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January 9, 2018

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I’m honored to be recognized as a Master Board Member by the Illinois Association of Park Districts (IAPD) at its upcoming annual meeting on Jan. 20. Several organizations in Lake County are members of the IAPD, including the Foss Park District, of which I previously served as commissioner, and the Lake County Forest Preserves, of which I now serve as a commissioner. The IAPD works with park districts, forest preserves, conservation, municipal park and recreation, and special recreation agencies to advances these agencies, their citizen board members and professional staff in their ability to provide outstanding park and recreation opportunities, preserve natural resources, and improve the quality of life for all people in Illinois. 

Job News

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Zion Job Fair
Bring your resume and dress for success as the Job Center of Lake County holds a job fair from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Zion Benton Library, 2400 Gabriel Ave. A total of 20 employers are expected to attend. Learn more


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Save the Date for the Healthcare Job Fair
Meet with healthcare employers and training professionals at the Job Center of Lake County’s and Lake County Health Department’s Healthcare Job Fair! The event will run from 3 to 7 p.m. Feb. 1 at the Lake County Health Department, 3010 Grand Ave., Waukegan. Watch this video to learn more, and RSVP for the job fair.  


Who's Hiring in Lake County 
There are many other job opportunities across Lake County, including several in our area. Visit the Job Center of Lake County's website to learn about upcoming recruitment events.

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 goes to North Chicago and explores how drones can make jobs less dirty.

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Keep the Earth Clean in 2018

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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.


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, including two new locations at the Waukegan Park District's maintenance facility and the Wadsworth Village Hall. View accepted and unacceptable items



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, 1 – 3 p.m.
Round Lake Beach Cultural and Civic Center, 2007 N. Civic Center Way, Round Lake Beach

Wednesday, Jan. 24, 5 – 7 p.m.
Warren Township Senior Center, 17801 W. Washington St., Gurnee


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.

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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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

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

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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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