It's a bird, it's a plane... it's a drone! See how Lake County uses drone technology

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Craig Taylor, District 19

January 10, 2018

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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. 

Talk about doing the right thing at the right time! The Stormwater Management Commission, of which I serve as chairman, was approached by staff for permission at our scheduled meeting the Thursday evening before the flood to purchase the drones. Permission was granted. The drones were purchased the following Monday, and the storm hit on Wednesday. Obviously, it was a good decision.

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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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. 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, 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.

Annual Workshop Teaches Sensible Salting Practices

Road salt and other deicing materials are needed to keep Lake County’s roads, parking lots and sidewalks safe, but the products used can impact our water quality. The Lake County Health Department, Stormwater Management Commission, Division of Transportation and the Public Works department recently teamed up to offer deicing workshops to public agencies and private contractors to show how to wisely use road salt that will reduce the environmental impacts and help them save money. Watch this video to learn more.

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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!

Community News

Explore Lake Zurich 
There are many things that make Lake Zurich a wonderful place, including a variety of businesses, great schools, and its recreational programs. Watch this video as village and chamber officials talk more about the village's quality of life.


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Art showcase, job fair part of Lake Zurich's Everything Expo
Artists of all ages and ability levels are invited to showcase their work at the Lake Zurich Area Chamber of Commerce's Everything Expo, which will take place March 3 at Lake Zurich High School. The entry deadline is Feb. 19. Learn more

The chamber also will host a job fair as part of the expo from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the high school's Tonelli gym. 

Attend Barrington's annual Economic Summit
The Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce will host its Annual Economic Summit, "State of the Barrington Region" from 8 to 10 a.m. Feb. 7 at Barrington’s White House, 145 W. Main St. Details

Learn about bird conservation at Barrington program 
Citizens for Conservation will launch its 2018 community education program series by presenting "Barrington-area Birds -- From Natural Areas to Your Backyard" at 10 a.m. Jan. 20 at the Barrington Village Hall. To RSVP or learn more, call 847-382-7283 or send an email to

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