Lake County News: February 2019

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Ann Maine, District 21

February 11, 2019

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Dear Neighbors,

January saw our first set of full committee meetings with the new Boards at the County and Forest Preserve District.

At the County Board meeting, we approved a contract with to work on wayfinding system for the Lake County Division of Transportation bicycle trail system.  I’m particularly excited since this has been a focus of mine for some years.  You can learn more about this below in the video on County Wrap-Up.  I was pleased to be reappointed to the Stormwater Management Commission. Other matters before the Board included acceptance of a $125,000 grant to increase mental health awareness training as well as grants related to tobacco use cessation and funding for the A Way Out program, which connects substance abusers with treatment services.

We had a lengthy, but important discussion on whether or not County Board members should continue contributions to IMRF—a defined benefits retirement plan. There was an attempt to delay the vote and have a special board meeting on this issue.  I felt there was no need to delay the vote and was not in favor of the board continuing participation.  (I had opted out of IMRF a few years ago).  I am pleased that both the attempt to delay the vote and the vote to continue contributions were defeated.

I proposed additional changes to the County Board Rules, which were accepted by the Board.  At my suggestion, all Board member mailings will be posted to their County Board Member web page.

Last month, I pledged to share all my taxpayer-funded expenses (P-card) in my newsletter each month.   I had no P-card expenses for the past month and have none for the fiscal year.

At the Forest Preserve meeting, we purchased a small addition to the Fourth Lake Forest Preserve for $1.00!  I encourage you to read more about the many activities both indoor and outdoor offered by your Forest Preserve District.  Many of these programs are free or have a small fee.  The recent cold weather and snow made great conditions for those of us who like to cross country ski.  It may snow again, so be sure to check out conditions before you go—especially if ice fishing.

I am honored to be able to represent you and your concerns. Please let me know your areas of interest so I can be sure to include them in future newsletters. Feel free to send me an email. Please feel free to contact me if you would like me to come speak with your homeowners association, civic, youth or other organizations. 

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Ann B. Maine
Lake County Board, District 21

County Board Wrap-Up

January 2019 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 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.

An important 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

New laws 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.

Road to Reinstatement Driver’s Education and Resource Session

Road to Reinstatement

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 Wednesday, Feb. 13 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Waukegan City Hall. Learn about:


Register to Attend

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Environmental News

New Recycling Gudelines

Reboot for the Lake County Recycling Guidelines
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. 

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. 

Check out all SWALCO's convenient services 
The Solid Waste Agency of Lake County provides a variety of convenient services for Lake County residents including electronics recycling, household chemical waste collections, textile recycling, paint disposal, prescription drug drop-off boxes, Reuse-A-Shoe program, and composting options.

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Forest Preserves News

2019 Profiles in Excellence

Profiles in Excellence: Power of Words
Join us for an inspiring afternoon on Sunday, Feb. 17 at the 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 »

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 »

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 to 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

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 history

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 »

LCFPD monarchs

Grant Helps Songbirds, Monarchs and Students
Supported by funds from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, a $77,000 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Great Lakes Coastal Program grant will benefit habitat restoration efforts and environmental education outreach at Greenbelt Forest Preserve (North Chicago). 

Grant funds will help restore 20 acres of wetland habitat and 20 acres of mesic prairie within the preserve, and be used to plant native trees, shrubs and herbaceous plant species in the restored areas. The project goal is to expand existing habitat for migratory songbirds and purple milkweed (Asclepias pupurascens), a regionally uncommon and favored host plant of the monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus), a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Coastal Program priority species. As part of the grant funding, Forest Preserve education staff will help connect over 1,000 students to this habitat restoration project through field trips and classroom programs. 


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 >>

Enjoy nature?  Want to learn something new?  Visit our Nature Blog, and if you enjoy history, be sure to read the History Blog by Diana Dreske.  You'll be surprised at what you learn.

You can also view a full calendar of Forest Preserve events for more information.

Lake County Rising

Come together in a public statement against global abuse and oppression of women and join Lake County Rising on Tuesday, 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 

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

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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.


Health News

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.


Check Home for Radon Gas Levels This Winter 
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.

Transitional Care of Lake County groundbreaking

Breaking Ground on Transitional Care of Lake County Facility in Mundelein
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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Summer Youth Employment Program 
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).


LCFPD Greenbelt Cultural Center

Local Government Job Fair
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.  Learn more >>

Engineering internship and job fair

Manufacturing Is Big Business in Lake County
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.

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.

News from the Stormwater Management Commission

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Streambank Stabilization Techniques
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.

Watch County Board Meetings Live


Keep informed about Lake County government! Watch County Board meetings live at 9 a.m. on the second Tuesday of each month. You can watch meetings live online or on Comcast channels 18 and 30, or AT&T channel 99. You can also view archived County Board meetings anytime.

Community News

Don’t let the weather keep you in! There are lots of activities in our communities.

Make sure your voice is heard! 

Downtown Deerfield Resident Survey
The Village of Deerfield is asking residents to take a quick five-minute survey so the village will be better equipped to design programs in line with residents' needs. Take the survey.  

Lincolnshire Resident Survey
The Village of Lincolshire wants resident input on parks, paths and open space.  Take the survey

Let's Read 
Join the Deerfield Public Library for their next adult book discussion. Their topic of discussion is Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng.  View the library's calendar of events

Chamber Luncheon with Sandy Lincoln
Join the next Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Chamber of Commerce monthly meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13. Learn more 

Emerging Threats to Trees and Shrubs
Join the Gardeners of Central Lake County for a presentation, “Emerging Threats to our Trees and Shrubs” at 7 p.m. tonight (Feb. 11) at CrossLife Evangelical Free Church, 431 Austin Ave., Libertyville. Learn more 

Lake Forest Open Lands
Lake Forest Open Lands will sponsor a talk by Peter Annin, author of The Great Lakes Water Wars from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Lily Reid Holt Chapel on the campus of Lake Forest College.  The event is free.

Enjoy the Fine Arts at these High Schools
We are lucky to have many fine high schools with amazing music and fine arts programs.  Check them out and attend a performance.

What a busy month at Libertyville High School! The Winter Band Concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13. Also this month, enjoy their Winter Choir Concert at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20 and the Winter Orchestra Concert at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28. View their fine arts calendar

Deerfield High School students have an Art Show weekdays until Feb. 15 at the Art Center Highland Park.   

Lake Forest High School's Talent Show will begin at 7 p.m. Feb. 21 to 23.   

Don't miss Stevenson High School's winter play, She Kills Monsters March 8 and 9. View Stevenson's full fine arts calendar.

Check out this month's Warren Township High School Fine Arts Calendar.

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