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SEPTEMBER

September 28: Lake County Art Program Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

As part of "Art in Public Places," Lake County Government celebrates Hispanic Heritage month with its newest exhibit titled GENERACIONES en este país: GENERATIONS in this land. The exhibit is located in the County's main administration building, located at 18 N. County Street, in downtown Waukegan.

September 20: 1,300 Households Receive Assistance Through Lake County's FERA Program

Lake County's Federal Emergency Rental Assistance (FERA) Program, which provides help for individuals paying rent and/or utility bills, has processed 1,820 applications since the program opened in April 2021.


AUGUST

August 31: Winchester House Farewell Ceremony Celebrates 150 Years of Care in Lake County

The Lake County Board, Winchester House Advisory Board, local officials and members of the community gathered at Winchester House yesterday in Libertyville to say farewell to the beloved skilled nursing care facility by remembering the past, while looking to the future.

August 27: Virtual Public Meeting: Clean Air Regulations in Unincorporated Lake County

The public is invited to attend the Lake County Public Works, Planning and Transportation Committee meeting at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 1. One of the topics on the agenda will be a discussion on draft clean air regulations for unincorporated Lake County. Staff will also provide an update on potential consolidated waste hauling services at this meeting.

August 17: Lake County Board Appoints Members to New Independent Ethics Commissions

At its Aug. 10 meeting, the Lake County Board appointed five members to serve on Lake County’s first Independent Ethics Commission.


JULY

July 30: Face Coverings to Be Required in All Lake County Government Buildings, Regardless of Vaccination Status

Beginning Monday, August 2, face coverings will be required in all Lake County government buildings for both vaccinated and unvaccinated people. This requirement is in alignment with the federal government and the State of Illinois, which recently began requirements in its government buildings.

July 21: Provide Input: Open Burning and Landscape Waste Disposal in Unincorporated Lake County

Lake County held a virtual informational meeting on July 13, 2021, to provide an update on open burning in the unincorporated areas, the work Lake County is doing to evaluate viable landscape disposal options, and potential next steps. A recording of the meeting can be viewed online.

After providing the data collected so far and seeing residents input and questions at the virtual informational meeting last week, Lake County is now seeking additional feedback through a new survey. Visit Lake County's interactive website to learn more about the issue and submit your input.

July 16: Lake County Continues Art in Public Places Exhibit Throughout Summer

Lake County Government, in partnership with Art Impact Project, is pleased to announce the newest Art in Public Places exhibit entitled "Mixed Media Invitational: Healing and Material Processes".

July 14: County Board Chair Sandy Hart Appoints J. Kevin Hunter to Fill District 5 Board Vacancy

At the July 13 County Board meeting, Lake County Board Chair Sandy Hart appointed Ingleside resident J. Kevin Hunter to fill the District 5 County Board seat left vacant by the resignation of former board member Judy Martini in May. Hunter was sworn into office and began his duties immediately.

July 2: Virtual Informational Meeting: Open Burning and Landscape Waste Disposal Options in Unincorporated Lake County

Over the past two years, the Lake County Board's Energy and Environment Committee has discussed alternatives to the open burning of landscape waste in the unincorporated areas to protect the health, safety, and welfare of residents. 

With the help of input from more than 1,000 residents who submitted their thoughts on the issue through our interactive website, Lake County has made progress on exploring these options and identifying viable alternative landscape disposal options for unincorporated residents.


MAY

May 27: Lake County Designated “SolSmart Gold” for Advancing Solar Energy Growth

Lake County recently earned the highly coveted Gold designation from the national SolSmart program for implementing process improvements that make it faster and easier for homes and businesses in unincorporated Lake County to transition to solar energy.

May 17: Lake County District 5 Board Member Judy Martini Steps Down; Qualified Candidates Sought for Replacement

Lake County Board Member Judy Martini announced that she is stepping down from her County Board seat effective Friday, May 14, following her election to the position of Grant Township Clerk.

