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New Laws To Go Into Effect in 2018

A new year brings more than 200 new laws that will go into effect beginning Jan. 1, 2018. This includes lowering the organ donor registry age, allowing motorists to pass bicyclists in a no-passing zone, and a new law that protects consumers who leave negative online reviews. See the complete list.

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Property Tax Prepayments are Accepted Through Dec. 29, 2017

The Lake County Treasurer's Office is continuing to accept prepayments for the 2017 tax year through Dec. 29, 2017. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released new guidelines to determine if prepaid real property taxes are tax deductible for those who pre-pay their property taxes in 2017. The Lake County Treasurer's Office reminds residents that the County does not determine a property owner's eligibility for the tax deductible. Before making a prepayment, it is recommended that property owners consult with an accountant or another income tax professional. Learn more about the prepayment program.

Volunteer for the 2018 Point-In-Time Homeless Count

Every year, volunteers participate in a Point-In-Time Homeless Count to search for, interview, and offer help to unsheltered people experiencing homelessness in Lake County. We need volunteers to help document the need in our communities and serve as the “boots on the ground” to connect individuals with the resources they need.

Date: January 24, 2018
Time: 10 p.m. (into the early morning hours)

Register as a Volunteer

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Tax Credit for Victims of July 2017 Flood

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Lake County property owners who sustained flood damage from the July 2017 flood may be eligible to claim an income tax credit worth up to $750 under a new law recently approved by the Illinois Legislature and signed by the governor. If eligible, the income tax credit may be applied to the resident’s 2017 Illinois income taxes. Learn more

County Board Wrap Up Video

The Lake County Board makes policy and budget decisions each month that touches many areas, from economic development and human services to law enforcement and public safety, along with transportation and infrastructure. In this new video series, we wrap up recent County Board actions. Watch now

2017 County Board Wrap-Up

Age to Buy Tobacco to Increase to 21 in Unincorporated Areas

Beginning Jan. 1, 2018, the minimum legal sales age to purchase tobacco products will increase to 21 years old in unincorporated Lake County, following an ordinance approved earlier this year by the County Board.  Lake County is the first county in Illinois to raise the minimum legal sales age to 21 in unincorporated areas. 

The Lake County Health Department provides FREE one-on-one and group counseling with a certified tobacco treatment specialist for adults looking to quit smoking or other their tobacco use. Learn more

Holiday Tree Recycling

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Donate your holiday tree to the Lake County Forest Preserves and we’ll recycle it into wood chips for trails and landscaping at forest preserves throughout Lake County. Bring your tree to a drop-off site now through Feb. 1.

County’s Mental Health Coalition Completes First Year of Work

Lake County is on the front lines of addressing the mental health crisis impacting our country and our communities. Over the past year, the Lake County Mental Health Coalition has been working diligently to study this issue at the local level and make recommendations on how to better serve this vulnerable population in order to maintain their health and well-being. Watch this video to learn more. 

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19th Judicial Circuit Celebrates Adoption Awareness Month

Adoption Awareness Month

The 19th Judicial Circuit recently honored the Guardians Ad Litem, from both the private bar and from the Lake County Public Defender’s Office, for safeguarding children through the adoption process. The Guardians Ad Litem serve as the eyes and ears of the court and make the recommendation as to whether adoption is in the best interest of the child. Throughout the month of November, courts and communities all over the country participated in finalizing thousands of adoptions of children from foster care as part of Adoption Awareness Month. Watch this video to learn more.

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Forest Preserves News

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Experience Winter’s Beauty
Hiking across the snow. Tracing figure eights on the ice. Feeling the tug of a fish below the frozen water. Zooming downhill on a snow-packed surface. These experiences and more await winter outdoor enthusiasts at your Lake County Forest Preserves, where breathtaking scenery goes hand-in-hand with exercise and fun. Before heading out, check online for current trail, snow and ice conditions for sledding, snowmobiling, ice fishing, ice skating, and cross-country skiing.


Take an Evening Hike on Solar-Lit Trails
With small solar lights to guide the way, hikers, skiers and snowshoers can get some evening exercise along the 1.3-mile fitness trail at Old School Forest Preserve in Libertyville, and along a 1.65-mile hilly section of the Millennium Trail adjacent to the Winter Sports Area at Lakewood Forest Preserve in Wauconda. Though regular preserve hours are 6:30 a.m. to sunset, the illuminated trails and adjacent parking lots will remain open after sunset until 9 p.m., daily, through Sunday, March 11, 2018.  Learn more



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Lake County History Symposium–Call for Papers
On April 29, 2018, the Dunn Museum (Libertyville) will host the fourth Annual Lake County History Symposium. The Symposium is open to the public and aims to bring together those interested in and actively researching the history of Lake County. This year’s theme is History from Objects. Proposals for presentations and posters are requested. Submissions are due on or before February 1, 2018. Submit yours today.

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