Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus, Gospelfest, and More

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July 25, 2017

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2017 Flood Information

County Update flooding

Following the devastating floods, Lake County government and its partners have been working nonstop to respond to the disaster and provide needed resources and assistance. In this video, Chairman Aaron Lawlor visits the Red Cross Disaster Resource Center, which has helped hundreds of families impacted by the floods. He talks about the response efforts, including what a local disaster declaration means, clean-up, and what all residents should know about mosquitoes. Watch now.

Flood Information Website
Make sure to view the county’s flood information page, which contains updated, valuable information, including steps to follow if your home or personal property was damaged by the flooding, free water testing provided by the health department, and additional local resources that may be available for those affected by the flooding. 

Mosquitoes Test Positive for West Nile Virus in Lake County

Fight the Bite

A mosquito pool sampled earlier this month in Zion has tested positive for West Nile virus and is the first confirmed indicator of West Nile presence in Lake County this year. While floodwater mosquitoes are reaching nuisance population levels in the county, the Lake County Health Department reports they do not carry the West Nile virus. The concern is that standing water in items like buckets, gutters, plant containers and debris from flood cleanup will become breeding sites for the species of mosquito that is the primary carrier of West Nile virus.

Remember to practice the 4 D’s to protect yourself and your family from mosquitoes: Drain, Defend, Dawn to Dusk, and Dress. Visit the health department’s Fight the Bite Now website to learn more prevention tips and additional information about West Nile virus.

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Gospelfest 2017

Be inspired by Lake County’s gospel voices on Sunday, July 30 at the Greenbelt Cultural Center in North Chicago. This annual favorite feature choirs, solo performances and praise dancers that bring you to your feet. Children can also enjoy fun nature activities during the event. Learn more


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Wildlife Homes
Discover with your little explorer the places animals make their homes. Hands-on nature activities include a hike, story, craft, and interaction with live animals. This event takes place select Thursdays in July and August at Independence Grove, and it is open to children ages 4-5 with an adult. Register today

Get Your Property Assessment Questions Answered

County Update property tax assessments

As blue property assessment notices continue to be mailed to residents across Lake County, residents may have questions about their property assessment, how a home’s value is determined, and how the assessment then calculates your property tax bill. Watch this edition of Lake County Update as County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor and Chief County Assessment Officer Marty Paulson address common questions residents have with their property tax assessments.

Depke Juvenile Complex Center Expands

Depke center expansion

The Nineteenth Judicial Circuit recently celebrated the expansion of the Robert W. Depke Juvenile Complex Center in Vernon Hills. The building now features new courtrooms and hearing rooms and more space for the State's Attorney's Office and Public Defender's Office to privately interview clients and witnesses. Watch this video to learn more about the center. 

Join Children’s Advocacy Center’s Birthday Celebration

Join the Lake County Children’s Advocacy Center as the Gurnee facility celebrates 30 years of seeking justice for children in Lake County as well as the opening of its new healing garden. The celebration will begin at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 2 at 123 N. O’Plaine Road, Gurnee. The Children's Advocacy Center's goal is to investigate and help successfully prosecute offenders of child abuse without causing further trauma to the child victim. Learn more about the center.

Lake County to Host PGA Golf Tournament

The top 70 PGA Tour players and golf enthusiasts will again come to Lake County as the BMW Championship takes place Sept. 12 to 17 at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest. Learn more about the 2017 BMW Championship, including opportunities to volunteer at the event. The tournament is expected to bring more traffic to the area, so make sure to go to Lake County PASSAGE to check updated traffic conditions.

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