Lake County News: August 2018

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Ann Maine, District 21

Aug. 23, 2018

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Dear Neighbors,

As your Lake County Board Member, I take transparency very seriously.  Through my e-newsletter and social media I work to keep you informed on what is going on with Lake County Government in the most efficient way possible.

Over the last few weeks there has been some discussion about County Board Members use of County Credit Cards, also known as P-Cards, or procurement cards. I have not used a County Credit Card in more than seven years, and I haven’t had one in the last several years.

In the coming weeks the Lake County Board will be examine how and if County Credit Cards should be available to members. I strongly feel I can serve you, and all my constituents without the use of a County Credit Card. It is my position that the Lake County Board should eliminate the use of County Credit Cards for all members of the board and work toward a much more transparent system. I support any board member expenses be listed individually, be receipt and available to the public online. I will work to make sure this type of reform takes place as soon as possible. We owe it to you, the taxpayers, who are our bosses.

Remember, the time is short for appealing your property assessments.  Check below for the deadlines and make use of the online help.

At the August meeting, the County Board approved a resolution proclaiming September as Suicide Prevention month.  The rate of suicide is increasing sharply across the United States.  In fact, suicide is a leading cause of death for Americans (CDC)There are many factors for this including the opioid addiction.  I have more information below about opioid addiction.  Learn what you can do to prevent suicide and visit #BeThe1To. 

Here in Lake County we have a number of services available, including Text-A-Tip,  a 24 hour anonymous hotline for youth,  as well as information from the Coroner’s Office.   As a member of the Board of Health I was especially pleased to learn that our programs served over 20,000 people with mental illness.

In other business the Board approved the purchase of body cameras to be worn in the jail by corrections staff.  Transportation projects include fixing culverts on the McClory bike path and on Rollins Road.  I'm pleased to announce the passage of a resolution in support of collaborative efforts to investigate the necessary improvements to the Milwaukee District North Metra Line that would allow more reverse commute service.  This partnership involved Lake County Partners, the City of Lake Forest and local area businesses.  I attended the early meetings for this project and hope that this can be a model for additional non-motorized transit projects.

I’m very excited that planning for the Patriot Path along Rt. 137 is moving along.  I’ve been working with the communities in the area for a long time on this project.  Details on the Oct. 3 public hearing are given below.  I look forward to seeing you there.

As you can see below, the summer concert series may be over at Independence Grove, but your Forest Preserves still offer a lot for you.  Be sure to get outside as summer winds down.  The Hike Lake County program in the Forest Preserves has started.  Get your hikes in and collect your badge.

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

Second Installment of Property Tax Bills Due Sept. 6

The second installment due date of 2017 Lake County property taxes is approaching. Please note, you received one bill in May, and you will not receive another bill for the second installment. If you misplaced your second installment coupon, print a copy from the Treasurer's Office website by entering your PIN number or address. If you are mailing your payment, be sure to have it U.S. postmarked on or before Sept. 6 to avoid late penalties.

Treasurer FAQ

Property Tax Bill FAQs
Do you have questions about your Lake County property tax bill such as who determines your taxes and what are the different ways you can pay? Watch this video as Lake County Treasurer David Stolman answers these and other commonly asked questions. Watch now

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Property Tax Process, Relief, and More
Learn more about what Lake County does with your property tax payment, property tax relief that may be available to you and more by visiting

Assessment Notices Have Been Mailed

Assessment notices for the 2018 tax year have been mailed to Libertyville, Vernon and West Deerfield 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. 28 at the College of Lake County Southlake Campus in Vernon Hills and Aug. 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 following are the final filing dates for assessment appeals:

  • Libertyville Township: Aug. 27
  • Vernon Township: Sept. 4
  • West Deerfield: 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 News

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

Time to Remember. Time to Act
International Overdose Awareness Day is a global event held on Aug. 31 to raise awareness of overdose, reduce the stigma of a drug-related death and acknowledge the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have died or had a permanent injury as a result of drug overdose. 

