April 4 election, Current status of mumps, K-Mart property update, and More

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Craig Taylor, District 19

March 22, 2017

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Current Status of Mumps in Lake County

On March 7, the Lake County Health Department announced an official mumps outbreak after the third case of mumps was confirmed at Barrington High School. The Health Department continues to monitor suspected and probable cases of the disease in the county. The Health Department will regularly be updating its mumps web page, where you can find the current status of mumps in the county, information about mumps, and helpful resources related to mumps. 

Former K-Mart Redevelopment Approved

The Lake Zurich Village Board recently approved a preliminary development plan for the K-Mart property at 225 S. Rand Road. The K-Mart property has been vacant since 2002. The proposed redevelopment of this seven-acre property includes 162 luxury apartments and approximately 19,000 square feet of restaurant and commercial space. Learn more

April 4 Consolidated Election


The April 4 Consolidated Election gives Lake County residents some real voter power as they will be electing their local mayors, presidents, supervisors, clerks, commissioners, alderman, councilmen, and assessors. Also on the ballot will be park, library, and school board district candidates along with eight public questions.

Voter Registration

Grace voter registration is available at all early voting sites, which are open now through April 3 as well as at the assigned Election Day voting site and the County Clerk’s Office on April 4. Registered voters are encouraged to log onto LakeVoterPower.info to confirm their registration records reflect their current name and address. 

Voting Options

Vote by mail
Registered voters can request a ballot by mail until March 30. Voting by mail is so easy that even a couch potato can do it!

Early voting
Early voting will run through April 3. Vote at any early voting site regardless of where you live. View the early voting sites, dates and hours.

Election Day
Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on April 4. Use the polling place locator to find your assigned voting site.

Preview your ballot
Registered Lake County voters can preview their ballot at LakeVoterPower.info after logging in to confirm their registration status.

Get up-to-date election information by visiting the County Clerk’s website as well as by following the County Clerk’s Office on their Facebook page and on Twitter.

Lake County Board Takes Action on Government Reform and Directs Funding to Gambling Addiction Services

The Board approved two significant actions at its March meeting, one that approves a half million dollars to support people with gambling addiction and other behavioral health issues, and another that creates a commission on governmental accountability and reform.

Lake County collects a portion of the revenue generated from video gaming in the unincorporated areas of the county. Consistent with its policy to allocate those funds to support social programs, the Board approved $545,000 in grant funding to several local agencies for gambling addiction and other behavioral health services. 

The Board also took action to create a bipartisan commission to evaluate proposed reform measures and report on key findings that enhance accountability to the public, provide for an effective and responsive government structure, maintain strong professional and ethical standards, as well as redistricting reform to mitigate political influence. The group will consist of community members, elected officials, faith leaders, major political party representatives, and other advocates of good government. The action is in response to proposed State legislation that would require a referendum for voters to decide whether they support a countywide elected chairman--fundamentally changing Lake County’s current structure where the Chairman is selected by county board members every two years. Learn more

Stormwater Management Commission Reports Great Changes

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The Lake County Stormwater Management Commission saw great changes in 2016 and has several noteworthy accomplishments to report. The 2016 Annual Report breaks down major projects from the Des Plaines River Watershed planning effort, to floodplain buyouts, and the Wetland Restoration and Preservation Plan (WRAPP). The report highlights some policy changes, project leveraging numbers, and will give you an idea of what to expect in the coming year. Check it out!

Health News

Take Action for Better Health on Diabetes Alert Day
Diabetes Alert Day is Tuesday, March 28.  This annual observance reminds us about the seriousness of diabetes, the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. The Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center wants you to take action in three ways:

  • Take the Diabetes Risk Test to determine if you may be at risk for pre-diabetes, The screening test takes less than one minute to complete.
  • Talk to your doctor about additional testing if your score indicates you are at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes.  If you do not have a doctor, call the Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center to make an appointment at 847-377-8800.
  • Visit the Health Department's Facebook page to watch a Facebook Live healthy cooking demonstration with certified dietitians on Diabetes Alert Day, at noon March 28. 

The Health Department offers diabetes prevention and treatment programs at the North Chicago Health Center, Belvidere Medical Building in Waukegan and North Shore Health Center in Highland Park. To make an appointment with a Health Department provider, call 847-377-8800. Learn more about diabetes prevention and treatment.


