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Posted on: February 5, 2018

Property Tax Relief

There are homestead exemptions for Seniors, Veterans, and Disabled Persons, and a General Homestead Exemption that most owner occupied residences can receive. For eligibility requirements and forms please visit our Tax Relief page. 

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Chief County Assessment News

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Posted on: October 25, 2021

Board to Hold Hearings on Proposed Fiscal Year 2022 Recommended Budget Oct. 26 to 28

The Lake County Board will hold its annual hearings on the County’s proposed Fiscal Year 2022 recommended budget on Oct. 26, 27 and 28 where the board will carefully examine the proposed budget and make recommendations prior to adopting the final budget i...

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County Homepage News
Posted on: September 20, 2021

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.

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Posted on: August 17, 2021

Services for Veterans in Crisis

The current events in Afghanistan can have an emotional toll on veterans who served or continue to serve in that region. Please know that there are resources available for any Afghan veteran and their families who may be experiencing a crisis: 

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County Homepage News
Posted on: August 17, 2021

Fairfield and Monaville Roads to Close for 90 Days for Roundabout Construction

The Lake County Division of Transportation (LCDOT) will be closing the intersection of Fairfield Road and Monaville Road beginning Monday, August 30 at 6 a.m. The closure will last approximately 90 days. The closure is necessary to allow the contractor to...

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Posted on: October 8, 2021

Water Street Vaccination Site to Close on October 11

As colder weather approaches, the Water Street location will close for vaccinations but remain open for testing through the Illinois Department of Public Health.

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Posted on: August 24, 2021

Lake, McHenry counties encourage vaccination amidst high community transmission

The Lake County Health Department and the McHenry County Department of Health want to remind residents that the best way to prevent COVID-19 infection and severe illness is to get vaccinated.

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Posted on: July 31, 2021

Lake County Experiencing Substantial COVID-19 Community Transmission

As of July 31, 2021, Lake County is experiencing ”substantial” community transmission per the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The Lake County Health Department recommends additional precautions including masking in indoor settings.

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Posted on: July 23, 2021

Health Department Urges COVID-19 Precautions as COVID-19 Increases Across Illinois

The Lake County Health Department is urging the public to take precautions to slow the resurgence of COVID-19. The majority of cases nationwide have been in unvaccinated individuals.

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Posted on: July 13, 2021

Water Street Vaccination Site Transitions to Walk-In Model

The Lake County Health Department is announcing that the Regional Vaccination Site at 102 W. Water Street in Waukegan will transition to walk-in service only as of July 11, 2021, and will no longer function as a drive-through site.

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Posted on: April 26, 2021

Health Department Resumes Use of Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 Vaccine

As of April 23, 2021, the Lake County Health Department has resumed the use of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine, following the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Illinoi...

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COVID-19 News
Posted on: March 19, 2021

Over 12,500 Lake County Education Staff and Childcare Workers Vaccinated for COVID-19

The Lake County Health Department is celebrating its partnership with 45 Lake County public school districts to vaccinate over 12,500 private and public education staff and childcare workers in just two months.

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Posted on: March 17, 2021

First Case of Brazil COVID-19 Variant Identified in Lake County

The Lake County Health Department is reporting the first case of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) P.1 variant (Brazil) in Lake County. Health Department staff are investigating. The person’s travel history is not known at this time.

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Posted on: February 6, 2021

First Case of COVID-19 Variant Identified in Lake County

The Lake County Health Department is reporting the first case of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) variant B.1.1.7 in Lake County.

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Posted on: February 4, 2021

AllVax Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to your frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccine and the Lake County AllVax Portal.

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Posted on: January 15, 2021

NIPHC Supports Governor Pritzker's Effort to Expand Access to the COVID-19 Vaccine

NIPHC, whose local public health agencies serve over nine million residents, or more than two-thirds of the State of Illinois’ population, acknowledge and support the effort by Governor Pritzker to expand access to the COVID-19 vaccine.

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Posted on: January 15, 2021

Town Hall Meeting Featured Answers to Vaccine Questions

Lake County Board Chair Sandy Hart hosted a virtual town hall meeting with LCHD Executive Director Mark Pfister and Medical Epidemiologist Dr. Sana Ahmed to answer questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, including the timeline, vaccine safety and more.

