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  1. 2020
  2. 2019

SEPTEMBER

September 10: Join us Sept. 30 for a Virtual Town Hall

Lake County is holding its third live Virtual Town Hall on Wednesday Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. Hosted by Lake County Board Chair Sandy Hart, panelists will discuss the most current information about how COVID-19 is impacting Lake County, relief efforts including programs that have provided funding to Lake County businesses and residents who have been financially impacted, and information about voting in the November General Election.

September 9: Lake County Board Approves Resolution for Net Zero Greenhouse Gas Emissions

At its Sept. 8 meeting, the Lake County Board approved a resolution committing Lake County government operations to the goal of attaining net zero greenhouse gas emissions.


AUGUST

August 20: Input Wanted: Tell Us About Your Commute

Complete a survey about your transportation habits, and help us plan for the future of transportation in Lake County.

August 17: See the Lake County Transportation Improvements Programmed for the Next 5 Years

Lake County’s 2020-2025 Proposed Transportation Improvement Program is now available. This program is annually created by the Lake County Division of Transportation (LCDOT) to show the projects that are currently programmed over the next five years.

August 12: Open Burning Allowed on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays in Unincorporated Lake County through October 14th

The Lake County Board recently voted to enact a modified emergency ordinance which temporarily allows open burning in unincorporated Lake County from sunrise to sunset on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. The ordinance is effective August 11 through October 14, 2020.

August 7: New Program Provides Financial Help for Rent and Utility Bills to Lake County Residents Impacted by COVID-19

Lake County renters and homeowners who have been impacted by COVID-19 are invited to apply for a new program that offers financial assistance to help pay for rent, gas and electric bills.  

August 3: Lake County Property Assessment Notices Are Being Mailed Now Through September

From now through early September, the Lake County Chief County Assessment Office is publishing and mailing property assessment notices to all Lake County property owners.

 

JULY

July 31: Lake County Participates in Pilot Program for Crisis/Wellness Center

Lake County was recently selected to participate in a Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center Sustainability Pilot Program, funded by the MacArthur Foundation, to focus on implementing and sustaining a crisis/wellness center to help link residents experiencing mental health crisis to the services they need.

July 28: New Location: Lake County Regional Office of Education

The Lake County Regional Office of Education (ROE) has moved to the Lake County Central Permit Facility in Libertyville, saving the county $98,000 annually in rent and utility costs.

July 27: Lake County Board Passes $75 Million for COVID-19 Recovery

Today, the Lake County Board passed a $75 million emergency appropriation of Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds to support Lake County residents, communities, taxing districts, businesses, and countywide services in direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Adding to the funding allocated the past two months, the Lake County Board has now committed $105 million for COVID-19 recovery in Lake County.

July 17: Three Days Left to Apply for Lake County Small Business Assistance Grant Program

Lake County small businesses have three days left to apply for the Small Business Assistance Grant Program. Through 11:59 p.m., July 20, 2020, businesses can apply online for grants of up to $30,000 to help cover rent or mortgage payments, utility costs and other expenses.

July 15: $30 Million Now Committed to COVID-19 Recovery by Lake County Board

At its July 14 meeting, the Lake County Board approved the allocation of $11 million in funding through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to support local agencies impacted by COVID-19, bringing to $30 million the total funding allocated. 

July 13: One Week Left to Apply for Lake County Small Business Assistance Grant Program

Lake County small businesses still have one week to apply for the Small Business Assistance Grant Program.

July 10: Lake County Government Facilities Updates

Parking garage will close for four months beginning in July; other county facilities service updates and modifications due to COVID-19.

July 7: Application Period Open for Lake County Small Business Assistance COVID-19 Grant Program

Starting today, July 7, 2020, Lake County small businesses can apply for the Small Business Assistance COVID-19 Grant Program.

July 6: Application Period Opens on July 7 for Lake County Small Business Assistance COVID-19 Grant Program

Starting tomorrow at 8 a.m., July 7, Lake County small businesses can apply for the Small Business Assistance COVID-19 Grant Program.

July 2: Lake County to Begin Accepting Applications for Small Business Assistance Grant Program on July 7

The Lake County Board has allocated $10 million to fund the Lake County Small Business Assistance COVID-19 Grant Program. The grant program was created to assist small businesses in Lake County that have been negatively impacted by COVID-19.

 

JUNE

June 26: Lake County Board Approves Agreement for Small Business Recovery Program | LGBTQ Flag Raised at County Building

The Lake County Board passed a resolution today approving a professional services agreement with Lake County Partners to administer the Small Business Recovery Program.

