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Lake County Edition

December 2011

Board Action


County Board Adopts Legislative Priorities
Each year, the Lake County Board adopts a State and Federal Legislative Program that identifies key priorities that Lake County will focus on during the upcoming legislative sessions. Among the 2012 state priorities, Lake County will sponsor legislation that provides counties with more authority in the siting, height, and setback for cellular towers in the unincorporated area. The County will also sponsor legislation that provides authority to remove abandoned vehicles in unincorporated areas, and establish an affordable housing trust fund. Lake County will support legislation that would hold mortgagees responsible for abating code violations on vacant properties. One of the federal legislative items for 2012 focuses on continued funding under the Workforce Investment Act Reauthorization (WIA), which provides assistance to unemployed individuals through various skill building classes and job centers. Loss of this funding would be detrimental to this program that currently assists thousands of residents each month.


The program will be shared with state and federal legislators, and Lake County will work with our delegation for their sponsorship and support.  

2012 Legislative Agenda


Promoting Sustainable Building and Development Practices in Lake County

The Lake County Board is committed to promoting a sustainable environment, as identified in its strategic plan. To advance this goal, Lake County received federal grant dollars (Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant funding) to study and identify best practices for sustainable building and development. At its December meeting, the County Board accepted a report that highlights dozens of best practices that can be promoted by Lake County and other local governments, including the removal of barriers, incentives for builders and developers, and new standards and procedures for sustainable building and development. Staff, officials, and key stakeholders from across Lake County provided input into the development of these practices.


The report will be shared with other jurisdictions and stakeholders to help them to identify practices that they can incorporate into their policies. It will also be used to guide the update of the Lake County Regional Framework Plan in 2012, with goals and polices that promote sustainable growth and development in Lake County.


Transportation News



Prairie Crossing Bike Path Moves Forward
The County Board recently approved agreements that will allow for the final segment of the Prairie Crossing Bike Path to be constructed next year. The segment parallels Midlothian Road along Hawley Street in Mundelein to the Grayslake trail system in the Prairie Crossing development at Casey Road north of IL Route 137. 

The path will connect western Lake County communities around Wauconda to the extensive Grayslake bike path system and eventually connect the north-south Des Plaines River Trail when the IL Rte 21 widening project (funded by Lake County) is finished in 2012.

Additionally, the path provides access from the adjacent residential areas to other local destinations, including the Fremont Public Library, the Mechanics Grove grade school, the Mundelein High School, the Mundelein Park District's Central Park facilities, the two Prairie Crossing Metra train stations, as well as shopping centers.

Lake County qualified for federal grant funds to offset the costs of the project because it will provide for cleaner air.
View map to see path location.



Lake County PASSAGE Launches Android Application
Those that have an Android mobile device can now access real-time Lake Lake County PASSAGECounty traffic information through the new Lake County PASSAGE app. Lake County launched the I-Phone app earlier this year, and just released the new Android app. Both apps allow users to report incidents directly to PASSAGE and submit pictures, location, and description. It also has the ability for the device to detect the individual's current location. Learn more about Lake County PASSAGE.


Health Department News


Healthy Ways to Start Out the New Year
Whether it is improving the mind or the body, there are healthy ways to start out 2012. Lake County Health Department Executive Director Irene Pierce offers some suggestions for a healthy new year.
Making the Best of Breakfast
Time is short in the mornings for a nutritious breakfast, but the Health Department offers some ideas on how to have your breakfast and keep your schedule in check each morning. VIDEO. Also, prepare a week's worth of breakfasts with this nutritious recipe.

Focus on Fitness:
Keep Moving Seniors
Just because you need to stay indoors due to the weather does not Focus on Fitnessmean you cannot keep moving. The latest Focus on Fitness videos demonstrate how seniors can do simple exercise movements for their abs, legs, waistline, and core. There is also a segment dedicated to relaxation and breathing.


Green Living 

Electronic Ban to take effect Jan. 1
Are you planning on upgrading your DVD player to a Blu-Ray player or have an old computer you don't use? Beginning January 1, it will be illegal for households to dispose of unwanted electronics in their regular trash. Due to potentially toxic contaminants and chemicals, the Illinois Electronic Products Recycling and Reuse Act (2008) requires manufacturers to establish recycling programs for electronics if they sell their products in Illinois. The Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO) also provides electronics recycling events, free of charge for Lake County residents. For more information, please visit the Electronics Collection Event website or call SWALCO at 847.336.9340.

America Recycles Day

Last month's America Recycles Day, hosted by SWALCO at the Lake County Division of Transportation in Libertyville, was a big success. Nearly 700 residents participated in the event, with various hard-to-recycle items such as old computers, batteries, latex paint, fire extinguishers and paper shredding. To find out more about this free, educational recycling event, watch the Special Edition of "How Do You Go Green, Lake County?". 

Upcoming Events


All Lake County offices will be closed on Monday, Dec. 26 and Monday, Jan. 2. Have a safe and happy holiday season!