New laws for 2019, Holiday recycling tips, Job fairs, and More

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December 31, 2018

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New Illinois Laws for 2019

More than 250 new laws will go into effect on Jan. 1 in Illinois. 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

Stay Green This Holiday Season

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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.

Things To Do in District 2

Job Fair
The Waukegan Park District is hiring full-time, part-time and seasonal staff. Learn more about opportunities at their next job fair from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 17 at the Field House Sports, Fitness and Aquatic Center, 800 Baldwin Ave. Learn more

Save the Date for Frosty Fest
Don't miss this day of free family fun at Frosty Fest from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 12. Enjoy ice sculpting, horse-drawn carriage rides, dog-sled demonstrations, and much more. 

Job News


Lake County is Hiring!
Lake County government offers career opportunities that cover a wide spectrum of fields including law, law enforcement, nursing, finance, and more. View current job opportunities.

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. Friday, Jan. 4 at the College of Lake County in Grayslake. Learn more

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. 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.

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

Lake County Forest Preserve Ranger Police Officer 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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Thank You to ComEd, 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 >>

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»


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: 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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