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Lake County Edition

June 2011

Board Action

Board Approves New District Map 
The Lake County Board approved a new district map that reduces the size of the board from 23 to 21 members. The map will take effect in December 2012, when the terms of office for the current members expire, and a new slate of board members is elected. County boards are required to redraw district lines so that each direct has equal population, according to federal and state laws. The reapportionment process takes place every 10 years, following the U.S. Census. Lake County's population grew by 9.2% with the most growth occurring in the northern and western districts. The map reflects new boundaries for 21 districts, with each district having a target population of 33,498. 
View video of June 14, 2011 County Board meeting

Board Approves Soliciting Bids from Private Companies to Operate Winchester House 
The Lake County Board approved issuing an invitation for private firms to submit bids for the management of Winchester House-a Lake County government owned and operated skilled nursing facility located in Libertyville. The action allows Lake County to gather more information, which will be presented to the board for future consideration. The focus is to preserve Winchester House's mission of providing long-term nursing care to residents.

Lake County is continuing with its plans to build a new Winchester House to replace the existing facility, which is aging and in disrepair.
The board's vote follows a unanimous recommendation from the Winchester House Advisory Board, which is made up of healthcare and financial experts, and two county board members. The advisory board recommended this direction based on financial analysis that showed future expenses outpacing revenues, in the new facility.

The flat revenue is primarily due to cuts in Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements at the federal and state levels. In its analysis, the advisory board evaluated wages and benefit costs in the local nursing home market. The findings showed that Winchester House wages and benefits are significantly more, when compared to the market median rate. 

Lake County would maintain oversight of Winchester House, if the board were to approve contracting with a private operator in the future.
View video of June 14, 2011 County Board meeting

Lake County News


Doing Good Deeds

Recorder of Deeds
Doing Good Deeds, 23 minute video

In this edition of "Doing Good Deeds for You," Lake County Recorder Mary Ellen Vanderventer interviews Al Westerman, author of "An early history of Benton Township, Lake County, Illinois." Westerman conducted extensive research in the recorder's office, as well as other county offices. Watch the video.

Building a Green Economy in Lake County

The Lake County Board partnered with the

County Green Event
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College of Lake County, along with other elected officials, business leaders, and stakeholders for an all-day event focused on promoting sustainability and economic growth in Lake County. Keynote speaker, Randy Blankenhorn, Executive Director of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, also discussed the GO TO 2040 plan, which includes far-reaching strategies to address regional issues over the next 30 years, such as: transportation, housing, economic development, open space, and the environment. Watch 4 minute video on the County Green event.


Watch Career Chat on Resume Tips
Resumes are a critical component of any job search. It's important that

Rules for Resumes
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your resume is professional, and helps you stand out from the rest of the applicants. In this edition of Career Chat, Terri Berryman, Lake County Workforce Development Director, gives tips and guidelines for writing resumes. Watch 6 minute video.



Emergency Preparedness Survey - We Need Your Input
Lake County residents are invited to complete the Emergency Preparedness survey. Your input will help Lake County prioritize natural hazards that could impact residents and determine how to be better prepared for emergencies. Lake County local government agencies are in the process of updating the Lake County All Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan. The Mitigation Plan identifies activities and projects to reduce the damages caused by natural hazards such as tornadoes, floods, and severe summer and winter storms.

Transportation News


Talkin' Transportation: Preserving Our Transportation System 

Preserving our transporation system
Talkin' Transportation, 7 minute video

The Lake County Division of Transportation (LCDOT) works hard to keep its highways, bridges, and bikeways in good condition, including repaving roads, replacing culverts, and repairing bridges. In this Talkin' Transportation, learn how LCDOT is using high-tech equipment to strategically plan for preservation projects, and save taxpayer money. Also, find out about the preservation projects planned for the next few years. Watch 7 minute video.   


Work Ramps up for Committee Focused on Public Transportation Access 
Lake County residents will see first-hand the improvements being made to roads during construction season this summer, but they won't see all the work being done behind the scenes to improve another component of our transportation system-what's referred to as "paratransit."  The Lake County Coordinated Transportation Services Committee (LCCTSC), a coalition of government officials, service providers and advocacy groups, has been working for several years to improve public transportation options throughout the county, with an emphasis on providing enhanced transportation options for seniors and the disabled. County Board Vice-Chairman Stevenson Mountsier, who represents the Barrington area, serves on the LCCTSC and is a champion for improving paratransit in Lake County.
The LCCTSC used grant funds from the Regional Transportation Authority to develop an "Inter/Intra County Paratransit Transportation Plan." The committee, in coordination with the Lake County Division of Transportation, is moving forward with implementing that plan. For more information, contact LCCTSC Chairperson Kay Starostovic at 847-740-2233.  

Health Department News


Help for Those Who Have Served
The Health Department's Veterans and Family Services program is helping military personnel, veterans, and their families face challenges before, during and after deployments. The program offers a wide range of free services including therapy, crisis intervention, substance abuse counseling, support groups, and referrals. For more information, call 847-377-VET6 (8386).  

Check the Status of Your Favorite Beaches
From Memorial Day to Labor Day, Lake County beachgoers can access daily information on Lake Michigan beach advisories and swim bans through the Health Department's Web site. The web page is updated daily by 10 a.m.

