Assessment notices, New Court Tower to open soon, Recycling guidelines, and More

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Craig Taylor, District 19

July 25, 2018

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New Lake County Court Tower Opens July 30

Nineteenth Judicial Circuit Chief Judge Jay Ukena, Lake County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor, along with judges, county board members, elected officials, justice partners and others gathered 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. Watch this video to learn more. 

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Assessment Notices Are Being Mailed

Assessment notices for the 2018 tax year have been mailed to Cuba 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 Aug. 14 and 21 at the College of Lake County Southlake Campus in Vernon Hills and Aug. 8, 15 and 22 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 Cuba Township is Aug. 20. 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.

Provide Feedback at Tri-County Access Project Open House

The public is invited to attend an open house regarding the Tri-County Access Project from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 25 at Countryside Banquets in Lakemoor. 

The Tri-County Access (TCA) Project, formerly the IL Route 53/120 project, is a comprehensive regional study being conducted by the Illinois Tollway to study how to ease traffic congestion in Lake, northern Cook, and eastern McHenry counties that is environmentally friendly and fiscally responsible. 

Public meetings are being planned to help foster awareness of project developments and alternatives that are being evaluated and to provide a forum for public input, including concerns and comments regarding project alternatives.  Learn more

What You Should Throw In and Keep Out of Your Recycling Bin

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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.

‘Women on Patrol’ to Film Sheriff’s Office

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Another television show will be riding with members of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office beginning this month. The show, “Women on Patrol” will ride along with our Highway Patrol Division and provide an inside look at the responsibilities of the Sheriff’s Office and the variety of calls Sheriff’s Deputies respond to. This is not the first time the Sheriff’s Office has been featured on a television show!  Watch this video to learn more about the Sheriff’s Office on “Live PD.”

Fred Fest

2018 Fred Fest

Fred Fest returns to the Fox River Preserve in Port Barrington! The event features a diverse lineup of local bands, food and drinks for purchase, and family-friendly activities. Fred Fest benefits the Preservation Foundation of the Lake County Forest Preserves. Learn more »

Your Courthouse at Work

Your Courthouse at Work

Watch this edition of Your Courthouse at Work as Lake County judges share information about the guardianship help desk, bond court, and small claims court. Also, take an inside look at the first Annual Veterans & Family Services RUCK March and an update on new laws and changes at the 19th Judicial Circuit. Watch now.

New Zion Health Center to Expand Access to Quality Services

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The Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center has opened its new Zion Health Center, which will greatly expand access to quality health services for residents of northeast Lake County. Located at 1911 27th St., the site was fully renovated to provide integrated health services, including primary care, dental care, behavioral health, women’s health, nutrition services, case management, and more to provide patient-centered care under one roof. Watch this video to learn more about the new center.

Gain Skills Needed in Today’s Workplace

Revive Lake County

Returning citizens and individuals with a criminal background can learn the skills needed in today’s workplace through a new program through Lake County Workforce Development called Revive Lake County. Individuals who successfully complete the program may be eligible to receive financial aid for job training or a paid work experience. Interested individuals are required to attend an information session at the Job Center’s Waukegan location. View the schedule.

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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

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Fort Sheridan Reopens with Lake Michigan Overlook
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

Community News

Become a Lake Zurich Police Officer
The Village of Lake Zurich Police Department is currently recruiting for new officers. Candidates will be required to successfully complete a series of  tests including a written, physical agility, oral interview, polygraph, an extensive background investigation, and post offer psychological and medical tests. Find out 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

Household Battery and Light Bulb Recycling
Ela Township residents can recycle their unwanted household batteries and light bulbs by dropping them off at the Ela Town Hall, 1155 East Route 22, Lake Zurich.  Please note that this program is for akaline, nickel, silver, and mercury batteries such as 9V, AAA, AA, C and D batteries. Fluorescent bulbs are not accepted. 

Save the Date!
There will be bike safety checks, digital fingerprinting, a K9 demonstration and much more as the Barrington Police Department holds its National Night Out event from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 9 at Cook and Station streets. Learn more

Cruise Nights
Lake Zurich's next Main Street Cruise Night will take place at 6 p.m. Aug. 1. The event is free to cruisers and spectators. There also will be period music and Main Street restaurants will be open. Learn more

And don't miss Barrington's Cruise Nights, which begin at 6 p.m. every Thursday through Aug. 30 at Cook and Station streets in downtown Barrington. Special nights includes food trucks, and a weekly Family Fun Zone. Learn more

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