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June 14, 2018

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Assessment Notices Are Being Mailed

Assessment notices for the 2018 tax year will be mailed this week to Wauconda 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 on June 20 and 27 at the University Center of Lake County in Grayslake. 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 Wauconda 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.

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! 

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

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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Plan your Next Adventure in Lake County

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.

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.

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.

Partners Celebrates 20 Years of Leading the Innovation Economy

Partners 2018 Big Event

I recently joined more than 500 Lake County business and civic leaders to celebrate 20 years of driving economic growth as Lake County Partners hosted its annual “Big Event.” The Big Event focuses on giving companies and communities the tools they need to fuel economic development. This year’s focus was on business growth and innovation. In his remarks, Lake County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor reflected on where we’ve been and where we are going, affirming that Lake County is stronger than ever before!

Through the “Lake County Workforce Ecosystem” established in recent years, Lake County Partners has teamed with Lake County Workforce Development, the College of Lake County, the Lake County High Schools Technology Campus and others to meet with company leaders, identify and address critical marketplace needs and help attract top talent. 

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.

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

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. 

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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

LCFPD battling buckthorn

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.


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