Grand Avenue and U.S.-41 closure, Bike Lake County, Native plant, compost bin and rain barrel sale, and More

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May 7, 2018

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Temporary Closure of Grand Avenue and U.S.-41 Intersection

The Illinois Department of Transportation has announced that they will be demolishing the Union Pacific Railroad Bridge now that the tracks have been switched to the temporary bridge. This demo project will require the complete shutdown of the Grand Avenue / U.S.-41 intersection. The shutdown is tentatively scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Friday, May 18 and would re-open at 5 a.m. Monday, May 21. 

Sheriff’s Office News

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Be Aware of Deceptive Phone Calls
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office has been made aware of a current scam where the caller says, “This call is to inform you there is an arrest warrant issued for your name and identity. Before the warrant is issued to the State get back to us by calling 219-225-8553.” Don’t give identifying or personal information to anyone over the telephone, unless you have confirmed who you are speaking with.

Become A Lake County Deputy Sheriff

The Lake County Sheriff’s Merit Commission is accepting applications for Lake County Deputy Sheriff through May 31. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen and at least 21 years of age at the time of orientation, a high school graduate (or GED), and possess a valid driver's license. Apply today.

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Learn About Law Enforcement Careers
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. 

Check Your Current Property Tax Payment Status

The first installment of Lake County property taxes is due June 6. Please note, the taxes due on property tax bills WILL reflect pre-payments. Bills will show the total calculated taxes due for the year, the amount prepaid, and the remaining amount due, if any. Find out more, including how you can view your current property tax payment status, see the property tax payment options available and view how your property taxes are distributed.

Health Department Offers Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

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The Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center is offering Youth Mental Health First Aid trainings to the public this spring and summer. These full-day workshops will provide adults with the knowledge to identify and support adolescents who are at risk or displaying warning signs of mental health/substance use problems or experiencing a mental health crisis. Registration is required. View all upcoming trainings.

Ending the Silence

National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day is May 10. To shed light on mental health conditions among youth, the Lake County System of Care for Families is hosting two free public events titled “Ending the Silence” on May 10 and 17 at the Lake County Health Department in Waukegan. Youth ages 13 to 18, caregivers, and adults who work with youth are invited to attend to learn about the warning signs of mental health conditions and what steps to take if they or a loved one are showing symptoms of a mental illness. Learn more

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.

Native Plant, Rain Barrel and Compost Bin Sale

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Purchase native flowers and woody plants, a rain barrel or compost bin, and learn about eco-friendly practices to benefit your home, pocketbook and the community at the Native Plant, Rain Barrel and Compost Bin Sale on Saturday, May 12, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, May 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Independence Grove in Libertyville. On Saturday only, rain barrel and compost bins will be available for sale from the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County. View the native plant species available.

Save the Date for Recycle-O-Rama

Electronics recycling, paper shredding, and latex paint collection will be available at the next Recycle-O-Rama from 9 a.m. to noon May 19 at Hawthorn Mall’s Sears parking lot in Vernon Hills. Learn more 

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Public Works Takes Steps to Improve Water Quality

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Lake County Public Works recently completed upgrades to the Des Plaines River Water Reclamation Facility, which will reduce the amount of phosphorus discharged into local waterways. Now all three of Lake County’s water reclamation facilities have a new biological process for treating water. Watch this video to learn more. 

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Forest Preserve News


Wildlife in the Preserves
By early June, coyote pups begin to venture out of the den that has sheltered them since birth. In early summer, we often receive reports of sightings due to increased daytime activity. When dens are located near trails we install signs to inform trail users about coyote behavior and how to safely respond if a sighting occurs. Learn more at


Spring Bird Walk

May is the month for songbird migration. Join skilled birders on these walks from 7 to 9 a.m. on select days throughout the month. Bring binoculars if you have them. See days and locations

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Independence Grove Beach
Grab your swimsuit, towel and sunscreen, and head to the beach at Independence Grove, opening weekends only starting May 27. The beach will open daily beginning June 5. The beach offers 400 feet of sand along the lake's South Bay. Learn more

Community News

Learn About Using Essential Oils 
Join the Grandwood Park and Wildwood park districts to learn about using essential oils in your garden from 6 to 7:30 p.m. May 14. Learn more

Indoor Triathlon
Swim for 10 minutes, bike for 15 minutes and run for 15 minutes in the Gurnee Park District's Indoor Triathlon. The event will be May 19. Last day to register is May 12. Visit the Gurnee Park District's website to learn more.

East Grand Informational Meetings 
The Village of Gurnee will host two informational meetings regarding upcoming East Grand activities and construction updates. Plans for 2018 include a series of Farmers and Artisans markets, landscaping improvements, and new economic development activity. The meetings will take place at 8 a.m. May 8 and 6:30 p.m. May 9. 

Fire Safety Expo
Join the Fire Safety Expo from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 19 in Parking Lot G at Gurnee Mills. Admission is free! Learn more

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