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January 16, 2018

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Want To Lower Your Property Taxes? Let Me Show You How!

Regardless of the complexity of the formula that determines your tax bill, most homeowners just want to know the procedures they need to follow to reduce the "fair market value" assessment of their home so that their tax bill may be reduced. Come as the Cuba and Ela Township assessors and I host property tax assessment appeal seminars on Jan. 30 and Feb. 6. 

Please show up with your tax bill, a pen and a photo of your property. To explain the process and the details, we will have property tax experts and government assessing officials on hand to answer all your questions and explain how to potentially reduce your property taxes.


Workshop Dates and Locations:
6:30 to 8 p.m. Jan. 30 at Barrington Area Library, 505 N. Northwest Highway, Barrington
6:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 6 at Ela Township Office, 1155 E. Route 22, Lake Zurich

New Laws of 2018

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A new year brings more than 200 new laws that went into effect beginning Jan. 1. 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.

Keep the Earth Clean in 2018

Dispose Unwanted, Expired Prescriptions Safely
Dispose your unused, unwanted and expired prescription drugs properly at disposal boxes across Lake County. The service is free! Find a drug disposal box near you, and learn what is not accepted.

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Donate Clothing and Textiles
Donate your new and gently used clothing and textiles to be reused, along with worn or stained items, which will be recycled. There are several collection bins in Lake County to donate your women’s, men’s and children’s clothing. View accepted and unacceptable items.   

Stay Green after the Holidays
The holidays are over, but don’t throw those decorations away! Recycle your old and unwanted strings of lights for free! View the list of locations and what items are accepted.

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.


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Donate new and gently used shoes to SWALCO’s Reuse-A-Shoe program. Individuals or families with a few pairs can visit the drop-off locations. Groups or families who have a large number of shoes or who want to collect them can contact Merleanne Rampale at SWALCO at 847-377-4954 to set up a seasonal collection site or drive. View acceptable and unacceptable items.


Remember the R’s
Just as important as reusing or recycling is purchasing eco-friendly items, including those that contain recycled content.  There are numerous markets out there, and even your local retailer offers eco-friendly options. Visit SWALCO’s website to learn more.

Paratransit Market Study for the Lake County Region

A Paratransit Market Study is underway in Lake County to evaluate transportation options for seniors, people with disabilities, and the general public. Please join us for the second round of community meetings for the Paratransit Market Study. Lake County, in conjunction with the Lake County Coordinated Transportation Services Committee (LCCTSC), is conducting this study to evaluate transportation options for county residents and to prepare an implementation plan to improve service. At the community meetings, we will provide an overview of the draft analysis of existing conditions and draft recommendations for service implementation. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback and comments on these findings to help shape public transportation in Lake County.

Tuesday, Jan. 23, 9 – 11 a.m.
Barrington Park District, 235 Lions Drive, Barrington

Thursday, Jan. 25, 9 – 11 a.m.
Highland Park Police Department, 1677 Old Deerfield Road, Highland Park

The meetings will be conducted in an informal, open house format so feel free to attend at any time during a session. The same information will be provided at all meetings. Additional information can be found on LCDOT’s website.

Dirty Jobs – Utilizing Drone Technology

Lake County is consistently leveraging technology to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of operations, including using drones to conduct land surveys in a fraction of the time. And, during the July 2017 floods, new drone technology helped assess damage quickly and easily that otherwise would be inaccessible. Watch this edition of Lake County’s Dirty Jobs as County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor explores how drones can make jobs less dirty.

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Striving to Deliver Exceptional, Financially Sustainable Services

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


Lake County a Leader in Government Reform

After six months of listening to testimony, reviewing background information and discussing government reform opportunities, the Lake County Commission on Government Reform and Accountability has concluded that Lake County government functions well, and it has the opportunity to be a state and national leader in establishing independent redistricting. Watch this video to learn more.

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Age to Buy Tobacco Increases to 21 in Unincorporated Areas

The minimum legal sales age to purchase tobacco products has increased to 21 years old in unincorporated Lake County as of Jan. 1, following an ordinance approved 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 tobacco use. Learn more

County Focuses on Mental Health Crisis

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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. 

Test Your Home for Radon Gas This Winter. Kits Are Available

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Lake County homeowners are urged to test radon levels in their homes and apartments during the winter months, when indoor radon levels are at their highest.

Radon is an odorless and colorless gas that naturally occurs in rock and soil. It can seep into homes from the soil through cracks in the basement floors and foundations, crawl spaces, poorly sealed sump pumps, porous cinder block walls and other foundation floor and wall penetrations.  

To purchase a radon testing kit, please call 847-377-8020. Learn more about radon in Lake County.

New Program to Train At-Risk Inmates on Naloxone

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The Lake County Sheriff's Office, Health Department, and Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities have launched a new educational program to train at-risk inmates on the use of naloxone, an opioid overdose antidote that counteracts the effects of heroin and other opioids in the brain and essentially “brings back” an individual from an overdose. 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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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
Time: 10 p.m. (into the early morning hours)

Register as a Volunteer

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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 a.m. to sunset, the illuminated trails and adjacent parking lots will remain open after sunset until 9 p.m., daily, through March 11.  Learn more


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Register for School Programs Today
Registration for school programs at the Dunn Museum is now open. Field trips are available beginning March 26. For more information or to book a field trip or in-school program, contact Nicole Stocker, Museum Educator, at 847-968-3422 or nstocker@lcfpd.orgLearn more


LCFPD 2018 summer camp

2018 Camp Registration is Now Open
Research has proven that time spent in nature fosters the healthy development of children. Most of our camps are held completely outdoors, and those that aren’t have components outside. Outdoor play helps children manage stress and become resilient. Natural spaces stimulate children’s limitless imaginations and foster creativity. Camp provides children with a safe, positive environment that helps children grow. Our wide variety of topics allows your camper to attend camps from ages 4 through 14 without repeating a topic. Register today!

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Lake County History Symposium–Call for Papers
On April 29, 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 Feb. 1. Submit yours today.


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