Opioid Initiative

Here in Lake County, we recognize how serious this topic is and are taking steps to address this growing problem. The Lake County Opioid Initiative, which was created in 2013, strives to address the increasing opiate problem in the county and secure County funding to create programs such as "A Way Out" and the Naloxone programs.

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"A Way Out"
Those who struggle with substance abuse can go to seek help 24/7 as part of the “A Way Out” Program. 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

Law enforcement officers have performed over 200 saves using Naloxone, an antidote that "brings back" an individual from overdose. Officers across Lake County have been trained to administer Naloxone if they respond to a a call of a suspect opioid overdose.

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Free Prescription Drug Disposal
A majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet. Residents can safely dispose unwanted or expired prescription drugs at prescription drug disposal boxes across Lake County. Find a drug disposal box near you.

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From Farmers Market to Dinner Table

With so many farmers markets across Lake County, our residents have many options for picking up fresh produce, packed with nutrition and flavor. Watch this video as Chef LaiSha Ponder from the Lake County Health Department shares how you can bring that market freshness to your table with two easy, mouthwatering dishes, a summer ribbon salad and a sautéed vegetable mélange. Go to your local farmer’s market using our Farmers Market Finder and give these recipes a try!

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Forest Preserves News

Rollins Savanna

Discover Rollins Savanna

One of Lake County's largest forest preserves, Rollins Savanna, offers the perfect setting for grassland birds and other wildlife. I recently joined Forest Preserve Commissioners Jeff Werfel and Steve Carlson to discuss restoration, the Native Seed Nursery, and new trail connections at Rollins Savanna Forest Preserve. Watch this video to find out 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 through Nov. 30 to earn a commemorative shield. View this year’s hike locations.

Lyons Woods

Trail Extension at Lyons Woods
A newly completed 1.9-mile paved trail now connects Lyons Woods Forest Preserve in Waukegan to the Robert McClory Bike Path and local parks. The Lake County Forest Preserves, City of Waukegan, Waukegan Park District and the Village of Beach Park partnered to create this trail extension. It represents the first phase of a longer 6.9-mile regional trail that will continue west through Waukegan Savanna Forest Preserve and eventually connect to the Des Plaines River Trail at Sedge Meadow Forest Preserve in Wadsworth. Visit Lyons Woods today.

From Seed to Sprout: Food Preservation Then and Now

How do the seasons of the year impact our food? Join us Aug. 29 at Bonner Heritage Farm in Lindenhurst as we learn about the history of the site, life in the 1800s, and where our food comes from. Kids will enjoy fun hands-on activities, games, gardening and more. Register today!


Help reduce overpopulation, win cash prizes and fish to your heart’s content at Carp-O-Rama on Sept. 8 in the South Bay of Independence Grove Forest Preserve! Compete to catch the most carp by weight and the largest single carp by weight. Learn more.

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.

Environmental News

Lake County Stormwater Management Commission to Review Proposed Foxconn Development
The Lake County Stormwater Management Commission has entered into a contract with Christopher B. Burke Engineering, Ltd. to review the proposed Foxconn development and related adjacent improvements due to concerns of adverse impacts on flooding and water quality along the Des Plaines River in Lake County. The Foxconn site is in the headwaters of the Des Plaines River Watershed, which is immediately upstream of Lake County and encompasses a major source of surface water. Learn more

Steps You Can Take to Reduce Food Waste
This month’s topic is food waste.  Did you know that in the United States almost 40 percent of our total food supply ends up as waste?  And the vast majority of this (83 percent) is wasted by consumers. The EPA estimates 22 percent of municipal waste is food. Not only does this put pressure on landfills, but it also wastes resources such as water;  more pesticides are used and additional land is plowed up to produce the food.  This problem can be tackled at many levels.

And there are important steps you can take to decrease food waste.  Research shows that using smaller plates for meals results in smaller servings and decreased waste.  Don’t buy in bulk if you aren’t going to use the food soon.  Fresh fruits and vegetables are more likely to go to waste. While not everyone can or wants to compost, there are some easy methods.  Check out the compost bins at SWALCO.  I’ve had excellent success with a small two quart-size counter top compost bin with a charcoal filter.  No bugs, no smells.  When it is full I put it in the bin in the backyard.  Many grocery stores and restaurants are participating in food donation programs.  Find out if your local store donates to a food pantry or shelter. Learn more about this problem and what you can do from the EPA.


