New laws for 2019, New recycling guidelines, Job fairs, and More

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January 4, 2019

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Happy New Year everyone! It's going to be a busy and productive year. Here's what I'm involved in: 

  • We will have our first meeting of the new Energy and Environment Committee next week. We're evaluating what's been done and what we can do to implement a comprehensive plan to Green Lake County.
  • Our first round of committee meetings begins next week. I'm chair of the Legislative Committee. My goal is to effectively engage with Springfield and Washington to obtain pro-county legislation. 
  • I'm also on the Financial and Administrative Committee, where I'm going to be pushing for fair taxation and transparency in county spending.
  • On the Forest Preserve Board, I'm chair of the Forest Preserve's Planning Committee. I'd like to see our trail system completed and more education/activities provided, particularly on prairies, forests and wetlands.

Once I get up to speed, I'm going to be scheduling some constituent coffees and meetings. In the interim, feel free to contact me anytime. My new county email is Of course, you're welcome to attend all public sessions. Here's our schedule


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

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, along with more detailed information and frequently asked questions about recycling. 

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.

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. today (Jan. 4) at the College of Lake County in Grayslake. Learn more

Zion Job Fair
Meet Lake County area employers who are looking to hire
and fill job vacancies at the annual Zion Job Fair from 3 to 6 p.m. Jan. 17 at the Zion-Benton Public Library. Learn more

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Forest Preserve News


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 >>


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 >>

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 »

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