Senior citizen tax deferral program, Increased cases of Hepatitis A, and More

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February 13, 2019

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Dear Neighbors,

I want to thank all the staff at the Lake County Division of Transportation for an exciting tour of “Snow Command” and all the plows and other vehicles that allow our county to function. I have to say it was a true highlight for me to get to sit in one of the snow plow trucks. They are immense, and I am so impressed with the skills and dedication of our plow drivers who work tirelessly for hours on end to make sure our county roads are clear of snow and ice.  We have definitely needed your hard work this winter!

I was honored to be appointed as a director of the Central Lake County Joint Action Water Agency (CLC-JAWA). This is the agency that provides drinking water to many of our communities, including Libertyville and Mundelein. We are so fortunate to have access to Lake Michigan water.  CLC-JAWA ensures that our drinking water is safe, clean and delicious. 

As someone who has studied infrastructure for years as an economist, I have to say one of my favorite parts of being on the County Board is to get to see our infrastructure projects and to work on keeping them strong.  I loved the tour of the water treatment center and seeing how our water is treated to make it safe to drink.  Now I know why we have some of the best drinking water in the country!

Volunteers are integral to our Forest Preserves. Our Forest Preserve Foundation hosted a breakfast at the Greenbelt Cultural Center to thank our volunteers, and it was inspiring to hear so many stories from such dedicated volunteers.  From eradicating buckthorn to gathering seeds and conducting educational programs, the Forest Preserves thrive thanks to our volunteers. One of my favorite activities as a Girl Scout leader was taking the girls to the maple syrup program at Ryerson Woods. Thank you to everyone who works so hard to keep our Forest Preserve strong! Learn ways you can volunteer!

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. I have been an election judge and election site manager for many elections, and it is always such a meaningful experience seeing the voting process in action. Election judges are vitally important to our election process. Training is provided by the Clerk’s office. Please consider being an election judge on Election Day or during early voting. Sign up today by filling out this application.

Don’t forget to mark your calendars, "Coffee and Conversation with Sheriff John Idleburg and County Board Commissioner Jennifer Clark" will be held on Saturday, March 9 from 1 to 3 p.m. 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!


Senior Citizen Tax Deferral Program

Senior citizens may defer part or all of their property taxes on their personal residence if they qualify for the Senior Citizen Tax Deferral program. Your application will be filled out by the Lake County Treasurer's Office using the information you provide. All applications must be submitted by March 1.

  • Applicants must be 65 years old or older as of June 1 of the tax year claimed.
  • Total household income must be $55,000 or less.
  • This is a State loan with a 6% simple interest rate per year.
  • Learn more about this program


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

LCFPD Greenbelt Cultural Center

Attend and meet face-to-face with several of Lake County's government employers on Saturday, 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 >>

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.

Volunteers Work Overnight at Point-in-Time Homeless Count

2019 PIT Count

This year, 87 volunteers took part in the annual Point-In-Time Homeless Count, searching across Lake County to help document the need in communities by gathering data and providing outreach to the homeless. Volunteers made contact with 29 people experiencing homelessness, compared to 24 last year.

Learn more about this year’s Point-In-Time Homeless Count and find out how you can make a difference in ending chronic homelessness. Watch Video.

Meet Mitch, Hitch and Browser!

State's Attorney's Office service dogs

Meet Mitch, Hitch, and Browser, the amazing Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office four-legged staff members.

Mitch provides comfort to child victims. Hitch is assigned to the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit's Therapeutic Intensive Monitoring Program, which includes specialty courts such as Mental Health Court, Drug Court and Veterans Court. And Browser is trained to sniff out electronic devices for criminal investigations.

Watch this video and learn about the incredible work these dogs are doing!

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Forest Preserve 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 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 »

healthy hedges

Healthy Hedges
The Lake County Forest Preserves has partnered with other organizations to create a resource for homeowners who want to know what to plant following buckthorn removal. European buckthorn is an invasive species that is detrimental to native flora and fauna, and now unfortunately makes up about 40 percent of our canopy in the Chicago area. Learn about recommended species that can be planted in its place to maintain privacy screens and shady areas. Here is an example of a backyard landscape following buckthorn removal and the addition of native plants. 

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