March 20 Primary Election update, Lake County Restaurant Week, and More

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February 22, 2018

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Crisis Care and Mental Health in Lake County

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Lake County, along with our nation and local communities, is facing a mental health crisis that affects individuals, families, friends, neighbors, veterans, employers, schools, hospitals, the criminal justice system, and more. Get an inside look at how Lake County is addressing the mental health crisis, and learn about mental health and crisis care services in Lake County by viewing this interactive story map!

Yum! Lake County Restaurant Week Returns

Get ready for 10 days to savor as Lake County Restaurant Week returns March 2 to 11. Featuring nearly 60 restaurants, this is the perfect opportunity to explore the delicious flavors of Lake County. Enjoy prix fixe menus and special offers at participating restaurants.

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Ballots Ready for March 20 Primary Election

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Ballots for the March 20 Primary Election are ready for those choosing to vote early at the Clerk’s office or by mail. Candidate certification and ballot printing were delayed because the court was reviewing a decision by the Illinois State Board of Elections regarding an objection filed against an attorney general candidate. Here’s what you need to know to vote early or vote by mail.

Voter Registration
Online voter registration is available through the Illinois State Board of Elections until March 4. A valid Illinois driver’s license or state identification card is required. Apply now

Early Voting
In-person early voting at the Clerk’s office18 N. County St., Waukegan, is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until March 2.

Beginning March 5, early voting will be available at all 15 sites throughout the county. For early voting, Lake County residents may use any location regardless of where they live. Grace registration will be available at all early voting sites, and citizens must vote at the same time as registering.

Vote by Mail
Registered voters can vote by mail by completing a personalized online applicationThe last day for the Clerk’s office to receive your application and mail a ballot is March 15.

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Paratransit Market Study for the Lake County Region

2018 paratransit market study

A Paratransit Market Study is underway in Lake County to evaluate transportation options for seniors, people with disabilities, and the general public. The public was recently invited to learn more about the study at the second round of community meetings held in January 2018. Meeting attendees had the opportunity to provide input on the analysis of existing conditions and draft recommendations for service implementation. If you weren’t able to attend one of the meetings, please provide your feedback by taking the online survey.

Learn More: Watch VIDEO, Visit Project WEBSITE, Take SURVEY

IRS Urges Taxpayers to Watch Out for Erroneous Refunds

The Internal Revenue Service is warning taxpayers of a quickly growing scam involving erroneous tax refunds being deposited into their bank accounts. After stealing client data from tax professionals and filing fraudulent tax returns, criminals use the taxpayers' real bank accounts for the deposit. Thieves are then using various tactics to reclaim the refund from the taxpayers. Find out more


Lake County Offers Summer Internships


State’s Attorney’s Office
Resumes are now being accepted for its 2018 summer internship program.  The program is available to first- and second-year law students and to college students who have completed their first year. The deadline to apply is Feb. 28.  Find Out More

Stormwater Management Commission
Applications are now being taken for a GIS Intern for Summer 2018. If you have an emphasis in GIS, geography or a related field, this might be the perfect position for you. Apply today!

Meet Bones


Meet Bones, the newest member of the Lake County Coroner's Office! Bones, a Belgian Malinois, is in training to become a cadaver dog and to search for missing persons. Bones also will provide grief support for family members who lost a loved one.

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Symbols of Illinois: Fluorite, Drummer, Tully Monster
Celebrate the Illinois Bicentennial (1818-2018) by learning about state symbols. Each program in this 10-part series teaches about the origin and natural history of the state symbols and may also include a brief walk. The next program will meet from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 25 at Independence Grove in Libertyville. All ages are welcome. Adult supervision is required. Learn more


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Book Your Event at a Forest Preserve Picnic Shelter
Reservations for 2018 picnic permits are now available. Choose from 31 picnic shelters located in scenic forest preserves throughout the county. Picnic shelter permits ensure exclusive use of a shelter for your family reunion, company picnic or other group gathering. Plan early to help ensure your first choice of shelter and date. Learn more

Stormwater Management Awards

SMC awards 2018

Earlier this month, the 2017 Stormwater Award winners were honored for their outstanding achievements. These individuals, communities, groups and organizations exemplify SMC’s core mission of flood damage reduction, water quality improvement, and natural resource protection and enhancement. Lake County is very fortunate to have this level of collaborative dedication and investment to stormwater management.

Watch the 12th Annual Stormwater Management Commission Awards video to see highlights from the event. 


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