Protect yourself from West Nile virus, Meet county's K-9 unit, and More

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Craig Taylor, District 19

July 11, 2017

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Protect Yourself from West Nile Virus

Mosquito protection

Mosquitoes in Illinois are beginning to test positive for West Nile virus. The Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center urges you to “Fight the Bite” and protect yourself and your family. Make sure to follow the 4 D’s of Defense to help prevent breeding and protect yourself from mosquito bites.

Call the West Nile hotline at 847-377-8300 to report areas of stagnant water, report locations of dead birds, and learn the signs and symptoms of West Nile virus.

Main Street Temporarily Closes for Sewer Replacement Project

Main Street in Barrington will be closed for up to four weeks. The road will be fully closed to all traffic from just past Spring Street up to and including Wool Street (Main Street to Station Street). Also, a small portion of the North Commuter Lot and Wool Street (Station Street to Klingenburg Road) will be closed, and this area will be fenced and utilized for construction staging for at least the next few months. Learn more about these closures, including detour information.

Meet the Lake County K-9 Unit

Lake County K-9

Locating missing persons, finding weapons and drugs, tracking suspects and inspecting for bomb threats are some of the ways our K-9 Unit has made an impact in our communities. Watch this video, and see how Dax, Diesel, Duke, Boomer and their handlers work to help protect Lake County.

County Offers Incentive to Help Pay Outstanding Traffic Tickets

operation green light

Drivers with outstanding fines and costs for traffic violations in Lake County can pay off their outstanding traffic tickets at their original cost during the County’s “Operation Green Light” initiative July 17 to 21. 

Operation Green Light payments can be made over the phone or in person at one of Lake County’s branch courts.  Find out more, including where to pay.  

Lake County Partners Works to Drive Local Economy Forward

Partners Big Event 2017

Did you know 68 percent of Lake County residents have continued schooling beyond high school, and 43 percent have a bachelor’s degree or higher? That exceeds the national average by 13 percent! Learn more about Lake County’s workforce by viewing Lake County Partners 2016 annual report.

And, government, business and community leaders are continuing to work together to grow our talent economy. Watch this video to learn more as leaders came together to discuss how to attract businesses to the county at Lake County Partners' Big Event. 

Get Help to Find Your Next Job

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Are you seeking employment?  Transitioning careers?  Attend “Five Steps to Your Next Job” to learn current job search techniques and other tips to land your next job! The next workshop series will meet from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. July 17 to 21 at Cook Park Library in Libertyville. Learn more, including how to register. Also, view the full schedule of workshops and job events the Job Center of Lake County is offering through July.

Lake County is Hiring!
Lake County government offers career opportunities that cover a wide spectrum of fields including law, law enforcement, corrections, nursing, finance and budgeting, highway maintenance, and more. View the current job opportunities available

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Family Fun Fridays

Family Fun Fridays at Independence Grove
The beach at Independence Grove gets even better on Fridays with games, contests and prizes around a different theme each week. Join the party from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays. These events are open to all ages and free with beach admission. No registration is required. Learn more


Preservation Foundation Helps Fund Ranger Training
Lake County Forest Preserve Ranger Police patrol 10 percent of the land in Lake County, making ours the second largest jurisdiction. As part of their work, rangers often encounter people with emotional, cognitive, and mental health challenges. The Preservation Foundation’s Board of Directors recently approved a grant for Crisis Intervention Training to provide all full-time rangers with skills to deescalate interactions with people in crisis and connect them with health services. This specialized training will directly improve public safety in your forest preserves. Learn more about how you can stay safe in the preserves with these safety alerts and tips.

Save the Dates for the Lake County Fair

County fair 2017

The 89th annual Lake County Fair will take place July 26 to 30 at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Grayslake. Don't miss family fun, including the livestock barns, rodeo, carnival rides, music and much more. Learn more

Community News

Cars & Cigars is coming July 16
Join me at the fifth annual Cars & Cigars from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 16 at 445 Robert Coffin Road, Long Grove. In addition to cars on display, enjoy food, the K-9 demonstrations, police vehicles, silent auction, live music and more. For information, call 847-883-9998.

Barrington's Golf Classic is coming
The Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce's 31st annual Golf Classic will take place Monday, July 17 at the Wynstone Golf Club in North Barrington. Join the golfers after they finish their rounds for the 19th Hole Celebration. Learn more

Join next legislative summit 
The state budget, Route 53 extension, road construction, school funding and more will be discussed at the next legislative summit from 7 to 9 a.m. July 27 at Concorde Banquets in Kildeer. Among the guests will be Lake County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor. Learn more 

Come to Lake Zurich Blue & You
Interact with your local law enforcement agencies at the Lake Zurich Blue & You event from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 28. Join this free event, which will feature a scavenger hunt, police demonstrations, and more. Learn more

Christmas in July food drive to support township food pantries
The Barrington Township and Cuba Township food pantries are in need of donations. Join the Christmas in July Food Drive, and help contribute non-perishable foods and personal items to help stock these pantries. Drop off donations to the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce's office through July 28. 

Save date for Lake Zurich Taste of the Towns
Sample food from a variety of local restaurants at the 11th annual Taste of the Towns from 3 to 7 p.m. Aug. 20 at Paulus Park in Lake Zurich. Also, enjoy musical entertainment, children's activities and more. Details

Provide your feedback. Take surveys
Barrington residents are invited to take a survey and provide feedback, which will help organizations in the Barrington region understand how our community is living, what we value most, and where we can improve. Take the survey.

The Village of Lake Zurich also wants to know what residents think about the quality of life in the community, satisfaction with municipal services, where public resources should be directed, and where they think the village is headed overall. Take this survey.

Ready for Lake Zurich Bears football?
Lake Zurich High School has unveiled the fall 2017 schedule for the Bears sophomore/varsity, junior varsity and freshmen football teams. Go to the high school's athletics page where you can check the game schedule and sign up for alerts to schedule changes.

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