Foxconn, Assessment notices, Civil War Days, and More

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June 29, 2018

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Dear Neighbors, 

On Tuesday, July 3, the Fort Sheridan Nature Preserve will reopen for public access! The Forest Preserve District thanks you for your patience as the master plan improvements continue. All residents will now enjoy a paved and fully accessible trail from Sheridan Road to the lake, public bathrooms and updated parking. The southern trail will reopen next week. The seeded northern trails are natural planted trails. Those seedings require an extra season of growth. They will remain closed to allow those plants to take better footing and to ensure their survival and will reopen sometime in 2019.  

As I wrote about in our last newsletter, the County Board has been discussing our position regarding state legislation that would place a binding referendum question on the ballot this fall to allow voters to choose if the Lake County Assessor should be directly elected by voters.  I support this idea, and in Wednesday's Legislative committee, I voted against a motion made by the County Board Chairman which would formally ask the Governor to make an amendatory veto to the bill, basically killing it.  

Only a handful of members oppose the Chairman's motion, and the full board is likely to approve it next week. As always, I'd like to know your thoughts. Email me directly or share your comments on my County Board Member Facebook page.  

Celebrate the Fourth of July safely!  Some local Fourth of July events are listed below.


Lake County Board and Stormwater Management Commission Unanimously Oppose Weakening Pollution Standards for Foxconn Deal near WI/IL Border

The Lake County Board voted unanimously at the June 12 board meeting to oppose federal and State of Wisconsin decisions to reduce air pollution standards in five southeastern Wisconsin counties where Taiwan-based Foxconn plans to manufacture flat screen displays, citing special regulatory treatment and diversion of Lake Michigan water, as well as impacts to air quality, increased flooding, and other ecological impacts from this development. Read the full news release.

Assessment Notices Are Being Mailed

Assessment notices for the 2018 tax year have been mailed to Moraine Township residents.

What is A Property Assessment?
It may help to think of the property tax process like a pie. Taxing bodies, including school districts, villages and the county (and many other taxing districts) determine how much they need to collect in taxes. That determines the size of the pie, and the property assessment determines how the pie is cut up. The assessment process ensures property taxes are fairly distributed. Elected township assessors are primarily responsible for appraising properties and determining a property’s value, which ultimately determines the portion of the total tax burden (or piece of the pie). If you have questions or concerns regarding the assessed value of your property, you should discuss this with your local township assessor’s office.

Meet with a Taxpayer Advocate 
Individuals can get free one-on-one assistance with evaluating your assessment at a tax assessment help center. Centers will be provided July 11 and 18 at the University Center of Lake County in Grayslake and at the College of Lake County Southlake Campus in Vernon Hills on July 17 and 24. These centers will meet from 4 to 7 p.m. More dates will be released on the Chief County Assessment Office website. 

Taxpayer advocates also are available from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Chief County Assessment Office, 18 N. County Street, 7th Floor, Waukegan.

Should You Appeal Your Property Assessment?
View the five steps to determining if you should appeal your property assessment.

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Filing an Appeal? Use our Online System
The final filing date for assessment appeals in Moraine Township is July 16. Our quick and convenient Online Appeal Filing System allows you to get your appeal information to the Board of Review without the hassle of mailing or hand delivering them to the Chief County Assessment Office in Waukegan. Watch this video to learn more about the process to file an appeal online.

Plan your Next Adventure in Lake County

Next adventure in Lake County

Summer is here, and there is so much to do right here in Lake County. In this video, get a sneak peek inside the new Great Wolf Lodge in Gurnee and find out all of the “Must-Do’s” in Lake County this summer. Also, learn how tourism is big business with more than 10,000 tourism-related jobs and adding more than $1 billion to our local economy annually. Watch now.

Check Out Boating Lake County

Boating in Lake County

Boating is one of the most popular activities in Lake County, and it’s no surprise as the area has over 170 lakes, rivers and waterways to visit. Check out as your resource, including maps of all the county’s public boat ramps, lakefront dining, upcoming events and more.

Discover Your Local Farmers Market

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Shop for fresh fruits, vegetables, baked treats and more while supporting local businesses at one of Lake County’s farmers markets. Check out our Farmers Market Finder to find a farmers market near you.

