Bring unwanted prescriptions for safe disposal, Trick-or-treat hours, and More

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October 27, 2017

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Dear Neighbors,

Dispose of your unused or expired medications and over-the-counter medications properly and safely by bringing them this Saturday to the Buffalo Grove Police Department and Long Grove Fire Protection District as part of National Prescription Take Back Day. Read the story below to learn more, and see a list of locations across the county where you can dispose of your medications at any time.

Halloween is coming, which means it's time to stock up on candy for all the trick-or-treaters who will be coming to your door. Look below to find out the trick-or-treat hours in our area as well as special Halloween events to bring the family.  

Turn in Your Unused, Expired Medications for Safe Disposal

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Turn in your unused or expired medications as the Lake County Sheriff's Office partners with the DEA for National Prescription Drug Take Back DayCollection sites will be put in place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28 at the following locations:

  • Buffalo Grove Police Department, 46 Raupp Boulevard
  • Long Grove Fire Protection District, 1165 Old McHenry Road, Long Grove
  • Village of Beach Park, 11270 W Wadsworth Road, Beach Park

Items that will be accepted are: expired solid prescription drugs, unwanted and unused prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs (pills), and controlled and non-controlled substances. Syringes, injectable drugs, IV solutions and liquid products will not be accepted. The service is free and anonymous.

Remember, you can dispose unused prescriptions or over-the-counter medications safely any time at prescription drug disposal boxes across the county. View the list of locations.

Red Ribbon Week

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Preventing drug use among youth is a constant battle that communities must fight. Lake County joins the nation to observe Red Ribbon Week, which continues through Oct. 31 and its commitment to promote a healthy, drug-free lifestyle. To help, the County offers resources to help schools and parents address this important issue. Learn more

Grace Period to Apply for Physical Property Damage Loans


In September, 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 the record flooding and severe storms. Lake County has not received a response to this request.

The Small Business Association (SBA) has announced a 15-day grace period for Lake County residents impacted by the July 2017 floods to apply for low-interest, physical damage loans. The filing deadline is now Nov. 1, 2017. Loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for loans up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property. For more information on eligibility, loan amounts, and other requirements, please view this SBA Fact Sheet.

The deadline to apply for Economic Injury loans, such as loans to assist small businesses and non-profits through the recovery period, is May 16, 2018

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) on the SBA’s website at

Disaster loan information and applications may also be obtained by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing), or by emailing

Happy Halloween!

Whether your child will be a ghost, a goblin, a clown, or princess, get ready because it’s time for Halloween in Lake County! View the trick-or-treat hours for your area. 

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Don’t Throw Out Your Pumpkin! Drop It Off to be Composted
Drop off your pumpkin at a free compost dumpster between 9 a.m. and noon Nov. 4 at the Gurnee Village Hall parking lot, 325 N. O’Plaine Road. Any pumpkins, gourds and other organics can be included. Please remove candles, yarn, plastic or other decorations before dropping off your pumpkin. Learn more



Household Chemical Waste Collection in Mundelein
The Solid Waste Agency of Lake County will hold its next household chemical waste collection from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 4 at the Mundelein Metra train station, 205 N. Archer Ave. Year-round HCW collections also are offered the second Saturday and fourth Monday of every month, by appointment only, at the Gurnee facility. These collections are open to Illinois residents only. View accepted items

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Surplus Equipment Auction Oct. 28

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Police cars, vans, SUVs, trailers, plows and other surplus equipment from local municipalities and government agencies will be at the Lake County Vehicle and Equipment Auction.

The auction will also include unclaimed property found in forest preserves throughout Lake County such as bicycles, clothing, electronics, and other assorted items in the possession of the Lake County Forest Preserve Ranger Police DepartmentAll items will be sold as-is. View a complete list of the items.

