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October 12, 2017

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Board to Consider 2018 Proposed Budget

The County Board will deliberate over the proposed FY2018 budget at a series of meetings on Oct. 24 (starting at 9 a.m.) and Oct. 25 (starting at 8:30 a.m.) The proposed budget is balanced and sustainable. At the budget hearings, board members will carefully review the budget, ask questions, and may propose changes. The final budget will be adopted in November.

The proposed budget continues to maintain our core services and invests in both our physical and technological infrastructure. Lake County remains fiscally stable primarily due to the county board’s focus on strategic, data-driven decision-making, and the board’s commitment to fiscal responsibility.

These budget hearings are open to the public. They will also be televised live on Comcast Cable, either channel 18 or 30, depending on where you live in the county. AT&T Customers can view LCTV on channel 99. The hearings will be also be webcast and archived on www.lakecounty.tv.

Floodproofing Expo and Workshop

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This summer, Lake County experienced record flooding resulting in flood damage to many homes. The Stormwater Management Commission is hosting a Floodproofing Expo and Workshop for homeowners and property owners to learn about products, services, and solutions to minimize flood damages to your properties. The event will take place from 3 to 8 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Libertyville Sports Complex. Explore exhibitor tables, and listen to presentations, where you can learn about how drainage systems work and ask questions about anything from flood insurance to best practices for flood damage protection. The event is free. Learn more

Job News

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Find Workshops, Job Events at Job Center of Lake County
Are you seeking employment?  Transitioning careers?  The Job Center of Lake County offers a variety of workshops and job events each month to help you learn job search techniques and other resources to land your next job. View the schedule of workshops and events that will be offered through October.

Sheriff reserve deputy unit

Join Lake County 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

Get Financial Aid Guidance at Free Workshops

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College students and their parents can get help applying for college financial aid by attending a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) workshop offered now through February 2018 at locations across Lake County. View the full schedule in English and Spanish. At these free workshops, staff will help you complete and file your FAFSA online. The FAFSA must be filled out for students to be considered for state and federal financial aid, and many colleges and universities rely on FAFSA data to determine eligibility for the institution’s own financial aid funds.  Learn more, including what documents to bring to the session.

Lake County Board Approves Sustainability Contract

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Lake County is committed to promoting a sustainable environment, and we have several initiatives and projects underway to make progress toward this strategic goal and core value. Recently, the Lake County Board approved a contract with a professional consulting firm that provides expertise in sustainability that will help advance specific tasks over the next year. They include: grant opportunities, energy audits for selected County facilities, a waste reduction program/food scrap collection (composting) pilot program at the Lake County Jail, and completion of a baseline carbon footprint for Lake County. Visit our Sustainable Lake County website to find out ways you can help promote sustainability!  

Transportation News

County Update Pace Bus Services

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Improving transportation is a top strategic goal for the Lake County Board, which includes working with our transit partners like Pace suburban bus service to provide services that meet the needs of our residents and our workforce. In this edition of Lake County Update, Linda Soto, Lake County’s representative on the Pace Board of Directors, talks about the fixed Pace routes in Lake County, Paratransit, the Shuttle Bug program, and new programs being rolled out elsewhere in the region that may make their way to Lake County, including Park-n-Ride and new Flex Lanes where express buses can move onto the shoulder of the Tollway when traffic is congested.

Washington Street Thoroughfare Project Comes to an End
Local officials gathered to celebrate the completion of the Washington Street Thoroughfare Project in central Lake County. The $53 million project included reconstructing and widening Washington Street as well as providing a grade separation by lowering Washington Street under the CN/Metra railroad tracks. Watch this video to learn more.

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National Cyber Security Awareness Month


From connecting with friends on social networks to managing finances, there is a convenience to going online, but these benefits can come with risks. There are simple steps that everyone can take to stay safe online. Below are some tips from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

  • Use complex passwords with a combination of numbers, symbols and letters.
  • Keep a clean machine by updating security software, your operating system and web browser on all Internet-connected devices.
  • When in doubt, throw it out. Links in emails and online posts can help cyber criminals compromise your computer.
  • Limit the amount of personal information you share online, and use privacy settings to avoid sharing information widely
  • More Tips

‘Live PD’ Visits Lake County

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office recently participated in the A&E Network’s “Live PD” show, which followed Sheriff’s deputies as they gave an inside look at the many responsibilities of the Sheriff’s Office and the calls deputies respond. Watch this video to learn more about how the Sheriff’s Office helps keep Lake County safe.

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Celebrate Fall in Lake County

There is so much to do this fall in Lake County! Find haunted houses, pumpkin patches, festivals and much more by checking out Visit Lake County’s top 10 things to do in October.


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Hike Lake County

Hike Lake County Challenge
Enjoy fall breezes and autumn colors while exploring designated “Hike Lake County” trails. Complete just seven of the hikes by Nov. 30 to earn a commemorative shield. View this year’s hike locations here.

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New Interactive Trail Map
Did you hear that? The preserves are calling your name. Find your next adventure with the new Interactive Trail Map. This easy-to-use map will help you locate trails, preserves, activities and amenities from your phone, tablet or computer. Start exploring today.

Unclaimed Property Auction
At 9 a.m. Oct. 28, Obenauf Auction Service, Inc., will auction off a variety of unclaimed property found in forest preserves throughout Lake County. The auction will be held at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Grayslake.

Bicycles, clothing, electronics, and other assorted items in the possession of the Lake County Forest Preserve Ranger Police Department will be sold at the auction. All property is sold "as is." Check the Obenauf Auction Service, Inc. website for photos and details of auction items. For information, contact our Ranger Police Department at 847-968-3404.

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