2017 construction program, Senior freeze outreach sessions, and More

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Craig Taylor, District 19

April 12, 2017

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Lake County Announces 2017 Construction Program

2017 construction program

In 2017, Lake County will have roughly $94 million in road projects under construction. About $56 million is carried over from 2016, accounting for two of the big projects underway - the grade separation and widening/reconstruction of Washington Street, and the reconstruction of Deerfield Road. Much of the remaining work planned in 2017 falls under the preservation category, which includes resurfacing projects, culvert replacements and bridge repairs. In total, the Lake County Division of Transportation will have 28 active construction projects this year. View the 2017 Construction Program Map.

We Want to Know About Your Travel Needs!

A Paratransit Market Study is now underway in Lake County to evaluate transportation options for seniors, people with disabilities, and the general public. There are a variety of services currently available, such as Pace Dial-a-Ride or township programs, to assist you in your travels to and from medical appointments, places of employment and other daily activities.

We are asking you to help us understand your needs, identify gaps in service, and provide your recommendations for what you hope to see. Here are some examples of what we’ve heard so far:

Need: “I need the bus to get to work, to my doctor's office, and to see my family in Grayslake.”
Gaps: “I have service within my township, but I don’t have service beyond that”
Recommendation: “A county-wide transportation system could and should allow for online reservations, prepaid ride cards, expanded routes, and expanded hours that cover a typical business day.”

Please TAKE THE SURVEY today, and add your opinions and experiences to be part of this important study.

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View April 4 Election Results


View the unofficial results from the April 4 Consolidated Election for Election Day, early voting, and voting by mail ballots. Remember, election results are unofficial until provisional and late-arriving vote by mail ballots are counted 14 days after the election, and the results are certified. 

Don’t Throw Them Away! Recycle the Election Campaign Signs

Rigid plastic and paper campaign signs can be recycled. Remove all metal parts, and bring the signs to the drop-off bin available at the Waste Management Recycling Sorting Facility, 30869 N. Route 83, Grayslake. Make sure to visit the SWALCO website to learn about all the recycling opportunities available. 

Bring Shoes To Be Reused, Recycled to North Barrington Site

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Drop off your used or new shoes at a new Reuse-A-Shoe collection, which is open through April 21 at Vanderbilt Family Chiropractic in North Barrington. The Solid Waste Agency of Lake County runs the Reuse-A-Shoe program at locations across the county to keep shoes out of landfills by recycling or reusing the shoes donated. An eighth-grader from Prairie Crossing Charter School is working with SWALCO to host this seasonal collection as part of his eighth grade service project. Learn more about the program, including all year-round and seasonal locations.

Shred papers, recycle latex paint at Earth Day event 
Bring up to two bankers boxes of paper to be shredded free, and any unwanted latex paint to be recycled for a small fee at an upcoming Earth Day event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 22 at the Lindenhurst Waste Water Treatment Facility. Learn more

Upcoming Senior Freeze Outreach Sessions

The Chief County Assessment Office and Lake County Township Assessors Association offer help to senior citizens ages 65 and older who want to complete the 2017 Senior Citizen Assessment Freeze Application for taxes payable in 2018, as well as assistance to taxpayers who may qualify to apply for other homestead exemptions. Attend an upcoming outreach session to work one-on-one with a staff member to complete the necessary forms. The Senior Freeze Application is due by July 7. View Upcoming Outreach Sessions

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Enjoy a week of free nature programs in honor of Earth Day April 22. Celebrate spring, learn about ecology or join a nature walk. All programs are free. All ages are invited, and no registration is required. Learn more

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YCC crew member applications now accepted
Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) is a summer program designed to employ youth, ages 16 to 18 in natural resources, construction, and park maintenance related projects. Apply online to become a 2017 YCC crew member. Completed applications must be received by 4:30 p.m. April 28Learn more


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Rx For Health: Walking in Nature
The simple act of walking, especially in nature, can improve your overall health, physically and mentally. Join Rx for Health where naturalists and health care providers will lead guided walking tours of Lake County’s forest preserves. Watch this video to learn more, and see when the next walk will be.  

Lake County Kicks Off Blue Kids Lake County Project

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April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Recently, elected officials and community leaders kicked off the 2017 Blue Kids Lake County project, which aims to educate the community about signs of child abuse and how to help prevent it. Watch this video to learn more about the Blue Kids Lake County project, and find out how you can get involved at bluekidslakecounty.org.

Want a Career with County’s Largest Law Enforcement Agency?


The Lake County Sheriff’s Office Merit Commission is accepting applications for the deputy sheriff position until Monday, April 17. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen and at least 21 years of age at the time of orientation, a high school graduate (or GED) and possess a valid driver's license. Apply Today

County Launches New Integrated Permit and Inspection System

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Lake County's new integrated permit and inspection system is now available to the public! This new technology will improve inter-departmental efficiencies, enhance customer service, improve communication, and reduce the amount of time it takes for permits and inspections. Customers will be able to submit and pay for many permit applications online and review the status of their applications and inspections using their home computer. Watch this video to learn more. Visit the new Permit and Inspection Dashboard

Community News

Have a hopping good time this weekend
Visit the Easter bunny between noon and 3 p.m. Friday, April 14 and Saturday, April 15 at the Ice House Mall in Barrington. Also, join the egg hunt planned from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday. For information, call 847-381-6661.

Lake Zurich Police showcases Ela Coalition Against Youth Substance Abuse
The Lake Zurich Police Department is hosting an event from 10 to 11:30 a.m. April 17 at the Ela Township Hall to showcase some recent success stories of the Ela Coalition Against Youth Substance Abuse. The Ela Coalition Against Youth Substance Abuse is a community-based organization dedicated to reducing underage drinking and substance abuse by youths in the Lake Zurich areaLearn more about the coalition.

Third annual Ela Art Show is coming April 21
Come see the work of talented artists at the third annual Ela Art Show from 3 to 7 p.m. April 21 at the Ela Community Center. Learn more

Barrington Chamber invites community to first Public Town Hall Forum
The Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce's first Public Town Hall Forum will begin at 7:30 a.m. April 26 at the Makray Memorial Golf Club in Barrington. This event provides local officials an opportunity to update business leaders and the community on current economic conditions and what lies ahead for the Barrington area in 2017 and beyond. Learn more

Join Lake Zurich's Arbor Day celebration
The Lake Zurich Park and Recreation invites you to join the village's annual Arbor Day celebration on April 29. Volunteers are invited to a breakfast and dedication ceremony from 9 to 10 a.m. at Paulus Park before heading out to clean up various parks around the village from 10 a.m. to noon. For information, contact Heidi Stolt at 847-540-5075 or heidi.stolt@lakezurich.org

Save the date for pancake breakfast
The Community Emergency Response Team of South Lake County invites you to its 10th annual all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 7 at Lake Zurich Fire Station 1. There will be a K-9 demonstration, mini firefighter challenge, antique firetruck rides and more. 

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