June 25: SBA Loans Available to Lake County Small Businesses and Communities Damaged by Civil Unrest

Businesses, homeowners, renters, and non-profits impacted by civil unrest in Lake County may be eligible for disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

June 23: Public Act Includes Significant Local Investments to Reduce Flooding and Traffic Congestion in Lake County 

Governor J.B. Pritzker and the Illinois General Assembly recently approved Public Act (PA) 101-0638, a capital infrastructure fund within the State's proposed 2021 fiscal year budget package. This action is a crucial step in the process that could bring millions of dollars to Lake County for projects that will reduce flooding, improve roads, ease traffic congestion, and improve homeless service facilities.

June 22: REMINDER: COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall on June 23

Lake County is holding its second live COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall. Hosted by Lake County Board Chair Sandy Hart, panelists will discuss the current COVID-19 situation, funding and relief efforts for residents and businesses, and a look ahead at what to expect in the coming weeks.

June 19: Lake County Parking Garage Closing for Rehabilitation

Lake County will close the 508-space public and employee parking garage located at 18 N. County Street for four months beginning Monday, July 13.

June 17: Statement from Lake County Board Chair on Ethylene Oxide

Today, the Lake County Health Department announced the conclusion of the third phase of air monitoring for ethylene oxide (EtO).

June 16: Join us at our COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall on June 23

Lake County is holding its second live COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall. Hosted by Lake County Board Chair Sandy Hart, panelists will discuss the current COVID-19 situation, funding and relief efforts for residents and businesses, and a look ahead at what to expect in the coming weeks.

June 15: Lake County Liquor Commission Approves Temporary Outdoor Liquor Sales

In partnership with Sheriff Idleburg and per state direction, the Lake County Liquor Commission has approved Class A and E bar and restaurant license-holders in Lake County unincorporated areas to temporarily serve patrons outside, on premises, while adhering to State guidelines.

June 9: $19 Million Committed to COVID-19 Recovery Among Several Measures Approved by County Board  

At its June 9 meeting, the Lake County Board passed measures to aid COVID-19 recovery efforts, potentially consolidate Lake County government services, and promote diversity and inclusion in Lake County Government's workforce.


MAY

May 29: Lake County Board Extends Proclamation for COVID-19 Response 

The Lake County Board voted today to extend its coronavirus disaster proclamation through June 28.

May 23: Lake County Continuing to Monitor Local Flooding

Earlier this week, Lake County received heavy rainfall, which caused flooding to river basins, roads, and properties throughout Lake County. All of our major river basins remain in flood stage.

May 22: F&A Special Committee on COVID-19 Recovery Update

The Lake County Special Committee on COVID-19 Recovery met today to review program concepts that would assist residents and businesses with the impacts of COVID-19. The Committee provided guidance to the Lake County Staff to develop programs for funding rental assistance, small business assistance, and local food pantries.

May 22: Honor Fallen Heroes on Lake County Memorial Day Website

Lake County invites residents to post tributes on a Memorial Day website  honor fallen heroes who fought and died for our freedom.

May 20: Lake County Board Chair Announces 'Lake County Forward' Initiative

Today, Lake County Board Chair Sandy Hart announced ‘Lake County Forward: Committed, United, Resilient’, Lake County’s collaborative, whole-of-government initiative for community health and economic recovery as the County accelerates through the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

May 18: Lake County Monitoring Local Flooding

Heavy rainfall over the past week has caused flooding to river basins, roads, and properties throughout Lake County.

May 14: COVID-19 Finance Committee to Meet Friday

A committee focused on allocating over $122 million of CARES Act funding will have its first meeting at 8:30 am Friday morning.

May 12: Property Tax Deferral Among Several Measures Approved by Lake County Board

At its May 12 meeting, the Lake County Board passed several measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These include an ordinance giving Lake County property owners more time to pay each installment of their property taxes due to impacts of COVID-19.

May 6: Join us at our COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall on May 7

You're invited to Lake County's live COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall. Hosted by Lake County Board Chair Sandy Hart, panelists will discuss the ongoing Lake County Government COVID-19 response and recovery efforts and answer residents' questions.

May 1: Join us at the Lake County COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall 

You're invited to Lake County's live COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall. Hosted by Lake County Board Chair Sandy Hart, panelists will discuss the ongoing Lake County Government COVID-19 response and recovery efforts and answer residents' questions.

 

APRIL

April 8: Lake County Departments Provide Relief Measures, Including Deadline Extensions and Fee Waivers

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, several Lake County departments have announced relief measures, including deadline extensions and fee waivers, for various services.