Annual Civil War Days

Civil War Days 2018

The boom of cannons, the crack of rifles and the galloping of horse hooves welcomes you at the annual Civil War Days encampment. Wander the camps to see soldiers, civilians and tradespeople at work. Watch as union and confederate forces collide in battle. A large-scale battle can be viewed on both Saturday and Sunday. Visit the 1863 Summer Fair, meet President Lincoln and shop Civil War-era vendors. Kids enjoy period crafts, games and more. 

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Events in the Plaza Summer Concert Series

Events in the Plaza

Events in the Plaza is Independence Grove's outdoor summer concert series featuring live music. Performances will be held Tuesday evenings to Aug. 7 (excluding July 3). View the 2018 entertainment line-up.

Celebrate the Fourth of July in Lake County

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Whether you’re looking for a parade, live music and delicious food or a spot to set down your blanket and watch the fireworks, Lake County has lots of ways to enjoy the Fourth of July. Check out Visit Lake County’s Guide to the Fourth of July to discover ways to celebrate.

Here are some local celebrations to check out:

  • Highland Park will hold a Fourth of July parade starting at 10 a.m. July 4. The route will include Central Avenue to St. Johns Avenue to Sunset Avenue to Sunset Woods Park. 
  • Join Deerfield's annual Family Days celebration on July 3 at Brickyards Park and July 4 at Jewett Park. View the full schedule
  • Beginning June 30 through July 4, join Six Flags Great America in Gurnee at July 4th Fest. Learn more
  • Be a part of the Great Lakes Naval Base's Fourth of July celebration on historic Ross Field from 3 to 11 p.m. July 3 and 3 to 10 p.m. July 4. Celebrate our nation's independence with fire-cracking festival fun. Learn more.

Lake County Partners with Waze Connected Citizens Program


The Lake County Division of Transportation (LCDOT) is launching a data-sharing partnership with Waze, the free, crowdsourced traffic and navigation app powered by the world’s largest community of drivers. Partnering with the Waze Connected Citizens Program gives LCDOT traffic engineers access to real-time road activity as reported by Waze users. Using the data from motorist insights, with information already generated through the Lake County PASSAGE system, operators can make well-informed decisions and act to reduce congestion and help keep traffic moving. Learn more

Anatomy of a Safe Driver
Driving safely requires your attention from head to toe. It may seem obvious, but time and time again we see traffic crashes that would have been prevented if drivers were paying attention and/or following the speed limit. You have the power to make roads safer. Learn more

Fight the Bite! Protect Yourself Against Mosquitoes


“Fight the Bite” this summer and protect yourself and your family from West Nile virus, an illness spread by mosquitoes. The Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center says to follow the 4 Ds of Defense to help prevent mosquitoes from breeding and to protect yourself from bites.

Since 2002, there have been 64 confirmed human cases of West Nile virus in Lake County as well as two confirmed deaths. The Lake County Health Department’s Mosquito Surveillance Program collects mosquitoes in traps around the county and tests them weekly for West Nile virus. Visit the Fight the Bite website to find more prevention tips and information on West Nile virus. 

GO Lake County

GO Lake County

It’s time to lace up your walking shoes and GO Lake County! Founded by the Gurnee Park District in 2016 and adopted by Live Well Lake County, GO Lake County is a walking initiative that promotes healthy and active living. Over 15 park districts and communities across the County have partnered to create programs and events for children and adults. These events are open to all Lake County residents. Visit the new GO Lake County web page and navigate the map and calendar to find a walk specific to your area. If you take a picture at a GO Lake County program, share your photo!  

Protect Yourself

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Sheriff’s Office Warns of Misleading Telemarketers
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office has received calls from the public stating telemarketers are identifying themselves as calling on behalf of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and soliciting for donations and/or pledges. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office does not make phone calls soliciting money from the public. Learn more

Jury Duty Scam
The 19th Judicial Circuit Court’s Jury Commission received notification of several occurrences where a male identifying himself by phone as a Lake County Deputy Sheriff tells residents they had failed to appear for jury duty and need to proceed to the Lake County Courthouse in Waukegan immediately. Residents were told that they had failed to appear for Jury Duty and needed to proceed to the Lake County Courthouse in Waukegan immediately. Once at the Courthouse, they were instructed to call the Deputy Sheriff stating that they had left their residence. Remember these precautions to protect yourself.

Make an Impact on Homelessness in Lake County

The Lake County Coalition for the Homeless is looking for an individual to help serve those who experience homelessness in Lake County. This individual will help plan the 2019 Homeless Point-in-Time Count and work on initiatives to ensure the homeless have access to needed services. Apply today.