May 12: County Board Approves Ordinance Allowing Adult-Use Cannabis Businesses in Unincorporated Lake County

On May 11, the Lake County Board approved an ordinance that permits adult-use cannabis businesses in unincorporated Lake County subject to certain zoning restrictions.

May 10: Lake County Seeking Residents to Serve on Ethics Commission

Lake County is seeking five residents to serve on the County's first Independent Ethics Commission.

The newly formed commission was approved during the April 2021 Lake County Board meeting as part of a comprehensive update to the County’s Ethics & Conduct Code. The purpose of the Commission is to review, investigate, hear, and act on ethics complaints.

May 5: Join Us: Lake County Public Meetings on Redrawing County Board District Boundaries

Learn more about what redistricting means for your community and share input on the process 

Under state law, every 10 years all Illinois counties are required to use Census data to go through a redistricting process--known as reapportionment--to ensure that each district includes approximately the same number of residents. 

On Wednesday, May 19 and Thursday, May 20, Lake County Board Chair Sandy Hart will host four separate virtual public meetings to discuss the reapportionment process and to gather input from residents. Each meeting will focus on a separate quadrant of the County.

May 4: US Representatives Submit Nearly $50 Million in Lake County Infrastructure Projects to Congress

Improving infrastructure in Lake County could get a much-needed boost as part of two new federal initiatives that identify and address infrastructure funding needs at the local level.

May 3: Art Impact Project Exhibit on Display at Lake County Government

Lake County Government, in partnership with Art Impact Project, is pleased to announce an Art in Public Places exhibit entitled "Making Impact: How Art Enhances Emotional Wellness".


APRIL

April 27: Dr. Michael Karner Appointed as Lake County Regional Superintendent of Schools

At a special meeting this morning, the Lake County Board appointed Dr. Michael Karner as the new Lake County Regional Superintendent of Schools. Karner is replacing Roycealee Wood, who has held the position since 2002, and recently resigned due to health reasons.

April 26: UPDATE: Adult-Use Cannabis Businesses in Unincorporated Lake County

On April 19 and 21, the Lake County Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) held public hearings on proposed zoning amendments that would permit adult-use cannabis businesses in unincorporated Lake County subject to certain restrictions. Upon conclusion of the public hearing, the ZBA recommended by a vote of 7-0 that the proposed amendments (with modifications) be approved.

April 26: Open Burning and Landscape Waste Disposal Options in Unincorporated Lake County

Over the past two years, the Lake County Board Energy and Environment Committee has discussed alternatives to the open burning of landscape waste in the unincorporated areas to protect the health, safety, and welfare of residents. To better inform policy decisions, Lake County seeks to learn more about how residents are currently disposing of their landscape waste, what types of open burning restrictions they may like to see, and to gauge community interest in consolidated waste hauling services.

April 23: Special Meeting of the Lake County Board to Appoint Regional Superintendent of Schools

The Lake County Board has called a special board meeting for Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 9 a.m. for the purpose of appointing Dr. Michael Karner as the new Regional Superintendent of Schools. The meeting will be held by video conference. The public may register online to virtually attend the meeting.

April 16: Lake County Receives Government Finance Officers Association Award

Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) has awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting to Lake County for the comprehensive annual financial report for the fiscal year ended November 30, 2019.

April 14: County Board Chair Sandy Hart Appoints Catherine Sbarra to Fill District 19 Board Vacancy

At the April 13 County Board meeting, Lake County Board Chair Sandy Hart appointed Lake Zurich resident Catherine Sbarra to fill the District 19 County Board seat left vacant by the resignation of former board member Craig Taylor in March. Surrounded by her family, Sbarra was sworn into office by Lake County Clerk Robin O'Connor and began her duties immediately.

April 9: Join Us April 21 for a Virtual Town Hall

Lake County's next Virtual Town Hall will be held Wednesday April 21 at 7 p.m. Hosted by Lake County Board Chair Sandy Hart, panelists will discuss the most current information about the COVID-19 vaccine, Lake County's new Federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program and other topical issues, and answer questions from the community.

