Find your farmers market, Old McHenry Road partial closure, Ela Road public hearing, Summer concert series, and More

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Craig Taylor, District 19

June 13, 2018

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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 Tuesday 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 news release.

Plan your Next Adventure in Lake County

Summer is around the corner, 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.

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Sign Up to Join Our Telephone Town Hall Meeting

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You're invited to join our upcoming Telephone Town Hall meeting on June 20 at 7 p.m. During the Telephone Town Hall, Lake County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor will discuss our current priorities, and you will be able to share your thoughts and ideas to make Lake County a better place.

Participants will be able to provide input in a variety of ways as Chairman Lawlor will answer questions from residents during this live interactive discussion. If you would like to take part in this event, make sure to sign up to receive a call!

Old McHenry Road to Partially Close During Construction

The Lake County Division of Transportation (LCDOT) will be partially closing Old McHenry Road to through traffic starting June 25 at 6 a.m. and anticipate reopening to all traffic in November. The closure is necessary as part of the Old McHenry Road reconstruction and intersection improvements project at Robert Parker Coffin Road. Downtown Long Grove businesses will remain open and access to the downtown area is available by following the local detour route. For more information, please visit the project website.

Detour Route: IL Route 22 to IL Route 83 to IL Route 53

Local Detour Route for Downtown Long Grove:  Local traffic will have access on Old McHenry Road from IL Route 22 and IL Route 53.  Old McHenry Road will only accommodate one-way traffic between Robert Parker Coffin Road and Archer Road. Southbound local traffic on Old McHenry Road will have access between Robert Parker Coffin Road and Archer Road. Northbound Old McHenry Road will be closed to all traffic from Archer Road to Robert Parker Coffin Road. The detour for northbound local traffic on Old McHenry Road will be Archer Road north to Robert Parker Coffin Road.  

Ela Road and Long Grove Road Public Hearing

The Lake County Division of Transportation will hold a public hearing regarding the intersection improvement study of Ela Road and Long Grove Road in Barrington and Deer Park from 5 to 7 p.m. June 28 at the Village Church of Barrington. This is the third and final public meeting presenting this study. The meeting will be conducted in an open house format, so the public can attend any time between 5 and 7 p.m. Exhibits will be on display, and LCDOT representatives will be on hand to to discuss the project and answer questions. For more information, visit the project website

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.

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

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.

Household Chemical Waste Collection Saturday in Wauconda

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Bring your unwanted cleaners, batteries, fertilizer and other household chemical waste items to the next household chemical waste mobile event, offered by the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, June 16 at the Wauconda High School parking lot. No appointment is needed. View accepted and unacceptable items.

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. 

Training and Employment Opportunities for those Not in School


Individuals ages 18-24 who are not enrolled in school are invited to participate in Workforce Essential Skills Training (WEST). WEST is an essential skills program that leads to paid training, certifications, and employment opportunities. Attend an information session to learn more

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.

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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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Battling Buckthorn

Learn about our efforts to eliminate buckthorn, one of the area’s most invasive plants at this program June 21. Experts will share identification and removal tips. Let us inspire you to join the effort and make Lake County a buckthorn-free zone. Learn more

LCFPD Senior Series Gardening Native Plants

Senior Series: Gardening with Native Plants
Discover the benefits of using native plants to create habitat for local birds and butterflies at this program on June 27. Plant selection and identification, habitat requirements and maintenance will be discussed. A tour of the Welcome Center's native landscaping will follow an indoor presentation. Learn more

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.

Community News

Have a Berry Good Time at Strawberry Festival
The Long Grove Strawberry Festival, which will take place June 22 to 24 in historic downtown Long Grove, will consist of days dedicated to all things strawberry, from cooks doling out strawberry BBQ to strawberry pie-eating contests. Also, enjoy a classic carnival, three stages of live music, and the Kid Zone with enduring summer entertainment and games. Learn more

Community Shredding Event
Bring your secure documents to be shredded safely at a free community shredding event from 3 to 6 p.m. June 22 at the Lake Zurich farmers market in Paulus Park. 

Fabulous Fireflies
Learn about he life cycle of this beetle through games and stories from 7:30 to 9 p.m. July 20 at the Old Mill Grove Park shelter. Register through the Lake Zurich Parks and Recreation Department. Learn more

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