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November 22, 2017

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SBA Offers Loan Assistance for Those Impacted by Floods

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Homeowners and business owners impacted by the July 2017 flooding in Lake County may be eligible for loan assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Those impacted by the floods may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website. The deadline to submit an application for physical property damage is Jan. 12, 2018. The deadline for economic injury applications is Aug. 13, 2018. 

Tax Credit Bill to Help Property Owners Affected by July Floods
Lake County property owners, along with those in 17 other Illinois counties who were affected by the July 2017 floods, may be eligible for a $750 tax credit under a new law recently approved by the Illinois Legislature and signed by the governor. If eligible, the natural disaster credit may be applied to the resident’s 2017 Illinois income taxes. More information about how property owners can apply for this credit will be forthcoming. Read news release.


FEMA Denies Governor’s Request for Federal Disaster Declaration
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 record flooding and severe storms in July. Lake County has been notified that FEMA has denied this request. For information on the July 2017 flood, including a breakdown of the Disaster Declaration Process, visit the county’s flood information page.

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Lake County Board Approves Balanced, Fiscally Responsible 2018 Budget

The County Board recently approved the 2018 budget that spends $437 million on core services, including transportation and infrastructure, health services, courts and public safety. The budget is up less than 2% from last year. The county board maintains a strong track record of practicing fiscal responsibility, which means making prudent, data-driven decisions, using resources efficiently and maintaining sustainable, financial operations. As a result, this budget is balanced and Lake County is fiscally stable. The County has been able to hold the line on its budget because across the organization, departments are implementing operational efficiencies, leveraging technology, and sharing services that are making a difference to our bottom line.

Learn more by visiting our online Budget Story, and watch the budget presentation and discussion from the board meeting by going to lakecounty.tv and clicking on items 60 & 61. 

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Delivering Exceptional, Financially Sustainable Services 
Lake County works to improve the quality of life in Lake County and provide services that benefit more than 700,000 Lake County residents. Our mission is to deliver exceptional, financially-sustainable services that promote a safe and healthy community while enhancing economic vitality. Our core values of fiscal responsibility, exceptional service, operational excellence, leadership and environmental stewardship influence everything we do. Watch this video to see how we are delivering on our mission and values every day! 

Bounty of Lake County

This Thanksgiving, you can get everything you need by shopping local! Lake County has more than 30,000 businesses and you may be interested to learn how some have a surprising connection to Thanksgiving and preparing a fabulous dinner!  Watch video 

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Eat Healthy This Thanksgiving


Thanksgiving is time to think about all that we’re thankful for and enjoying a home-cooked meal with family and friends. But sometimes the meal can contain unhealthy amounts of calories and fat. You can enjoy the holiday season and be healthy too! Here’s some tips from Elizabeth, a dietitian from the Lake County Health Department.


  • Find recipes which are carbohydrate controlled, low sugar, low sodium, and low fat.
  • Eat a light snack, such as raw vegetables or a piece of fruit, and consume adequate water to help prevent overindulging at parties and family gatherings.
  • Find fun ways to incorporate physical activity with the family both indoors and out. Go on a walk together, try lunges and chair exercises, or play charades with the family.
  • Go to the health department’s Healthy Eating Active Living page to find more tips to eat healthy and stay active all year long.


Here’s some healthy holiday recipes that you can make for your Thanksgiving table.


Enjoy the Holiday Season Across Lake County

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As the holidays approach, a great way to relax and unwind is to go to one of Lake County’s tree lightings and other special holiday events. Check out Visit Lake County’s listing of tree lightings and special holiday events to enjoy time with family and friends.

Join this upcoming community event:

  • North Chicago's annual tree lighting ceremony will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 27 at the North Chicago Fire Department. Learn more

News from the Sheriff's Office


Telephone Scam
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is receiving reports of Lake County residents getting fraudulent telephone calls from individuals representing themselves to be from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. Learn more


Join Town Hall Meeting
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office will discuss issues such as the opioid crisis, “A Way Out” program and other programs offered by the Sheriff’s Office at a town hall meeting from 6 to 7 p.m. Nov. 28 at the Woodland Elementary School West cafeteria, 17371 W Gages Lake Road, Grayslake. The event is free and open to the public. For information, send an email to RepSamYingling@gmail.com or call 847-231-6262.

