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September 27, 2017

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Alert to Lake County Homeowners

Lake County homeowners have been receiving letters from two companies regarding the deed to their homes. The letters look official and threatening, but the true purpose of the mailing is to get you to spend your money with a fake company. Watch this video to learn how to protect yourself. If you have any questions or need a copy of your deed, contact the Lake County Recorder of Deeds Office at 847-377-2575.

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Protect Your Home with Property Check

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The Lake County Recorder’s Office provides a tool for homeowners to help protect their biggest investment. Property Check is a free, easy-to-use, 24/7 online service that will alert subscribers, via email and/or text message, whenever a document is recorded against their name and/or property. The sign-up process only takes a few minutes. Once you enter your name notification criteria, you will only need to update your account information if your email address or cell phone number changes. Sign up!

Join the Sheriff's Office Reserve Deputy Unit


The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is accepting applications for reserve deputies. The Reserve Deputy Unit members assist other Lake County Sheriff’s Office Divisions and municipal police departments in times of natural and man-made emergencies or disasters. The unit also provides traffic and crowd control, searches for missing persons, aids in crime scene evidence searches, DUI checkpoints, and participates in many other Lake County events. Applicants must be at least 21 years old, a U.S. citizen and a high school graduate or equivalent. Applications are available online and at the Lake County Sheriff's Office in Waukegan. Applications are due by Oct. 20.  

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

Job Opportunities

There are many job opportunities across Lake County. The Waukegan Park District offers a variety of full-time, part-time and seasonal positions. Learn more about the district's employment opportunities. And, go to the Job Center of Lake County's website to learn about other upcoming recruitment events.

Courthouse Expansion Project Update

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Construction on the new courthouse in downtown Waukegan is progressing and on track to open in summer of 2018. Here are some interesting facts about the construction and the facility:

  • With the steel structure now in place, it is now officially the tallest building in Waukegan standing approximately 170 feet above street level.
  • The predominant exterior elements include more than seven million pounds of architectural precast panels. These panels weigh more than 2,200 Volkswagen Beetles and were put into place by a 210 foot tall tower crane.
  • The north face of the building features a façade referred to as “the wave,” a signature design concept that recognizes the significance of Lake Michigan in Lake County. (Construction and design teams are currently installing the windows to complete this piece).
  • There are about over 120 workers per day on site.
  • The exterior work is almost complete, and the facility should be fully enclosed in October.  

To learn more about this project, please visit

Kids’ Korner Celebrates Caring for 50,000 Children

Kids Korner 50,000

The Kids’ Korner at the Lake County Courthouse recently marked a milestone, caring for 50,000 children. The Kids’ Korner provides a safe and fun waiting area for children who are visiting the courthouse to testify or whose parents or guardians are conducting court business. Watch this video to learn more.

Save the Date for Small Business Workshop

Attention business owners! Learn how to overcome the challenges of small business ownership and mitigate risk by joining a half-day workshop Oct. 11 at the University Center of Lake County in Grayslake. Topics include A State of Lake County from Lake County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor, Overcoming Challenges of Small Business Ownership, and Mitigating Risk with Subject Matter Experts. Sign Up.

Walk-in Permit Applications Drop-off Time to Change

permit application hours change

Beginning Oct. 2, the hours of operation for receiving walk-in applications at the permit counter at the Lake County Central Permit Facility will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. This change applies to all walk-in permit applications for the Health Department, Planning, Building and Development, Public Works, the Division of Transportation, and the Stormwater Management Commission. The Central Permit Facility, however, will be open at 7:30 a.m. and will close at 4:30 p.m., so residents can still drop off applications or paperwork if the permit counter is not staffed. 

The implementation of a new County-wide permitting system has expanded the number and types of permit applications that customers can submit online, reducing the need for people to visit our permit counter. Customers can now create an account to submit and pay for many permit applications electronically and review the status of their applications and inspections online. We analyzed traffic at our public counters and found that less than 5% of permit applications take place before 8 a.m. or after 4 p.m.  Adjusting the hours slightly will allow us to staff our public counters more efficiently, while still meeting the needs of our Lake County customers. For information, please visit the Planning, Building and Development website.

Lake County’s Dirty Jobs: Working to Improve Water Quality

Dirty Jobs water quality

Did you know Lake County roadways have storm sewer vortexes that act as filters for road grime, oil and other debris and help improve water quality? Watch our latest Lake County’s Dirty Jobs as County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor cleans out a vortex structure using a sewer truck on Old McHenry Road, east of Quentin Road.

Lake County Working to Improve Air Quality

LCDOT video air quality

Did you know that roundabouts, bike paths and smart traffic signals not only can help lead to less traffic and better fuel consumption but also help improve air quality? Watch this video as representatives from the Lake County Division of Transportation explain how.

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Forest Preserves News

National Public Lands Day

Celebrate National Public Lands Day
Grab some work gloves and join other Forest Preserve volunteers to save some of Lake County's natural areas on Sept. 30 at Rollins Savanna in Grayslake. Dress in long pants and sturdy shoes, and bring work gloves for brush clearing, seed collection, and tree and shrub planting. All ages are invited. No prior experience is necessary. Register today



Ethel's Woods

Grants Received for Conservation Projects

  • Ethel’s Woods Forest Preserve: A $1 million Clean Water Act grant was received from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency for work underway at Ethel’s Woods in Antioch. The grant will fund ecological restoration of the historical North Mill Creek riparian corridor.

  • Lake Michigan Lake Plain: A $1 million grant from the Sustain Our Great Lakes Partnership will help support continued restoration efforts for the Lake Plain project in northeastern Lake County. The grant, administered by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, will be used by the Lake County Forest Preserves and the Chiwaukee Prairie Illinois Beach Lake Plain Partnership to restore connected habitat key to sustaining and enhancing the biodiversity of the rare Lake Michigan Lake Plain ecosystem, which is part of the Great Lakes basin. The project will restore critical blocks of land through invasive plant and prescribed burn management strategies to increase acreage of connected quality habitat for the Blanding’s turtle and other federal and state-listed species of concern. Learn more

Reimbursement Funds Received for Project Documents
The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago provided a reimbursement of $147,899 for preliminary design plans created by the Lake County Forest Preserves for the reservoir expansion project at Buffalo Creek Forest Preserve in Long Grove. The Forest Preserves will use the reimbursement funds for future Capital Improvement Plan projects.

Buffalo Creek Forest Preserve

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