2017 flood update, Rain barrel and compost bin sale, and More

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Sept. 8, 2017

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Dear Neighbors,

I am always looking for feedback on my newsletter as well as what's happening in Lake County. If you have any comments or concerns, feel free to send me an email, or give me a call at 224-627-0767. If this newsletter was forwarded to you, please sign up to continue to receive news about Lake County and District 7.

July 2017 Flood Update


On Sept. 1, Governor Bruce Rauner sent a request to the president of the United States asking that he approve federal assistance to help people in the northern Illinois region, including Lake County, recover from record flooding and severe storms in July.

Recently, joint assessment teams from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) reviewed damage in the four counties. If Gov. Rauner's request for Individual Assistance (IA) is approved, people in the approved counties would be eligible to apply for grants and low-interest SBA loans. Affected businesses also would be able to apply for low-interest SBA loans. Find out more.

Residents May Be Eligible for Building Permit Fee Waiver
Unincorporated residents who were impacted by the July 2017 flood are eligible for building permit fee waivers for any flood-related repairs, for example, electrical service, furnace or water heater replacements.  Residents in unincorporated Lake County can contact the Lake County Planning, Building and Development Department at 847-377-2600 for questions and application requirements.

Be the Voice to Stop Suicide

Let’s bring hope to those who are affected by suicide. As the nation observes National Suicide Prevention Week Sept. 10 to 16, find out how you can play a role in preventing suicide.  

Lake County is committed to help its residents maintain their health and well-being. Those needing immediate mental health assistance can contact the following services 24/7.

  • Individuals can speak anonymously to counselors 24 hours a day and get help by contacting the crisis call center at 847-377-8088. Information and referrals to Lake County Health Department programs are available.
  • Text-A-Tip is a 24/7 anonymous text-communication system for youth needing immediate mental health assistance for themselves or a friend. Download the Lake County Help app, available at the Google Play Store and the Apple store. Within the app, select the 24-7 Text-A-Tip hotline where you will send a message to a dedicated number and receive an immediate response from a licensed clinician while remaining anonymous. 

First Human Cases of West Nile Virus Found in Lake County


The first two human cases of West Nile virus in Lake County for 2017 have been confirmed. Since 2002, there have been 60 confirmed human cases of West Nile virus in Lake County, as well as two confirmed deaths. Residents are encouraged to stay active outdoors but to remember to wear insect repellent and take other precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Learn more

End-of-Summer Rain Barrel, Compost Bin Sale

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Learn the benefits of owning a rain barrel and compost bin as the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County holds an end-of-summer rain barrel, compost bin and accessories sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 15 at its Gurnee facility, 1311 N. Estes St. Both are made using recyclable materials. Some benefits are:

  • Save on your water bill and use water on your own schedule
  • Reduce erosion, flooding and stormwater runoff
  • Help plants resist disease and improve your soil’s pH balance

Veterans Invited to Join Next Veterans History Project

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Veterans are invited to share their stories of wartime experiences on Nov. 10 at the Lake County Courthouse. The veterans’ interviews will be recorded and transcribed by official court reporters and then archived at the Library of Congress as part of the Veterans History Project. Civilians who were actively involved in supporting war efforts are also invited to share their stories. Learn more

Milwaukee Avenue Closes Between Illinois 132 and Illinois 21

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that Milwaukee Avenue will be closed between Illinois 132 and Illinois 21 in Gurnee to replace the existing box culvert and resurface the roadway. The project is expected to be completed in the fall. View detour information


Join the Adopt-A-Highway Program

Adopt A Highway

Volunteer to help pick up litter and debris along Lake County highways and bike paths. Volunteers adopt a section of a county highway and commit to cleaning it twice a year. The Lake County Division of Transportation provides the equipment. Take a look at the available sections, fill out an application, and join the fun! Today is the final day to submit your application. Learn more about the Adopt-A-Highway program.

Become A Corrections Officer

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The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is recruiting full-time corrections officers. Apply online, or if you do not have access to a computer, apply online between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the Lake County Job Center in Waukegan. Individuals must submit their applications by Sept. 13 and attend a mandatory orientation on Sept. 23.

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Forest Preserve News


Compete to catch the largest and the most carp while helping to reduce the carp overpopulation. Fish to your heart’s content from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 9 in the South Bay of Independence Grove Forest Preserve in Libertyville. Fish from shore only. Boat rental will not available during the event. Illinois fishing license will be required, and state fishing regulations apply. Learn more



lcfpd strategic plan

Strategic Plan Update
In 2015, the Chiwaukee Prairie Illinois Beach Lake Plain (Lake Plain) was designated a Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention, an intergovernmental treaty for protection of exemplary wetland systems around the world. In June, the Lake Plain received added recognition by the Society of Wetland Scientists as a Wetland of Distinction. This publicly and privately protected ecosystem connects 14 different community types along Lake Michigan in southeast Wisconsin and northeast Illinois. Our partnership in this restoration project supports two of five strategic directions to help us achieve our 100-year Vision for Lake County. Learn more


Nippersink Forest Preserve

Connecting Trails: Nippersink Forest Preserve
Previously a seasonal retreat for camping and recreational vehicles, this preserve is now a year-round haven for people and wildlife. Visitors enjoy trails, picnicking, birdwatching, and nature observation. Century-old oak trees that rise above two scenic lakes, woodlands, wetlands and marshes offer plentiful habitat for wildlife. Extensive shoreline restoration efforts and improved fish habitats make Nippersink a great place to fish. Anglers can fish from shore or from two wheelchair accessible fishing piers.

The Lake County Division of Transportation is constructing a new multi-use path along Cedar Lake Road that will connect existing trails at Nippersink to the new path. This trail connection is part of LCDOT's project to reconstruct Cedar Lake Road from Route 120 to Nippersink Road. Completion of the entire project is expected by the end of 2018. View closure mapLearn more

Local Control on Election of Board Chairman Preserved

Calling it an “inappropriate interference” to county government, Governor Bruce Rauner vetoed Senate Bill 669 late Friday afternoon. The legislation sets a separate process for electing the County Board Chairman in Lake County and requires a local referendum be held in 2018 to seek approval on electing the board chairman directly by voters countywide versus by the members of the county board. Learn more

Community News

Gurnee Park District hosts Touch-A-Truck
Gear up for the eighth annual Touch-A-Truck event from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Hunt Club Community Center. See vehicles from the Gurnee Park District, Gurnee Public Works, Gurnee Police Department, Gurnee Fire Department, Warren Township, and more. Learn more 

Don't miss Grandwood Park spaghetti dinner
The Grandwood Park Civic Association will hold a spaghetti dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 15. Enjoy dinner, including spaghetti and meatballs, bread and drinks as well as raffles. Learn more about the civic association.

Legions of Craft Beer Fest
Support local veterans while enjoying craft beer at the annual Legions of Craft Beer Fest. The festival will take place from 2 to 7 p.m. Sept. 16 at Gurnee Mills parking lot E. The fest will feature over 50 craft beer breweries, food trucks, live music, and more. Learn more



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