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Lake County Edition

June 2013


County Board Asks Governor for Amendatory Veto of Special Legislation Creating Election Commission 
The County Board approved a resolution at its meeting this week officially opposing legislation that mandates the creation of an election commission in Lake County. The board is asking for the governor to veto the language, which was included in a much larger piece of election related legislation. If signed by the governor, it would transfer election authority from the county clerk, and result in approximately $700,000 in additional annual expense to Lake County. The measure singles out Lake County and treats voters differently by eliminating a referendum option. 
Recycle First - Trash Last
The Lake County Board has a goal to divert 60% of the waste stream away from landfills by 2030. The board recently approved changes to the Solid Waste and Recycling Ordinance incorporating specific recommendations toward achieving this goal, including requiring haulers (in the unincorporated area) to provide residents with containers for collecting recyclable materials, and information on how and what materials to recycle.

What can you do? Make recycling a daily habit by changing your mind set to recycle first - trash last! Lake County residents have access to single-stream recycling, which means no sorting of recyclables is necessary. Everything can be placed in the same container with no guessing games. For a list of what can and cannot be recycled in Lake County, visit, or check out these recycling guidelines

There are 241,000 households in Lake County that can participate in curbside recycling. If each household does their part, those numbers can add up fast! Watch video.

Buy Lake County - Build Lake County! 
Local businesses are invited to a networking event at the College of Lake County (CLC) on Thursday, June 20 from 1 to 5 p.m. to learn about upcoming government procurement opportunities, and how to navigate the process of doing business with
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 government. The event is sponsored by CLC's Illinois Procurement Technical
 Assistance Center in partnership with Lake County. Businesses can meet with purchasing representatives from Lake County government, and other local, state and federal agencies, including: Naval Facilities Engineering Command - Midwest, State of Illinois Central Management Services - Bureau of Strategic Sourcing, Lake County Forest Preserves, Lake County Housing Authority, College of Lake County, and others. The event will be held in the Atrium at the College of Lake County, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake. Register Now, Call (847) 543-2025, or E-mail
Job Center News and Events 
Get inspired! Learn how workforce programs and training helped these job seekers and businesses. Success Stories Summer 2013

Attention veterans: attend the "Vet Empowerment Training Workshop" on June 19 at 10 a.m. at the Waukegan Job Center (1 N. Genesee St.)

Learn to maximize the time you spend on the internet when looking for work at the Lake Villa Library on June 18 at 10 a.m. Call 847-356-7711 to reserve a seat. More information  



Boy Scouts receive merit badge at LCDOT
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Local Boy Scouts recently attended a full day workshop at the Lake County Division of Transportation in Libertyville to work on their "Traffic Safety" merit badges. LCDOT staff and staff from the Sheriff's Office taught the scouts about vehicle safety and maintenance, traffic safety and the dangers of distracted driving. Watch this video to see these future drivers earn their merit badge.  
Lake County Reaches Milestone: 7 Million Documents Recorded 
In 1844, the Lake County Recorder's Office officially recorded its first document - hand-written in a large ledger book -and 169 years and several millions of documents later, the office reached a 7 million record milestone. Mary Ellen Vanderventer, Lake County Recorder of Deeds, awarded the lucky patron with a gift basket at approximately 9:30 a.m. on June 6. Watch the video. For more about the Recorder of Deeds' Office, visit their website.
Four Lake County Programs Receive National Awards 
Two Lake County websites, and two Nineteenth Judicial Circuit programs are winners of Achievement Awards from the National Association of Counties. The awards program recognizes innovative county government programs. 
The Lake County Maps Online web application is one winner. The tool increases transparency and provides users with easy access to maps, tax and property information, and other interactive features. The Lake County Board of Review Assessment Appeal System is another winner. This tool is the first comprehensive e-filing assessment appeal application in the state. It enhances convenience and transparency for taxpayers and other stakeholders by providing resources that were only available by visiting the county building in Waukegan. 
The two award winning programs developed and implemented in the courts are the Youthful Offender Job Readiness Program, which provides education and training to probationers to reduce recidivism, and Research Activity Policy, which provides a standardized research process between the circuit court, a student researcher, and academic institutions. 