April 7: Lake County Board  Approves Setting Aside $100,000 to Help Local Agencies That Provide Emergency Shelter

At its April 7 meeting, the Lake County Board  voted to approve setting aside $100,000 of 2020 Video Gaming Revenue (VGR) grant funds in the event the money is needed to reimburse local agencies for emergency shelter expenses incurred because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

April 6: Volunteers Needed for COVID-19 Response

Because of the outpouring of support from residents seeking to help the community, Lake County government has teamed up with the United Way of Lake County to coordinate local COVID-19 response volunteer opportunities.

 

MARCH

March 31: Public Comment for Upcoming Lake County Financial & Administrative Committee Meeting

As Lake County Government continues to follow social distancing requirements and Governor Pritzker’s Stay-At-Home order, the Lake County Financial & Administrative Committee meeting will be held virtually on Thursday, April 2, 2020 at 8:30 a.m., and live-streamed at http://lakecounty.tv and on cable television (Comcast channels 18 or 30, depending on where you live; and AT&T U-Verse Channel 99).

March 30: Local Entities Are Answering Call for COVID-19 Related Supplies

In response to the urgent need for Personal Protective Equipment to help reduce the spread of COVID-19,  Lake County entities are responding with generous donations of supplies.

March 20: United Way of Lake County Launches COVID-19 Response Fund

United Way of Lake County, Lake County Government, Lake County Community Foundation, and the Lake County Municipal League have joined together to create the Lake County COVID-19 Community Response Fund.

March 19: U.S. Small Business Administration Loans Available for Lake County Businesses

If you own a small business, run a private non-profit, or are self-employed in Lake County facing financial hardship due to coronavirus (COVID-19), the U.S. Small Business Administration has been authorized to start making low-interest disaster loans available.

March 16: Lake County Government Operations Update 

Lake County Government will continue to offer all services for residents at our Waukegan and Libertyville campuses, however, protocols will be in place to limit interactions between staff and the public.

March 14: Message from Lake County Board Chair and Lake County Board of Health President

In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, Lake County Board Chair Sandy Hart and Board of Health President Tim Sashko remind residents to stay calm and follow the Lake County Health Department’s recommendations to stay safe.

March 13: Lake County Board Chair Signs Proclamation for Coronavirus Response

Lake County Board Chair Sandy Hart signed a disaster proclamation on March 13, 2020, a proactive measure that will allow Lake County to access additional state and federal funding and resources for coronavirus (COVID-19) response efforts.

March 10: Marah Altenberg Appointed to Lake County Board District 20

At its March 10 meeting, Lake County Board Chair Sandy Hart appointed Marah Altenberg to fill the District 20 County Board seat left vacant by the resignation of Adam Didech in January.

March 6: Lake County Continues to Monitor Coronavirus

Lake County government continues to work closely with the Lake County Health Department to monitor coronavirus and any impacts to the region. To date, there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Lake County, Illinois.

March 4: 2020 Senior Freeze Information

Property owners age 65 and older who have total household incomes of $65,000 or less are encouraged to apply for the Senior Citizen’s Assessment Freeze.

 

FEBRUARY

February 11: County Board Imposes One-Year Moratorium on Recreational Cannabis Businesses in Unincorporated Lake County

The Lake County Board voted today to impose a one-year moratorium on recreational cannabis businesses in unincorporated Lake County.

February 11: Gary Gibson Appointed as New County Administrator

At its Feb. 11, 2020 meeting, the Lake County Board approved a two-year employment agreement with Gary Gibson to become Lake County’s next County Administrator.


JANUARY

January 31: Protect Your Home From Costly Flood Damage

We have some news that is not necessarily new - Lake County has a lot of water, and lately, it has rained a lot!

January 30: Lake County Board Chair Sandy Hart to Recommend Hiring Gary Gibson as County Administrator

At the next Lake County Board meeting on Feb. 11, 2020, Lake County Board Chair Sandy Hart plans to ask the board to approve Gary Gibson as Lake County’s next County Administrator.

January 28: Lake County Board Chair Sandy Hart Seeks Qualified Candidates to Fill District 20 County Board Seat Following Resignation of Board Member Adam Didech

Lake County Board Chair Sandy Hart will be seeking qualified candidates to fill the District 20 county board seat being vacated by Adam Didech, who announced Monday he will be resigning from his seat effective Feb. 10, 2020 due to personal health reasons.

January 23: Volunteers Worked Overnight Conducting the 2020 Point-in-Time Homeless Count

Lake County officals, in conjunction with the Lake County Coalition for the Homeless (LCCH), other partners and community volunteers participated in the annual Point-In-Time (PIT) Homeless Count last night.

January 10: Stay Aware and Be Prepared for Winter Weather in Lake County

A winter storm featuring rain, sleet, ice, snow and gusty winds is expected to move across the region Friday night through early Sunday morning.