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December 19, 2018

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Dear Neighbors,

Thank you for taking an interest and subscribing to receive news regarding Lake County and District 6.

You had previously signed up to receive this e-newsletter from Lake County Board District 6 Representative Jeff Werfel. I am honored to have the opportunity to now represent your district. I plan to continue providing news about Lake County programs and services, Forest Preserve events, local initiatives and other matters of concern to the residents of Grayslake and Hainesville and portions of Round Lake Park, Round Lake Beach and Wildwood.

Since I was sworn in on December 3, we've taken some important steps to serve you better. We've established a standing Energy and Environment Committee to comprehensively address issues such as climate change impact, resource management and an alternative energy portfolio. To my knowledge, this is the first time such a committee has existed. I'll be proud to serve as vice chairman of this committee.

I'm also serving as chair of the Legislative Committee. My goal is to work harder to connect with state and federal legislators so that Springfield and Washington can better address county issues such as fair property taxes, better roads and environmental progress. I was also appointed to the Board of Governors of Lake County Partners, an economic development non-profit group and the Planning Committee of the Lake County Forest Preserve District. 

Since I've been an active environmentalist and former president of the non-profit Citizen Action Project, taxes and the environment are two of my passions. I will work diligently on these two issues in the coming year. 

Although it will take time to get up to speed on my multiple roles, I definitely want to hear from you. You can reach me at my new county email address I hope to have public hearings and constituent coffees in the future so that we can talk directly on a regular basis. And, you are always invited to our board and committee meetings. 

As a courtesy, you are automatically enrolled and will continue receiving this newsletter. However, if you wish to unsubscribe, you may do so by clicking the following link.

I look forward to serving District 6 and encourage you to contact me with any questions or concerns. Thank you!

John Wasik
Lake County Board Member District 6

Lake County Board Approves New Rules

County Board recommends new rules

Discontinuing Lake County Board members’ use of Purchasing Cards (P-Cards) is one of many recommendations made by the Lake County Board’s Rules Committee and approved by the full Board.

The Rules Committee recently met to review its Rules of Order and Operational Procedures, as is traditionally done following an election and the Board’s reorganization. The Committee approved several measures related to Board spending, including travel, technology, and mailings.

The Board also has created a new Energy and Environment Committee to focus on sustainability and the impact of climate change, the County’s carbon footprint, as well as energy and environmental policy and energy and environment legislation.

Watch this video as Rules Committee Chairman Paul Frank explains more.

Give Feedback on State’s Transportation Infrastructure

State roads

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is looking for your feedback about the condition of the state’s transportation infrastructure. IDOT is responsible for maintaining federal and state highways in Illinois. That means in Lake County they are responsible for state routes like IL 22, IL 132, IL 60 and IL 120 – and federal highways like U.S. 45 and U.S. 12. Take the survey!

Lake County Transportation Alliance Holds Annual Meeting


State, regional and local officials recently gathered to discuss Lake County transportation needs at the Lake County Transportation Alliance (LCTA) annual meeting. A major focus of discussion was improving the quality of life in Lake County through a multi-modal transportation network that provides mobility and economic opportunity for all. Watch this video to learn more.

Holiday Traffic Safety Campaign

Holiday Traffic Safety Campaign

This holiday season, remember what you should do on the road so you and those around you arrive safely to your holiday destination.  The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is conducting a safety campaign now through Jan. 3 to make drivers aware about the dangers of impaired driving as well as enforce live-saving seat belt, speeding and distracted driving laws. Follow these life-saving tips!

Engineering Internship and Job Fair

Engineering internship and job fair

Over 30 top engineering firms will be under one roof to connect with students in various engineering fields at the third annual Lake County Engineering Internship and Job Fair. The event will run from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 4 at the College of Lake County in Grayslake. Learn more

CLC Opens New Science and Engineering Building 
Community members as well as business and government leaders recently visited the College of Lake County’s new $28.3 million Science & Engineering Building, which supports the latest in science and technology education while having several environmentally friendly features. The state-of-the-art building features labs for chemistry, mechatronics and photonics, and includes rooftop solar panels, geothermal heat pumps, LED lighting, and a green roof. Find out more.

Enter the Lake County Rising Essay Contest

Lake County Rising essay contest

Attention high school students! The Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office is inviting Lake County students to enter an essay contest focused on ending violence perpetrated against women.  Essays incorporating the themes, Rise, Resist and Unite will get top consideration. Essays are due by Jan. 3. Learn more

It’s Not Too Late to Get A Flu Vaccine

Myths to flu

As family and friends gather for the holidays, flu activity is increasing. It’s not too late to get a flu vaccine.  There are many myths about the flu vaccine. Watch this video as Jennifer Gassman, a nurse practitioner at the Lake County Health Department tackles some common myths.

The Lake County Health Department offers the flu vaccine by appointment at its immunization clinics and community health centers across the county. Many doctor’s offices, retail locations and pharmacies also offer the vaccine. To find a location near you, use the vaccine finder.

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Winter 2018 Horizons

Winter Horizons Magazine Available Online
The winter issue of our Horizons magazine is now available online. Horizons is the quarterly publication of your Lake County Forest Preserves, featuring articles on wildlife, nature and history, news, and a calendar of programs and events. You can also subscribe to receive our free magazine in print form. Read it today »

Illinois bicentennial

Celebrating the Illinois Bicentennial 
As the Illinois Bicentennial celebration comes to a close, hear Raupp Museum curator, Debbie Fandrei discuss artifacts from the book 200 Objects That Made History in Lake and McHenry Counties. Then view a number of these artifacts on display in the Special Exhibition Gallery. Thursday, Dec. 20 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Dunn Museum in Libertyville. Learn more »


New Year's celebration

New Year’s Celebration
Join us on Thursday, Jan. 3 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Dunn Museum in Libertyville to learn how people around the world celebrate the start of the new year with crafts and activities. For families with children ages 12 and under.  Learn more »

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