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May 2, 2017

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Time to Watch Out for Ticks

It’s the time of year to take precautions against ticks, which can be most active during the warmer weather and can carry diseases such as Lyme disease. Once considered a rare illness in Lake County, Lyme disease is becoming more common in the area. The Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center provides tips to help protect yourself from exposure to ticks:

  • Clear leaf litter under trees, and keep the ground clean under bird feeders.
  • Keep grass near playground equipment short.
  • Install a wood chip or gravel barrier between lawns and wooded and tall grass areas.
  • Minimize wood piles as these are attractive to small mammals such as mice, which can carry ticks. 
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How to remove a tick
Whether it’s rubbing alcohol, nail polish, or a burnt match, there’s a lot of misguided folklore when it comes to how to remove a tick. Watch this video as Lake County Health Department Senior Biologist Mike Adam explains the proper techniques to remove a tick.

Officials Celebrate "Topping Out" of Courthouse Expansion

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I recently joined Lake County Board Members, judges in the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit, and others that have been a part of the Lake County Courthouse Expansion Project to sign the last beam of the new court tower before it was put into place. The expansion project in Waukegan includes an approximately 200,000-square-foot court tower and a tunnel connecting the jail and current courthouse. The project will increase the efficiency of the justice system and support growth of the justice agencies for many years to come. Watch this video to learn more about the project. 

County Welcomes Caterpillar to New Deerfield Headquarters


Caterpillar has selected Deerfield as home to its new corporate headquarters. Caterpillar initially plans to relocate approximately 100 employees to its new site immediately, but that number is expected to triple in coming years. The move adds high quality jobs and a new global brand to Lake County’s bustling economy. Caterpillar, a Dow Jones 30 company, joins 11 other Fortune 500 companies that call Lake County home. Watch this video as County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor speaks with Deerfield Mayor Harriet Rosenthal and Lake County Partners President Kevin Considine to welcome Caterpillar to Lake County and discusses working together to ensure that the transition is smooth and successful. 

Recycle First, Trash Last


If you’re starting your spring cleaning, think recycle first, trash last. The Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO) offers many options to recycle your shoes, clothing and textiles, and household chemicals.

Reuse-A-Shoe: Don't throw away your unwanted shoes! Make sure they get recycled or reused! Drop off your shoes at one of several locations across Lake County. View Drop-Off Locations

Clothing and textiles: Did you know 85 percent of clothing ends up in the landfill? Instead, bring your new, gently used, and used clothing to be reused or recycled. Even clothes with stains or holes will be taken. Learn more, including what is acceptable and where to drop off your items.

Household chemical waste: Get rid of unwanted pesticides, cleaners, batteries, gasoline, fertilizer and other household chemical waste items at public drop-off events at SWALCO’s Gurnee facility as well as mobile collection events at locations across Lake County. These collections are for residential waste only. Learn more, including acceptable items and when the next collection will be.

Compost Bin, Rain Barrel and Native Plant Sale is Coming

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The Solid Waste Agency of Lake County, Stormwater Management Commission and Lake County Forest Preserves will hold their annual rain barrel, compost bin and native plant sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 13. The compost bins and rain barrels both are made with recycled plastics. Learn about the benefits of composting and harvesting rain water. Watch demonstrations, and meet experts to answer your questions. Learn more

Also, don’t miss as the native plant sale continues, just in time for Mother's Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 14. Find all this at Independence Grove Forest Preserve's North Bay Pavilion in Libertyville. Learn the value of planting native species and find a variety of flowers, plants, shrubs and trees. View list of available plants.

Discover Native Plants for Your Home at Upcoming Sales

Did you know that landscaping your yard with native plants is one of the best things to do for the environment, and this can save you time and money? In fact, native plants don’t require fertilizer, pesticides or herbicides and eliminate the need for a lot of watering.

Citizens for Conservation and Conserve Lake County are hosting their annual plant sales, a great way to shop for native plants including perennials, grasses, trees and shrubs. Conserve Lake County’s native plant sale will take place May 19 to June 3 at Almond Marsh. Learn more

Citizens for Conservation will sell plants May 6 and 7 at Good Shepherd Hospital. Learn more

Save the Date for Spring Recycle-O-Rama

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Bring your electronics, such as monitors, laptops, cell phones, televisions, and small appliances to be recycled at Recycle-O-Rama from 9 a.m. to noon May 20 at Hawthorn Mall in Vernon Hills. Bring documents (limit two boxes per vehicle) to be shredded, and bring latex paint to be recycled for a small fee. There will be no household chemical waste recycling at this event. Learn more

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Summer Concerts
Get ready for award-winning performers playing under the stars at the annual Events in the Plaza music series. Eight concerts will be held at Independence Grove Forest Preserve at 7:30 p.m., Tuesdays, June 13 through Aug. 8. From Beatles to the blues, rock and reggae, swing and jazz, there’s something for any musical taste. View the concert lineup.

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Marina Open Weekends at Independence Grove
The marina at Independence Grove Forest Preserve in Libertyville is now open weekends only through May 21 and will be open daily May 27 to Sept. 4. Before heading out to the preserve, check here for status updates on swimming, the marina, summer concerts, and more. 

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Check Status of Trails and Preserves
Preserve improvements, construction projects, controlled burns and weather-related events sometimes result in temporary detours or closures of trails, preserves or facilities to ensure public safety. Before heading out, check the current status of trails and underpasses. Also find construction alerts, preserve improvement projects and controlled burn sites. 


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