Lake County News: October 2018

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Ann Maine, District 21

October 19, 2018

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Dear Neighbors,

October is a busy time for the Board. On Oct. 23 and 24, the County will be having its budget hearings.  You can view the proposed budget hereA summary is provided below.

In past newsletters I’ve discussed the County Procurement card proposals.  Below is a report by an independent firm.  My recommendations have been that we have an outside Compliance Officer who reports directly to the Finance Committee and that all Board Member expenses are posted directly on the Board agenda.  You can also read about proposed changes to Vendor disclosure. As an elected official, I do not have any direct input into what firms are hired.

The County’s Transparency page provides a link to the County Ethics Ordinance. Every office holder is required by state law to provide the names and relationships that could be potential conflicts of interest.  Also on this page is the compensation and benefits of elected officials and employees, every vendor payment and the County’s check register and more.

The Foxconn construction project has been in the news for a variety of reasons. Those of us in the Des Plaines River watershed are especially concerned about the construction as well as the widening of I-94 in Wisconsin.  The Lake County Stormwater Management Commission hired Christopher Burke Engineering to review the project and assess the it could have on us. I will be moderating a public meeting on the potential environmental impact of these projects.  I hope you can join us on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the Heritage Park Center, 100 Community Boulevard, Wheeling.

If you haven’t tried one of the Lake County hikes, I hope you can get out with the fine weather.  Learn more about them.

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

November 6, 2018 Election News

November 2018 election

Voter Registration
It’s not too late to register to vote in the upcoming election! Grace voter registration is available during early voting from Oct. 22 to Nov. 5, and on Election Day.

Vote by Mail
Skip the lines on Election Day by voting by mail! Registered voters must submit a required application form by noon on Nov. 1 vote by mail.  Returning voted by mail ballots must be postmarked by midnight on Nov. 6.


Early Voting
Early voting begins Oct. 22 at 16 sites throughout Lake County. View the early voting locations


For more information about the upcoming election, visit the Lake County Clerk’s November 2018 Election  web page


Proposed 2019 Budget Keeps $3.4 Million in Taxpayers’ Pockets

The proposed Lake County 2019 budget is balanced and the operating budget reflects a slight decrease from last year. The Lake County Board will hold budget hearings on the proposed budget later this month and will vote on it at its November meeting. In an effort to provide some relief to taxpayers, the County Board directed that the budget be developed keeping the County’s property tax levy flat (or not taking the allowable levy growth based on the Consumer Price Index). This keeps $3.4 million in taxpayers’ pockets.  The only increase in property tax revenue will come from growth on new property. (As a reminder, Lake County’s portion of your property tax bill is about 7%). The proposed FY19 operating budget—which funds the County’s day-to-day operations—is $3.3 million less than last year (or 1%) as a result of efficiencies from shared services with other governments, technology enhancements, and operational improvements. The budget can be viewed at

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Forest Preserves News

Dunn Museum video

Tour the Dunn Museum
Watch this video as Commissioner Carol Calabresa and I tell you more about the Dunn Museum in Libertyville.

LCFPD accessibility

Help Us Improve Accessibility
We are currently evaluating accessibility within our forest preserves, programs, facilities and communications to ensure people with disabilities can use and enjoy them. We invite you to attend one of three public meetings on October 30, November 1, and November 3, to share ideas and provide feedback to help us improve accessibility within our agency. Learn more »

2018 Chili Golf Scramble

Play in the Chili Golf Scramble at Countryside
Join this low-pressure 18-hole tournament at Countryside Golf Club in Mundelein, on Sunday, November 4 at 10 a.m. Compete for prizes, then enjoy chili and beverages. 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 by Nov. 30 to earn a commemorative shield. View this year’s hike locations.

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.

