Understanding your property tax bill, 2018 road construction, and More

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April 27, 2018

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Understanding Your Property Tax Bill

Understanding property tax bill

Lake County property owners will soon get their property tax bills in the mail. The Lake County Treasurer collects and distributes taxes on behalf of 200+ taxing bodies in the county. In this video, Lake County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor explains how high property taxes are directly linked to the high number of taxing bodies and takes a closer look at how the Lake County Board is working to reduce the property tax burden through consolidation efforts. Watch Now

Your Property Tax Distribution
Check out our new online map to see how your individual property taxes are distributed (for any parcel) and how to contact those taxing bodies. Just type in your address, click on the magnifying glass, and click on the property you want to see information on.

Property Tax Process, Relief, and More
Learn more about what Lake County does with your property tax payment, property tax relief that may be available to you and more by visiting lakecountyil.gov/propertytax.

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State of the County

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The state of Lake County is strong. The Lake County Board continues to deliver on its mission of providing exceptional, financially sustainable services that promote a safe, healthy and economically strong Lake County. 

In this State of the County video, Lake County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor provides a look back at the progress we are making to advance our strategic goals and looks ahead at the priorities for this year. 

Lake County Announces $100 Million in Projects for 2018 Construction Program

2018 Construction Map

The Lake County Division of Transportation (LCDOT) is gearing up for a busy road construction season. In 2018, Lake County will have nearly $100 million in road projects under construction, including 30 new projects such as the Quentin Road widening project near Lake Zurich and the intersection improvement and reconstruction of Old McHenry Road in Long Grove. There will also be several resurfacing projects, culvert replacements, signal modernizations, and enhancements to the non-motorized network.

View the Interactive Construction Map to find a project you are interested in and connect to the latest information and important updates.

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Work Zone Safety
Please slow down in work zones for the safety of LCDOT employees and yours! Every day, 70 work zone crashes occur that results in at least one injury. Work zone safety is everybody's responsibility. Follow these roadside safety reminders.

Let’s Go Biking, Lake County!

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It's a great time to go for a bike ride! Lake County has more than 550 total miles of trails and bikeways, connecting forest preserves and communities. Discover bike paths near you by using our Bike Lake County application.

New Dunn Museum Opens Its Doors

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After spending more than a year relocating its vast historic collections and building brand-new exhibitions from scratch, the Lake County Forest Preserves announces the opening of the new Bess Bower Dunn Museum of Lake County, in Libertyville. Dedicated to sharing the entwined stories of people, events and nature, the Dunn Museum provides a chronological walk through Lake County’s history from prehistoric times to the present and invites visitors to explore the land where it happened.

The Dunn Museum uses a balance of authentic artifacts, interactive exhibits, reproductions and audiovisual displays. Permanent exhibitions include Prehistoric Lake County, The First People, An American Frontier, Innovations and Preservation and Woodland Theater. A Special Exhibition Gallery will host temporary exhibitions, traveling exhibitions and staff-curated exhibitions on topics touching on art, history and popular culture. Each gallery includes an interactive touch screen that directs visitors to different forest preserves to see firsthand where history took place. Galleries also include fun animations narrated by Bill Kurtis, Chicago’s legendary television journalist, that tell stories about Lake County’s past. Visit the Dunn Museum today.

Recycle First, Trash Last

If you’re starting your spring cleaning, think recycle first, trash last. The Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO) offers many options to recycle your electronics, household chemicals, shoes, clothing and textiles.

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Electronics: Lake County residents can bring electronics free of charge to four locations across Lake County. View the complete list of locations, and view acceptable and unacceptable items.

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Household chemical waste Chemical waste in our landfills can potentially leach into the soil and pollute the surrounding groundwater. View acceptable and unacceptable items. Schedule an appointment to drop off your household chemicals. 

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Reuse-A-Shoe: Don't throw away your unwanted shoes! Make sure they get recycled or reused! Drop off your shoes at one of several locations across Lake County. View Drop-Off Locations

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Clothing and textiles: Bring your new, gently used, and used clothing to be reused or recycled. Even clothes with stains or holes will be taken. Learn more, including what is acceptable and where to drop off your items.

Consider Native Plants for Your Home

Landscaping your yard with native plants is one of the best things you can do for the environment, and this can save you time and money. Native plants don’t require fertilizer, pesticides or herbicides and eliminate the need for a lot of watering. View these upcoming native plant sales:

Openlands will hold its online sale through April 29. The native plant sale will be open May 18 to 31 at Almond Marsh Forest Preserve in Grayslake. Learn more

Citizens for Conservation will sell plants May 4, 5 and 6 at Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington. Learn more

Dispose Your Unwanted Prescriptions Safely

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Dispose your unused and expired prescription drugs in an environmentally friendly and safe manner between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. April 28 as the Lake County Sheriff’s Office partners with the DEA for the national Drug Take Back program. The service is free and anonymous. View the drop-off locations.

