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Craig Taylor, District 19

March 7, 2017

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Leaders Take a Stand for a Welcoming and Inclusive Community

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More than 200 Lake County leaders recently came together to take a stand for inclusion and unity and pledged to make Lake County an inclusive and welcoming community. Following increased reports of divisiveness, intolerance, and disrespectful actions across the country, Lake County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor and State’s Attorney Mike Nerheim, along with The Partnership for a Safer Lake County hosted the Summit of Leaders to engage local leaders to have a meaningful discussion around inclusion and building respect in all aspects of community life. Watch this video to learn more about the summit.

Be Aware of Deeds Scam in Lake County

The Lake County Recorder’s office has received calls from residents about official letters they have received regarding the deed to their home. The Recorder's office is urging you to be cautious, especially if you recently purchased or refinanced your home. Find out more

Summer Internships Available with Stormwater Management

There are exciting paid internship opportunities at Lake County Stormwater Management Commission (SMC) for summer 2017! If you are interested in watershed planning and workshop coordination, if you have experience using ArcGIS software, or if you have a strong background in wetland sciences and plant identification, there are positions available that could be for you. Visit the Lake County career page to learn more and apply.

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Sheriff’s Office to Hold Job Fair


Learn more about job openings within the Lake County Sheriff’s Office as they host a job fair from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 11 at the College of Lake County Lakeshore Campus in Waukegan. Learn more  

Illinois Sheriff’s Association offers $500 scholarship 
The Illinois Sheriff's Association will be awarding a $500 college scholarship to a local student seeking to pursue higher education during the 2017-2018 academic year. The scholarship is to be applied to tuition, books and fees only. Applicants must be permanent Illinois residents and be enrolled full time during the 2017-18 school year.

Applications are available at the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and the Sheriff’s Office website. Complete the application, including a 350-word essay, and return all documentation to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, 25 S Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Waukegan by March 15.

Lake County Ordinance Revision Open House, March 15

Several Lake County departments are reviewing and updating their ordinances, and we want to hear from you! Please join us for an open house to review the changes, provide feedback, and ask questions. We are bringing departments, including the Lake County Division of Transportation, Health Department, Planning, Building and Development, Public Works and Stormwater Management Commission together in one spot, so our customers and stakeholders can get all of the information they need in one stop. If you would like to preview the materials in advance of the meetings or submit comments electronically, please visit the project website

Two Sessions Available:
: 7 to 9 a.m. or *4 to 6 p.m. March 15
Where: Lake County Division of Transportation, 600 Winchester Road, Libertyville

*The Health Department will be conducting a formal Public Hearing at 4 p.m. as part of this open house. See Public Hearing Notice.

Check Voter Registration For April 4 Consolidated Election


As we approach the April 4 Consolidated Election, Lake County registered voters are encouraged to log onto to confirm their registration records reflect their current name and address. 

Online voter registration is available now until March 19 through the the Illinois State Board of Elections at An Illinois driver’s license or state ID card is required for online registration.

Beginning March 8 through 17, grace voter registration will take place at the Lake County Clerk's Office in Waukegan. For this election only, registrants who come to the Clerk's Office will receive a ballot by mail application as ballots will not printed until March 20. Voted ballots must be returned with postmark of midnight on Election Day April 4. 

Continue to check my upcoming e-newsletters for more information regarding the April 4 Consolidated Election, including how to preview your personalized ballot, find early voting sites, and where to vote on Election Day.

Lake County Seeks Additional Help with Property Tax Assessment Appeal Hearings

The Lake County Board of Review is seeking additional members to assist in reviewing property tax assessment appeal cases starting in July through November 2017. 

In order to be eligible for such an appointment, one must be qualified by experience and training in property appraisal and property tax administration. Persons who meet the real estate experience condition for eligibility must also successfully pass the state examination, which will be administered by the Illinois Department of Revenue at 9 a.m. April 12 at the Kane County Government Center in Geneva.

