Lake County News: August 2016

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Sandy Hart, District 13

August 31, 2016

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Thank you for signing up for my newsletter!  I hope you find it informative.  There are many events coming up so I hope to see you at one or more of them.  If there is anything you would like to learn more about, please don't hesitate to reach out to me.  As always, it is an honor representing you on the Lake County and Forest Preserve Boards.

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Due Friday!  Your Second Property Tax Payment Installment
The second installment of your 2015 property tax bill is due Sept. 2. Please note, you received one bill in May, and you will not receive another bill for the second installment. If you have misplaced your second installment coupon, you can print a copy from the Treasurer's Office website by entering your PIN or address.

Check out an interactive tax bill to help you better understand what is included on your bill, and visit the Treasurer’s Office website to get answers to frequently asked questions, and see property tax payment options available to you.

Low Cost - Pets

Sept 10:  Low-cost Pet Vaccination Clinic in Grayslake
Lake County's Animal Care and Control Program is offering a low-cost pet vaccination clinic on Saturday, Sept. 10, 9am-12pm at the Grayslake Police Department, 10 South Seymour Ave. At this clinic, nail trims will be provided by Lake County 4-H K9 Krew Club in exchange for a small donation.  Standard vaccine, tag and microchip costs are:

For Pets Spayed/Neutered
One-year rabies vaccination and Lake County tag: $20
One-year rabies vaccination, tag and distemper: $25
Distemper complex only: $10
Microchip: $15

For Pets Not Spayed/Neutered 
One-year rabies vaccination and Lake County tag: $60
One-year rabies vaccination, tag and distemper: $65
Distemper complex only: $10
Microchip: $15

fort sheridan

Sept 10: Rx for Health @ Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve!
On Saturday, Sept. 10 from 4-5 p.m., walk with a Forest Preserve naturalist about the work being done at Fort Sheridan and speak with a NorthShore physician about the health benefits of exercise and outdoor activities.  The walk ranges in length from 1-2 miles.  No pets except service animals.  Walks are FREE are open to all ages. Those 16 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Learn more


Sept. 17:  Household Chemical Waste Collection
The Solid Waste Agency of Lake County will hold its next household chemical waste collection from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Lake Forest Municipal Services Center, 800 N. Field Drive. These collections are open to Illinois residents. Learn what materials are accepted.


Oct 14 - 15:  Hawkfest!    
See the fall hawk migration and live raptors at Hawkfest, held at Lake Forest College and Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve! There will be free bird walks, photography workshops, birding presentations and more.

Friday, Oct. 14:  Hawkfest dinner and presentation at   Lake Forest College (space limited, registration required) 

Saturday, Oct. 15Hawkfest from 1:30-4:00pm at Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve.  Join official raptor counters as they scan the skies and share their tips for identification. Help spot migrating raptors, and visit bird education stations to learn about raptor adaptations, the amazing world of woodpeckers, and waterfowl identification on Lake Michigan. The event is free and open to all ages. Learn more

Protect Yourself from Mosquitoes and Ticks
Even though summer is coming to a close, you must still be aware of mosquitoes and ticks and the diseases they carry. There have been reported cases of both Lyme Disease and West Nile Disease, and it is important to protect yourself when outdoors.  Please click here to learn how to identify a deer tick, and what symptoms to be aware of if you do become sick.

North Shore Bike Path Resurfacing
Paving continues along the North Shore Bike Path!  The Lake County Division of Transportation (LCDOT) has already resurfaced the portion of the path running between Waukegan Rd. east to the viaduct, and they're now working west from Waukegan Road all the way to Brice Avenue in Mundelein.   While there may be temporary daily closures while they work on specific sections, the remainder of the bike path will remain open during the entire project. Questions can be directed to Joe Munno, LCDOT Resident Engineer at 847-377-7400. Project Website 

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Lake County Leaders Announce Initiative to Address Mental Health Crisis
Lake County, along with our nation and local communities, is facing a mental health crisis that affects the individual, families, friends, neighbors, veterans, employers, schools, hospitals, the criminal justice system, and more.

