Winter Storm Warning, Fort Sheridan update, Senior citizen tax deferral program, and More

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February 8, 2018

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Winter Storm Warning

A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for Lake County beginning at 6 p.m. tonight with forecasts calling for potentially six to 10 inches of snow through Friday evening. Find out more

Prepare yourself and your family by knowing where to get immediate and reliable information:

Winter Storm Warning

Early Voting & Voting by Mail Delayed in Illinois

In-person early voting at the County Clerk’s office and voting by mail throughout the entire state of Illinois will be delayed until around Feb. 16 as an objection appeal by a candidate is being reviewed by the courts. Only after this objection appeal has been resolved can the state send a final certified candidate list to all Illinois election authorities.

It is anticipated that all 15 of Lake County's early voting sites will be open as scheduled on March 5. This includes the Highland Park Police Station and the West Deerfield Township OfficeFind out more.

Voting Site Changes

To protect the election’s integrity and ensure voters’ privacy, it was necessary to change a number of voting site locations beginning with the March 20 Primary Election. Impacted voters were notified by mail and sent a revised Certificate of Registration card, noting the new voting site name and address. You can always visit the Lake County Clerk’s website at or call 847-377-2400 for current voter registration and election information. View complete list of voting site changes

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Forest Preserves Progress Update

In the general election on November 5, 2008, Lake County voters approved a referendum of $185 million to support the mission and vision of their Lake County Forest Preserves. The referendum provided $148 million to purchase between 2,500 and 3,000 acres of land to expand existing preserves and create new open spaces. The balance of $37 million provided funds to complete trails, open new preserves, restore habitat for endangered wildlife and plants, and improve and renovate existing preserves and facilities. 

Now, nearly a decade later, it’s time to check in and report what value those funds have brought to Lake County. Learn more

Fort Sheridan Project Update

Fort Sheridan update

Construction of public access improvements at Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve is going well. The project is on schedule for reopening a portion of the preserve this summer. Progress has been made on the entry drive, parking lot, pond expansion, turf trail, timber bridges, and overlooks. Boulders selected by our preserve planners are incorporated in the overlooks as gateway and seating elements. During construction, all portions of the preserve north of Fort Sheridan’s historic district and south of the Vattman Road entrance drive to the cemetery are closed to public access. Respect all safety blockades and closure signage. Do not move blockades or attempt to access closed areas. Respecting the closure will keep work moving and allow the site to be reopened sooner. View closure map.

Senior Citizen Tax Deferral Program

Senior citizens may defer part or all of their property taxes on their personal residence if they qualify for the Senior Citizen Tax Deferral program. Your application will be filled out by the Lake County Treasurer's Office using the information you provide. All applications must be submitted by March 1.

  • Applicants must be 65 years old or older as of June 1 of the tax year claimed.
  • Total household income must be $55,000 or less.
  • This is a State loan with a 6% simple interest rate per year.
  • Learn more about this program

Apply to Join Summer Youth Employment Program

Summer Youth Employment Program

Applications for the 2018 Lake County Summer Youth Employment Program are now being accepted. The program, funded by the Lake County Board, will provide meaningful work experiences for approximately 215 youth. Participants will work at various sites in Lake County, including private employers and nonprofit organizations, local municipalities and community-based organizations.  The program will begin June 18 and will last approximately six weeks.

Applications will be accepted until Feb. 28 the following ways:

  • Bring to the Job Center of Lake County, 1 N. Genesee St. Waukegan
  • By mail, postmarked by Feb. 28, to the Job Center of Lake County
  • By fax at 847-377-3474 
  • Submit this form.  

Important Notice for those who Prepaid their Property Taxes

The Lake County Treasurer’s Office has completed processing the nearly 23,000 property tax prepayments made in 2017. Taxpayers who prepaid will receive a receipt. Individuals who made a prepayment but did not receive a receipt can contact the Treasurer’s Office at 847-377-2323. View other facts and an important notice for those who prepaid their 2017 real estate taxes.

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Protect Yourself From the Flu

Widespread flu has been reported across most of the country, including Illinois. Schools across Lake County are seeing rising absenteeism due influenza-like illness. Hear from Victor Plotkin, epidemiologist coordinator at the Lake County Health Department, who provides a breakdown of the recent flu activity in Lake County and provides some ways to protect yourself. Remember, a flu vaccination is your best protection. Watch video

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Beware of Utility Scam

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Be on alert for scam artists claiming to be a ComEd representative seeking payment. The company has seen a significant increase in reports from small businesses and residential customers who were victimized by these types of scam incidents. Take these precautions to avoid being scammed.

