Lake County News: November 2016

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Sandy Hart, District 13

November 5, 2016

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Dear Neighbor,

It has been my honor to represent you on the Lake County Board and the Forest Preserve Board over the last four years.  I hope that you have found these emails to be helpful to stay informed about what is happening in and around Lake County.  Please read below about our upcoming vote on the 2017 budget, as this directly impacts you and your property taxes!

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Election Day Is Almost Here!
You can register and vote at any early voting site regardless of where you live until November 7th. Find your closest early voting site.  Some sites are open on Sunday!

If you wait until Election Day you must use your correct polling place.  Use the Polling Place Locator to find your polling location.  You can also register and vote on Election Day!

To preview your ballot and confirm your registration, visit  You can print your ballot preview and take it with you when you go to vote.  Click here to view the Voter Information Guide.

$1 Million Tax Levy Increase?!
The County Board held hearings on October 18 and 19 to review the 2017 proposed budget. To hear us discuss the proposed tax levy increase of approximately $1 million, click here and advance to Minute 35.  To hear me advocate against increasing property taxes, go to Minute 56.  The rationale to increase the levy is because the state may cut county revenues.  I firmly believe that $1 million will not make a substantive difference to our budget, and that residents will likely face an tax levy increase from the state.  If we increase our tax levy because of potential state cuts and the state increases their tax levy, taxpayers will be hit twice for the same reason.  We vote on the 2017 budget at our November 8th meeting.

You can view these hearings at your convenience on Read the entire budget and/or budget summary.

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Protect Yourself! Get the Flu Vaccine This Fall
The most important step that you can take to protect yourself against the flu is to get an annual flu vaccine. The Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center urges those who should get the vaccine are those six months of age or older, especially children younger than 5, adults 65 years old and older, and those with conditions such as asthma or diabetes.

Flu shots through the Lake County Health Department are available as well as through retail clinics, pharmacies, and individual healthcare providers. Watch this video and learn more.

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Students, Parents Can Get Financial Aid Guidance 
All college bound students and their parents can get help applying for college financial aid by attending Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) workshops at locations across Lake County. The workshops are free. View the complete list of workshop dates

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 Sheriff’s Office Receives $250,000 CIT Grant
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office has been awarded a $250,000 Federal Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program Grant to train over 300 police officers on Crisis Intervention.  Service providers and others who work with people suffering from mental illness and/or substance abuse will also receive training as part of our long term goal to develop a county-wide program.  This is just one component of our larger initiative around combating the mental health crisis in Lake County.  I am proud to be part of the newly established Mental Health Coalition, a group of experts and concerned community members who are working together to put programs and services in place to deliver long term change.


Learn About Sheriff’s Office Initiatives 
The Sheriff's Office is holding several meeting to speak with the public about body-worn cameras, mental health initiatives, procedural justice programs and more. All meetings will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. View the town hall meeting dates and locations

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.

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Fall Horizons magazine available online
Horizons is a free quarterly publication featuring articles on Lake County wildlife, nature and history, Forest Preserve news, and a calendar of events. In the fall issue, learn about the Discovery Museum’s move to its new home in Libertyville and our Des Plaines River Trail Challenge. Read Horizons online, or subscribe to receive it for free in print form.

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Share Your Ideas for a Better Lake County
The Lake County Board will update its strategic plan next year. This plan serves as a road map for our county government and influences how we prioritize and invest our resources.  Take a look at our strategic plan and read about the progress we’re making

As we get ready to update our plan, we want to know what is important to you. Please submit your thoughts and ideas to make our county even better through our “Community Voice” forum. It’s easy to join the conversation by signing in and sharing your ideas for a better Lake County! 

Book your 2017 event at a Forest Preserve picnic shelter
Reservations for 2017 dates at any of the Forest Preserves 31 picnic shelters are now being accepted. Plan early for your family reunion, company picnic or other group gathering to ensure your first choice of shelter and date. Learn more.

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Preliminary Applications To Be Accepted for Housing
The Lake County Housing Authority will open the Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) Waiting List. Preliminary applications for the Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) program will be accepted Nov. 28 to Dec. 2. Preliminary applications also can be accessed only on the Lake County Housing Authority website. All completed applications will be accepted, however, only 5,000 preliminary applications will be randomly selected using a computer generated lottery system. 



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