Understanding your property tax bill, Bike Lake County, Recycling opportunities, and More

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April 27, 2018

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Community Happenings

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There always is so much happening in Lake County! Here's a sampling. On the left, I recently attended a fund-raiser for Furthering the Lives of Youth, which assists high character youth with great grades and gifts and talents that come from families that can't afford to maximize them. To help fund necessary infrastructure throughout the City of North Chicago, I presented a check on behalf of Lake County to the City of North Chicago. 

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Top: Each week, I have a fun opportunity to spend time with fourth- and fifth-grade boys at Lyon Magnet Elementary School as part of the Adopt-A-School program. Another amazing group of kids in our neighborhood are the Elite Striders. These kids recently competed in Atlanta, placing second in the drill competition and grand champion for the drum line competition. Last, Sharon Epps, a former North Chicago School District board member and local poet and author, recently presented a screening of the film, "The Sharon Epps Story: From the Crack House to the White House."

Understanding Your Property Tax Bill

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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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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.

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. 

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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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.

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