Fall festivals, Old McHenry Road update, Senior Law Day, What's Happening With... and More

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Craig Taylor, District 19

September 26, 2018

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Budget Award Indicator of County’s Sound Fiscal Management

As it has for the past decade, Lake County has received the “Distinguished Budget Presentation Award” from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). Lake County consistently receives this annual award that reflects the County’s commitment to meet the highest principles of governmental budgeting and shows Lake County satisfies nationally recognizes guidelines for effective budget presentation. The award demonstrates that the budget serves as a policy document, financial plan, operations guide and a communications device.

The Lake County Board has a strong track record of practicing fiscal responsibility. Lake County consistently has a balanced budget, and for 20 years has maintained a Triple A credit rating – the highest rating possible. Lake County is one of only two counties in Illinois that have a AAA rating from the rating agencies Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s, an achievement held by approximately 2% of the nation’s counties.

Also each year, an independent professional audit of Lake County’s finances is completed. The audit firm of Baker Tilly recently issued a “clean opinion” for the latest audit, which is the highest opinion available.  The recent audit, along with the credit rating and GFOA awards, collectively show Lake County is financially sound.

Celebrate Fall at a Festival in Lake County

One of the best things about saying farewell to summer is looking forward to a fall festival in Lake County. Enjoy autumn’s glows firsthand while heading to an Oktoberfest, get spooked, pick out enormous orange fruits or get lost in a maze of maize. View Visit Lake County’s guide to the county’s fall festivals.

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Old McHenry Road Project Update

Old McHenry Road work

Road work resumed last week with equipment and material delivery, sign installation, pavement saw cutting and storm sewer work. The contractor is currently installing storm sewer on Robert Parker Coffin Road between Old McHenry Road and the bridge. This week, crews plan to resume storm sewer operations on Old McHenry Road. 

Watch for workers and flaggers as daily lane closures will be utilized. Watch for trucks coming in and out of the job site. For more information, visit the project website.

Emergency Alert Tests to Your Phone, TV Scheduled Oct. 3


The Federal Emergency Management Agency, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission, will issue a test of the Nationwide Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) which will be sent to all compatible cell phones on Oct. 3. The test was originally scheduled Sept. 20. Please note some older cell phones may not receive the test message. 

This test will be followed by a test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS), which is made available to radio and television broadcasters, cable systems, satellite radio and television providers, and wireline video providers. The EAS test is scheduled to last about one minute and will be similar to regular monthly EAS test messages. Learn more

Register Now for Annual Lake County Deicing Workshops


Time is running out to register for the 10th Annual Deicing Workshops, which will take place Oct. 1 to 3. Businesses have to balance safety with effective ice and snow removal practices. There are best practices to follow and sensible methods and alternatives to use that can be more environmentally friendly and cost-effective. The final day to register is Thursday, Sept. 27. Register today!

Recycle Your Shoes at New County Locations

shoe recycling

As you discover a growing pile of shoes that no longer fit, don’t throw them away! Keep them out of the landfills and recycle it all instead. As part of the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County's Reuse-A-Shoe program, new locations have opened to bring your new and gently used shoes including drop-off bins in Deerfield, Gages Lake, Port Barrington and Vernon Hills.

Learn more about the Reuse-A-Shoe program, including all locations and what items are accepted. And, make sure to learn about all of SWALCO’s recycling programs, including clothing and textiles, household electronics and household chemical waste.

Learn About Court System, Schemes and More at Senior Law Day

Seniors are cordially invited to attend Senior Law Day on Oct. 12. Learn about elder law, scams targeting seniors, and voting, and tour the new Court Tower!  Hosted by the 19th Judicial Circuit Court, this event will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Lake County Court Tower, 301 Washington St., Waukegan. Reserve your spot.

Senior Law Day

Become a Corrections Officer

corrections officers

The Lake County Sheriff's Office is now hiring Corrections Officers. Take pride in serving your community, enjoy working in a team environment, receive training to further a successful career path, and receive great benefits while working for Lake County's largest law enforcement agency. Watch this video as Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran explains the responsibilities of a corrections officer on a typical day.

In order to attend the mandatory orientation and testing, your application must be completed, and fees have to be paid by Oct. 8. Apply today!

