|Lake County Prepares for Ebola|
The Lake County Health Department states that the risk to Lake County residents for Ebola is extremely low because there are no known cases in Illinois. Local health officials are coordinating with hospitals and other partners — from the coroner to emergency management to police and fire and EMS — to assure they are practicing the CDC guidelines, including looking for signs, asking appropriate questions, and responding if necessary. Read the Ebola Fact Sheet
and visit the CDC's website
for more information, and watch this video
about what Lake County is doing to prepare for Ebola.
|Metra 2015 Proposed Budget Public Hearing|
Metra’s 2015 budget proposal calls for fare increases of 10.8% next year and proposes additional increases totaling about 68% over the next decade. The proposed increases are needed to modernize its aging rail fleet and to pay for other costs of doing business. The Metra Board will vote on the proposal at their Nov. 14, Board Meeting Public hearing Nov. 5, Mundelein Village Hall, 4-6 p.m
. Details on the 2015 budget and capital plan
by Nov. 6.
|Pace 2015 Proposed Budget Public Hearing|
|Lake County Municipal Vehicle & Equipment Auction, Oct. 25|
The Lake County Municipal Vehicle & Equipment Auction will be held on Sat., Oct. 25 at 9 a.m. Items include: police cars, computers, office equip., bikes, and misc. items from Lake County and other local communities. For full details, visit the Obenauf Auctions website at www.ObenaufAuctions.com
|Early Voting (10/20 - 11/2) |
to find your early voting site, address, hours, photo, directions, and map. You may also preview your official ballot using the "What's on my ballot
?" Before reviewing this information, voters will need to confirm registration status by entering name, house number, zip code and birthdate.
|What’s on my Ballot?|
Lake County registered voters may now preview their official ballot at LakeVoterPower.info
using the "What's on My Ballot?" link. Registered voters are prompted to supply their registration name, house number, zip code and date of birth to view one's specific sample ballot for the November 4th election cycle. These sample ballots may be printed, marked with the voter's choices, and taken into the polls for reference when voting.
|Learn More About Transit Services Available Near You!|
|Collaborative Effort Underway to Improve Water Quality in the Des Plaines River Watershed |
The Des Plaines River watershed in Lake County covers about a third of the County, from the Wisconsin state line to the border with Cook County. While this river looks beautiful, beneath the surface, the water quality is below standards under the Clean Water Act. In this County Update, we learn more about the water quality issues and what’s being done to address it. Watch now
|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.
|Public Meeting for Multi-Modal Transportation Project, October 20|
The Illinois Department of Transportation is inviting the public to comment on the future development of the Multi-Modal Transportation Plan at several meetings throughout the region. Attendees will have a chance to discuss the project with IDOT staff and ask questions. This meeting is a great chance for residents and businesses in the area to weigh in on the project. Lake County’s public meeting will take place Monday, October 20, 3 – 6 p.m. at the DoubleTree Libertyville-Mundelein, 510 E. Route 83 in Mundelein. Written comments will be accepted at the meeting or can be submitted through the IDOT website
until November 14.
|Voting by Mail |
Voters who choose to vote by mail may visit LakeVoterPower.info
to complete an E-request or download a paper form to receive a ballot by mail. Ballot applications are required for each election and may also be requested by contacting the Voting by Mail Department at VotingByMail@lakecountyil.gov
or 847.377.2406. Voted ballots must be returned to the Clerk's office postmarked no later than November 3.
|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
|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. The County received input from residents and various stakeholders in developing the plan. The extensive document covers topics such as land use and development, including preserving open space and protecting natural resources. It also addresses transportation and mobility, energy conservation, waste reduction, and more. Read the Sustainability Chapter
. Also, visit our new Sustainability Lake County web portal
to get more information and connect with green resources.
|Veterans 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.
