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April 29, 2022

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Lake County Government News

Lake County Extends Gratitude to Help County Address Infrastructure Needs

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Lake County will receive $14 million in infrastructure funding to address efforts to mitigate flooding, strengthen emergency operations, replace aging infrastructure and expand behavioral health services as part of a recently passed federal bill.  Watch this video as County Board Chair Sandy Hart and Legislative Committee Chair John Wasik extend thanks to our federal legislators for their tireless work and share how the funding will address the county’s infrastructure needs.

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Election News

Request Your Vote by Mail Ballot for June 28 Primary

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As we approach the June 28 General Primary Election, voters are encouraged to vote by mail and avoid lines during early voting or Election Day. Feel safe in the comfort of your own home and vote from there. You can now request a ballot online and then drop off your completed ballot at locations across the County. Visit the Lake County Clerk’s Office website to learn more about the June 28 election.

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Property Tax News

Property Tax Bills to Be Mailed First Week of May

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Lake County property owners will soon get their property tax bills in the mail. There are quick, easy ways to pay your property taxes. Some people go to the Lake County Treasurer’s Office to pay in person, but you can also pay without driving as far. The first installment is due June 6, and the second is due by Sept. 6.

Learn more about your payment options.

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Sheriff's Office News

Dispose Of Unused, Unwanted Medications Property. Here’s How

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Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, leading to accidental poisoning, misuse, and overdose. Lake County is joining National Drug Enforcement Agency Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 30 and urges you to properly dispose expired, unwanted or unused prescription drugs, controlled and non-controlled substances. 

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office deputies will be at locations across the County from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 30 to take your unused or unneeded medications for safe disposal. There also are 34 permanent prescription drug disposal boxes at police departments across the County.

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Honor Our Fallen Police Officers at Police Memorial

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Join Lake County as we honor all police officers who have been killed in the line of duty at the annual Police Memorial. The event will take place at noon May 13 at Lincoln Memorial Plaza, 18 N. County St., Waukegan. Lake County Sheriff John Idleburg and other dignitaries will speak during the event.

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State's Attorney's Office News

Join Events This Week to Raise Awareness About Crime Victims’ Rights

There is still an opportunity to join events planned today and Saturday, April 30 as the Lake County State's Attorney's Office observe National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. These events are focused on educating the community about victim rights, services offered, and resources available to victims.  Learn more

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Environmental News

Learn How to Make the Most of Composting

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Learn why to compost, how to compost and how to use compost to make a positive contribution to your garden and the environment as the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County and University of Illinois Extension present the next Garden Learning Series program, “Composting: How to Make the Most of It” at 6 p.m. May 11. Register today

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Lake County COVID-19 Update

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Get Help

Call 211 to Get Connected to the Help You Need

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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. Speak to a live person in English or Spanish when you call. The 211 team will also interpret more than 150 other languages. Learn more 

Additional Resources

  • Food for families in need: Check out the Northern Illinois Food Bank calendar for a list of mobile food pantries and pop-up food markets planned for Lake County. Find food 
  • Veterans assistance: 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. Learn more 
  • 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 is your career solution! Their mission is to cultivate and connect Lake County employers and workers to fuel economic growth and well-being in Lake County. View the full Job Center calendar to learn about various upcoming events and resources. 

Check Get Hired Illinois  The State of Illinois launched Get Hired Illinois, designed to connect workers with available job and career training opportunities across the state.

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Forest Preserves News

Help Prevent Vehicle Break-ins

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Warmer weather coupled with a challenging economy are leading to an increase in vehicle break-ins. Parking lots, including those in the forest preserves, are prime locations for these crimes. Every vehicle that has been burglarized had a valuable item left inside.


The Lake County Forest Preserves Ranger Police are reminding the public that during difficult economic times, it is more important than ever to take additional precautions to protect against vehicle break-ins. Ranger police are strongly urging preserve visitors to lock car doors, close windows, and keep personal property out of plain view, take it with you, or leave it at home. Learn more » 


Summer Teacher Institute

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Middle and high school teachers can earn professional development credits this summer at our Teacher Institute week offered August 1-5. Register for individual days or the full week.


An array of topics will be addressed, including what the landscape can tell us about the past and the continuing impacts of humans in Lake County. Participants will learn the local effects of climate change, and how species monitoring, and phenology help us adapt land management practices and create more resilient ecosystems. Learn more »

Spring Bird Walk

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May is one of the peak months for songbird migration. Join skilled birders on a walk from 7 to 9 a.m., Sunday, May 1 at Edward L. Ryerson Conservation Area in Riverwoods.


Bring binoculars if you have them. The event is free and no registration is required. Adult supervision is required. Meet at the Welcome Center parking lot. Email AskAnEducator@LCFPD.org with questions or to inquire about accommodations. Learn more »

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Community Events and News

Come Explore Lake County’s Outdoor Beauty

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There are numerous outdoor venues to explore nature in Lake County during the springtime! With 170 lakes and rivers, enjoy Illinois Beach State Park in Zion off the shores of Lake Michigan and Chain O’Lakes State Park in Spring Grove. Plus, with nearly 31,000 acres of land to explore at the Lake County Forest Preserves, Lake County offers outdoor beauty and trails for those interested in hiking, fishing, bird watching, golf and much more. Learn more »

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Watch All County Board and Committee Meetings


All Lake County board and committee meetings can be viewed on lakecounty.tv 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: