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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. ​​
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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 vi​deo.
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 Update: Meet Lake County Treasurer David StolmanLake 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.
Leaders Discuss State of Local Economy: Economic Outlook is Positive​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.
It Could Happen Here: Illinois has “Hot Spots” for Earthquakes
McHenry County recently experienced an earthquake with a magnitude of 2.9 that residents described as a loud bang or rumbling that lasted a few seconds. Know what to do during an earthquake: Drop (to the floor); take cover, and hold on (to the piece furniture, like a table). Learn more​.
Vote for your local leaders in the April 7 election
Vote for your local library, school, park district and municipal candidates in the upcoming April 7 election. Registered voters can preview their ballot, find early voting locations and view voting by mail information by visiting LakeVoterPower.info. View a complete list of all the candidates and voting locations for the April 7 Consolidated Election by checking out this Voter Information Guide. ​
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: cjohnson5@lakecountyil.gov. Read Press Release​ ​​​
Lake County's Dirty Jobs - Division of Transportation Heavy Duty ShopLake 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!
Senior Citizens Assessment Freeze Homestead Exemption Outreach Sessions
The Chief County Assessment Office and the Lake County Township Assessors Association will hold several public outreach sessions to assist residents in completing the 2015 Senior Citizen Assessment Freeze Application for taxes payable in 2016, as well as service taxpayer needs on other homestead exemptions available. Residents will work one on one with a staff member to complete the necessary forms. The Senior Freeze Application is due by July 1. 
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 here​.  
​County Board Approves Balanced Budget that Focuses on the Future
The Lake County Board recently adopted a balanced $502 million budget for next year. The budget reflects the county board’s long-standing practice of fiscal responsibility and making long-term, data-driven decisions. To learn more, visit our newly enhanced budget portal, watch our animated budget video, and this interview.
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.
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Lake County Sheriff's Officer Saves Life with Overdose Reversal DrugLake 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.
'Blue Kids' Aims to Keep Kids Safe
Join Lake County and other community partners in addressing the issue of child abuse and promoting positive parenting in Lake County. Hear from guest speakers about the importance of raising awareness of child abuse prevention in your community, and learn more about cyber bullying from the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office Cybercrimes Division. People of all ages are welcome to attend. 
Tuesday, March 10, 6 – 8 p.m. 
College of Lake County, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake
For more information, visit our website at www.bluekidslakecounty.org.
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.
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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.
LCDOT Snow Removal Operations: BY THE NUMBERS
​When winter weather strikes, the Lake County Division of Transportation (LCDOT) "Snow Command" is working around the clock to clear the roads. LCDOT plows roughly 800 lane miles of road, split into 25 routes. During a snow event, LCDOT plows are out on the roads throughout the entire storm, operating on 12-hours shifts until the roads are clear. ​
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Don't Crowd the Plow VideoDon't Crowd the Plow
The Lake County Division of Transportation plows over 800 lane miles of highways utilizing 25 snow routes. When approaching a plow truck stay back at least 50 ft. or 2-3 car lengths, due to road conditions and so our plow operators can see your vehicles. Lake County DOT snowplow operators are extremely safety conscious, but we need your help. Stay back and let us safely do our job of cleaning the road for you. Don’t take a chance. Don’t crowd the plow! Watch this video about safety tips when driving this winter.
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.
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Year in Review
The County Board continued to advance its goals of fiscal responsibility, transparency, and leadership throughout 2014 through shared services, and improved collaboration with other governments. Additionally, some of this past year’s significant successes include advancements in infrastructure and transportation, and providing enhanced health options through Enroll Lake County! Find out more about these, and our other many accomplishments in our 2014 Lake County Year in Review.
Chairman Aaron Lawlor to Continue to Serve as Chairman
In a unanimous decision, the county board recently re-elected Aaron Lawlor to continue to serve as chairman for the next two years. Learn more about Chairman Lawlor and his priorities.