Remember, the Sheriff’s Office and local law enforcement agencies also provide drug disposal boxes at locations across Lake County where your unwanted and expired prescription drugs can be disposed safely all year round. Find a drug disposal box near you

Synthetic Cannabinoid Warning

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Lake County Health Department are urging people to not use synthetic cannabinoids, often called Spice, K2, or fake weed.  Dozens of people in Illinois have experienced severe bleeding after using synthetic cannabinoids. Since April 26, the IDPH has received reports of 155 cases, including four deaths, linked to an outbreak.  There are currently no confirmed cases in Lake County. Find Out More

Become A Corrections Officer

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The Lake County Sheriff's Office is now hiring Corrections Officers. Take pride in serving your community, enjoy working in a team environment, receive training to further a successful career path, and receive great benefits while working for Lake County's largest law enforcement agency. Apply today!

Learn About Law Enforcement Careers

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Are you considering a career in law enforcement? The Job Center of Lake County recently partnered with the Lake County Technology Campus and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office to talk to students about pursuing a career within criminal justice. Watch this video to learn more. 

Raising Awareness About Child Abuse

Blue Kids Lake County

Have you seen the “Blue Kids” posters across Lake County? As part of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, Lake County is joining social service organizations, park districts, libraries, townships, businesses and more to raise public awareness of child abuse. Visit the Blue Kids Lake County Facebook page to learn more.

Take the 'Do I Have Prediabetes?' Test

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Did you know 84 million Americans have prediabetes, and you might be one of them? Prediabetes means you’re at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Find out if you’re at risk by taking the test at DoIHavePrediabetes.org. As you can see, It takes only a minute! 

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Meet the Turtles of Lake County
Drop in Thursday, May 3 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Dunn Museum in Libertyville to meet some of the turtles who call Lake County home. Learn how you can help local turtles through the Herp Mapper program. The program and admission are free to the public. Learn more.

History symposium

Lake County History Symposium
Join local historians and history enthusiasts for this daylong symposium on April 29 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., featuring a fascinating series of presentations on this year’s theme, History from Objects. Learn more.

Rainbow trout

Rainbow Trout Season Opens
Lakewood Forest Preserve in Wauconda has opened for rainbow trout fishing, following the release of trout in Banana Lake. Most of the trout range in size from three-quarters to one pound. The trout stocking is a biannual fall and spring event at the 3.2-acre Banana Lake. Daily creel limit is five. The deepest point in Banana Lake is 25 feet. Learn more

Independence Grove beach

Independence Grove Beach Season Passes 
Get unlimited access to the swimming beach at Independence Grove Forest Preserve in Libertyville, -- including participation in Family Fun Friday games and prizes –– with the purchase of a 2018 beach season pass now on sale to Lake County residents. The pass allows holders unlimited use of the 400-foot sand beach that runs along the South Bay of Independence Grove's 115-acre lake. Purchase yours today!

Ethel's Woods

Public Access Project to Begin at Ethel’s Woods
Lake County residents are one step closer to being able to experience the breathtaking beauty of Ethel’s Woods Forest Preserve in Antioch. At their February 13 meeting, the Lake County Forest Preserve Board of Commissioners awarded a $824,522 contract to Campanella & Sons of Wadsworth, to build trails and parking at the preserve starting this spring. 

Ethel’s Woods currently is closed and does not have public access as it undergoes a major multi-year land restoration effort. Planned public access improvements to the 500-acre preserve will include an entrance drive from Miller Road, a 25-car parking lot, toilets, a 0.7-mile gravel loop trail and three scenic overlooks. A 0.7-mile section of the Millennium Trail will run along the western edge of the preserve. Weather permitting, these improvements are expected to be completed and open to the public in early summer 2019.  Learn more.

Lake County Names Spelling Bee Winners

Twelve Lake County students recently competed in the Lake County Final Spelling Bee Competition. Sharanya Pastapur, an eighth-grader at Lake Zurich Middle School North, and Anmol Dash, an eighth-grader at Daniel Wright Jr. High School, were declared co-winners after competing for more than 30 rounds! Both competitors will travel to Washington D.C. to compete in the annual Scripps National Spelling Bee. Watch this video to learn more, and view all this year’s Lake County competitors.

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