Check out all 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.

Transportation News

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Paratransit Study Community Meetings
The Paratransit Market Study for the Lake County region is concluding. The study evaluated transportation options and service gaps for seniors, people with disabilities, and the general public. Please attend one of the final round of community meetings to learn more about the study and to provide feedback on the study recommendations. Community meetings will take place Sept. 5 and 6 in Libertyville, Waukegan, Round Lake Beach, and Barrington. Find out more


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.

Patriot Path Public Hearing
The Lake County Division of Transportation is currently conducting an engineering study for a 5.5 mile long bike path along IL Route 137 from the Des Plaines River Trail in Libertyville to the Robert McClory Bike Path in North Chicago. A public hearing has been scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 3 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Independence Grove. View the project website for more information.

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

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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

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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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Have A Great School Year, Lake County!

Students will soon be returning to the classroom, so let’s make sure they are safe this school year! This means keeping an eye on the road for school buses and students walking to school and making sure students stay safe by using their technology responsibly. Watch this video as the Lake County Sheriff’s Office gives you safety tips. 

Meet Simba


Simba, the newest member of the Lake County Public Defender’s Office, is the first certified facility dog ever assigned to an American Public Defender’s Office! A 2-year-old Labrador Retriever, Simba will provide comfort, compassion and companionship to children involved in abuse, neglect and dependency cases. Learn more

Election News

Vote by mail

From Your Mailbox to the Ballot Box
Lake County residents correctly registered with their current name and address can now complete the required application to request a ballot by mail for the Nov. 6, 2018 election. This is an ideal voting option for snowbirds, students away at school, and those who will be traveling on Election Day as your ballot can be mailed anywhere. Completed applications must be submitted to the Clerk’s Office by noon Nov. 1. According to Illinois state statute, ballots cannot be mailed to the voters until late September.


Electronic and paper forms are available by:

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We Need Election Judges
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. 

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.

Watch County Board Meetings Live


Keep informed about Lake County government! Watch County Board meetings live at 9 a.m. on the second Tuesday of each month. You can watch meetings live online or on Comcast channels 18 and 30, or AT&T channel 99. You can also view archived County Board meetings anytime.

Community News

LAKE COUNTY FARM STROLL!  Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
The farm stroll is a self-guided tour of Lake County’s diversified family farms.   You can visit as many farms as you want in any order. This is a free event; however, you might want to bring some cash for food and activities at the farms.  Learn more from the Illinois Extension Service. 

Annual Art Fair in Lake Forest
The 64th Deer Path Art Fair on the Square will be held Labor Day weekend, Sept. 2 and 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Market Square in Lake Forest. 

Free Family Concert
The Vernon Area Public Library is sponsoring a free family concert Saturday, Aug. 25 at 11 a.m.  See their calendar of events for details on this and other programs at the library.

Stop by the Deerfield Historic Village
The Deerfield Historic Village is open Sundays from 2 - 4 p.m. during the months of August and September.  Take a free tour of a little red school house and other important buildings. Located at 450 Kipling Place, Deerfield.

Fall Festival in Deerfield
The Deerfield Fall Harvest Fest is Saturday, Sept. 22.  Kick off the morning at the Farmers Market for good food and kids events; return in the evening for a concert and more fun. The event is free.  Food will be available for purchase.

Attend the Upcoming Twilight Shuffle
Want to get active?  Participate in Libertyville MainStreet Twilight Shuffle Sunday, Sept. 2. Register here

Monthly First Friday in Libertyville
The monthly First Friday will take place on Sept. 7. Come out for a fun evening with friends, shop, eat and hear some music.

Upcoming Warren Township Events
Warren Township offers a variety of services for people of all ages.  The Youth and Family department sponsors dances and speakers.  Look at the Warren Township calendar for more information.

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