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January 22, 2019

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Dear Neighbors,

Hello! It has been a busy few weeks on the County Board. You might have heard the good news that we have moved one step closer to video recording all Lake County Board Committee meetings and making them available online to view on demand.  I truly believe that greater transparency leads to greater government!  These videos will make it much easier to know what work we are doing on the Board and for you to be able to learn about important issues.

I was honored to be appointed to the Housing and Community Development Commission and attended my first meeting.  This commission works on support services for the homeless and those in need of affordable housing and other community services.  I was very impressed with the dedication of all the commission members and how much important work this commission does for the citizens of Lake County. 

As a former Girl Scout and Girl Scout leader for both my daughters, I was excited to spend an evening with the fourth grade Junior Girl Scout troop from Adler School.  We talked about many of the important roles that government plays in our lives. The Scouts made up a list of the issues they felt were most important to them.  I was inspired by their energy and enthusiasm. These future leaders are already passionate about so many important issues and making great change in the world.  If your group would like me to come speak, please contact me

Mark your calendars! "Coffee and Conversation with Sheriff John Idleburg and County Board Commissioner Jennifer Clark" will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 9 at Cook Memorial Library Meeting room (lower level) in Libertyville.  Stop by and meet our new Lake County Sheriff John Idleburg and myself.  Drop in for some casual conversation, and let us know what issues are important to you.  Hope to see you then!

Jennifer Clark
County Board Member, District 15

January County Board Wrap-Up

The Lake County Board meets monthly to approve funding and make policy decisions that have an impact on various public services and programs, from health to transportation to courts and public safety. In this month’s County Board Wrap Up, find out how grants are a critical funding source to improve residents’ mental and physical health, and learn about a new study that aims to help users of Lake County bike and walking paths find their way.  Watch Video.

January 2019 County Board Wrap-Up

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 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!

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, 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


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Forest Preserve News

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 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 through 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 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 »

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 »

Winter Festivals in Lake County

Winter fun

From exploring a winter wonderland to playdates with cold-blooded creatures to escaping reality in snowy murals, Lake County is the place to indulge in frosty festivities. Check Visit Lake County’s guide to winter festivals to warm yourself up.

Winter Weather Travel/Safety

PASSAGE camera image snow season

Last weekend’s winter storm was a sign that the mild temperatures and trace of snow from early winter are gone, and winter is here. There are things you can do to keep yourself safe this winter.

  • Monitor Lake County PASSAGE for local road information. View traffic cameras to see real-time road conditions before your travel.
  • Stay back 50 feet from the snow plows so our LCDOT snow plow drivers have room to do their jobs. Learn more by watching this video.
  • Make sure your car is ready for the extreme conditions, such as keeping an emergency kit. Put together your vehicle’s emergency kit.
  • Dress for the weather! Avoid prolonged time outdoors in the extreme cold. If you must spend time outside, here’s a guide to follow on how to most effectively dress in varying levels of cold.
  • Consider going to a warming center if you do not have access to heat. Before going to a center, please call in advance to make sure the desired location is open.


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.

Apply for or Renew Your Passport at Mobile Passport Events


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.

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.

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