Bald eagles in Lake County, Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus, Lake County Fair, and More

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Craig Taylor, District 19

July 11, 2018

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The Baldies are Back in Town

You’ll find bald eagles soaring high in the sky, slowly flapping over water, perched in trees, or even on the ground. Look for them near rivers, lakes, marshes and shorelines. Bald eagles mainly eat fish, but also hunt mammals, waterfowl and carrion. Young eagles attain their white head feathers after about five years, so don’t rule out the possibility that giant brown bird overhead is a baldy. Look for a bright yellow, hooked bill and mottled white feathers on the body.

Nests are built near the trunk, high in the tree but below the crown. The diameter of a nest is typically 5 to 6 feet; height ranges from 2 to 4 feet. The nest may be reused (and added to) for years. The Lake County Forest Preserves has confirmed a few local nests in recent years, including this one photographed in April in southwestern Lake County. Send us an email and let us know if you see an active nest while out exploring your preserves. 

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Mosquito Pool Tests Positive for West Nile Virus in Lake County

A mosquito pool (batch of mosquitoes) sampled on June 28 in Highland Park has tested positive for West Nile virus. The mosquito pool is the first confirmed indicator of West Nile presence in Lake County in 2018. Find out more, including who to call if you want to report areas of stagnant water, report locations of dead birds, and obtain more information on the signs and symptoms of West Nile virus. 

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Construction Update: Old McHenry Road Improvements

Old McHenry Road July 2018

This week, Nicor will continue their gas main work. The new gas main was live last Monday, and gas service tie-ins are underway. AT&T will continue their aerial relocation work as well.

Traffic impacts: Watch for workers and flaggers as daily lane closures are being utilized for utility/water main work. Watch for trucks coming in and out of the job site. Learn more by visiting the project website

Save on Prescriptions, Health and Dental Care

Lake County is one of many counties nationwide that participates in the National Association of Counties (NACo) Live Healthy Prescription, Health and Dental Discount program, which helps residents better manage the cost of prescription medications and health and dental services. There are no income requirements or age requirements, and it is open to residents with or without insurance. Residents have saved over $2 million on prescriptions over the past 13 years with this program! Learn more

Save the Date! Don’t Miss the 90th Annual Lake County Fair

2018 Lake County Fair

The 90th annual Lake County Fair returns July 25 through 29 at the Lake County Fairgrounds and Event Center in Grayslake. Check out new attractions including the Timberworks Lumberjack Show and family activities presented by the Illinois National Guard. Returning favorites include truck-and-tractor pulls, demolition derby, 4-H exhibitions, and more. Visit for more information. 

2018 Water Quality Reports Available

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Lake County Public Works is committed to providing safe water throughout the County. As strong supporters of the Safe Drinking Water Act, Public Works releases annual water quality Consumer Confidence Reports (CCRs) for the 12 water systems they own and operate. These reports describe the sources, treatment, and chemical analysis of each water distribution system. All Lake County systems passed testing requirements for the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. Visit the water quality reports web page to read your report. 

Four Things to Know About Land Development Fee Schedule

Lake County recently evaluated the Land Development Fee Schedule for development in unincorporated Lake County, and changes went into effect July 2. Learn four things you need to know about these changes. 

Lake County Children's Advocacy Center Honors Its Partners

Advocacy Center ceremony

The Lake County Children’s Advocacy Center is committed to providing a safe environment for child victims of abuse. The center wouldn’t be possible without help from community partners. Watch this video as the State’s Attorney’s Office took time to recognize these individuals.

Save the Date
The Lake County Opioid Initiative will be hosting its first Annual “Save a Life” fundraising event on Sept.  14 at the Double Tree by Hilton in Mundelein. Join us to support a significant cause and to continue our battle the against the opioid/heroin epidemic.  

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Wine and Nine
Enjoy a 30-minute golf clinic and a round of 9 holes, followed by hors d’oeuvres and wine tasting at ThunderHawk Golf Club in Beach Park at 4 p.m. July 20. Learn more

Rx for Health

Rx for Health: Walking in Nature
Join a health professional and an educator on this 1.5-mile walk to explore the preserve as we improve our health. The walk will take place from 4 to 5:30 p.m. July 21 at Lyons Woods Forest Preserve in Waukegan. The program is free, and no registration is required. The entrance is on Blanchard Road, west of Sheridan Road. Learn more

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Green Youth Farm Thrives, Thanks to Donors
Early summer lettuces and kale, beans and squash are ripening at the Green Youth Farm in Lake County, thanks to donors to the Preservation Foundation. Among the farm’s supporters in 2018, we are pleased to thank Lake Forest Bank & Trust and Libertyville Bank & Trust. The company’s $10,000 grant helped provide a paid summer job for North Chicago and Waukegan high school students, who sow, tend and harvest fresh, healthful food as they gain valuable work experience. Learn more

Stormwater Management Commission News

Recently, the Stormwater Management Commission (SMC) submitted its annual facility inspection report to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency on behalf of Lake County. This report is a yearly requirement for Lake County’s National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit, which covers Lake County’s municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s) discharge activities, provides monitoring and reporting requirements, and defines measurable goals for water quality protection. For more information, visit the website and the annual report.

Community News

Country Cruise Night in Barrington 
The Village of Barrington's Annual Cruise Nights continue at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 12 with Country Night: Cruise Nights are held Thursdays through Aug. 30 at Cook and Station streets. Learn more

Taste of the Towns
Lake Zurich's 12th annual Taste of the Towns will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. Aug. 19 at Paulus Park. Learn more

Christmas in July Food Drive
Throughout July, the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce's Women's Biz Net group is collecting non-perishable food items, personal care items and more to support the shelves at the Barrington and Cuba Township food pantries. Donations can be dropped off at the chamber office, 190 E. James St. 

Lake County Responding to Hunger
The Ela Township Highway Department is collecting canned and dry food items as part of the Lake County Responding to Hunger food drive. Items can be dropped off until July 20 at the Ela Highway Department, 23605 Echo Lake Road, Lake Zurich.

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