Lake County News: July 2018

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Ann Maine, District 21

July 18, 2018

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Dear Neighbors,

The waters are subsiding, and we are getting some sunny days.  While this is great news, as you can read below, mosquitoes with West Nile virus have been detected in Lake County. Be sure to clean out areas that could allow mosquito breeding such as bird baths, kiddie pools, flower pots and fire pits. Be sure to follow the 4 Ds of Defense

The trail systems are opening up too. But be sure to check trail and preserve status before you head out. 

Every July, the Forest Preserve District holds our monthly meeting at a preserve.  This year, we headed up to Spring Bluff in Winthrop Harbor. Thanks to the Winthrop Harbor Yacht Club for hosting our meeting. I encourage you to go visit. The observation deck will be complete soon, and you will get a fabulous view of the Chiwaukee Lake Plain area that includes internationally recognized wetlands.  Take a swimsuit and go for the day! At the meeting, we approved a resolution awarding a three-year contract for the Barrington Greenway Initiative for ecological services.  We are excited about this cross jurisdictional partnership.

At the July County Board meeting, we approved a contract with Tyler Technology for implementation, training, hosting and yearly maintenance of a new online utility billing system. This will have enhanced security for our 26,000 water and sewer customers as well as the ability to pay online and other features.

We approved a joint resolution for acquisition of necessary right-of-way and costs associated with the construction of a bike path along Washington Street from Lancer Lane to Mainsail Drive.  

We continue to look for ways to be more efficient and look for partnerships with communities.  We approved an Intergovernmental Agreement with the Village of Round Lake to provide plan review and construction services for the Village; all costs will be covered by the Village.  In a separate item, we approved water interconnection for system maintenance and emergency purposes with the Village of Round Lake and a County system at Brooks Farm.

I am always looking for feedback on my newsletter as well as what's happening in Lake County. If you have any comments or concerns, feel free to send me an email. If this newsletter was forwarded to you, please sign up to continue to receive news about Lake County and District 21.

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Ann B. Maine
Lake County Board, District 21
President, Lake County Forest Preserve District

Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Celebrates Completion of New Lake County Court Tower

2018 court tower

I recently gathered with Nineteenth Judicial Circuit Chief Judge Jay Ukena, Lake County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor, along with judges, fellow County Board members, elected officials, justice partners and others on July 17 for the ribbon cutting of the new Court Tower in downtown Waukegan. The ceremony also included the dedication of the Audrey H. Nixon Pedestrian Bridge.

The new eight-story, 200,000 sq. foot court tower houses 12 new courtrooms, jury assembly space, various administrative services and room for six future courtrooms. The tower construction began in June 2016 and will open to the public July 30, 2018. Find out more.


Health News

Mosquito protection

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. 

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

Farmers Market

Visit the Farmers Market

Farmers Markets are in full swing with summer bounty. Find one near you

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Forest Preserves News

LCFPD Fort Sheridan opening

Fort Sheridan Reopens with 70-Foot Overlook of Lake Michigan

The Lake County Forest Preserves announces the reopening of Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve in Lake Forest with new and improved features that provide greater access to the site’s natural beauty and rich military history. Following more than a year of construction, visitors will once again be able to enjoy portions of the preserve’s scenic trails and access to the Lake Michigan shoreline. Improvements include:


  • Three scenic observation areas, including a 70-foot overlook of Lake Michigan, with new and relocated educational exhibits that tell the story of the area’s unique history and include new information about the Lake Michigan Bird Flyway. 
  • Nearly a mile of new accessible paved trails and conversion of the woodchip section of the Hutchinson Trail with new bridges and boardwalks.
  • Redesigned main entrance on Gilgare Lane, widened to a full two lanes, which leads to a new 45-car parking lot with five accessible spaces and an evaporator toilet building (an innovative waste disposal method that is odor free and saves water). 
  • Improved north parking lot with new paved trailhead and an evaporator toilet building.
  • Restored shoreline with native plantings.
  • Remaining portion of George Bell Road and gates removed and area restored with native plantings. 


Public access to the restored 1.8-mile mowed grass trail will remain closed until summer 2019 to allow time for the grass surface to become better established for foot traffic. Management and monitoring of the 73-acre woodland, prairie and savanna portions of the site will continue in perpetuity. 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

LCFPD Family fishing

Family Fishing

Drop a line and see if the fish are biting. You could catch bluegills, largemouth bass and channel catfish. We’ll supply the poles, bait and tips on getting started. The program will run from 1 to 2:30 p.m. July 26 at Independence Grove Forest Preserve in Libertyville. A valid Illinois fishing license will be required for those ages 16 and older. This is a drop-in program, so no registration is required. Meet at the North Bay Pavilion. Learn more

Gospelfest 2018


Be inspired by Lake County’s gospel voices on July 29 at the Greenbelt Cultural Center in North Chicago. This annual favorite feature choirs, solo performances and praise dancers that bring you to your feet. Children can also enjoy fun nature activities during the event. Learn more

View Herons and Other Waterfowl at the Rookery Watch
Join us for viewing nesting herons, cormorants and other waterfowl at the Rookery Watch at Almond Marsh Forest Preserve.  This free event takes place from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday until the end of July.

LCFPD green youth farm 2018

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

Events in the Plaza

Events in the Plaza

The Events in the Plaza outdoor concert series runs through Aug. 7. at Independence Grove Forest Preserve in Libertyville. The entrance fee of $6 per car after 5 p.m.