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Posted on: January 7, 2021

Over 175,000 Registered for COVID-19 Vaccination in Lake County

There has been incredible interest expressed in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine from those who live and work in Lake County. The Lake County AllVax Portal has now exceeded 175,000 registrants, or the equivalence of 25% of Lake County’s population.

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Posted on: December 9, 2020

Lake County AllVax Portal is Now Open

The Lake County Health Department is pleased to announce that the Lake County AllVax Portal is open. All Lake County residents can now register to be notified when a COVID-19 vaccine is available to them.

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Posted on: November 18, 2020

Health Department Urges Staying Home as COVID-19 Infections Quadruple

The Lake County Health Department is urging the public to avoid social gatherings and stay home as much as possible to slow the rapid resurgence of COVID-19.

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Posted on: November 9, 2020

Answer the Call to Slow the Spread of COVID-19

When a COVID-19 case is reported to the Health Department, staff attempt to reach the infected person within 24 hours to gather information, provide guidance, and offer support while the person isolates and recovers. 

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Posted on: September 28, 2021

The IDPH is Reporting the First Human Case of Rabies in Illinois Since 1954

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reporting the first human case of rabies in Illinois since 1954. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today confirmed the diagnosis after testing at its lab.

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Posted on: August 17, 2021

First 2021 Human Case of West Nile Virus in Lake County

The Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center is reporting the first human case of West Nile virus in Lake County for 2021. A Deerfield resident in his 70s became ill in late-July.

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Posted on: July 9, 2021

Information Breach Notification - July 9, 2021

The Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center (LCHD) is notifying more than 700 individuals that their name was included in a document stored in an unencrypted drive in May 2021. 

On May 14, 2021 it was discovered that information ...

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Health Department News
Posted on: July 2, 2021

Information Breach Notification - July 2, 2021

The Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center is notifying more than 24,000 patients that their name was included in an attached spreadsheet in an unencrypted email sent to an internal employee’s personal email address in July 20...

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Posted on: June 25, 2021

Lake County Health Department earns “LGBTQ Health Care Equality Leader” Designation

The Lake County Health Department joins 495 health care providers nationwide earning the “LGBTQ Health Care Equality Leader” designation.

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Posted on: June 23, 2021

Mosquitoes Test Positive for West Nile Virus in Lake County

A mosquito “pool” (batch of mosquitoes) sampled on June 16, 2021 in Lake Bluff, Illinois has tested positive for West Nile virus. This mosquito pool is the first confirmed indicator of West Nile virus presence in Lake County in 2021.

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Posted on: June 21, 2021

Take Steps to Protect Yourself from Rabies

The Lake County Health Department is assisting the IDPH as it investigates a group of 33 dogs that were imported from Azerbaijan through O’Hare Airport last week.

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Posted on: June 15, 2021

Health Department Urges Lake County Residents to Swim Safely

As the weather warms up, many of our residents will be returning to Lake County’s lakes and beaches. It’s important to protect yourself from illness, prevent the spread of germs, and check to see if conditions are safe for swimming.

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Posted on: November 8, 2020

Roll up Your Sleeve to Fight Flu!

Now is the time to roll up your sleeve and get your influenza (flu) vaccine. The vaccine takes approximately two weeks to build up your immune system’s defense. 

While flu and COVID-19 share many characteristics, one key difference is th...

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Posted on: January 7, 2021

WIOA training

Lake County Workforce Development qualifies jobseekers for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) training funds available through the U.S. Department of Labor. The goal is to help unemployed and underemployed individuals gain skills necessary to...

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Job Center News

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Posted on: October 19, 2021

Update on Open Burning Restrictions in Unincorporated Lake County

With autumn weather here and leaves starting to fall, we are providing you an update on open burning restrictions in unincorporated Lake County.

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Posted on: October 13, 2021

Wildwood Water System Water Tower

Lake County Public Works (LCPW) will be constructing a new water tower at 18534 W. Gages Lake Road.

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Posted on: October 24, 2021

Man Operating Riding Mower Critically Injured When Struck by Car

On October 23, 2021, at approximately 6:30 p.m., Lake County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a traffic crash with injuries at Route 59 and Amber Way, Unincorporated Lake Villa.  Sheriff’s deputies arrived and found one person ...

