P-cards discontinued, New recycling guidelines, Flu vaccine myths dispelled, and More

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December 20, 2018

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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.

Reboot for the Lake County Recycling Guidelines

On America Recycles Day, SWALCO and other agencies and communities around the State released a new set of guidelines for recycling.  Since then, discussions with local recycling facilities have led to a few new updates.  Please find our “recycling reboot,” the latest Lake County, IL Recycling Guidelines. Take a special look at the NO list as these items can negatively impact recycling efforts in many ways.  It’s estimated that as many as one in four items placed in a recycling cart is not accepted for recycling. 

A New Year is upon us, and it’s a great time to review and make sure you are getting all the right things in and keeping all the wrong things out.  You can find alternative recycling and reuse opportunities available in your community at swalco.org, along with more detailed information and frequently asked questions about recycling.  Look for our Guidelines to be available in Spanish sometime in the near future, along with other new information. 

It’s as important as ever before to continue to recycle. Through recycling, we have an abundant supply of resources at hand. Recycling preserves landfill space and reduces the need for landfills.  By recycling, we save energy, prevent water, land and air pollution, reduce carbon missions, protect wildlife and wildlife habitat, create jobs and help the economy. 

Please visit swalco.org to learn more.

New Recycling Gudelines

News from the Lake County Sheriff's Office

K-9 Dax Helps Zion Police To Locate Fleeing Offender
Kudos to Lake County Sheriff's Deputy John Forlenza and K-9 Dax. The two were called upon by the Zion Police Department to help locate two offenders that fled from a stolen vehicle originally pulled over at a traffic stop. Dax alerted on a vehicle in the backyard and located a juvenile hiding under a blanket in the backseat. The juvenile was the driver of the stolen vehicle. 

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!

Things To Do in District 2

Polar Bear Plunge
The Waukegan Park District will hold its Polar Bear Plunge at 10 a.m. Jan. 1 at Waukegan Municipal Beach. Learn more

Save the Date for a Royal Ball
The Zion Park District will host a King & Princess Royal Ball from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 15. Dads, grandfathers, and uncles their special girl(s) will long remember this time together. Learn 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.

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.

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

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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 »


I consider it an honor to be able to serve the Waukegan, Gurnee, Beach Park and Zion communities as your District 2 Board Member.  I hope this newsletter provides you with an insight to Lake County news, local topics and a way for you to connect with neighbors and fellow residents. 

If you have any comments or concerns, please contact me at: dhewitt@lakecountyil.gov or 

Remember, you can get relevant and up-to-date information important to District 2 on my Facebook page! Like my page today!

Thank you,
Diane Hewitt

Diane Hewitt

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