Diabetes in Lake County

Diabetes in Lake County

Diabetes is a disease that affects how your body uses blood sugar or glucose and is the sixth leading cause of death in Lake County. The good news is diabetes is preventable and can be controlled. Watch this video to learn about a new resource created by Live Well Lake County to teach you more about diabetes prevention and management.

Join Annual Walk for Awareness and Suicide Prevention

Awareness and suicide prevention

Remembering. Ending stigma. Saving lives. Join the sixth annual Walk for Awareness and Suicide Prevention on Oct. 6 at Hastings Lake Forest Preserve in Lake Villa. There also will be a one-mile walk option. As part of the event, visit information tables from Lake County agencies covering topics such as mental health, physical health, counseling, aging and community services. Learn more

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Forest Preserve News

Dunn Museum

Meet the Author: David Powell

Author David Powell will speak about the experience of Lake County soldiers in the 96th Illinois Infantry at Horseshoe Ridge, Chickamauga, during the American Civil War on Saturday, Sept. 29 from 3:30 to 4 p.m. at the Dunn Museum in Libertyville. Powell is the author of The Maps of Chickamauga, among many other titles. Learn more

Free Senior Museum Admission

Senior admission to the Dunn Museum in Libertyville is free for the entire month of October. Daily admission for seniors (62 and up) is just $3 all other months and $1.50 on Discount Tuesdays. Plan your visit.

LCFPD teacher open house

Teacher Open House

Lake County educators, learn about exciting programs and resources for your class, tour the exhibitions and take part in guided teacher training sessions with our education staff on Oct. 11 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Dunn Museum in Libertyville. Professional development credits will be available.  Learn more

Welcome REI
Our county’s first REI store opens Friday, Sept. 28 in Vernon Hills. The retail and outdoor recreation services company has already forged a partnership with the Lake County Forest Preserves. In addition to offering recreation programs in various preserves, we are delighted to thank REI for its recent $20,000 grant to support two public access projects. With these funds, and the help of Youth Conservation Corps crews this summer, we extended an existing boardwalk at Ryerson Woods in Riverwoods and stabilized the Des Plaines River shoreline with native wetland plants at the Wright Woods Canoe Launch at IL Route 60 in Vernon Hills. 

REI is also supporting the LCFD Preservation Foundation through a partnership with a local brewery that is donating a portion of the proceeds from a new limited-edition beer. You can stop by the Grand Opening or REI on Friday, Sept. 28 and Saturday, Sept. 29 for a taste, and to check out the new store. 

Community News

Sparrow Ridge Plaza

Read Lake Zurich's latest What's Happening With... Story
The Village of Lake Zurich is continuing its popular "What's Happening With..." series by sharing the status of Sparrow Ridge Plaza on Rand Road. This series, presented by the village, reviews the history, ownership, development activity and current conditions of various properties in the village that are often asked about. Read the story.

Citizens for Conservation Volunteer Fair
Volunteers are the core of success for Citizens for Conservation, helping with on-the-ground restoration, education, wildlife monitoring and more. Find out what you can do. Attend a program from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30 at CFC headquarters in Barrington. Learn more

Country Fair

Join the second Annual Country Fair from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30 at Walk On, 26665 W. Cuba Road, Barrington. Enjoy family activities including a petting zoo, pony rides, an inflatable obstacle course, and more. Admission is free,  

Coffee with a Cop

Join the Hawthorn Woods, Lake Zurich and Kildeer police departments for coffee and conversation from 8 to 10 a.m. Oct. 3 at Mariano's in Lake Zurich. It's an opportunity to ask questions, voice concerns and know the officers in your neighborhood.

Parenting Emotionally Healthy Young Adults 

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Barrington Area will host a presentation on Launching Emotionally Healthy Young Adults at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1 at the Barrington Area Library, 505 N. Northwest Highway. Experts will address concerns about what is normal, and how to deal with sadness, depression, anxiety, and stress management in their young adult children. Learn more

Fall Wine Walk

Enjoy a “Sipping Saturday” while strolling through downtown Barrington and sipping wine provided by 29 participating merchants. The Barrington Fall Wine Walk will take place from 2 to 6 p.m. Oct. 13. Learn more

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