Low Cost - Pets

Spring pet vaccination clinics begin April 1
The Lake County Health Department will offer spring pet vaccination clinics starting April 1 at locations across the county. These low-cost clinics provide a convenient, affordable way to keep pets up to date with their shots and rabies tags. Learn more about the clinics and all upcoming dates.

Water Hydrant Flushing Program Begins April 3


Lake County Public Works will begin its semiannual water hydrant flushing program April 3. After flushing, you may notice a slight discoloration of the water. You are urged not to do laundry during flushing periods in your area to avoid staining of clothing, which may occur due to the disturbance in the water main. This is not harmful and will dissipate after a short time. It is recommended to run cold water for several minutes to clear your pipes. View the schedule.

Behind the Bars: Lake County Sheriff Spends a Week in the Life of a Corrections Officer

Behind the bars

Lake County Sheriff Mark C. Curran recently completed a five-week corrections officer training at the Lake County Jail and then was responsible for a 60-inmate pod for five days. Watch this video to learn more about his experience and the responsibilities of a corrections officer on a typical day.

Sheriff's Office warns of telephone scam 
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office has received reports of residents receiving fraudulent telephone calls from individuals falsely representing themselves to be from the Sheriff’s Office and serving the caller with a collection notice to collect money. Residents should be aware the Sheriff’s Office never calls to solicit money for any reason. Find out more

National Crime Victims' Rights Week

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Please join the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office in recognizing National Crime Victims’ Rights Week on April 4 at the College of Lake County A wing lower level auditorium in Grayslake. The resource fair will run from 5:30 to 6 p.m., and the program will follow. This year’s theme of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week reflects a vision for the future in which all victims are strengthened by the response they receive, organizations are resilient in response to challenges, and communities are able to seek collective justice and healing. 

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Forest Preserve News


Trout season opens April 1
Banana Lake at Lakewood Forest Preserve in Wauconda opens for rainbow trout fishing on April 1, following the release of roughly 500 to 600 rainbow trout. For details and a free fishing guide, visit LCFPD.org/fishing.

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Move more in April
Every April, the American Heart Association celebrates physical activity and encourages all Americans to commit to being more active on a regular basis. Your forest preserves are the perfect place to hike or stroll while improving your health. Join an Rx for Health walk, bringing together naturalists and health professionals for guided tours of some of Lake County's most breathtaking scenery. Learn more

Girl-Wise Conference

Girl-Wise 2017

Junior high and high school girls, parents, and role models are invited to join the annual Girl-Wise Conference from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 8 at the College of Lake County. This annual conference offers the girls an opportunity to attend workshops that promote creativity, healthy bodies, healthy minds, and taking charge of their lives. To register, call the Girl-Wise Hotline at 847-377-7909, or fill out an online registration form

Education News

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University Center to hold free open house March 30
The University Center of Lake County will hold a free open house from 6 to 8 p.m. March 30 at the University Center's Grayslake facility, 1200 University Center Drive. The event will showcase the 130 academic programs available in Lake County for adults who wish to complete a bachelor’s degree, earn a graduate degree or pursue professional certificates. Register for the event, or call 847-665-4400.

University Center honored for its college outreach program
The University Center of Lake County recently received the Innovative Initiative Award from the Illinois Council on Continuing Higher Education for its First Generation College Outreach Program. This program works to help strengthen students’ path to college by collaborating with schools, businesses and public libraries across the county. Learn more about the program.

Apply for scholarships awarded by Illinois Counties Association
The Illinois Counties Association is taking applications for its 2017-18 scholarships. Applications must be completed online before midnight April 28. Eligibility is limited to applicants who live in counties that participate in the Nationwide Retirement Solutions 457 program, of which Lake County does participate. Learn more about the scholarships and the application process.

Community News

Barrington Chamber to host family expo
Save the date as the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce holds its family expo from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 9 at Barrington High School. The event will showcase business, community and educational resources. For information, call 847-381-2525.

Learn about rain gardens at free Lake Zurich program
Learn the benefits, beauty and value that rain gardens can add to home landscape at 7 p.m. April 5 at the Ela Area Public Library. This free program is offered by the Ancient Oaks Foundation. Register by visiting the Ela Area Public Library website or call 847-438-3433. 

Save the date for Barrington's first public town hall forum
Featuring updates from local taxing bodies, the public is invited to attend the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce's first public town hall forum April 26 at the Makray Memorial Golf Club. For information, call the chamber at 847-381-2525.

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