To address this growing problem and strengthen mental health services across the county, Lake County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor and the Honorable Susan Garrett (former IL State Senator, 29th District) will lead a new community-wide initiative focusing on data-sharing and evidence-based practices to identify gaps and recommend a sustainable continuum of care for this vulnerable population. Find Out More

food scrap composting

Compost Your Food Scraps!  
Our goal in Lake County is to achieve a 60% recycling rate to extend the life of our landfills and create a healthier environment.  Getting our organics out of our waste stream is critical to our success.  Please watch the video to learn about the importance of composting and how to do it correctly.  Please note that some communities allow food scraps to be mixed in with yard waste.  Check with your village or waste hauler to find out if you can do this at your home. Click here to learn more about SWALCO and their work to keep Lake County beautiful!

forest preserves

AAA Bond Rating Awarded for 15th Straight Year
The Lake County Forest Preserve District has been awarded the AAA bond rating by both Standard & Poor's Financial Services and Moody’s Investors Service, two of the top credit rating agencies in the world. The AAA rating, the highest possible, indicates that an entity has an extremely strong capability to meet its debt obligations. Of the 250 rated recreation districts nationwide, the Lake County Forest Preserves is one of only a handful rated AAA. Learn more

Dispose Your Prescription Drugs Properly at A Disposal Box Near You
If you have prescription drugs that need to be thrown out, do it the safe and responsible way. As part of International Overdose Awareness Day today, municipal police departments across Lake County want residents to be aware of the disposal boxes available. The Lake County Underage Drinking and Drug Prevention Task Force disposal program in partnership with the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County collected nearly 12,000 pounds of prescription medicine with an estimated street value of $750,000 in 2015. Find a prescription drug disposal box near you

Local police departments are now not the only place you can dispose of unwanted prescriptions as Walgreens has recently installed medication disposal kiosks at three Lake County locations:

  • 780 Waukegan Road, Deerfield
  • 15 N. Buffalo Grove Road, Buffalo Grove
  • 1811 Belvidere Road, Waukegan

Support the Organic Youth Farm in North Chicago!
Through early October, purchase organically grown produce from the Green Youth Farm in North Chicago. The farm stand is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays. Each summer, teens from low-income communities gain invaluable experience working at the farm. 

Green Youth Farm

Take the Des Plaines River Trail Challenge
Travel the entire 31.4 miles of the Des Plaines River Trail (DPRT) by Nov. 30 and be rewarded. The final section of the DPRT was completed in 2015 and now spans the length of the county. Help celebrate this amazing gem by using it. Bike it. Boat it. Walk it or run it. Or, you can make a donation to help the Forest Preserves keep it clean and safe. Learn more

Des Plaines River Trail


Veterans Invited To Share Their Story for Veterans History Project
Veterans are invited to come to the Lake County Courthouse in Waukegan on Nov. 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. This project aims to collect, preserve, and make accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans. The deadline to submit forms to participate in this year’s event is Oct. 1. Any veteran interested in being interviewed for this project should contact Carol Cord at or 847-377-3771. Learn more

County Offers Help To Veterans
In Lake County, we appreciate the dedication and commitment of the men and women who have served in the United States Military. To honor their service, we offer resources to help veterans and their families. To learn more, check out this brochure, which details the assistance the Lake County Veterans Assistance Commission provides, the Veterans Treatment and Assistance Court, how to request a military service discharge record, and more.

healing garden

Healing Garden Provides Comfort to Child Victims of Abuse
The Lake County Children’s Advocacy Center recently broke ground for its Healing Garden, a place to bring comfort to child victims of abuse. The Children’s Advocacy Center works with the State’s Attorney’s Office and Lake County police departments to investigate and help successfully prosecute offenders of child abuse without causing further trauma to the child victim. Watch this video to learn more. 

County Update RTA

Learn How the RTA Works to Create Accessible Communities 
Our regional transit system is the second largest in the country by passenger miles traveled (only behind New York). The Regional Transportation Authority is responsible for planning and funding regional transit, which includes CTA, PACE and Metra. In this County Update, learn more about the RTA’s transit priorities, efforts underway to create accessible, walkable and livable communities, and the RTA’s Trip Planner, which provides step-by-step directions for using public transportation in the Chicago region. Watch video

electric vehicle charging station

County Installs Third Free Electric Vehicle Charging Station
Lake County has installed its third FREE electric vehicle charging station! The new station is at the Lake County Court and Administrative Complex and is FREE to use for two hours per charge. The stations allow you to recharge plug-in electric vehicles, including all-electric cars, neighborhood electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids. Electric vehicle owners must have a ChargePoint membership to use the County’s charging stations. Learn more about the County’s charging stations, and check on charging station availability on ChargePoint’s website.



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