County to Strengthen P-Card Program Policies

Following an analysis of Lake County’s P-card program, an independent firm concluded that there is not widespread misuse of Lake County P-Cards. However, the firm recommended Lake County update its policy, processes and procedures. Lake County has approximately 260 County-issued P-Cards used by employees, some board members and elected officials for County business related expenses. The firm analyzed a sample of Lake County P-card transactions representing 52% of total spending for 12 months and reviewed best practices from across the country. While the County has a policy that specifically defines appropriate expenses, the study’s findings show there are gaps that can be improved with stronger internal controls. Recommendations to be immediately implemented include: updating current practices and refining procedures to better document approvals and handle exceptions (including personal charges and late submissions); implementing regular departmental reviews of active cards and credit limits, as well as additional training.  The Board will also consider policy changes and updates to its rules that govern board members’ P-card use and consider measures to improve transparency, including posting P-card transactions to the County website.

P-Cards are a valuable procurement and payment tool used by governments, as well as businesses, because it reduces length of time to make a purchase or pay vendor, can decrease transaction costs and earn revenue through rebates. The Committee will review and discuss the action plan for implementing the recommendations at its next meeting.

Board Considers Measures to Enhance Procurement Policies

In an effort to strengthen its already strong policies as it relates to purchasing goods and services, the Lake County Board is considering changes that will require vendors submitting proposals for more than $30,000 to disclose familial relationships with County employees. The Board already approved internal policy changes that require employees to annually review ethics and purchasing rules, and attest that they understand and agree to adhere to them.

The Board recently discussed a proposal that would require vendors submitting proposals to submit a “Vendor Disclosure Statement” disclosing the names of each owner/principal/officer of the company, along with those individuals’ immediate family members who are employed by Lake County. Purchasing officers will compare the statement with the staff members serving on the evaluation panel and verify that those employees are eligible to serve. The Board wants to discuss further how to broaden this and make this information more transparent. The Finance Committee will take up the item next month.  

The Lake County Board adopted Ethics Ordinance clearly outlines the ethical and legal standards that county officers and employees must follow while conducting county business. It also puts a process in place to reviewing complaints and gives the county administrator authority to administer disciplinary action up to and including termination. 

Government Procurement Spotlight: Professional Services

In local government, much of what we do and how we do it is dictated by State and sometimes Federal laws. For example, Lake County government purchases a variety of goods and services and there are different ways to procure those services depending on what it is.  For example, when hiring architects, engineers and land surveyors, Lake County (and local governments) are required to use the Professional Services Selection process and award these contracts through a “Qualifications Based Selection.” This allows the County to evaluate a firm based on experience and expertise relative to the project, and cost is negotiated after the most highly rated firm is selected. 

How does it work? When professional services are needed, the department develops the project scope and then publicly advertises the request for services. Interested firms submit a Statement of Interest (SOI) and Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) and a selection committee –made up of professionals from the department—evaluate the proposals and select a minimum of three firms to participate in an interview/presentation. They rank the firms based on several criteria, including their expertise and past related experience.   The County then begins negotiating the number of hours it will take to complete the scope of services. The final contract is then presented to the Lake County Board for approval.   

Following this process is required by State and Federal law; it provides value to the County and helps us deliver cost-effective, efficient services to our residents because our Lake County team of professionals has selected the most qualified firm to perform the work, and these firms are then qualified to do similar work in the future, based on their past successful performance.  Learn More: Qualifications Based Selection FAQ’s

Environmental News

Public Information Panel: Foxconn Development
Join me along with Senator Julie Morrison and other public officials to learn about the Lake County Stormwater Management Commission’s study to assess Foxconn’s impact on flooding and water quality along the Des Plaines River watershed 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.

When: 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 24
Where: Heritage Park Center, 100 Community Blvd., Wheeling, 


Recycling Your Scrap Metal and Your Textiles
Has fall clean-up of your garden left you with bent plant cages that you can’t reuse? Don’t throw them out—recycle them.  There are a number of scrap metal sites in Lake County. Visit the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County's Where Do I Recycle This? database to find locations to recycle scrap metal as well as other items.

And as you switch over from summer to winter clothes, remember that you can donate gently used clothing to one of many charitable organizations.  But if the clothing is ripped and torn, it can still get a new life.  Find a textile drop-off site near you



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

Pace new clean fleet

Pace Unveils New Clean Diesel Fleet

I recently joined local, county and state officials to celebrate Pace’s new fleet of clean diesel buses operating out of the Pace North Division in Waukegan. These vehicles use ultra-low sulfur diesel that is highly refined and immediately reduces harmful emissions from diesel vehicles and equipment by 10 percent.

