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Craig Taylor, District 19

January 26, 2018

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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

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Don’t Stand in Line on Election Day. Vote by Mail!

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Skip the lines on election day and vote by mail! Registered Lake County voters can now request a ballot by mail for the March 20 primary election. Request a ballot at or call 847-377-2410.

Seasonal Flu Spreads Across the Country

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting that influenza-like illness is widespread across most of the country, including Illinois. Schools across Lake County saw a 34 percent rise in absenteeism related to influenza-like illness this past week.

A flu vaccination is your best protection and is recommended for everyone ages 6 months and older. While some people who get vaccinated may still get flu, the flu vaccination may make your illness milder.

  • The Lake County Health Department provides flu vaccinations at 2303 Dodge Ave., Waukegan. For information or to make an appointment, call 847-377-8470.
  • The vaccine also is available at sites throughout Lake County. Find a convenient location.

Follow these tips, provided by the health department, on how you can prevent the flu and what to do if you get the flu.

Job News

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More Than 100 Positions Available at 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! More than 100 positions are available, including physicians, registered nurses, social workers, medical assistants, and more.  The event will run from 3 to 7 p.m. Feb. 1 at the Lake County Health Department, 3010 Grand Ave., Waukegan.

RSVP for the job fair, and learn more about the event by watching this video.


Apply To Be A Marine Unit Officer
The Lake Zurich Police Department has openings for Marine Unit officers. These officers patrol the lake within the Village of Lake Zurich from May through September and support the police department for traffic control at special events and emergency situations. View full job description and complete an online application.

Lake Zurich Parks and Recreation is Hiring
The Lake Zurich Parks and Recreation Department is hiring for the 2018 summer season, including day camp counselor and lifeguard positions. Visit the village website to learn more.

Who's Also Hiring in Lake County 
There are many 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.

Sheriff's Office News


Join the Citizen Police Academy
See first-hand how the Lake County Sheriff’s Office maintains law and order for the residents of Lake County 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. 


Apply for Sheriff’s Association Scholarship
Lake County students who plan to pursue a higher education during the 2018-19 academic year can now apply for a $500 college scholarship to be awarded by the Illinois Sheriff’s Association. Applicants must be permanent Illinois residents and be enrolled full time at a certified institution of higher learning within Illinois. Complete an application online or at Lake County Sheriff’s Office, 25 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Waukegan. Apply by March 15.

Processing of Prepayments for 2017 Tax Year Near Completion

The Lake County Treasurer's Office is now finalizing all prepayments of 2017 real estate taxes and will shortly conclude mailing out receipts to taxpayers who submitted a prepayment by mail. The rush to prepay real estate taxes last December led to a record year in Lake County. More than 20,000 taxpayers prepaid their real estate taxes in 2017, compared to 200 to 300 who prepay on average. View other facts and an important notice for those who prepaid their 2017 real estate taxes.

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Free Filing for Federal and State Taxes


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.

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Forest Preserve News

Winter Habitat Restoration
This winter, our 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.

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Fort Sheridan update

Fort Sheridan Project 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.

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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Community News

Lake Zurich to host State of the Village
Join a conversation with your community as the Village of Lake Zurich hosts a State of the Village at 7 p.m. Feb. 6 at the police department community room. Village officials will take a look back at progress the past year and upcoming initiatives. Learn more

Wild About Trivia
Enjoy fun and games at Wild about Trivia, hosted by the Ancient Oaks Foundation from 6 to 10 p.m. Feb. 24 at Kemper Lakes Golf Club. For information, call 224-286-1312.

Barrington Chamber to Host Family Expo
Save the date as the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce hosts the fifth annual Barrington Family Expo from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 8 at Barrington High School. The public event will showcase local resources, hands-on art activities, youth performances and more. Learn more

Nature Crosses Boundaries
The public is invited to attend Citizens for Conservation's annual meeting, "Nature Crosses Boundaries" at 6 p.m. March 8 at the Onion Pub and Brewery in Lake Barrington. Hear a panel of conservation leaders discuss the importance of collaborating for land acquisition and stewardship. To RSVP, call 847-382-7283 or send an email to

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