Learn more about this position by reading this blog about a VISTA member sharing his experience coordinating the 2018 Homeless Point-in-Time Count.

Protect Yourself While Staying Cool This Summer

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This summer, the Lake County Health Department reminds you to take action to protect yourself from illness and prevent the spread of germs when swimming. Here are ways to protect yourself from illness at pools and water parks.

The Health Department monitors lake water for bacteria in over 100 Lake Michigan and inland lake beaches to ensure that the water is acceptable for swimming. Through Labor Day, beach closure information can be found on the Health Department’s Beach Advisory web page, which is updated daily by 10 a.m. 

State Provides Free Summer Meals to Kids

Children don’t need to go hungry this summer. Children ages 18 and under can receive free summer meals as part of the Summer Food Service Program, funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered by the Illinois State Board of Education. To find the closest meal sites, visit, text FOODIL TO 877877 or call 800-359-2163.

Addressing the Opioid Epidemic

SAO Update

Lake County, along with the Lake County Opioid Initiative is working to combat the increasing opiate problem. Hear from Lake County State's Attorney Michael Nerheim and Bill Gentes, who talk about what is being done to combat the opioid epidemic and learn about programs such as prescription drug disposal boxes and the “A Way Out” program, which are part of the county-wide effort to prevent opioid abuse, addiction, overdose, and death. Watch Now

‘A Way Out’ Program Continues Its Expansion

A Way Out

Those who struggle with substance abuse now have two more locations they can go to seek help 24/7 as part of the “A Way Out” Program. With the additions of Waukegan Police Department and Lake Zurich Police Department, there are now 13 “A Way Out” police entry points in Lake County. Individuals, who possess narcotics or paraphernalia, enter a participating police department and tell an officer they are requesting help will avoid criminal charges as long as the participant seeks assistance. Learn more

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Family Fun Fridays 2018

Family Fun Fridays
The beach at Independence Grove in Libertyville gets better Friday afternoons with games, contests and prizes around a different theme each week. Everyone can participate in the fun. Prizes awarded in age categories for kids 15 and under. The program is FREE with beach admission. No registration is required. Learn more

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Lunchtime Tours: Civil War Stories
Tour the exhibition galleries of the Dunn Museum in Libertyville and hear stories of how men and women from Lake County were involved in the American Civil War: The tours will be offered at noon July 11 and 20. Learn more

LCFPD annual fund spotlight

Annual Fund Spotlight
When you give to the Annual Fund, you help us do more. The Preservation Foundation board recently approved a $24,000 grant from the Annual Fund to monitor the population and health of Blanding’s turtles this summer–data that directly strengthens our ongoing Blanding’s Turtle Recovery Program.  Learn how you can help.

See How Public Works Uses Technology to Plan for Repairs

Public Works technology for repairs

Much of the infrastructure owned and maintained by Lake County Public Works is underground. In order for Public Works to monitor and evaluate the condition of the overall system, they need to see what’s going on underground. In this video, travel along the pipes and learn more about the process for televising and inspecting the sewer lines. This inspection identifies areas in need of repair and sets in motion the planning and engineering needed to maintain the infrastructure. Public Works uses this information to develop a multi-year maintenance schedule to make sure they are investing in the system at the right time and in the most efficient way.

Solicitors’ Rules for Working in Unincorporated Lake County

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Did you know solicitors seeking door-to-door purchases or orders are required to comply with a County Board adopted ordinance when working in unincorporated Lake County? Door-to-door salespeople must carry a solicitor’s certificate while on the job and are allowed to work only between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.  If a solicitor comes to your door, ask to see the certificate before conducting any business. You may report unregistered vendors to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office by calling 847-549-5200.

This ordinance applies only to unincorporated Lake County and provides exemptions for religious groups, candidates, and minors under age 18 who participate in fundraising activities. If you live in a municipality or village, check with your local officials for your specific ordinances. Learn more

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Thank you,
Paul Frank 

Mr. Frank, County Board member and Forest Preserve Commissioner, serves on:

Lake County Board, 11th District:
Lake County Law and Judicial Committee
Lake County Health and Community Services Committee
Lake County Ad Hoc Diversity and Inclusion Committee
Lake County Ad-Hoc Legislative Committee

Lake County Forest Preserves, 11th District: 
Planning Committee
Ethics Committee

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