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Sheriff's Office News
Posted on: October 23, 2021

Unincorporated Grayslake Armed Robbery

Lake County Sheriff’s Deputies and Detectives are investigating an armed robbery which occurred on October 23, 2021 at approximately 8:15 a.m., at a gas station in the 33100 block of N Route 45, Unincorporated Grayslake.

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Sheriff's Office News
Posted on: October 23, 2021

Man Charged After Resisting Deputies, Fighting Correctional Officers

On October 21, 2021 at approximately 6:30 a.m., two Lake County Correctional Officers were injured, after an inmate charged them and battered them.

Ryan F. Groh, 34, of the 4800 block of 14th Avenue, Kenosha, WI, was arrested earlier in the morning, at app...

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Sheriff's Office News
Posted on: October 19, 2021

Junior High Student Battered Walking to Bus Stop

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an incident where a junior high school student was approached and battered in Unincorporated Cary.  

Lake County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to Cary Junior High School this mor...

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Sheriff's Office News
Posted on: October 15, 2021

Arkansas Man Apprehended After Calling Sheriff’s Office, Threatening Lives of Two Lake County Judges

An Arkansas man was arrested on October 14, 2021, after threatening the lives of two Lake County Judges.  

Grayson K. Jackson (also known as Kash Jackson, also known as Benjamin Winderweedle), 43, of Paris, Arkansas, contacted the Lake County Sher...

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Sheriff's Office News
Posted on: October 15, 2021

Offending Vehicle Located - Fatal Hit & Run

This week, Lake County Sheriff’s Crash Investigators seized a vehicle believed to have struck and killed Wojciech Glowik.  The 2014 Audi Q5 was located at a body shop in Wheeling.  

Alert staff at the body shop saw social media ...

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Sheriff's Office News
Posted on: October 14, 2021

Halloween Traffic Safety Campaign

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office reminds everyone to drive sober, especially if planning on attending a Halloween gathering.  The Lake County Sheriff’s Office will be participating in a traffic safety campaign from October 16 ...

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Sheriff's Office News
Posted on: October 13, 2021

Sheriff John D. Idleburg Introduces Jail’s new ‘Community Bridge Program’

Sheriff John D. Idleburg is pleased to announce the creation of a new jail reentry program, designed to assist inmates that have been released back into our community with continued follow-up from jail reentry specialists. 

The new program called ...

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Sheriff's Office News
Posted on: October 12, 2021

Child Passenger Safety Campaign Results

Lake County Sheriff’s Deputies issued 13 seatbelt citations during the Child Passenger Safety Week traffic safety campaign, which ran September 17 – September 30, 2021.  Sheriff’s deputies also issued eight speeding ...

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Sheriff's Office News
Posted on: October 9, 2021

Man Pulled From Highland Lake

On October 9, 2021, at approximately 8:15 a.m., Lake County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to Highland Lake, 34481 North Circle Drive, Unincorporated Round Lake, for a report of a 42-year-old man of Chicago who went into the lake but did not...

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Sheriff's Office News
Posted on: October 9, 2021

Pedestrian in Critical Condition Following Indian Creek Hit-and-Run

On October 9, 2021, at approximately 2:10 a.m., Lake County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the 200 block of Route 45 in Indian Creek for a report of a person down.  Sheriff’s deputies arrived and located an unconscious 22-yea...

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Sheriff's Office News
Posted on: October 9, 2021

Two Unrestrained Children Critically Injured, One Adult Dead in Beach Park Crash

On October 8, 2021, at approximately 6:45 p.m., Lake County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to Green Bay road north of Wadsworth Road, Beach Park, for a major traffic crash.  Sheriff’s deputies arrived and found four vehicles wer...

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Sheriff's Office News
Posted on: October 6, 2021

Man Attempts to Escape Twice, from Courthouse and Jail

On October 5, 2021, at approximately 1:45 p.m., Anthony J. Cauley, 29, was attending a court hearing in the Lake County Criminal Courthouse Tower (301 Washington St, Waukegan).  Cauley was on bail, but had a court case management hearing, regardi...

