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October 27, 2021

Waukegan Harbor

Dear Neighbor,

I hope this email finds you well. Next Wednesday, November 3rd at 6:30pm, I am hosting a virtual town hall regarding a regional stormwater project in the North Chicago/Lake Bluff area. Please see more information about this virtual event below. 

I feel very fortunate to have attended the Waukegan Harbor's Citizen's Advisory Group's event earlier this month to celebrate the final clean up of polychlorinated biphenyl compounds (PCBs) from the harbor. In 1975, PCBs were found in Waukegan Harbor as a result of manufacturing activities. At one time, the Waukegan Harbor was said to have the largest PCB contaminated site in the world. It is a tremendous accomplishment that has taken decades to complete, and I thank the members of the Waukegan Harbor CAG for their dedication over the years.

As always, it is an honor and a privilege to serve as the Chair of the County Board and County Board Member of District 13. Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have.

Thank you,

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Sandy Hart
Lake County Board District 13
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Lake County Government News  

Join A Virtual Community Conversation on Wednesday, November 3

Please join a virtual discussion about flooding and potential mitigation options in Lake Bluff at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3.

Join me and Stormwater Management Commission staff as we cover regional flooding impacts, sustainable nature-based solutions to mitigate flooding, and the benefits that wetlands can provide to the community. Register to join the Zoom meeting and learn more

Floodproofing Tips

County Board To Review Proposed Fiscal Year 2022 Recommended Budget 

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The Lake County Board is conducting its annual hearings on the County’s proposed Fiscal Year 2022 recommended budget on Oct. 26, 27 and 28 where the board will carefully examine the proposed budget and make recommendations prior to adopting the final budget in November. This proposed $601.5 million budget incorporates the recovery of revenues back to pre-pandemic levels and reflects the County’s long-standing approach to adopting a budget in a fiscally responsible manner that is sustainable into the future. 

The public is welcome to attend these meetings through Zoom and in person at the Lake County Administrative Building, 18 N. County St., 10th Floor, Waukegan. 

View the proposed FY2022 budget and the meeting schedule
View the recorded FY2022 budget hearings

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Progress Continues toward Proposed Consolidated Emergency Facility

The Lake County Board approved at its October 12 meeting to enter a contract to provide design services for the proposed Consolidated Emergency Operations, 911, and Emergency Telephone System Board Facility. The proposed location for the facility is the west side of Lake County’s Libertyville campus. The project design is scheduled to be completed the end of 2022.  

Since 2018, Lake County has been working alongside numerous Lake County municipalities and agencies to explore the consolidation of 911 services with a focus on improving reliability, capability, and efficiency. Learn more.

Factors Determined as Part of Reapportionment Process for Next County Board

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Update on Open Burning Restrictions in Unincorporated Lake County

At its September meeting, the Lake County Board extended the current temporary open burning ordinance that applies to unincorporated Lake County until January 1, 2022.

Throughout 2021, the Lake County Board has also been exploring options and alternatives for permanent restrictions on landscape waste open burning and consolidated waste hauling services (including landscape waste) in the unincorporated areas. Per Lake County Public Works, Planning and Transportation (PWPT) Committee direction, Lake County staff is currently working this fall on amending the current ordinance to include permanent regulations on the open burning of landscape waste and a landscape waste hauling franchise program. These items will be discussed at a PWPT meeting at a later date and will be open to the public. Learn more

The Lake County Board approved an ordinance determining numerous factors of the County Board as part of the reapportionment process. Following recommendations by the County Reapportionment Committee, the size of the Lake County Board to be elected shall be 19 members. The members shall be elected to single-member County Board districts, and the County Board Chair shall be elected by the County Board members. Also, the County Board members shall be compensated by an annual salary.

By state statute the new map must be approved by the end of 2021. Learn more about the Reapportionment Committee

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Lake County COVID-19 Update  

Free COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic Is Scheduled October 30

The State of Illinois is partnering with the Lake County Regional Office of Education (ROE) to hold a free COVID-19 vaccination clinic from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, October 30 at 500 W. Winchester Road, #202, Libertyville. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is authorized and recommended for persons ages 12 and older. Schedule your appointment

COVID-19 Helpful Links

Find a Vaccine
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Get Help 

Call 211 to Get Connected to the Help You Need  

If you need help finding food, shelter, rent or utility assistance, or other essential services, call 211 or TEXT your zip code to 898211 to speak with someone who can help 24/7.  211 is multilingual with English and Spanish speaking staff and interprets more than 150 other languages. Learn more


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Additional Resources

  • Rental Assistance: Lake County’s program for renters provides needed relief to those who need help making past-due or current rent and utility payments. Learn more 
  • Back to Business (B2B) Grant Program: The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity has set up a helpline to assist small businesses who wish to check their application status. Call 312.924.2189.
  • Food for Families in Need: Northern Illinois Food Bank operates a traveling food pantry that delivers nutritious food directly to those in need and coordinates pop-up food markets across Lake CountyFind food 
  • Help for Veterans: The Veterans Assistance Commission of Lake County can help veterans and their families with a variety of issues, including financial help, survivor spousal benefits, burial arrangements and more. Call 847-377-3344. 
  • Mental Health Support: The Lake County Health Department offers a free, 24/7 confidential hotline for those experiencing a mental health crisis or substance use issue. Call 847-377-8088 any time. Learn more

Employment Resources

The Job Center of Lake County has partnered with local employers to help connect jobseekers with local companies that are hiring. View the full Job Center calendar to learn about various upcoming events and resources.

