Senior citizen tax deferral program, Summer Youth Employment Program, and More

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February 7, 2018

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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. Find out more

Apply to Join Summer Youth Employment Program

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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.  

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

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

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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. 

Join Citizen Police Academy

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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. 

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.

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Forest Preserve News

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


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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.

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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.

Community News

Join Forecast North Chicago
Join the North Chicago Chamber of Commerce for its 2018 Forecast North Chicago on Feb. 22 at the Greenbelt Cultural Center in North Chicago.Find out more


Kudos to the North Chicago Fire Department 
The North Chicago Fire Department recently received a unique call, requesting help after a horse jumped halfway out of its trailer's window and was in distress. The fire crews hoisted the mare to safety by using a line hose as a harness and using the ladder truck as a crane. The horse survived the ordeal with minor cuts and was released back to its owner.

North Chicago Receives Project of the Year Award
The City of North Chicago recently received the Project of the Year Award for Disaster or Emergency Construction/Repair by the American Public Works Association Lake Branch. The wining project was for a raw water valve emergency placement at the city’s water treatment plant. Learn more

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