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Brent C. Paxton, District 4

January 16, 2019

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New Illinois Laws for 2019

More than 250 new laws have gone into effect in Illinois, as of Jan. 1. This includes a new requirement for children to sit in a rear-facing car seat, background checks for ride operators, and expanded stalking laws to include messages via social media. View the complete list of new laws.

New laws 2019

Job News

Jobs

Zion Job Fair
Meet with more than 25 Lake County area employers who are looking to hire at the annual Zion Job Fair from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17 at the Zion-Benton Public Library. Learn more

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Lake County is Hiring!
Lake County is currently hiring a number of positions, including nurses, court security officers, counselors, physicians and more. View current job opportunities.

Professional growth opportunities, abundant career choices, jobs that provide variety and the chance to make a meaningful difference are just a few of the reasons Lake County employees love working for us. 

Watch this video and see what makes Lake County a great place to work..


Sign Up Today To Be an Election Judge

Election judge

The Lake County Clerk’s Office is seeking election judges to process voters in their neighborhood Election Day voting site during the April 2 Consolidated Election! Sign up today by filling out this application.

Election judges are paid based on successfully completing a three-hour in-person training class and their Election Day assignment. Contact the Lake County Clerk’s Election Judge Department for details on class times, locations, and availability at electionjudge@lakecountyil.gov or 847-377-2408. For job descriptions and pay rates, visit the election judge web page.

Already an election judge? Provide your availability to the County Clerk’s Office as soon as possible and don’t forget to invite a friend to be an election judge!


Manufacturing Is Big Business in Lake County

Engineering internship and job fair

Did you know more than one in seven jobs in Lake County is in the manufacturing industry.  In fact, Lake County manufacturers employ more people than any other private sector industry. Find out more in Lake County Partners’ latest economic update.


Help Your Community. Volunteer

Adopt a highway

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” As we observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 21, help serve your community. There are many opportunities to volunteer with Lake County government!

  • Adopt A Highway: Help keep Lake County highways and bike paths clean by adopting a section of a county highway that you and your group commit to cleaning twice a year. Learn more, including the available sections and sign up online! The deadline to apply is Feb. 1.
  • Government boards, agencies and commissions: Apply to serve on various boards, commissions, and other special purpose units of government ranging from drainage and fire districts, transportation services and human services boards. Learn more
  • View all volunteer opportunities

 


Free Filing for Federal and State Taxes

Individuals who earned $66,000 or less in 2018 can self-file their federal and state taxes for free and save an average of $200 in fees by using My Free Taxes. English and Spanish support via telephone (1-855-MY-TX-HELP) is available, along with email and online chat support from IRS-certified specialists. Learn more about My Free Taxes.


Reboot for the Lake County Recycling Guidelines

New Recycling Gudelines

On America Recycles Day, the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County 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 the “recycling reboot,” the latest Lake County 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. 


Stay Green This Holiday Season

holiday tree recycling

Holiday Tree Recycling
Donate your holiday tree to us and we’ll recycle it into woodchips for trails and landscaping at forest preserves throughout Lake County. Bring your tree to a drop-off site through Feb. 1.

Holiday Light Recycle

Holiday Lights
Do you have strings of lights that you don’t need or that don’t work anymore? Don’t throw them away! The Solid Waste Agency of Lake County offers four locations across Lake County where you can recycle those lights for free. Visit the drop-off locations.

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Electronics Recycling
Make sure you don't throw away your old electronics! Items such as TVs, computers, video game consoles, tablets, and printers are prohibited by State law from being disposed of in the trash. Lake County residents can bring their unwanted electronics to one of four year-round drop-off locations.


Free Seminar Addresses Housing Needs for Older Adults

As individuals age, housing needs also change. Many homes were not built in consideration for older adults or multigenerational households, so communities are turning to Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), also known as “granny flats.”  Learn more about ADUs and the impact they can have on older residents’ lives at the Granny Flat Academy.

When: 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17
Where: Lake County Central Permit Facility, 500 W. Winchester Road, Libertyville

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Breaking Ground on Transitional Care of Lake County Facility

Transitional Care of Lake County groundbreaking

Officials recently broke ground on the new state-of-the-art Transitional Care of Lake County facility, formerly known as Winchester House. For more than 150 years, Winchester House has served the vulnerable elderly and disabled people of Lake County.