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Property News 

Nationwide Natural Gas Price Spike Expected to Mean Higher Heating Bills

North Shore Gas is letting customers know heating bills will likely rise as the temperatures fall due to a nationwide spike in natural gas prices. The price of natural gas has more than doubled this year and currently sits at the highest level in a decade. The increase is due mainly to tight supplies and a worldwide increase in demand for natural gas. Read the news release to learn more.

To help customers in the greatest need, bill payment assistance is available through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which helps eligible customers with a one-time payment toward energy bills. To learn eligibility and apply, call the Community Action Partnership of Lake County at 847.249.4330, or go to

Sign Up for Property Check

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The Recorder of Deeds Office is doing more to protect residents from potential property and mortgage fraud by providing Property Check. Property Check is a free, easy-to-use, 24/7 online service that will alert subscribers, via email or text message, whenever a document is recorded against their name and/or property. To address this concern, register today.

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Transportation News 

Martin Luther King Jr. Drive to Close for Repairs to Railroad Crossing

The railroad crossing on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive at the Union Pacific Railroad east of US Route 41 will be closed for repairs beginning at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 2 and is scheduled to reopen by 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4. View the detour information.

Autumn Ushers in Peak Season for Deer and Vehicle Crashes. Be Safe on Roads

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As we enjoy fall, drivers need to be more vigilant and watch for deer on the roads. Autumn coincides with deer mating season and increased deer movement, particularly at dusk and dawn. Nearly 40 percent of crashes involving deer in Illinois occur in November and December. Learn how to ensure your safety on the roads.

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Health News

Learn Steps to Reduce Childhood Lead Poisoning in Your Home

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As more families spend time at home due to COVID-19 and the change of weather, the chances of exposure to lead can increase. During National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week this week, learn how to reduce childhood lead poisoning. The first way is to remove lead hazards from the environment before a child is exposed. The second way is to get a blood lead test if a child may have been exposed to lead. Learn more

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Forest Preserves News 

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Ansel Adams Exhibition Opening November 6

A nationally acclaimed exhibition, “Ansel Adams: Early Works,” is running at the Dunn Museum in Libertyville from November 6, 2021 through March 27, 2022.

Ansel Adams (1902–1984) was a giant in the field of landscape photography. One of the most influential photographers of his generation, Adams is famous for his dramatic photographs of the American West. His images were informed by his belief in the transcendental concept of the “sublime”—a complex combination of overwhelming awe and fear. Learn more »

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Buffalo Creek Earns Award

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning honored the Lake County Forest Preserves through its recent Regional Excellence Awards program during its inaugural State of the Region event.

The Lake County Forest Preserves received the Regional Resilience Award for its collaborative work on a $9.7 million project to expand the Buffalo Creek Reservoir and increase the region’s resiliency against flooding. The project expanded the capacity of wetland terraces, improved erosion control and added recreational amenities for users. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers estimated the project will reduce future flood damages by more than $26 million. Learn more

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Lake County Forest Preserve 2022 Budget Approved

In order to continue moving toward the 100-Year Vision and Strategic Plan to preserve and sustain Lake County's natural landscape and extend community outreach and education, the Lake County Forest Preserve Board of Commissioners approved the fiscal year 2022 budget of $63,617,824 at its October 12 meeting.

The 2022 budget represents a decrease of $22,164,404 (25.8%) over the current year budget. It covers expenditures for the period from January 1 through December 31, 2022. Learn more »

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Community Events and News

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Check Your Village’s Trick-or-Treat Schedule

It’s that time of year when youngsters go door-to-door in the neighborhood and demand people to smell their feet and provide their taste buds with some nourishing sugar treats. View your village’s trick-or-treat hours.


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Watch All County Board and Committee Meetings 


All Lake County board and committee meetings can be viewed on and on cable television (Comcast channels 18 or 30, depending on where you live, and AT&T U-Verse Channel 99). The public also is welcome to attend all meetings in person at the Lake County Administrative Tower, 18 N. County Street, Waukegan or may attend meetings remotely using the registration link on the front page of each meeting’s agenda.

Individuals attending meetings in person or remotely may present their public comments during the meeting. Those not in attendance may provide written public comment via email or by mail. View the current meeting schedule.All meetings are recorded and are posted on the Lake County website. Here are links to the most recent board and committee meetings, including the video recordings and agendas: