Lake County News: December 2018

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Ann Maine, District 21

December 21, 2018

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Dear Neighbors,

It may be near the end of the calendar year, but it is the beginning of a new county board.  In December we had our re-organization meetings.  Sandy Hart of Lake Bluff was elected the Chair of the County Board.  Sandy has the distinction of being the first Democrat elected to this position.  Her Vice-Chair is Mary Ross Cunningham of Waukegan. At the Forest Preserve meeting, Angelo Kyle of North Chicago was elected President and Julie Simpson of Vernon Hills was elected Vice-President.  I look forward to working with them as well as all the other members of the boards—old and new—as we all strive to continue Lake County’s tradition of cherishing and protecting our local open space, ensuring a safe and abundant supply of drinking water, providing important connections between communities and to ensure economic vitality.

Our first board meeting was December 11 where the committee assignments were given and the new rules governing the Board were passed.  I will be serving on two committees on the County Board: Public Works, Transportation and Planning as well as Law and Judicial.  For the Forest Preserve I will be serving on the Finance Committee and Operations Committee.

I am happy to report that my amendment to the rules was approved by the board.  I felt it is important that taxpayers should not need to navigate a complicated system to track Board member spending.  At my suggestion, all Board member expenses will be posted on that Board member’s web page on the county site.  I think it should be even easier than that, so I pledge that I will share all my taxpayer funded expenses in my newsletter each month.  Please read below for more information on the rules.

I am honored to be able to represent you and your concerns for the next four years.  I will be continuing this email newsletter.  Please let me know your areas of interest so I can be sure to include them in future newsletters.

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. Please feel free to contact me if you would like me to come speak with your homeowners association, civic, youth or other organizations. 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

Lake County Board Approves New Rules

The new rules committee has been diligently examining all aspects of Board rules in great detail.  There is a new committee, Energy and Environment which will allow a policy focus on many initiatives, some we have been working on as well as new ones.  I’ll be sure to keep you posted on the ideas that arise from this committee.  Some other committees have new responsibilities.  Public Works and Transportation has been combined with the Planning, Building and Zoning Committee.  The goal is that land use issues will be considered in a comprehensive manner.

The often discussed procurement card (P-card) has been eliminated.  As I have written in previous newsletters, I have not used a P-card in more than seven years.  Under the new system Board members may be reimbursed for up to $2500 for travel and expenses to approved events.  There will also be $4000 for non-political mailings within a member’s district. Board members may order up to $500 of office supplies through the board office according to an approved list.  I will be including any of my expenses in my newsletter.

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Forest Preserves News

LCFPD winter recreation

Winter Recreation and Solar-lit Trails
Before heading out to a Lake County Forest Preserve for a winter hike or a twirl on the ice, check the status map on the winter sports page.

Solar-lit trail

Solar-lit Evening Hikes
It may not seem like it—but the days are getting a little longer now! But even at night you can take a walk on one of our solar-lit trails. After a long day—relax on one of two solar-lit trails in Lakewood or Old School. See maps

They are open from sunset until 9 p.m. daily. Enjoy the quiet of the night woods and maybe you’ll hear an owl.

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 »

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 »

LCFPD winter snow and ice removal

Winter Snow and Ice Removal Operations Lake County Forest Preserve staff will be performing adjustments this coming winter to reduce the amount of road salt applied during snow and ice removal operations. It is anticipated that the resulting reduction in the use of road salt will have positive environmental and financial benefits. Also, a corresponding reduction in staff time managing snow and ice is expected to allow for an increase of staff time invested in winter restoration activities. 

The following shelters will be not be open for use through March 31, 2019: Greenbelt A, C, and D; Nippersink C and D; Van Patten B, C and D. In addition, the following parking lots will not be salted: Buffalo Creek, Cuba Marsh, Grant Woods – Rollins Road, Lake Carina, Lyons Woods, McDonald Woods, Pine Dunes, Prairie Wolf – Route 22 Lot, Raven Glen – Route 45 Lot, Raven Glen (West) – Route 173 Lot, Ray Lake, Singing Hills, and Sun Lake.

LCFPD Annual Fund 2018

Annual Fund Breaks Records
Thank you to all who contributed to the Preservation Foundation's Annual Fund before June 30 and helped us exceed our $100,000 goal for the fiscal year! With your help, we raised more money than ever before for this fund, which provides a flexible source of funding for all areas of the Lake County Forest Preserves mission. In the past year, Annual Fund grants supported education loan boxes to put learning tools in the hands of Lake County teachers, helped staff assess the health of our Blanding’s turtle population, and supported habitat restoration and volunteer engagement at Greenbelt Forest Preserve in North Chicago. Support the Annual Fund today »

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.

Transportation News

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Give Your Feedback on State’s Transportation Infrastructure. Take Survey!

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!

Metra To Test Reverse-Commute Service
Getting to and from work on Metra just got easier for those that live in Chicago and commute to major Lake County employers like AbbVie, Horizon Pharma and others. Metra is testing new reverse-commute service on the Milwaukee District North Line. It is the result of a shared-cost partnership between Metra and Lake County Partners to improve reverse-commute service to Lake County in order to effectively recruit and retain employees living in Chicago. Previously, the schedule was not ideal for reverse-commute riders to and from Lake Forest because there were no morning outbound express trains, and the afternoon trains were either too early or too late for most workers. Learn more

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.


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Health News

Myths to flu

Common Myths About the Flu Shot
There are many myths about the flu vaccine. Watch this video as Jennifer Gassman, Nurse Practitioner at the Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center, tackles some of these common myths.

It's not too late to get the flu shot. To get vaccinated, speak with your healthcare provider or visit

Environmental News

Deicing 101

Making it a Priority to Use Salt Responsibly
Using salt to de-ice roads is a common method to make roads less slick, but that salt washes away into lakes and streams or seeps into groundwater supplies which can threaten aquatic plants and animals, and even human health. Lake County makes it a priority to use salt wisely while maintaining the highest level of service.

Watch this video to learn more how Lake County agencies are working with public and private partners to take steps to reduce salt by using safe alternatives - like beet juice. This is the 10th year that the County hosted the Annual Deicing Workshop to promote alternative winter maintenance practices and the importance of responsible road salt use to snow and ice professionals.


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.

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!

Enter the 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

Lake County Rising essay contest

Job News

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.

Engineering internship and job fair

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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.

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