Avoid Bats
The Health Department is urging Lake County residents to avoid contact with bats. Recently, bats found in Lake Villa and Waukegan tested positive for rabies. There was no human contact in either of these cases. Health officials urge anyone who has direct contact with a bat or notices a bat acting in an unusual manner (such as flying in daylight or lying on the ground or in your home) to contact the Health Department at 847-949-9925. If the bat is inside of your house, do not chase it away because it may need to be tested for rabies.

Time to Break that Habit
The Health Department's Tobacco Free Lake County program is pleased to announce its newest program, "Break the Habit", a Nicotine Replacement Therapy support program for Lake County residents who use the Illinois Tobacco Quitline. Eligible participants can get up to four boxes of Nicotine Replacement Therapy patches (for $10 each while supplies last) and receive free telephone-based counseling, available in Spanish and 150 other languages. Interested clients can call 1-866-QUIT-YES (784-8937). 

News From the Lake County Clerk


Redistricting Requires New Precincts Countywide
Every voter in Lake County will receive a new Certificate of Registration this fall listing all districts serving the voter's address and designating the Election Day voting location. Many voters will be in different congressional districts as three congressional districts now slice into our county. Before signing a candidate's nominating petition this fall, refer to the new card to determine the districts in which you live.

The Illinois General Assembly finalized new boundaries for all Illinois Congressional and State Senate districts, but the Illinois Representative lines remain in draft form. The Lake County Board district lines, along with state and federal lines, will be reviewed to determine new precincts throughout the county. Precincts must be wholly within a township and provide balanced population for accessible voting. As much as practicable, precincts will be drawn to minimize lines bisecting a precinct to create more than one ballot style. Watch for your new voter card in October.

Spanish Ballots are Expected in 2012 for Collar Counties
The County Clerk's office is awaiting final analysis by the Census Bureau and the Department of Justice of the 2010 census data for determination of the 2012 requirements for bi-lingual voting materials in Illinois. Federal law establishes a 5% threshold to trigger bi-lingual ballots. Federally mandated translations will require additional staff to administer the conversion and election support. Translation will cover all materials used for elections including ballots, voter guides, legal notices, voting site signage, informational materials and website information. Significant budget increases will hit county taxpayers to meet the requirements of the federal law.

June and Weddings Go Together at the County Clerk's Office
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways... Many couples continue to choose June as a favorite time of the year to tie the knot - both young and old, or second chances at love. Applicants must be 18 years or older and appear in person at the County Clerk's office, 18 North County Street in Waukegan. Both applicants must present identification and proof of age.

Licenses must be obtained at least one day prior to the marriage and the ceremony must take place in Lake County and occur within 60 days of the date the license is issued. After 60 days, any license not completed (no marriage performed), is invalid. The fee to apply for a marriage license is $25. Certified copies of the completed marriage license may be ordered and prepayment made at the time of application. The first certified copy is $8 and additional copies are $4 each. Payment may be made in cash or by check/money order. Some debit and credit cards are accepted with an additional $2.50 processing fee.
For more information including hours and other requirements, visit the County Clerk's site or call 847.377.2411.

Oppose Additional Taxpayer Costs in SB 1586
Illinois legislators have introduced amendments to state election law to increase electioneering at voting sites and eliminate the option for churches and private schools to ban all electioneering on their property. The proposed legislation also eliminates the option for a permanent vote by mail program. Currently, voters can enroll and designate the elections when they want to automatically receive a ballot by mail. Prior enrollment records the preference of voters and helps the Clerk's office gauge the number of ballots that are not needed during early voting and on Election Day for those who voted by mail. Not having to print ballots for all three voting options reduces printing costs and saves taxpayers' dollars.
Let your state legislator know that mandates requiring increasing spending are bad for taxpayers. If you need your legislators' name or contact information, email the Clerk's office at or call 847.377.2410. Oppose SB1586.

Green Living 


Electronics Recycling PSA
Technology is advancing daily, but at this rate we need to be conscious
Electronics Recycling PSA
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  of our old electronics and how to properly dispose of them. Be environmentally responsible, reuse, or recycle your electronics with SWALCO's free recycling events, for more information, visit 



Upcoming Events


Wadsworth Road Public Meeting TONIGHT

Date: June 14

Time: 6 - 8 p.m.

Location: St. Patrick's Church, 15000 Wadsworth Road, Wadsworth
The Lake County Division of Transportation is developing plans to widen and reconstruct Wadsworth Road from the DesPlaines River to Chicago Avenue, as well as resurface the road to improve the pavement condition and provide bicycle friendly shoulders.   


SWALCO Household Chemical Waste Collection Event

Date: June 18

Time: 8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Location: Wauconda High School, 555 N. Main Street, Wauconda

Accepted Items include: CFL bulbs, unwanted prescription and over-the counter medicines, household cleaners, gasoline, garden chemicals, pesticides, oil-based paints (no latex) and varnishes, as well as other household chemicals. More Information.


July 4th, 2011 Centennial Celebration

Celebrate our Nation's Independence and the Naval Station's 100th Birthday in a "BIG" Way!

You are invited to the Naval Station Great Lakes' July 4th Centennial Celebration on Ross Field from July 2 - 4. Enjoy three full days of "fire-cracking" festival fun at one of the biggest 4th of July Celebrations in the region! 


Celebrate our freedom, patriotism, and the Naval Station Great Lakes' 100th birthday at this FREE, fun-for-all-ages Centennial Celebration from July 2 - 4. For full details, go to