When: 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28
Where: Lake County Fairgrounds, 1060 E. Peterson Road, Grayslake 

Illinois To Require E-Filing for Civil Cases. Take Training


Beginning Jan. 1, 2018, Illinois will require all civil cases to be submitted electronically. eFileIL, Illinois’ new e-filing system, will provide the ability to electronically file documents through an authorized Electronic Filing Service Provider (EFSP) anytime for no additional cost using a secure web portal, thus reducing filing time and trips to the courthouse. The Lake County Circuit Clerk’s Office will offer free training for attorneys and other filers on Nov. 16 and Nov. 30 at the Lake County Courthouse to learn more about the e-filing process. Register by Nov. 1 for the Nov. 16 trainingRegister now

Water System Inspections

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The Lake County Public Works Department is responsible for making sure we have a safe and sustainable source of drinking water. One important step in this process is the inspection of our water systems. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) inspects the County’s water systems every three years and reviews each system for technical, financial and general management. 

The Grandwood Park and Wildwood water systems were inspected earlier this year with no violations, and the Countryside Lake system is being inspected this October. In 2018, IEPA will be inspecting the Pekara, Hawthorn Woods, Fox Lake Hills and Forest Lake water systems. In addition to the inspections, Public Works also publishes an annual Water Quality Report with information on the sources, treatment and chemical analysis of each water distribution system.  To learn more, visit the Lake County Public Works website

Youth Gain Valuable Work Experience

The 2017 Lake County Summer Youth Employment Program recently wrapped up another exciting summer as more than 200 youth gained meaningful work experience while earning a paycheck. Funded by the Lake County Board, the program matches youth with local worksites that offer a paid, part-time work experience. Learn more about the Summer Youth Employment Program.

Summer Youth Employment Program 2017

Lake County Honors Students for Attendance

2017 Attendance Week

More than 96,000 Lake County students from 142 schools participated in this year’s Fall Attendance Competition. The top 10 schools in weekly attendance rate recently were honored by the Lake County Regional Office of Education. Watch this video to learn more about the competition.

Look Out for Deer!

Drivers are reminded to be cautious of deer during the fall breeding season. Deer will be more active and visible throughout the state, especially at dusk and dawn.  The risk for crashes involving deer greatly increases from October through December. Follow these safety tips.



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Celebrate Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Day
Whether you are an expert, novice or just interested in knowing more about GIS, we invite you to attend GIS Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 1 in Libertyville. Learn how GIS is being used by Lake County government and the Lake County Forest Preserves to improve transparency, create efficiencies and save tax dollars. See how Lake County used GIS to respond to the July flood event, learn how to easily eliminate paper maps and forms by leveraging mobile GIS, view the new interactive preserve and trail application, and more. Event information


Chili Scramble at Countryside Golf Course
Grab a friend and join this fall favorite. The Chili Scramble has a 10 a.m. shotgun start on Nov. 5 on Countryside's traditional course in Mundelein. With your two-player team you’ll enjoy 18 holes with a cart, chili, beverages, prizes for winners, and free range balls. Register online or at the Pro Shop. 


Chili scramble 2017
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Shelter Update
Plan early for your family reunion, company picnic or other group gathering to ensure your first choice of shelter and date. Reservations for 2018 picnic shelter rentals are now being accepted. Purchase permits online, by phone, or in person.


Spring Bluff Project Includes New Trail and Habitat Restoration
Thanks to an Open Space Land Acquisition and Development Grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, 0.7 miles of new trail will be developed at 229-acre Spring Bluff Forest Preserve in Winthrop Harbor, converting an existing asphalt roadway to a recreational trail. The new trail will connect to existing trails at adjacent Illinois Beach State Park via the 7th Street bike lanes.  The project also includes building a wildlife education and observation deck and completing habitat restoration work within the preserve. Spring Bluff is primarily wetlands with oak savanna and prairie. 

The land being restored is part of a greater ecological complex that supports multiple natural landmarks, including the recent designation as a RAMSAR Wetland of International Importance, nine endangered plant and animal species, and 114 bird species. The expected project completion is late 2018View map

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Thank you,
Sidney Mathias 

Mr. Mathias, County Board member and Forest Preserve Commissioner, serves on:

Lake County Board, 20th District:
Ad Hoc Legislative Committee, Co-Chair
Ethics and Oversight Committee, Vice Chair
Planning, Building and Zoning Committee
Public Works and Transportation Committee  

Lake County Forest Preserves, 20th District:
Diversity and Cultural Awareness Committee, Chair
Planning Committee,  Vice Chair
Rules Committee 

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