Summer youth employment program, Lake County Rising, Winter festivals, and More

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February 7, 2019

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Dear Residents of Lake County,

As we close on our second full month of working together, I wanted to thank all of you so much for giving me the opportunity to serve you all in ways I've never imagined were possible. I am enjoying this new role immensely.

While approving funding and setting policy makes up much of what we do on the County Board, helping residents with constituent services is where I can be the most directly beneficial to you.

Please feel free to email me with anything you seek help on. If I don't know the answer, I will get you connected to the resources who will be able to help you. Whether it has to do with the departments of health, judicial, transportation, Forest Preserves, stormwater management, etc., I can help you by shortening the distance between you and what your goals or needs are.

I hope you enjoy this edition of my newsletter. Please feel free to reach out to me at, anytime, to let me know how I can help you!

Thank you and please stay safe and warm!
Dick Barr

Winter Weather Travel/Safety

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While we’re hopefully more than halfway through another winter, February has proven to be one of the rougher winter months. There are things you can do to keep yourself safe this winter.


Winter Festivals in Lake County

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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.

Summer Youth Employment Program 2019

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Applications for the 2019 Lake County Summer Youth Employment Program are now being accepted through March 31! The program, funded by the Lake County Board, provides meaningful work experiences for participants, who will work at various sites in Lake County, including private employers and nonprofit organizations, local municipalities and community-based organizations.  Applicants should be age 14 to 18 (by April 15) or age 14 to 22 with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP).


Local Government Job Fair

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Attend and meet face-to-face with several of Lake County's government employers on Feb. 16 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Greenbelt Cultural Center in North Chicago. All of the agencies at our job fair have open positions they seek to fill.

Organizations that will be in attendance include the City of Zion, Deerfield Park District, Lake County Forest Preserves, Park District of Highland Park, Village of Buffalo Grove, Village of Lincolnshire, Waukegan Park District, and Waukegan Community Unit School District 60. These organizations are looking to fill full-time, part-time, and seasonal positions in various departments.

Tips for Success: Dress professionally—first impressions go a long way. Bring multiple copies of your resume. Bring a friend. All job seekers are welcome. Prepare a brief but effective “pitch” to let the people you meet get to know you. For questions or information, call 847-367-6640.

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County Board Wrap-Up

January 2019 County Board Wrap-Up

The Lake County Board meets throughout the month, working together to discuss and approve funding and make policy decisions that have an impact on various public services and programs that affect every resident of Lake County. In this month’s County Board Wrap-Up, find out how the County leverages millions of dollars in Federal grant funding to provide greater services to the residents of Lake County without increasing the property tax burden, and learn about a new study that aims to make Lake County more traversable using bike and walking paths.  Watch Video


Lake County Rising

Come together in a public statement against global abuse and oppression of women and join Lake County Rising on Feb. 12 at the Round Lake Beach Cultural and Civic Center. The community resource fair will begin at 6:30 p.m., and the program will follow at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Learn more 

Health Department Advises Increased Awareness of Hepatitis A

There has been a recent increase in reported cases of Hepatitis A virus (HAV) throughout Illinois and in Lake County. Since January 2018, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has confirmed 110 cases of HAV and has identified 35 cases to be part of a statewide outbreak. Learn more about HAV and steps you can take to prevent it.

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Forest Preserve News

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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 »

2019 Profiles in Excellence

Profiles in Excellence: Power of Words
Join us for an inspiring afternoon on Sunday, Feb. 17 at Greenbelt Cultural Center (North Chicago) in honor of Black History at the 36th annual Profiles in Excellence event: Power of Words with special guest speaker, Conni Marie Brazelton. Brazelton is an actress, born in Waukegan, known for her roles in The People Under the Stairs (1991), ER (1994) and Soldier (1998). There will be presentations, a performance by the Waukegan High School Choir, community honorees and refreshments. FREE admission. All ages. No registration is required. Learn more »

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View the History of Your Forest Preserves
This time-lapse map depicts the Forest Preserves’ land acquisitions from our inception in 1958 to the present. In addition to seeing land acquisitions appear on the map year by year, the interactive map allows you to zoom into a specific area or preserve to watch its development over time. Zoom in close to see landscape, roads and improvements. This is just one of the tools available on the our Featured Maps site, which also includes useful information such as trail and underpass closures, the status of Independence Grove activities, controlled burn notifications, and the Interactive Trail Map, on which trail users can find their real-time location on a trail from their portable device. View time-lapse map »


Learn about the history of your forest preserves »

Get Involved Before Disaster Strikes! Join Next Training

The Round Lake Beach Community Emergency Response Team will offer its next training beginning with an orientation on Feb. 20. The 20-hour training covers topics such as disaster preparedness, fire suppression, disaster medical operations and more. To learn more, call 847-546-2127, ext. 205 or send an email to


Road to Reinstatement Driver’s Education and Resource Session

Nationwide, individuals are unable to restore their driving privileges if their license is suspended for failure to pay a fine or appear in court. Lake County residents with a suspended driver’s license looking to restore their driving privileges are invited to attend a FREE education session with the Lake County Board, Illinois Secretary of State’s office, and Lake County Workforce Development on Feb. 13 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Waukegan City Hall. Learn about:


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