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Board Meeting: May 14, 2013
Career Chat: Researching Careers
Prevention Week
Meet the new Circuit Court Clerk
Word With Willard: Property Taxes
High School Students Participate in Law Day 2013
Volunteer Lunch at Winchester House


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Lake County Edition

 May 2013 

County Waives Permit Fees and Reduces Rate for Septic Tank Sewage Disposal for Flooded Properties 
In an effort to provide some relief to flood victims, the county board recently
To watch the presentation, select "PRESENTATION", 4th item on the agenda
approved waiving permit fees and reducing fees for removing septic tank waste.

Unincorporated area property owners that suffered flood damage will not need to pay Lake County for the permit needed to do repair or restoration work. The County will conduct an inspection and assess the damage as part of the permit review process. For questions and to schedule an inspection, contact Lake County Planning, Building & Development at 847-377-2081. 

A reduced rate to dispose of septic sewage is also available for properties that meet the following criteria:

* The property must be identified in the 2013 flood event property impact maps, or verified by inspectors with the Lake County Planning Building and Development. 

* Property owners must retain services from specific septic tank haulers that have agreed to participate in this program. (See list below. Those haulers must use the Lake County Public Works Mill Creek Water Reclamation Facility). 

* Services must be rendered between May 14, 2013 and June 1, 2013. 

The septic tank haulers that have agreed to participate in this program include: Sunrise Septic: 262-857-9981, Weidner's Septic: 847-438-1763, Lakeland Septic Service: 847-395-1987, A&J Sewer: 847-537-9090. 

For more information on septic disposal, contact Lake County Public Works at 847-377-7500.

Federal Assistance Available for Homes and Businesses Impacted by Floods   
Lake County residents and businesses impacted by the recent flooding can apply for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), including grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs. The President recently issued a Disaster Declaration for Lake County, along with several other counties in Illinois that were affected by last month's flooding -opening the door for the FEMA assistance. Impacted property owners must register online at, or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) and should be prepared to provide insurance information, and any other information to help substantiate losses.

Additional Resources:
Flood Information website

Flood Presentation at the Lake County Board Meeting (Select "PRESENTATION", 4th item on agenda)

Property Taxes: First Installment Due Date, June 6 
Earlier this month, you should have received your property tax bill in the mail. The first installment is due June 6. Payments can be made at most local banks, online at  or in person at the Lake County Treasurer's office until 7 p.m. on the due date. For more information, visit the Treasurer's website.
Are there any limits on how much property tax I am getting charged? 
There are three ways that state statutes cap property tax rates: 
* Fund Limits: Some funds within district levies have a set maximum rate, regardless of how property values change.  
* PTELL ("Tax Cap") Limit: The "tax cap" limits the average increase in tax bills to the rate of inflation.This limits amounts, not rates. As property values decrease, rates increase to compensate. 
* Special Limits: A few levy funds have special limits, in addition to the ones above.  
For more tax extension information, visit the County Clerk's FAQ page

United Way of Lake County
'Be a Link. Pass the Link' 
The Lake County Board is a partner with the United Way of Lake County to help connect residents to local health and human services through a print guide, and the "Find Help Lake County" website,

Often, the people that need these resources don't know they exist. So, YOU can help be a link, and pass the link by posting to your website and if you register your link at, you will be entered into a raffle to win $100 for their favorite charity. The Find Help website provides a searchable database of health and human services from more than 1,000 agencies. Resources are available for everything from teen pregnancy to uninsured families to substance abuse and those living with domestic violence. A limited number of print guides for those without access to the internet are also available on a first come, first serve basis. 
For more information, visit, or call 847-775-1018.

Tell us What You Think!
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Click here for the LCTV survey

Job Market Place 2013 Lake County's Largest Job Fair
Attention jobseekers! Attend JobMarketPlace 2013 on May 23 at the College of Lake County, Grayslake. Dress to impress and bring plenty of resumes.

Workforce Investment Board Annual Report
Learn how the Lake County Workforce Investment Board is helping to prepare Lake County workers and connect them with local employers in the 2012 Annual Report.

An Inside Look into the 911 Call Center
911 Video

When someone makes a 911 call,

every second counts. At the Lake County 911 center, dispatchers are helping to save lives by using advanced technology and making quick decisions to get help to those that need it.


