Lake County News: July 2016

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Sandy Hart, District 13

July 18, 2016

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Dear Neighbor,

Thank you for taking the time to read about what is happening in Lake County Government and in your Forest Preserves!  As a reminder, Finance & Administrative Committee will now be televised, with the first meeting occurring on August 3.  If you don't want to watch live, you can always stream it at your convenience.  On October 18 and 19, the full board will go over the 2017 proposed budget, so I hope you will take the time to hear how your tax dollars are spent!

I hope you are enjoying this beautiful summer and that you are getting outside in our preserves or on one of our many lakes.  Please remember to protect yourself against mosquitoes and ticks!

As always, it is a pleasure serving as your representative on the County and Forest Preserve Board.  Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Sandy Hart Signature

Assessment Notices Being Mailed

Assessment notices (the blue piece of paper) have started showing up in mailboxes last week.  Please read it carefully!  It includes important information: the valuation of your home and how it changed versus prior year; property characteristics; homestead exemptions currently applied to your home; and more. If you have questions or concerns regarding the assessed value of your property, discuss this with your local township assessor’s office.  If you feel that your home has been assessed incorrectly, or the value is too high, you can appeal your assessment!  Read the blue notice to get the last date that you must file.  See below for additional information on how to file.

Tax Assessment Help Centers
Get one-on-one assistance at a tax assessment help center or the Chief County Assessment Office to understand your assessment and/or file an appeal. Learn more about the help centers offered

Filing an appeal? Use our online system
Our quick and convenient Online Appeal Filing System allows you to get your appeal information to the Board of Review without the hassle of mailing or hand delivering them to the Chief County Assessment Office in Waukegan. Learn more about the process to file an appeal including reasons to appeal and the hearing process.

County jobs

Lake County Government offers vast array of job opportunities

We work to improve the quality of life in Lake County and provide services that benefit more than 700,000 Lake County residents. We have many departments that specialize in providing different services for Lake County. From law enforcement and health care, to engineering and information technology, we offer a wide spectrum of careers. Watch this video to see what you can do by working for Lake County. 

Job and Resource Fair on July 28, 9:30am-2:00pm 

Meet with local employers at the upcoming Job Community Job & Resource Fair. Bring plenty of resumes, and dress in business, or business casual attire. More information

Where: Greenbelt Cultural Center, 1215 S. Green Bay Road, North Chicago

Grayslake workforce development satellite office has moved to building 4 at College of Lake County 

The times for the information sessions at this site also have changed.  Learn more

Do you need assistance finding a job?
Lake County Workforce Development can help you find your next job, and can even connect you with resources to help develop your skills. Reach their latest Success newsletter, which highlights how recent job seekers and trainees recently made the employment connection!

Big Event

Leaders work to strengthen our local economy

The Lake County Board and our economic development partners are continuously collaborating on initiatives to improve our economic environment, from a healthcare consortium to address workforce shortages and increase apprenticeship opportunities, to a proposed innovation and research park at Rosalind Franklin University. Watch the Lake County Partners Update from the June County Board meeting to learn more. (Item 56). Additionally, more than 600 government and business leaders recently gathered to get an update on the national and local economy, and other important issues facing our county including employment, workforce, and housing. Learn more in this video.

A Way Out

Lake County Opioid Initiative Launches "A Way Out," a Countywide Substance Abuse Treatment Access Program

Individuals who struggle with substance abuse will be able to get directed quickly to treatment through a pilot program launched by the Lake County Opioid Initiative called “A Way Out. The program will be offered 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at participating police departments across Lake County. Individuals possessing narcotics or paraphernalia may enter a participating police department and tell an officer they are requesting help.  They will avoid criminal charges as long as the participant seeks assistance.  Learn more 

Obama data driven justice initiative

Data Driven Justice

Lake County is participating in a new, bipartisan national Data-Driven Justice Initiative, launched June 30 by President Barack Obama. Lake County is among 67 city, county, and state governments across the country that have been selected to join this initiative because of our commitment to innovative solutions that reduce our jail population, better serve our communities, and save taxpayer money. View Lake County’s news release and the White House Fact Sheet for details on the Data-Driven Justice Initiative. 

MAT program

Health Department Takes Next Step to Address Opioid Epidemic

To address the growing number of Lake County residents struggling with opioid addiction, the Lake County Health Department/Community Health Center is doubling the capacity of its Medication Assisted Treatment program. Treatment will be expanded to 200 people through a $325,000 grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration.

The need for this service has increased, as the number of substance abuse related deaths in Lake County have tripled in the past 20 years.  Through this grant, the County plans to enhance the program and reduce the number of overdose deaths. The funds will provide medications, increase medical provider hours, add substance abuse counselors and a licensed clinical social worker. Watch this video to learn more about the expansion of the MAT program.

Dirty Jobs

Pharmaceuticals Collection Program

SWALCO, law enforcement and and Lake County have partnered together to create a program that allows people to drop off medications at local police departments. These drugs often include opioids, such as heroin, morphine, and prescription pain relievers.  When flushed down the toilet or disposed in the trash, these drugs pollute our environment. Last year I went to SWALCO to watch as police dropped off their collection for disposal.  Lake County collects and disposes more pharmaceuticals than any other collar county.  Watch our latest Dirty Jobs episode to see the delivery, sorting and disposal process.

Enjoy summer concerts at Independence Grove
Enjoy some wonderful music under the stars at Independence Grove Forest Preserve in Libertyville. The Events in the Plaza outdoor concerts are held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Aug. 9. There are no rain dates. Check out this year’s concert lineup

Independence Grove concerts


Drop In Programs at Ryerson Woods

Stop by the Ryerson Woods Welcome Center on Sundays throughout the summer to celebrate and learn about nature. Drop-in programs are offered from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Aug. 7. Each weekend, fun, hands-on activities about a different topic will be presented by Forest Preserve educators.

Discovery Museum Gift Store Sale

In preparation for the move of the Lake County Discovery Museum in Wauconda, we are offering sensational deals on everything in the gift store. Save 60% in July, 70% in August. 

Museum gift store



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