If you’ve been victimized by fraud, the Consumer Protection Division of the Illinois Attorney General’s office may be able to help. Visit

Be A Careful Consumer! Protect Yourself
Crooks use schemes to defraud millions of people. They combine technology and tricks to get you to give money or personal information, pressuring you to make important decisions on the spot. Stay a step ahead and protect yourself with the latest information as well as practical tips from the Federal Trade Commission. Sign up to get scam alerts right to your email.

Free Filing for Federal and State Taxes

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Individuals who earned $66,000 or less in 2017 can self-file their federal and state taxes for free and save an average of $200 in fees by using My Free Taxes. English and Spanish support via telephone (1-855-MY-TX-HELP) is available, along with email and online chat support from IRS-certified specialists. Learn more about My Free Taxes.

Join Citizen Police Academy

See first-hand how the Lake County Sheriff’s Office maintains law and order by attending the Citizen Police Academy, which begins March 8 through May 17. The academy is offered free to Lake County residents, who must be 21 years old or older. Get an application online or at Lake County Sheriff’s Office, 25 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Waukegan. Apply by Feb. 26. 

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Working Through the Night at Point-in-Time Homeless Count

2018 point in time count

This year, 86 volunteers took part in the annual Point-in-Time Homeless Count searching across Lake County to help document the need in our communities and offer assistance to unsheltered people experiencing homelessness. Volunteers made contact with 20 people experiencing homelessness, compared to 27 last year. Learn more about this year’s Point-In-time Homeless Count, and find out how you can make a difference in ending chronic homelessness. 

Forest Preserves News

LCFPD 2018 strategic plan

Strategic Plan Update
Promoting public access and trail connections is the central focus of one of our strategic directions. Last fall, a new pedestrian bridge was installed over the Metra Railway in the wee hours of the morning when train traffic was light. The new bridge now connects 4.5 miles of trails at Middlefork Savanna Forest Preserve (Lake Forest) to the Lake Forest Academy and Townline Community Park. Crosswalk improvements at Route 60 and Academy Drive provide safe access. This project is part of a larger effort to connect Middlefork Savanna and the Middlefork Trail and Greenway to the Des Plaines River Trail at MacArthur Woods Forest Preserve (Mettawa). Several local partners and donors made this trail connection possible. Learn more


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Governor Approves Land Exchange
Last fall, Governor Bruce Rauner signed HB 534, an act of the state Legislature authorizing a historic land exchange between the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and the Lake County Forest Preserves. The terms of the act call for 131-acre Black Crown Forest Preserve (Volo), currently owned and man­aged by us, to be transferred in full to IDNR and added to the adjacent Moraine Hills State Park. In exchange, IDNR will fully release its partial ownership interests in our current land holdings at Oriole Grove (Lake Bluff) and Prairie Wolf (Lake Forest), giving us 100 percent ownership of the land at both forest preserves. The agreement benefits residents because the three parcels, Black Crown, Oriole Grove and Prairie Wolf, will remain as public open space in perpetuity.

Annual Profiles in Excellence
Join us for an inspiring afternoon in honor of Black History Month at the 35th annual Profiles in Excellence on Feb. 11 at the Greenbelt Cultural Center. This year’s theme focuses on the Illinois Bicentennial (1818–2018) and features the important role of African Americans in Lake County’s history. The event is free and open to all ages. There will be presenters and musical entertainment.

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Playdate with Nature

Playdate with Nature: Presidents Day
Are your kids off school on Feb. 19? Move them outdoors for unstructured seasonal play activities, proven healthful and beneficial for children of all ages. Join us for this free event from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Lyons Woods in Waukegan. Adult supervision is required. This is a Lake County Nature Network Event.  Learn more


Give the Gift of Golf
Golf season is right around the corner and golf gift cards are the perfect gift for that golfer in your life. They are good for green fees, carts, and pro shop items at any of our three forest preserve golf courses. Buy online today, by phone at 847-968-3102, or at our General Offices in Libertyville.

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winter habitat

Winter Habitat Restoration
This winter, the Lake County Forest Preserves' well-trained crews will remove invasive woody species, primarily buckthorn, autumn olive, sandbar willow, and honeysuckle from 17 preserves. A total of 23 restoration projects are scheduled for this season, including 852 acres of woody clearing, forestry mowing, and small invasive tree and shrub removal. View map and details.

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. Lake County departments 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.

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Thank you,
Paul Frank 

Mr. Frank, County Board member and Forest Preserve Commissioner, serves on:

Lake County Board, 11th District:
Lake County Law and Judicial Committee
Lake County Health and Community Services Committee
Lake County Ad Hoc Diversity and Inclusion Committee
Lake County Ad-Hoc Legislative Committee

Lake County Forest Preserves, 11th District: 
Planning Committee
Ethics Committee

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