Lake County Update - Transportation 
Construction season is upon us and this year is the Lake County Division of Transportation's largest annual highway construction program ever. In this edition of County Update, County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor and Board Member Nick Sauer talk transportation with LCDOT Director Paula Trigg. Watch now.

RTA seeks your input on draft Regional Transit Strategic Plan 
The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) seeks input from Lake County residents on the draft Regional Transit Strategic Plan, which will be used as a roadmap for northeastern Illinois regional transit (Metra, Pace, and CTA) and will help guide decision-making over the next five years. Lake County residents can provide input at a Public Hearing on June 20, at the Grayslake Village Hall, Village Board Room, from 4-6 p.m.  
BIKE LAKE COUNTY: School's out and warmer weather is ahead!  
Please ride safely and when driving, watch for folks out there pedaling. Refresh your bike safety knowledge by reviewing
"Lake County Bike Trails Rock!" - Libertyville Resident
Illinois' Bicycle Rules of the Road.

The Lake County Division of Transportation is developing a "Bikes and Trails" website and we'd like to see your biking photos and hear from bicyclists in Lake County on any or all of the following:

* What is your favorite Lake County bike path? Why? 
* Do you commute to work or train station by bike? 
* Does your family have a favorite weekend ride? 
* What is your biggest frustration when riding your bike?

Share your stories, photos and comments by emailing us at


Low-Cost Pet Vaccinations Available June 15 in North Chicago 
The Lake County Health Department/Community Health Center's Animal Care and Control Program is offering a low-cost pet vaccination clinic from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 15. The event will take place at the Community Recreational Center, 1730 Lewis Avenue (behind the building) in North Chicago. 
Fight the Bite 
Every summer the Lake County Health Department/Community Health Center reports cases of West Nile virus and Lyme disease. The culprits behind these illnesses are mosquitoes and ticks. By following a few simple guidelines, you can fight the bite and avoid illness.
Healthy Lake County
In this month's "Healthy Lake County" video, learn where to check for information on swim bans at Lake County beaches, what "Dig Day" is all about, and what you can do to stay cool as the weather gets hot.


Upcoming Events


Public Information Meeting: Washington Reconstruction Meeting 
June 17, 5 - 7 p.m 

Round Lake Park Village Hall, 203 East Lake Shore Drive, Round Lake Park

More information


Lake County Business Focus: The Impact of Health Care Reform

Wednesday, June 19

Lake County Partners, Mesirow Financial, and Quarles & Brady are co-hosting a breakfast and forum, "Lake County Business Focus: The Impact of Health Care Reform" from 7:15 - 9:30 a.m. on June 19 at the Marriott Lincolnshire Marquis. The forum will feature a panel of experts on the expected impact of the Healthcare Reform Act on businesses. The event also includes an update on the national and international economy by Adolfo Laurenti, Mesirow's Deputy Chief Economist, as well as a Lake County update presented by Aaron Lawlor, Chairman of the Lake County Board, and a report on Lake County Partners' activity by Michael Stevens, President and CEO. Breakfast will be served. There is no charge for this event, but be sure to RSVP by June 14. 

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Public Information Meeting: 14th Street Preliminary Engineering Study 
June 26, 5  - 7 p.m. 

Greenbelt Cultural Center, 1215 Green Bay Road, North Chicago

More information.


Public Hearing: Lake Michigan Water Project

Tuesday, August 13, 6 p.m. 

Lehmann Mansion, 485 N. Milwaukee Ave., Lake Villa. 

The public hearing is for the formation of a Special Service Area (SSA) to fund the project to bring Lake Michigan water to the water systems of Grandwood Park, