New laws for 2018, Holiday tree recycling, Winter fun in the Forest Preserves, and More

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Craig Taylor, District 19

December 27, 2017

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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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Prepayments are Accepted Through Dec. 29, 2017

Lake County property owners can make a prepayment for the 2017 tax year to the Lake County Treasurer’s Office. Due to the high interest in the prepayment program, changes to the process have been made to make it easier for taxpayers to submit a prepayment. This includes accepting online bill payments made through a bank's online pay service, and mailed prepayments that are postmarked by Dec. 29, 2017, will now be accepted. Learn more about the prepayment program.

County Board Wrap Up Video

2017 County Board Wrap-Up

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

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

Tax Credit for Victims of July 2017 Flood

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

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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

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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. 

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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New Program to Help Individuals Revive the Job Search

Returning citizens and individuals with a criminal background can learn the skills needed in today’s workplace through a new program the Lake County Workforce Development will launch early next year called Revive Lake County. Individuals who successfully complete the program may be eligible to receive financial aid for job training or a paid work experience. Interested individuals must attend a Job Center information session by Dec. 29. View the schedule.

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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 Preserve 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 am to sunset, the illuminated trails and adjacent parking lots will remain open after sunset until 9 pm, 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.

Community News

Lake Zurich Hosts Artisan Food Market
Visit Lake Zurich's winter market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 7 and 21 at the Barn at Paulus Park. The indoor market is open the first and third Sundays of each month through March. Learn more

Join Ela Township's Ethnic Potluck
Ela Township will host an ethnic potluck for its seniors age 55 and older from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 12, 2018 at the community center. Learn more about this and other senior events planned by Ela Township.

Barrington Park District's Winter/Spring Brochure is Here
Check all the fun offerings the Barrington Park District will offer by viewing their winter/spring 2018 brochure

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