Early voting, PPE milestone, 2022 concert lineup, and More


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May 27, 2022

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Lake County Government News

Remembering Our Fallen Heroes on Memorial Day 

Memorial Day

All County offices will be closed in observance of Memorial Day, Monday, May 30. Over the holiday weekend, we encourage everyone to take some time to reflect and remember all of those who died while in the military in service to our country.  


Qualified Candidates Sought for Lake County Zoning Board of Appeals

Qualified candidates are sought to serve on the Lake County Zoning Board of Appeals, which focuses on zoning in the unincorporated areas of Lake County. Lake County residents who are interested in serving are encouraged to apply by May 31. Learn more  


New Landscape Waste Burning Restrictions and Waste Hauling Service  

waste hauling update

Beginning June 1, 2022, permanent landscape waste burning restrictions within unincorporated Lake County will go into effect. Additionally, new consolidated waste service within certain townships of unincorporated areas will begin. Learn more


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Election News

Early Voting Begins for June 28 General Primary Election

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In-person early voting is available during regular business hours now through June 10 at the Lake County Court and Administrative Complex lobby, 18 N. County St., Waukegan. In-person early voting at other locations across the county will begin June 13 and continue through June 27. 

Log onto LakeVoterPower.info to see address, map and driving directions for: 

  • The early voting site closest to your home 
  • A complete list of all early voting sites, and 
  • Your assigned Election Day voting site 

For everything you need to know about voting in the June 28 General Primary Election, visit the Lake County Clerk’s Homepage.  


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Property Tax News

First Installment of Property Tax Bills Due June 6 

Ways to pay

The first installment of your Lake County property tax bill is due June 6. 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. Learn more about your payment options. 


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Property Assessment News

Deadline Is Approaching for 2022 Senior Citizen Assessment Freeze

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The final filing date for the 2022 Senior Citizen Assessment Freeze, taxes payable 2023 is July 31. You may qualify if you did not file for 2022 and you were 65 or older in 2022, your total household annual income was $65,000 or less in 2021, and your property was owner occupied as the principal residence on January 1, 2021 and 2022. Learn more 


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EMA News

Lake County EMA Distributes Five Million PPE Items & Supplies to Community


The Lake County Emergency Management Agency, in collaboration with the Lake County Health Department, reached a major milestone in May, distributing five million Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) items and supplies out to the community since the start of the pandemic response
PPE items included gowns, face shields, masks of various types for both children and adults gloves, disinfecting wipes, hand sanitizer, thermometers, and rapid tests. Over 400 entities have received PPE and supplies to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Volunteers and staff have been an integral part of distributing PPE
year round to facilities most in need all across the County. This milestone would not have been possible without the dedication of the volunteers who distributed items, sometimes in extreme heat and cold, to get items to communities in need.
Check out where PPE was distributed throughout the County via this distribution map: Personal Protective Equipment Distribution - Lake County, Illinois (arcgis.com) 


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Forest Preserves News

Concerts in the Plaza Lineup Set 

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From Beatles to the blues, from rock and bluegrass to swing and jazz, there’s something for just about any music taste when award-winning performers play under the stars at the annual Concerts in the Plaza music series. Nine concerts will be held at Independence Grove Forest Preserve in Libertyville, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, June 21 through August 16.  


The concerts are held at the preserve's outdoor Millennia Plaza overlooking a 115-acre lake. A friendly reminder, dogs, horses and other pets are not permitted at Independence Grove. A concert will also take place Thursday, June 23 at the outdoor amphitheater at Greenbelt Cultural Center in North Chicago. View full band descriptions and 2022 concert lineup.   


Protocols in Place to Protect Turtles 


Ecologists from the Lake County Forest Preserves are working with expert veterinarians to monitor Blanding's turtles in this area and develop protocols in an attempt to keep them safe from a fungus recently detected within the population in Lake County that may lead to turtle shell disease.   


Over the past 13 years, Gary Glowacki, manager of conservation ecology at the Lake County Forest Preserves, and his team have grown and stabilized the largest Blanding’s turtle population in the state. Through routine health assessments done as part of the turtle recovery program, it has been discovered that three Blanding’s turtles that are part of this program have contracted Emydomyces testavorans, a fungus that is known to be highly associated with turtle shell disease. Learn more


Public Tours at Stevenson Historic Home 


Public tours are taking place at the Adlai E. Stevenson Historic Home in Mettawa from 10 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 2. The programs are designed for families with children ages 8 and up. The cost is $5 for residents and $7 for nonresidents. 


Participants will learn about this Illinois governor and ambassador to the United Nations while touring his home, a National Historic Landmark. Registration is required to obtain a ticket. Email AskAnEducator@LCFPD.org with questions or to inquire about accommodations. Learn more 


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Lake County COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Helpful Links

Find a Vaccine
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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: 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 County. Find 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 them at 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 Job Center calendar to learn about 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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Community Events and News

Check Out These 20 Trendy Instagram Locations Across Lake County

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A rich variety of scenery in Lake County is eye-catching, no matter how you frame it. Any shutterbug can find a plethora of options to take a picture that will never need a filter or touch-up. Check out and show some love to these top 20 spots across Lake County to snap a picture for your Instagram.


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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