New laws of 2019, Check your home for radon levels, Lake County is hiring, and More

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January 11, 2019

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Lake County Board Committees Meet this Week

County Board members are starting the work of 2019 as standing committees convened this week for the first time since new members took office in December. The County Board has 10 standing committees. New this year is the Energy and Environment Committee that will focus on sustainability, as well as energy and environmental policy, and energy and environment legislation. The other change this year is that some committee meetings will take place at the Lake County Central Permit Facility in Libertyville, as well as Lake County Courthouse and Administrative Building in Waukegan. Previously, all meetings took place in Waukegan. View agendas for all committee meetings and listen to audio recordings. You can also sign up to receive notifications of all County committee and board meetings through the County’s Notify Me® tool.


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.

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Health Department Seeks Mental Health First Aid Instructors

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The Lake County Health Department is hosting a week-long class to train approved instructors to teach adult Mental Health First Aid courses. The training will take place Feb. 18 to 22 at the Lake County Health Department, 3010 Grand Ave., Waukegan. The course normally costs $2,000 but will be offered free to qualified applicants.

Learn more about the training, including qualifications and how to apply. All applications are due by Monday, Jan. 14.


Check Your Home for Radon Gas Levels This Winter

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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.


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

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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.

Jobs

Zion Job Fair
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. Jan. 17 at the Zion-Benton Public Library. Learn more


Streambank Stabilization Techniques

Streambank stabilization

Interesting! 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

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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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