Watch this video to get an inside look into the Lake County 911 center. 


New Online Access to Court Records
Clerk of the Circuit Court Keith S. Brin recently launched a new Public Access System. The Public Access System provides a secure way for individuals to obtain basic information on any court case in Lake County - from checking on a future court date and amounts due, to parties involved in a case. Through the Public Access System, people won't have to call or come in to the Circuit Clerk's office when they need basic information on a court case. Instead, users can get the information at a time that is convenient for them, and completely free of charge. This new system uses technology to extend limited resources and deliver a better and more efficient service to the taxpayers of Lake County.


County Board Advances IL Route 83 and Rollins Road Project
The County Board approved several items at its recent meeting advancing the intersection improvement project at IL Route 83 and Rollins Road in the commercial district of Round Lake Beach. Action items included authorizing an agreement with the Lake County Forest Preserve for the construction and maintenance of a new multi-use path along Rollins Road from Hainesville Road to Hook Drive. The board also approved funding for the relocation of a gas main, and an agreement with the CN Railroad for the construction and future maintenance of the new railroad bridge structure. Construction on this $43 million project begins this summer and includes lowering the intersection below the CN Railroad tracks which will greatly improve the operation of this heavily congested intersection. Construction is expected to be completed in two years. More Information.

May is National Bike Month

The Lake County Division of Transportation (LCDOT) is joining the League of American Bicyclists to promote May as National Bike Month. With the warm weather finally here, bicyclists can celebrate the unique power and the many reasons they ride. LCDOT is expanding its bike path system so bicyclists from beginner to advanced can navigate across the county safely. Whether you're going to work or school, saving money or time, preserving your health or the environment make sure to Be Safe! Be Visible! and have a fun riding season!

Safety tips

LCDOT bike path map 

Lake County resident commutes 
to Naval Station


May is Mental Health Month
The Lake County Health Department/Community Health Center is observing Mental Health Month in May by focusing on suicide prevention. Suicide is a serious public health problem in Lake County, where 52 suicides took place in 2012, more than twice the number of homicides reported that year (which was 25). Nationwide, suicide is also a leading cause of death among youth. In 2012, there were seven suicide deaths in Lake County among children up to age 20. 
Click here to check out Lake County's Mental Health Update.
Watch the new edition of Healthy Lake County to learn more about addictions treatment, a 24-hour crisis hotline and warm weather nuisances.  


Read the latest Health Department news release: Tips for Tackling Summer Pests That Spread Diseases  


Household Chemical Waste Collection Event in Vernon Hills

SWALCO hosts Mobile Household Chemical Waste (HCW) events at locations throughout the county from Spring through Fall. No appointments are necessary for Mobile HCW Events. Residents may simply come to the mobile location between the stated hours, drive through and drop off their HCW materials. 


Next event: 

May 18, 8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Vernon Hills Metra Station (Rt. 45 and Ranney Rd.)
Click here for more information

Upcoming Events


Veterans Workshop, May 22 

Attention military veterans!  Attend the "welcome home veterans" workshop on May 22 at the Job Center of Lake County in Waukegan  


Veterans Assistance Commission Takes its Services on the Road 

The Lake County Veterans Assistance Commission (VAC) will be maintaining office hours at various American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars Posts (VFW) throughout Lake County in an effort to reach more veterans. A recreational vehicle equipped with additional office space will be staffed with VAC service officers who will help veterans prepare claims with the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. 


Walk-ins welcome/appointments preferred, 847.377.3344

Weekday hours are 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Saturday hours are 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.


Winthrop Harbor, May 22
VFW Post 1943
1112 Sheridan Road, Winthrop Harbor

Mundelein, May 28
American Legion Post 867
145 N Seymour, Mundelein

Round Lake Park, June 4

American Legion Post 1170
111 E.Main St, Round Lake Park

Lake Zurich, June 11

American Legion Post 964
51 Lions Drive, Lake Zurich

Grayslake, June 18
CLC Grayslake Campus - C Wing
19351 W Washington, Grayslake

Vernon Hills, June 25

CLC South Campus
1120 S Milwaukee Ave, Vernon Hills