Seating for the examination is limited.  To register for the examination or for questions on the location, contact Sandra Orlando at 630-208-3818.  For questions related to Board of Review service in Lake County, contact Martin Paulson at 847-377-2191 or send an email to

Essay Contest Planned for National Crime Victims' Rights Week

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The Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office is hosting an essay contest in conjunction with its National Crime Victims' Rights Week program. Any student who has been a victim of a crime is invited to nominate someone who served as a "hero," helping them regain strength, resilience, and/or justice during this time. The selected essay will be featured during the Victims' Rights Week program on April 4. The deadline to submit the essay is March 22. Learn more about the essay contest

Sample Local Cuisine during Lake County Restaurant Week

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Find new favorites, and sample local cuisine as Lake County Restaurant Week returns for its second year. Now through Sunday, March 12, visit 50 participating restaurants, which are offering prix fixe menus or special offers. Learn more about Lake County Restaurant Week.

Lake County Leads Nearby Counties in Alternative Commuters

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Nearly 25 percent of Lake County commuters are finding ways to beat the traffic with alternative transportation such as carpooling and commuter rail service. Lake County now leads suburban Chicago counties in non-traditional commuters. Learn more about this transportation snapshot.

Learn How Lake County and You Can Help Our Environment

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From reducing CO2 emissions on the roads to providing more ways you can recycle, let us show you what Lake County departments are doing to make this county a vibrant, healthy place to live and work and how you can help too! Check our Sustainable Lake County website!

Also, check out these details about an upcoming event in Lake County.

Join the Green Living Fair in Libertyville
Drop-off bikes, Styrofoam, printer cartridges, gym shoes and more for recycling, and learn about earth-healthy daily routines from over 40 exhibitors at the 2017 Green Living Fair. The fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 18 at the Libertyville Civic Center, 135 W. Church St. Learn more

Prepare if Severe Weather Approaches. Check These Resources

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Severe weather can happen anytime, such as hazardous conditions produced by thunderstorms, including damaging winds, tornadoes, large hail, and flooding, and winter storms associated with sleet, snow and strong winds. As Illinois observes Severe Weather Preparedness Week, make sure you are prepared before severe weather occurs. Go to to learn your risks as well as how to create an emergency plan.

Lake County also has resources to keep you informed. Watch this video to learn ways to receive emergency alerts. One way is have alerts sent to your mobile device or email through Alert Lake County. You can also stay alert by visiting Lake County government Facebook and Twitter pages.

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Forest Preserve News

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Spring controlled burns
Each spring, our restoration ecologists conduct controlled burns across hundreds of acres of forest preserve land. Fire is the most effective and economical tool available for managing natural communities and improving habitat. Learn more and view an interactive map that shows where we are burning each day.

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Volunteer with the Forest Preserves
Volunteers help the Forest Preserve District from public safety and habitat restoration to historic preservation and nature education. In 2016, volunteers contributed more than 36,000 hours. The value of this work exceeds $1 million and is the equivalent of nearly 20 full time staff members. At a recent volunteer recognition brunch, we introduced the Gilman Award to recognize an individual who proves dedication through service. Congratulations to the 2017 Gilman Award winner, Paul Klonowski! Paul, who began volunteering 15 years ago, helps with our paddle sports program and grew the Water TrailKeepers program from scratch. Learn how you can get involved.

Community News

Don't miss Lake Zurich Chamber Showcase this weekend
The Lake Zurich Area Chamber of Commerce Business and Community Showcase will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 11 at the Lake Zurich High School fieldhouse. Meet with over 80 local businesses and organizations, and enjoy face painting and kids activities, food, giveaways and more. 

Find native plants for your home at annual sale
Find native trees, shrubs and plants as Citizens for Conservation holds its 21st annual sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 6 and 7 at Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington. Native plants provide many advantages for both gardeners and the environment, and buyers can choose from a huge selection of robust, hardy native plants, including perennials, ferns, grasses, shrubs and trees. For information, call 847-382-7283.

Ela Township offers scholarships to Lake Zurich High School seniors
Ela Township may offer multiple scholarships with a one-time maximum benefit of $1,500 to eligible Lake Zurich High School seniors to assist with post-secondary education expenses. The deadline to apply is May 12. For information and to obtain an application packet, contact the Ela Township office at 847-438-7823.

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