patient Centered Medical Homes|
Patient centered medical homes, like the Mid-Lakes Health Center in Round Lake Beach, are a new way to improve health care by changing how your visits to the doctor are organized. Patient-centered means you are the center of a team of medical professionals that help you meet your health care goals. Watch this video
and learn more about this approach to health care.
|Lake County Election Results Online |
|Lake County's Website Gets an A+ for Transparency|
For the third straight year, Lake County has received a "Sunny Award" and an A+ transparency grade for its website from Sunshine Review, a national non-profit organization dedicated to government transparency. Lake County is one of only six counties in Illinois to receive this top grade. Check out our new Transparency/Open Gov web page
|Public Can Provide Input into Pace Budget at Hearing Oct. 30|
|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.
|Learn More About Transit Services Available Near You!|
|Lake County Receives 'Sunny Award' for Transparency|
|Help Shape the Future of Lake County’s Housing and Community Development|
Lake County government needs your input! Help us prioritize the use of federal grant funds for housing and community development activities over the next five years. Take this survey (in English
) to assess affordable housing, neighborhood conditions, access to parks, job training programs and other needs of low- and moderate-income individuals and households.
|Lake County Focuses on Opportunities to Share Services and Operate More Efficiently|
During a series of community forums to obtain input into our strategic plan, residents identified the sharing of government services as a priority. As a result, Lake County is focusing on collaborating and coordinating with other units of governments to generate greater economies of scale, foster partnerships and reduce costs. Learn more about our 2014 initiatives and our 2015 goals on our new Shared Services webpage
|Lake County Update: Let the ride take you.. |
|Lake Michigan Water Project Update|
Responses to residents' questions presented at the Aug. 13 public hearing on the Lake Michigan Water Project are now available
. The public hearing was held to obtain public testimony on creation of a Special Service Area (SSA) to fund the project which impacts the water systems of Grandwood Park, Lindenhurst, Lake Villa and Fox Lake Hills. For more information, visit the project website
|Lake County Achieves Highest Principles of Governmental Budgeting|
For the seventh consecutive year, Lake County has received a "Distinguished Budget Presentation Award" from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA). This means that Lake County’s budget
meets nationally recognized guidelines for effective budgeting. This year, GFOA gave the County an unprecedented number of “Outstanding” scores. The budget serves as a financial plan, influences policy, guides operations, and is a communications tool for taxpayers.
|County-wide Collaborative Coalition Pursues Solutions to Opioid Problem|
Public safety officials, first responders, the health department and hospitals across Lake County are working to address the rising problem of use and abuse of opioids, including heroin and prescription pain medications. Through the Lake County Opioid Initiative
, first responders recently completed training on the use of Naloxone - a drug that is used to reverse an opioid overdose and save lives. Watch this video
and visit this website
to learn more about this initiative.
|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.More...
|North 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.
|County 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.
|Modern Roundabouts of Lake County|
Lake County recently opened its fourth modern roundabout at Monaville Road and Cedar Lake Road in Lake Villa. Modern roundabout intersections improve traffic flow by allowing traffic to yield rather than come to a complete stop at intersections and they improve safety by reducing the potential for the most serious types of traffic crashes. In this video
, learn more about modern roundabouts and hear from emergency responders and bus drivers about their experiences.
|Kids First Health Fair|
The annual Kids 1st Health Fair recently marked its 21st year of providing health services to children in preparation for school. On one day every year for more than two decades, the fair has provided a wide variety of free services, from immunizations to dental screenings, with an estimated overall value of approximately $2 million to 30,000 Lake County children. Watch the video
|Lake County Reaches Milestone: 7 Million Documents Recorded|
In 1844, the Lake County Recorder's Office officially recorded its first document--hand-written in a large ledger book--and 169 years and several millions of documents later, the office reached a 7 million record milestone. Mary Ellen Vanderventer, Lake County Recorder of Deeds, awarded the lucky patron with a gift basket at approximately 9:30 a.m. on June 6. Watch the video
. For more about the Recorder of Deeds Office, visit their website
|Law Day Celebrated at Lake County Courthouse|
Students across Lake County recently celebrated Law Day at the Lake County Courthouse. High school students learned about internet safety and crime investigation, took tours of the Lake County Jail and Coroner’s Office, and participated in a mock trial and sentencing. Students K-12 participated in a coloring, poster, essay and photo contest, and awards were presented by judges from the 19th Judicial Circuit Court. This year’s theme was “Realizing the Dream: Equality for All”, underscoring the importance of the American court system and its role in ensuring access to justice. Watch video
|New Animal Care and Control Facility|
|Lake County’s Online Mapping Application|
|Board Approves New Radio System for Public Safety First Responders |
The County Board recently approved use of a new statewide radio communications system (known as STARCOM), in partnership with the Lake County Emergency Telephone Systems Board (911 ETSB), which will allow public safety personnel to communicate more effectively on a local, regional and statewide level using a common system – what’s referred to as "interoperability."More...
|Board Member Sauer Joins Elite Group of Emerging Illinois Leaders for Leadership Training|
County Board Member Nick Sauer
is one of 40 emerging leaders from Illinois selected into the 2014 Edgar Fellow Program - An executive leadership-training program that aims to develop the leaders of tomorrow so they are prepared to solve our state's future challenges. Read news release
|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
|Data 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
|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.
|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
|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 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
|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.More...
|Expect 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.More...
|Board 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.More...
|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.More...
|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
|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.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.More...
|County Board Allows Beekeeping and Hens in Unincorporated Areas|
The Lake County Board amended the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO)
to allow the keeping of bees, hens, and hoophouses used exclusively for local food production on residential properties in unincorporated areas. The changes are effective as of Nov. 12.
|Lake County Wins Lawsuit Challenging Creation of Elections Commission |
A recent court ruling overturns a new state law that would have created an elections commission in Lake County and allows the Lake County Clerk to continue administering local elections. Read more information.
|Lake County Receives AAA Bond Rating from Two Top Rating Agencies|
Lake County has again received a AAA bond rating –the highest government rating—from the nation’s two largest bond rating agencies - Moody’s Investors Services, Inc., and Standard & Poor’s. The rating serves as an indicator of the County’s general economic health.More...
|First Human Case of West Nile Virus in Lake County in 2013|
The Lake County Health Department/Community Health Center reports that a 54-year-old female resident of Barrington (the Lake County side) tested positive for West Nile encephalitis. She was not hospitalized and is recovering. This is the county's first human West Nile virus case in 2013. Last year there were seven confirmed cases. Read news release
|Lake County Board Approves Plan Establishing Standards of Conduct for Commission and Board Appointees|
The county board approved a Standards of Conduct Plan
spearheaded by Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor that requires 300 appointees—that serve on everything from drainage and fire districts, to the transportation service boards, affordable housing commission, and board of review—to adhere to conduct standards.
|Health Department Launches Effort to Enroll Residents in Health Insurance |
The Lake County Health Department (LCHD) is playing a key role in enrolling eligible residents into health insurance options available under the Affordable Care Act. With an $800,000 grant from the Illinois Department of Public Health, LCHD and the Alliance for Human Services are launching Enroll Lake County!
, a countywide initiative to increase access to healthcare for Lake County residents. Learn more.
|CMAP, Lake County, and Communities to Partner in Development of IL Route 53/120 Corridor |
Plans for the extension of Illinois Route 53/120 in Lake County are moving forward with the approval of funding for a Corridor Land Use and Transportation Plan that will be developed in partnership with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, Lake County, and communities along the corridor to integrate land use, transportation, economic development, and open space. Read News Release