Located on Route 45 near the corner of Route 83 in Mundelein, the new facility will be operated by Transitional Care Management, which will continue the tradition of providing compassionate, high quality healthcare for Lake County residents. Watch this video to learn more.


Check Your Home for Radon Gas Levels This Winter

Radon

Homeowners are urged to test radon levels in their homes and apartments during the winter months, when indoor radon levels are at their highest.

Radon is an odorless and colorless gas that naturally occurs in rock and soil and can seep into homes from the soil through cracks in the basement floors and foundations, crawl spaces, poorly sealed sump pumps, porous cinder block walls and other foundation floor and wall penetrations. Watch this video to learn ways to protect your home.


It’s Not Too Late to Get A Flu Vaccine

Myths to flu

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.


Apply for or Renew Your Passport at Mobile Passport Events

passports

Starting to make your travel plans this year? Make sure getting or renewing your passport is part of your plans! Apply for or renew your passport at one of the several Mobile Passport Events the Lake County Circuit Clerk’s Office will host this year. View the full schedule.

Passport applications also are processed from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Circuit Clerk's Office in Waukegan. View application requirements, including fee information.


Lake County Transportation Alliance Holds Annual Meeting

LCTA

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.


Streambank Stabilization Techniques

Streambank stabilization

By putting riffles, which are comprised of large rock, into streams, the Lake County Stormwater Management Commission is able to mitigate streambed and streambank erosion and enhance the natural drainage system in Lake County. Watch this video to learn more.


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Forest Preserve News

LCFPD Booker T. Washington Club

New Special Exhibition at the Dunn Museum
Celebrate African American History Month by learning about the Booker T. Washington Progressive Club, an African American-led civic organization located in Zion, IL, from 1936–1982. The Club’s mission was to unite individuals “interested in promoting the cause of good citizenship, better civic relations and any topic that improved local relationships.” This special exhibition runs Saturday, Jan. 19 to Sunday, Feb. 24 at the Dunn Museum (Libertyville). The Dunn Museum is located in the General Offices of the Lake County Forest Preserves at 1899 W. Winchester Road and is within walking distance from multiple Pace bus stops. Plan your visit today »

LCFPD meet the author

Meet the Author
Join us on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 10:30 a.m. at the Dunn Museum to explore the life of Civil War drummer boy, Orian Howe of Waukegan. Author Marlene Brill will read from her children’s book, Diary of a Drummer Boy. Following the reading, there will be crafts, activities and a book signing. Learn more »

LCFPD native artists Dunn Museum

Dunn Museum’s Collections Significant to Native Artists
Last summer, the Dunn Museum’s collections staff welcomed traditional Native artists and researchers, Pat Kruse, of the Red Cliff Band of Superior Chippewa Indians (descendent of Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe), and Terri Hom, of the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians (Ojibwe). Kruse was one of eight accomplished artists awarded the 2018 Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) Mentor Artist Fellowship. Kruse began a yearlong mentorship with apprentice, Terri Hom, to create birch bark quill art. Kruse and Hom researched the Dunn Museum’s Native American collection with special focus on 19th and early 20th century artifacts with cultural ties to their heritage and use of beadwork, quillwork and birch bark. Learn more about the Dunn Museum and its collections »

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 »


Winter 2018 Horizons
LCFPD summer camp

Where Will Your Kids Grow This Summer?
Registration for our 2019 camp season is now open. Camps are led by professional educators trained in supervision, safety and activity development. Early bird discounts are available through Feb. 15. Programs fill quickly so enroll early. Register online today »

LCFPD ComED STEM partner

Thank You to ComEd, Our 2018 STEM Education Partner!
Thank you to ComEd, our 2018 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Education Partner! ComEd’s $20,000 grant allowed the Forest Preserves to hire an additional staff member in our education department – the ComEd Science Instructor – to expand our capacity to serve Lake County youth in 2018. Learn more >>

Hettich

Lake County Forest Preserve Ranger Earns Military Honor
Paul Hettich, a Lake County Forest Preserve ranger police officer, was recently honored for his military accomplishments. Hettich, a part-time ranger for 30 years, was selected as an Illinois Bicentennial Honor 200 Veterans recipient. Hettich, an Army Reserve Officer, retired as a Colonel in the fall of 2017 after serving 30 years. Learn more >>

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