Improving transportation remains a top strategic goal of the Lake County Board. We recognize that a good transportation system is critical to supporting a high quality of life and economic growth.  Watch this video to learn more about the new fleet.

Bradley Road Bridge Closure
The Bradley Road bridge is part of the Illinois Tollway projects for I-94. It now appears there is a good chance that work will go into 2019. Get more information.

Replacement of Metra Bridge Retaining Wall (U.S. Route 45 and IL 137)
Metra has closed the northbound lanes of U.S. Route 45 to all traffic at the Metra/IL Route 137 underpass, just north of Peterson Road. The closure, which began Oct. 18, is expected to last four to eight weeks. The road closure is needed to allow Metra to reconstruct a failed retaining wall that collapsed over Labor Day weekend along the east side of U.S. Route 45. A full closure of both northbound lanes is now necessary to reconstruct the wall. The Lake County Division of Transportation will assist with modifications to traffic signal timings in the area to help with congestion during the closure.

Detour information: Northbound traffic will follow Peterson Road to IL Route 83 to IL Route 120. Questions or concerns can be sent to Metra via their “Contact Us” page and to IDOT at their “online web form.” Be sure to check Lake County PASSAGE for the latest traffic information to help with your travel decisions during this closure period.

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Public Works Sustainability Improvements

Public Works sustainability improvements

With more than 200 lakes and rivers in the county, it’s important to keep our water safe! Lake County Public Works has been working hard to increase their sustainability efforts to their water operations, from taking phosphorous and nutrients out of wastewater that can be harmful to aquatic life, to performing energy audits performed in coordination with the Illinois EPA. Watch Video

Health News

Protect Yourself and Fight the Flu
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 80,000 Americans died of influenza and its complications last flu season, the disease’s highest death toll in at least four decades. The flu vaccine is the best way to prevent flu illness and serious flu complications. 

The CDC recommends that everyone ages 6 months and older receive an annual flu shot before the end of October. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for the body’s immune system to fully respond and for you to be protected.

The Lake County Health Department offers the flu vaccine, by appointment, at its Immunizations Clinic and Community Health Centers throughout Lake County. Learn more, including how to make an appointment. Retail clinics, pharmacies, and individual healthcare providers also provide flu shots. Visit the Flu Vaccine Finder to find a convenient location.

Sheriff's Office News

Crisis intervention team

Sheriff’s Office Pilots New Crisis Outreach and Support Team
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is piloting a new collaborative program with the Lake County Health Department called the Crisis Outreach and Support Team (COaST) to support residents with mental or behavioral health illness who interact with law enforcement.


Within approximately three days of a law enforcement officer encountering a mental health interaction or an opioid overdose, the COaST deputy will arrange a meeting with the individual or “cold call” their residence. During that meeting, the deputy will check the well-being of the person and determine if he or she has sought treatment or services since the initial event. The deputy will then provide a “warm handoff” to the Health Department counselor, who will conduct a brief assessment, and if necessary, refer the person to appropriate services. Learn more

Veteran coat drive

Help Give the Gift of Warmth. Donate to Veteran's Coat Drive

Donate your new or gently used adult and children’s coats and outerwear to help area veterans and their families as part of the Lake County Law Enforcement Veteran's Coat Drive. The collection is running now through Nov. 7. Find a collection site near you.

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

Visit the Library
The Deerfield Public Library has a variety of programs for youth, tots, teens and adults.  You’re sure to find something of interest to you!

See “Pippin”
The Libertyville High School fall musical is Pippin. Learn more

Chef Fest
Mainstreet Libertyville is having their annual fundraiser at the new Dunn Museum.  Join them for Chef Fest: Night at the Museum on Nov. 3.  Tickets are required.

Boo Bash
Lincolnshire’s Boo Bash will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26 at North Park.  There will be games, a hayride, treats and more.

Learn What Warren Township Offers
Warren Township offers programs for seniors as well as a Teen After School center and Youth services. Learn more about what they do.

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