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Forest Preserves News

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Our Favorite Fall Preserves
There’s still time to view fall color in Lake County. While all of our forest preserves are beautiful and unique, we asked staff to share their favorites.

Nan Buckardt, Director of Education
Favorite Preserve: Van Patten Woods, Wadsworth
Great Plant: “The colors on oak leaves are so saturated and rich.”
Fun Fall Fact: “Colors are brightest when the fall frost strikes early.”

Allison Frederick, Assistant Public Affairs Manager
Favorite Preserve: Rollins Savanna, Grayslake
Great Plant: “Virginia Creeper! This vine slowly morphs from green to deep burgundy–and every color in between.”

April Vaos, Environmental Educator
Favorite Preserve: McDonald Woods, Lindenhurst
Great Plants: “Maple trees, Virginia creeper, and little bluestem.”

Ken Klick, Restoration Ecologist
Favorite Preserve: Captain Daniel Wright Woods, Mettawa
Great Plant: “Sugar maple.”


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2018 Summer Camps
Registration for our 2018 camp season opens Dec. 1. Early bird discounts are available through February 15, 2018. 

Programs fill quickly so enroll early. Register online or call 847-968-3321. 


2018 Annual Permits
Annual permits for dog parks, horse trails and more go on sale at 8 a.m. on Dec. 4. Find information and purchase permits online or call 847–367–6640. 

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Give the Gift of Golf
Golf gift cards are the perfect gift for the golfer on your list: good for green fees, carts, and pro shop items at any of our three courses. Buy online or call 847-968-3102, anytime; or at our General Offices in Libertyville between Nov. 27 and Feb. 28. 

Holiday Bonus: Receive a $10 bonus voucher for every $100 in gift cards purchased between Nov. 24 and Dec. 31. 

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Documenting Species in Lake County
To document the diversity and richness of species present in the Lake County Forest Preserves, our wildlife biologists began a formal wildlife monitoring program. Since the late 2000s, the biologists with the help of trained wildlife technicians have monitored the presence of reptiles, amphibians, birds, and mammals. They have already collected more than 200,000 wildlife records. Visit the Forest Preserves’ blog to learn more!

Stormwater Management Commission Awards

Since 2006, the Stormwater Awards Program has recognized outstanding efforts by organizations, communities, groups, and individuals for projects and other proactive and innovative efforts to improve water quality, reduce flooding, and help restore the natural drainage system. If you know of something or someone who fits this description, please nominate them for one of the award categories. The deadline to submit nominations is Dec. 1Learn more

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Community News

Congratulations to the Foss Park District!
I recently had the honor to present a County proclamation to the Foss Park District, recognizing 110 years of service to the communities of North Chicago, Waukegan and Lake Bluff. Serving 50,000 residents, the park district provides youth, adult and senior programming to this culturally diverse population. Visit the park district's website to learn more about the programming. 

Wyatt Foss Park District proclamation

Learn more about Medicare at North Chicago meeting
Illinois Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) counselors will be on hand to help discuss Medicare Part D plans Nov. 30 at the North Chicago Public Library. The education meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m., and appointments will start at 10 a.m. Medicare annual open enrollment ends Dec. 7. Call 847-383-4870 to make an appointment.

North Chicago to participate in bicentennial flag raising ceremony
North Chicago will raise the Illinois Bicentennial Flag at noon on Dec. 4 as part of simultaneous ceremonies around the state. All are welcome to join. Refreshments will be served. 

North Chicago's senior citizen breakfast
Join the 32nd annual North Chicago senior citizen breakfast from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Dec. 14 at North Chicago Community High School cafeteria, 1717 17th St. 

North Chicago receives Distinguished Budget Presentation Award
The City of North Chicago has received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association. In order to receive this award, the city had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. Learn more

North Chicago Police connect with students through science
North Chicago Police Officers will be working with the science department at North Chicago Community High School to teach students the “science” in police work. Students will be taught forensics, fingerprinting and background check processes that are used in law enforcement.  

Bearded heroes donate to Shop with a Cop
Over the past 14 years, officers from the City of North Chicago Police Department have made it their personal commitment to ensure that less fortunate children in the community receive Christmas presents. In addition to donations from community and business members, the officers make donations in exchange for being allowed to grow a beard over the winter months. Learn more

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