Enjoy nature?  Want to learn something new?  Visit our Nature Blog, and if you enjoy history, be sure to read the History Blog by Diana Dreske.  You'll be surprised at what you learn.

You can also view a full calendar of Forest Preserve events for more information.

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. 

Transportation News

hunger food drive

Lake County Responding to Hunger Food Drive and Touch A Truck Event

Transportation and Public Works employees from Lake County, and many of the surrounding communities are collecting food to feed our hungry neighbors. We are partnering with the American Public Works Association Lake Branch, the Northern Illinois Food Bank, and the Lake County Sheriff's Office for a county-wide food drive! All food donations will be delivered to the Lake County Fairgrounds for a huge Touch A Truck event with all the participating agencies. 


Admission to the July 24 event is free, but you are invited to bring non-perishable food items to participate in the food drive. Bring the kids to see all their favorite big trucks up close! Learn more

When: 9 a.m. to noon July 24
Where: Lake County Fairgrounds in Grayslake

New Lighting to Help the Environment and Save Money
Lake County continues to look for ways to be more sustainable—both environmentally and economically. The Lake County Board authorized at its July 10 Board meeting to upgrade and install light-emitting diode (LED) street lighting at roundabout street lights and underpass luminaires. Over the past several years, LCDOT retrofitted all existing traffic signals throughout the county with long-lasting LED lamps, and now they are looking at street lighting. LED lights reduce power consumption and keep ongoing maintenance costs low. Learn more ways that Lake County focuses on sustainability by visiting our Sustainable Lake County website.

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Environmental News

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What To Keep In and Out of Your Recycling Bin

Curbside recycling keeps so much out of our landfills, BUT did you know there are items that you should not put in your recycling bin such as plastic bags and Styrofoam containers? Watch this video, and get an inside look of the recycling process at the Waste Management Recovery Facility in Grayslake. *Note* You'll notice items like plastic bags get wrapped in the machines. Before you add items to your recycling bin, check these guidelines from the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County.

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Special Electronics Recycling Collection

Lake County businesses, schools, churches, non-for-profits and units of government are invited to bring broken and unwanted electronics to be recycled at a special collection event from 8 a.m. to noon July 24 at the Lincolnshire Corporate Center West parking lot, 300 Knightsbridge Parkway. 

The Solid Waste Agency of Lake County provides free opportunities for residents to recycle electronics through a network of drop off locations. However, State law limits these locations to accept only residential electronics. Learn more, including what items will be accepted.

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Recycling Your Metal

Outside of food containers, you probably generate some metal waste such as old tomato cages, the filing cabinet you don’t need or other odds and ends.  There are a number of places in Lake County that accept this waste. I keep a reusable grocery bag in my garage and toss in the small pieces of metal until I have enough and then go to the recycling location near me.  Find metal recycling near you

Check Out SWALCO's Convenient Services 

The Solid Waste Agency of Lake County provides a variety of convenient services for Lake County residents including electronics recycling, household chemical waste collections, textile recycling, paint disposal, prescription drug drop-off boxes, Reuse-A-Shoe program, and composting options.


Public Works News

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2018 Water Quality Reports Available

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. 

News from the State's Attorney's Office

Advocacy Center ceremony

Children's Advocacy Center Honors Its Partners
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.  

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. 

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

Free Concert in the Park
The Village of Bannockburn is hosting a free Concert in the Park from 3 to 6 p.m. July 22. South of Disorder, a Jimmy Buffet cover band will play at the Village’s Open Space Shelter, 2245 Telegraph Road.  Bring a picnic and enjoy the music. 

Grayslake Park District Happenings 
The Grayslake Park District offers free children’s programs. Join Science Tellers at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 20

Also, don't miss the park district's Cardboard Boat Regatta on July 28 at Jones Island Beach. Find out more, including how to register. 

Deerfield Park District Happenings
Eat to the Beat! The Deerfield Park District will sponsor free lunchtime concerts from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 25 and Aug. 1 at the Jewett Park Pavilion. Also, the Fall 2018 Program Guide is available. Residents can register starting July 23, non-residents on Aug. 6. 

A Busy Time in Libertyville
It will be a busy few days in Libertyville July 19 and 20. The fun will start with the regular Farmer’s Market from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, July 19 and the concert in the Rose Garden at 7:30 p.m. Then, don't miss Lunch in the Park and Sidewalk Sales on Friday, July 20. 

The Promise of an Acorn
The Brushwood Center for the Arts located in the Ryerson Forest Preserve is debuting "The Promise of an Acorn" on Sunday, July 22.  The free art exhibit opens at 1:30 p.m. Speakers Skip Twardosz and Gerould Wilhelm will talk about the crucial plants and animals of the Chicago Region 3-4.  Get more information

Cruisin' With Cops
Crusin' with Cops returns to Lincolnshire from 6 to 9 p.m. July 27.  The free event will take place at the corner of Milwaukee and Half Day Road (475 Milwaukee Ave).

Lake Forest Day
The American Legion McKinlock Post 264 will again sponsor Lake Forest Day on July 31 and Aug. 1. There is a full line-up of eventsincluding a fun run, parade, music and more.

Did You Know There's A Lake Michigan Water Trail? 
Bring the family to a free event from 1 to 7 p.m. Aug. 3 at Waukegan Harbor, 55 S. Harbor Place. Learn water safety, fish, and go on guided tours of natural areas.  No registration is required.  Learn more at PaddleIllinoisWaterTrails.orgYou can also learn about water trails around the area at the same site.

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