March 20 Primary Election news, Maple syrup hikes , and More

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Michael Rummel, District 12

March 6, 2018

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March 20 Primary Election News

The March 20 Primary Election is fast approaching. View the voter information guide to see a complete list of candidates, public questions, early voting sites, and more.

Three Ways to Vote

Prefer vote mail

Vote from the Comfort of Your Home
An application to receive a ballot by mail is required for each election before a ballot can be sent to the voter. The County Clerk’s website offers online and downloadable forms. Your application must be submitted to the Clerk’s office by March 15, and your voted ballot must be postmarked by midnight on Election Day.

Prefer vote early

Vote Early 
Vote and register at any early voting site regardless of where you live in Lake County. Early voting will be available until March 19. Hours and dates vary at the 15 different locations. Find your closest early voting site.

Prefer vote matters

Election Day
Those choosing to vote on Election Day must go to their precinct’s polling location. To find your site, use our Polling Place Locator. Voter registration also will be available in all precinct polling locations on Election Day and at the County Clerk’s Office in Waukegan. 

Preview Your Personalized Ballot
Did you know you can preview your personalized ballot before heading to the polls? Visit to confirm your registration. Then you can print your ballot preview to take into the voting booth as a reference.

Maple Syrup Hikes

2018 maple syrup hikes

Learn how trees work and about the sweet sap of sugar maples. Ryerson Woods is one of the few places in Lake County where conditions are right for maple syrup production, and where trees grow to a diameter and height that allows for tapping. Everyone gets a taste. The program also is available as a school or scout field trip. Call 847-968-3321. Hikes start every half-hour from noon to 2 p.m. March 17 and 18 and 24 and 25 at Ryerson Woods. Learn more

New Dunn Museum in Libertyville Opens March 24

Arrive curious and leave inspired when you visit the new Bess Bower Dunn Museum in Libertyville. Come to the free grand opening from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 24 to meet our Dryptosaurus dinosaur and paleoartist Tyler Keillor who created her. Explore exhibitions on your own or take a guided tour, enjoy drop-in activities, and stroll through the gift shop. The Dunn Museum is on Winchester Road between Route 45 and Butterfield Road in Libertyville. Learn more

Celebrate the new Dunn Museum with a week of special events, free with general admission. Event details

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Your One-Stop Shop to Get Your Passport


Spring is almost here, which means it’s time to start making vacation plans! If travel plans will bring you outside the country, the Lake County Circuit Clerk’s Office can serve as your one-stop shop to apply for or renew your passport. No appointment is required. You can even get your passport photo taken. Learn about the passport services provided.

Are You Prepared for Severe Weather?

As Illinois recognizes Severe Weather Preparedness Month through March, take time to learn how to prepare for severe weather emergencies. 

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Alert Lake County is your emergency preparedness resource. Find out how you and your family can be prepared for emergencies, and watch this video for tips to get emergency alerts.


View a map of road conditions and events and see camera images of major intersections at iPhone and Android users can also download the PASSAGE app.

Emergency Kit

Have an emergency supply kit for your house, vehicle and place of work so you have basic survival items needed during an emergency. Prepare your emergency kit

Take the Quiz! Win a Weather Alert Radio
Test your knowledge by taking an online quiz, and get a chance to win one of 100 weather alert radios as part of the “Weather Alert Radios Save Lives” contest, which runs through March 31.

Become A Severe Weather Spotter 
Are you interested in becoming a trained severe storm spotter? Then take this upcoming FREE class! Learn from a National Weather Service meteorologist on the nature of tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and other severe weather systems, how to report severe weather to the National Weather Service, the role of trained spotters, and more.

When: 7 – 9 p.m. March 12
Where: Vernon Hills High School Auditorium, 145 Lakeview Parkway, Vernon Hills

If You See Something, Say Something!

Did you know you can anonymously submit a crime tip to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office online? Tips and information from the community often aid law enforcement in identifying potential threats, problems, concerns, or issues. Report a crime tip online. Individuals who have a general tip also can call the Sheriff’s Office at 847-549-5200, leave a message on our tip line at 847-377-4424 or send an email

See Something Say Something

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. Find out more

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Volunteer Open House

Are you seeking to expand your knowledge, meet new people and make a difference? The Lake County Forest Preserves has a variety of volunteer opportunities — both indoors and out — that can help you reach those goals.

Learn more at the Volunteer Open House from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 7 at the Lake County Forest Preserve General Offices1899 West Winchester Road, Libertyville

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Join the Youth Conservation Corps

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This summer jobs program is designed to employ high school youth in natural resources, construction, and park maintenance related projects. Recruitment is underway now for the 2018 season. View the application for details.

Crew members work together in teams to build trails and boardwalks, restore natural areas and waterways, and complete basic preserve maintenance projects. Additionally, crew members receive training in first aid, basic work and life skills, construction skills and environmental awareness. The program runs for eight weeks each summer from mid-June through early August. Learn more


Preserve Trail Repair

How does the Lake County Forest Preserves maintain 205 miles of trails in forest preserves around the county? Through the hard work and heavy equipment of our Operations and Infrastructure department. Watch this video as Forest Preserve crews took care of a section of the Millennium Trail at Singing Hills Forest Preserve in Volo last fall.

Healthcare Job Fair

2018 Healthcare Job Fair

Professionals recently had the opportunity to engage with recruiting healthcare organizations and learn about career paths within the healthcare industry at a Healthcare Job Fair. The fair was hosted by the Lake County Health Department and Job Center of Lake County. Find Out More.

One Earth Film Festival

The Midwest's premiere environmental film festival, the One Earth Film Festival is running through March 11. See a series of environmental films in a variety of venues across the county. Learn more.

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