April 8: Qualified Candidates Sought for Lake County Regional Superintendent of Schools

Lake County Board Chair Sandy Hart is seeking qualified candidates to fill the position of Lake County Regional Superintendent of Schools left vacant by the resignation of Roycealee Wood, who recently stepped down due to health reasons.

April 5: Lake County Federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program Now Open

Beginning today, Lake County renters who face financial hardship related to COVID-19 may apply for the new Lake County Federal Emergency Rental Assistance (FERA) Program, which provides help for individuals paying rent and/or utility bills.

April 1: Virtual Public Hearings on Adult-Use Cannabis Businesses in Unincorporated Lake County

The Lake County Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) invites the public to provide input as it considers proposed zoning amendments that would permit adult-use cannabis businesses in unincorporated Lake County subject to certain restrictions. All interested residents are invited to attend one or both virtual public hearings on the issue scheduled for Monday, April 19 at 5:30 p.m. and Wednesday, April 21 at 1 p.m. Should additional time be needed for consideration of the topic, the continuation date and time will be announced at the conclusion of the April 21 hearing.


MARCH

March 19: Lake County Responds to Georgia Shooting

Lake County has issued the following statement in response to the shooting incident earlier this week in Georgia, where eight lives were tragically lost: 

"We send peace and strength to the families and loved ones of all the victims of this senseless hate crime," said Lake County Board Chair Sandy Hart. "We will work every day to honor the great diversity of Lake County and ensure that every one of our residents is protected and safe and that our community is one of inclusivity."

March 19: Lake County Announces Art in Public Places Program

Lake County Government is pleased to announce a new Art in Public Places Program in partnership with local artists and galleries. Throughout the year, artwork created by local artists will be exhibited in the county's main administration building, located at 18 N. County Street, in downtown Waukegan.

March 16: Lake County District 19 Board Member Craig Taylor Retires; Qualified Candidates Sought for Replacement

Lake County Board Member Craig Taylor announced his retirement from the County Board on Tuesday, March 9, after 12 years of service. Member Taylor was recognized by his fellow board members at the March 9 County Board meeting for his outstanding leadership and contributions to the county, and especially for his thoughtful leadership as Chair of the Stormwater Management Commission (SMC) during a time that Lake County has been experiencing increased rainfall and flooding.

March 10: Lake County Board Addresses $1.7 Billion Transportation Project Backlog with Adoption of Local County Motor Fuel Tax Ordinance

Yesterday the Lake County Board enacted an ordinance to address the $1.7 billion transportation project backlog in Lake County. The new ordinance will provide an estimated $10 million dollars each year in new transportation infrastructure investments through the adoption of a four cents per gallon local county motor fuel tax.


FEBRUARY

February 10: County Board to Consider Allowing Adult-Use Cannabis Businesses in Unincorporated Lake County

The Lake County Board voted unanimously on Feb. 9 to initiate the formal process to consider zoning regulations that would allow adult-use cannabis businesses to operate in unincorporated Lake County with certain restrictions.

February 5: Warming Centers Open in Lake County

Dangerously cold wind chills are expected to impact the region over the weekend. As temperatures drop, residents that do not have access to heat can utilize a warming center over the next week.


JANUARY

January 29: Lake County, Waukegan, and Beach Park Work Together to Dissolve Drainage District

Lake County Government, the Village of Beach Park, and the City of Waukegan have worked together and agreed to dissolve the Beach Park Drainage District, effective immediately.

January 20: How Lake County Works For You

2020 was a challenging year, and through it all, Lake County government remained laser-focused on working for you. We provided up-to-date information, resources and funding to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, developed innovative tools to deliver services remotely, maintained our commitment to financial and environmental efficiency, made many improvements to the County’s infrastructure, and more.

January 13: Reminder: Lake County Virtual Town Hall is Tonight

There's still time to register for Lake County's live Virtual Town Hall this evening, Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. Lake County Board Chair Sandy Hart will host a discussion with Lake County Health Department Executive Director Mark Pfister, Medical Epidemiologist Dr. Sana Ahmed and others about the County's vaccination efforts and answer related questions from the community.