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Sheriff's Office News
Posted on: September 12, 2021

Lake County Sheriff’s Office Mourns the Passing of Canine Diesel

Diesel end of service

It is with a very heavy heart we announce the passing of Sheriff’s Canine Diesel.  Canine Diesel passed away yesterday, September 11, 2021, in the company of his partner, Deputy Craig Somerville.  Canine Diesel was recently dia...

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Posted on: April 15, 2021

SMC Updated Fee Schedule & PJD/BV Request Form Effective April 1, 2021

To: Enforcement Officers, Certified Wetland Specialists & Other Interested Parties

Re: SMC Updated Fee Schedule & PJD/BV Request Form Effective April 1, 2021

The Stormwater Management Commission (SMC) approved an updated fee schedule on April 1, 202...

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Posted on: April 17, 2019

Upper Des Plaines River Engineering Impact Analysis

In June 2018, the Lake County Stormwater Management Commission (SMC) entered into a contract with Christopher B. Burke Engineering, Ltd. to study the Upper Des Plaines River Watershed (DPRW) within Wisconsin and the potential impacts in Wisconsin and Illi...

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Stormwater Management Commission News

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Posted on: October 25, 2021

Old McHenry Road to Close for Culvert Replacement

The Lake County Division of Transportation will be closing Old McHenry Road, to through traffic for 14 days starting Monday, Nov. 8 at 7 a.m. and is scheduled to reopen late afternoon on Sunday, Nov. 21.

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Posted on: October 20, 2021

Martin Luther King Jr. Drive to Close for Repairs to Railroad Crossing

he Union Pacific Railway has notified LCDOT it will be closing the railroad crossing on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive at the Union Pacific Railroad east of US Route 41 for repairs.

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Posted on: October 19, 2021

Sylvan Drive South at Gilmer Road to Close for Storm Sewer Installation

The Lake County Division of Transportation will be closing Sylvan Drive South at Gilmer Road, to through traffic for 14 days starting Monday, Nov. 1 at 7 a.m. and is scheduled to reopen late afternoon on Sunday, Nov. 14.

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Posted on: October 18, 2021

Gilmer Road to Close for Culvert Replacement

The Lake County Division of Transportation (LCDOT) will be closing Gilmer Road, from Fairfield Road to Fremont Center Road, to through traffic starting Monday, Nov. 1 at 7 a.m. and is scheduled to reopen late afternoon on Wednesday, Nov. 10.

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Posted on: October 12, 2021

York House Road to Close for Repairs to Railroad Crossing

The Union Pacific Railway has notified the Lake County Division of Transportation it will be closing the railroad crossing on York House Road at the Union Pacific Railroad east of Delany Road for repairs.

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Posted on: October 6, 2021

Lake County's 2021-2026 Transportation Improvement Program

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Lake County's 2021-2026 Transportation Improvement Program is now available online. Visit our program website to learn more about how the program is created and to see which projects are currently funded in the next five years.

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Posted on: September 29, 2021

We're Hiring! 11 Open Temporary Road Maintenance Worker Positions

The Lake County Division of Transportation is seeking 11 temporary road maintenance workers this winter! Each year, these positions (often called snowbirds) are an essential part of snow and ice control operations.

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Posted on: September 21, 2021

Skokie Valley Bike Path Closures

The Lake County Division of Transportation will be closing the Skokie Valley Bike Path in Lake Forest and Highland Park to replace four culverts along the bike path.

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Posted on: August 17, 2021

Fairfield and Monaville Roads to Close for 90 Days for Roundabout Construction

The Lake County Division of Transportation (LCDOT) will be closing the intersection of Fairfield Road and Monaville Road beginning Monday, August 30 at 6 a.m. The closure will last approximately 90 days. The closure is necessary to allow the contractor to...

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Posted on: August 27, 2021

3rd annual 6th-8th Grade Art Contest

2020 art contest winners

Lake County Treasurer, Holly Kim, invites you to participate in the 3rd annual 6th-8th Grade Art Competition! Showcase your talent and enter for a chance to win!

Theme: Nature!Students are encourage to interpret the theme however they see fit and submit a ...

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Treasurer's Office News
Posted on: May 3, 2021

How to pull up a tax bill/proof of payment

Need a receipt showing how much you paid in property taxes? Need extra copies of your tax bill, or want to know how much you still owe? Here's a handy video tutorial on how to pull a current bill from the website.

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