|5 Steps to Your Next Job|
Do you know someone who is looking for work? Let them know about the ‘5 Steps to Your Next Job’
workshop series from Monday, Oct. 6
to Friday, Oct. 10
at the Warren Newport Public Library
. The workshops take place from 10am to noon each day. The address is 224 N. O’Plaine Rd. Gurnee, IL. Parking for this event is free. For further details: 5 Steps Flyer
. You can see what previous participants say about the series on our 5 Steps video
|Register to Vote by Oct. 7|
Residents who are new to Lake County, moved to a different county address, turn 18 on or before Nov. 4, 2014, or have a name change need to register by Tuesday, Oct. 7 with a deputy registrar. Registration is available at the County Clerk's office and at most municipal, township and library facilities. Lake County residents can visit LakeVoterPower.info
or call 847.377.2410 to confirm registration status or find the nearest registration location.
|Lake County Receives 'Sunny Award' for Transparency|
|Lake County Sheriff's Office Participating in Prescription Drug Take Back on September 27|
If you have unwanted or unused prescription drugs, it’s important to dispose of them properly to avoid harm to others. Instead of flushing them or throwing them in the trash, bring them to the sheriff’s office. There will be three drop off locations as part of the Prescription Drug Take Back event on September 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Beach Park Village Hall
, Volo Village Hall
, and Fremont Township Office
|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.
|September is National Preparedness Month: Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare!|
The time to prepare for an emergency situation is well before disaster strikes. The three most important steps to take to keep your family safe are: Be Informed, Make a Plan, and Build an Emergency Kit.
For more information about Emergency Preparedness locally, visit Alert Lake County
. To learn more about the National Preparedness Month campaign, and to find fun resources for getting kids involved, visit Ready.gov
|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 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.
|Job Center News and Resources|
|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
|Connect with Lake County - Check out Our Summer Newsletter|
This e-newsletter is just one way Lake County provides information for residents. Check out our Summer edition of County Connection
, where we focus on ways to connect with Lake County, provide a budget snapshot, a transportation update, and more. You can also find us on Facebook
|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.
|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
|Lake County Update: 2014 Transportation Improvement Plans|
2014 will again be another extremely busy construction season for Lake County. This year's $170 million road program exceeds last year's investment of $126 million, making this Lake County's most significant construction program to date. Watch this episode of Lake County Update
and learn about the multiple projects already underway, the start a number of new reconstruction and widening projects, intersection improvements, resurfacing projects, and several pedestrian/bike path projects this year.
|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.
|Doing Good Deeds for YOU! Learn about a new mortgage foreclosure mediation program|
The 19th Judicial Circuit Court and the Affordable Housing Corporation of Lake County recently launched a new mortgage foreclosure mediation program. In this video
, the Lake County Recorder of Deeds interviews program representatives for an in depth look at this topic. Homeowners who need copies of their housing or property documents should contact the Recorder's Office
or search for recorded documents online.
|County 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.
|County Board Approves 2014 Balanced Budget|
The County Board recently approved a balanced $488.3 million budget for fiscal year 2014. The budget has remained flat for the last three years and is $10 million less than five years ago due to reduced headcount and other money saving strategies, including operating more efficiently.
|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 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 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
|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
|Assessment Notices are in the Mail. Get Answers to Your Assessment Questions|
|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
|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.More...
|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.
|Lake County Board Lifts Ban on Video Gaming in Unincorporated Area |
The Lake County Board voted to repeal its ban on video gaming in the unincorporated area after several businesses argued that it created unfair competition.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
|'Blue Kids' Aims to Keep Kids Safe|
If you've seen a "Blue Kid" sign around the community recently and not sure what this means, the symbol aims to address the issue of child abuse and promote positive parenting in Lake County. In recognition of National Child Abuse Prevention Month in April, Lake County is joining other community partners to display the blue kids symbol. The Blue Kids Project embraces the values of cherishing children, supporting families, and building strong communities. For more information, visit our website at www.bluekidslakecounty.org
|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
for more info.
|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