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Aug. 10, 2018

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Why Work for Lake County?

Discover opportunities for professional growth, abundant career choices, and jobs that offer variety and the chance to make a meaningful difference. These are a few of the reasons that Lake County employees love working for us! Watch this video and discover why Lake County is a great place to work!

Lake County Is Hiring
Lake County is currently hiring for a variety of positions, including nurses, counselors, maintenance workers, and court security officers. View the job openings!

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We Need Election Judges

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Fair and accurate elections are incredibly important to all of us, and attentive election judges are enlisted for the meaningful responsibility of processing voters. Join our amazing election judge team and take on the rewarding role of working in your neighborhood Election Day voting site. Reserve your seat in an upcoming training. 

Assessment Notices Have Been Mailed

Assessment notices for the 2018 tax year have been mailed to Cuba and Ela 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, 21 and 28 at the College of Lake County Southlake Campus in Vernon Hills and Aug. 15, 22 and 29 at the University Center of Lake County in Grayslake. These centers will meet from 4 to 7 p.m. 

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, and the final filing date for assessment appeals in Ela Township is Sept. 4. 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.

Health Department Investigates Food-Borne Illness Outbreak

The Lake County Health Department is working with local, state, and federal public health officials to investigate an increase in cyclosporiasis (Cyclospora infection), affecting residents of multiple counties and states. Since May, the Health Department has investigated 43 cases of Cyclospora infection among Lake County residents, more than 14 times higher than the number of cases reported in 2017. 

Cyclospora infection may occur when a person consumes food or water contaminated with the Cyclospora parasite. Symptoms typically begin one to two weeks after exposure and can be treated with specific antibiotics. If left untreated, symptoms can last weeks to months. Cyclospora infection is unlikely to be transmitted from person to person. Learn More

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

2018 Hike Lake County Challenge

2018 Hike Lake County Challenge

Studies show spending time outdoors interacting with our natural world makes us healthier, happier and more mindful. Activate the power of nature for your good health by taking part in the annual Hike Lake County Challenge. Enjoy fall breezes and autumn colors while exploring designated “Hike Lake County” trails with family, friends or canine companions. Complete just seven of the hikes between Aug. 15 and Nov. 30 to earn a commemorative shield. View this year’s hike locations.

Transportation News

2018 adopt a highway

Apply Today to Adopt A Highway
The Lake County Division of Transportation (LCDOT) is currently looking for volunteers to help pick up litter and debris along Lake County highways and bike paths. Volunteers adopt a section of a county highway and commit to cleaning it twice a year. 

There may be a section of county highway or bike path in need near you. Several sections that haven't been available for years, have recently opened up. Please take a look at the available sections, fill out an application, and join us! Applications need to be submitted by Aug. 31.

2018-2023 highway improvement program

County's 2018-2023 Highway Improvement Program
Lake County’s 2018-2023 Proposed Highway Improvement Program is now available. Review the five-year plan to learn more about how the program is created and to see which projects are currently funded in the next five years. More Information

Speed studies

Lake County Implements Speed Studies
The Lake County Division of Transportation (LCDOT) is responsible for setting the speed limit for county highways under our jurisdiction and township roads. Safety on the roadways is always a top priority and guides everything we do, including the determination of speed limits. What is a speed study, and how does the process work? Learn more

Mosquito Pools Test Positive for West Nile Virus in Lake County


The Lake County Health Department has confirmed nine pools or batches of mosquitoes testing positive for West Nile virus, tracking ahead of the seasonal average in Lake County. Summer and fall are prime times for West Nile virus. Take action by following these prevention tips.

You Are Not Alone! Help is Available

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If you or someone you know is feeling alone, do not be afraid to ask for help. Immediate mental health assistance is a phone call or a text away. Learn more about services in Lake County including Text-A-Tip and the Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center’s Crisis Care Program. 

Nominate an Illinois Veteran

Honor 200

Do you know an Illinois veteran whose contributions are above and beyond the call of duty? In partnership with the Illinois Bicentennial Office, the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs is accepting nominations to honor the work of 200 veterans from across the state. Nominations will be evaluated on their achievements and on the extent to which their contributions have aided, benefited and provided inspiration to their community. Learn more, including the qualifications and how to apply. The deadline to apply is Aug. 31.

Kids Nature Funfest

2018 Fun Fest

Enjoy an afternoon of nature activities that grow a child’s love of the outdoors at Kids Nature Funfest on Aug. 19 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Greenbelt Cultural Center in North Chicago. See live animals, build a fort, net some insects, make creative arts and crafts, and take part in nature activities with several of our community partners. Open to families with children ages 12 and under, the event is free. No registration is required. Dress for the weather; event runs rain or shine.


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