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
Charles "Chuck" Bartels was recently sworn in as the new District 10 board member. Learn more about Member Bartels. Jeff Werfel was also recently sworn in as the new  District 6 representative. Learn more about Member Werfel. View pictures.
Courthouse Play ButtonLake 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 CountyHealthy 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 CountyHealthy 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 HomesPatient 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
To view the unofficial results for the November 4, 2014 election, visit the Lake County Clerk’s election results website.
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
​Pace is currently holding public hearings for the proposed 2015 budget, which is balanced and does not include a fare increase or service reductions.
Public hearing Oct. 30, 4-6 p.m., Waukegan Public Library.
Details on the 2015 budget and capital plan.
Visit the Pace website for additional public hearing information.
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. 
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Learn More About Transit Services Available Near You!Learn More About Transit Services Available Near You!
​Various Lake County agencies are hosting a Transit/Paratransit Informational Open House to talk about available transportation options in the Waukegan and North Chicago Area.  Representatives from the Lake County Coordinated Transportation Services Committee (LCCTSC), Lake County Division of Transportation (LCDOT), Pace, the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) and other service providers will be present to provide service information, answer questions, and hear any concerns you may have about service needs.
Date: Wednesday, Oct. 22
Time: 5 – 7 p.m.
Location: Waukegan City Hall, 2nd floor Council Chambers, 100 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.
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.
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.
Lake County Receives 'Sunny Award' for Transparency
For the fourth straight year, Lake County has won 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 two counties in Illinois to receive the A+ grade. Check out our new Transparency/Open Gov page!
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 or Spanish) to assess affordable housing, neighborhood conditions, access to parks, job training programs and other needs of low- and moderate-income individuals and households.
County News: Lake County Focuses on Opportunities to Share ServicesLake 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: 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.
Strategic Plan progressLake 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.
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.
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Video: Opioid InitiativeCounty-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.
Video: Request for Proposals for Replacement Winchester House​​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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Video: 2014 Construction ProgramCounty 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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Video: 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.
Video: County Update: Lake Michigan Water AllocationCounty 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.
County Update - Strategic Plan
The Lake County Board recently adopted its Strategic Plan which serves as a road map for Lake County government over the next several years. It includes five major goals: Enhance Economic Opportunities, Promote a Sustainable Environment, Build Healthy and Resilient Communities, Provide Public Safety, and Reduce Congestion and Improve Transportation in Lake County. Lake County obtained input into its plan earlier this year at five community forums and through its website. In this episode of County Update, learn more about this plan and what it means to you. Watch now.
Kids First Health FairKids 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.
Adopt A Highway 20th AnniversaryAdopt-A-Highway 20th Anniversary
This year marks the 20-year anniversary for the Lake County Division of Transportation's (LCDOT) Adopt-A-Highway Program. The program was launched in February 1993 with an initial enrollment of 37 groups. Over the past 20 years the program has grown steadily and now 232 groups are enrolled. Last year alone, Adopt-A-Highway volunteers saved the county $305,000 in labor costs and removed approximately 225,000 pounds of trash from county highways. Learn more. Watch Video.
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Animal Care and ControlNew Animal Care and Control Facility
The Lake County Health Department/Community Health Center officially opened a newly-constructed Animal Care and Control facility in Libertyville. It replaced the old facility in Mundelein, where animals will no longer be accepted. Watch this video and learn about the new facility and the services it has to offer.​
Lake County’s Online Mapping Application
Earlier this year, Lake County transformed its Online Mapping Application increasing transparency and providing users with easy access to maps, tax and property information, and other interactive features. Check out the new and improved mapping tool and watch this video.
​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."
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​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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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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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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.
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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.​
County News PictureLake 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.
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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.
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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.
Lake County Division of Transportation Celebrates 100 Years
This year, the Lake County Division of Transportation (LCDOT) will celebrate 100 years of service to Lake County. A transportation system that started out as dirt roads is now an impressive network of safe and efficient roadways, intersections, roundabouts and bike paths. Throughout the year, LCDOT will celebrate with pictures, videos, stories and special events. Check the website, Twitter and Facebook for more info.

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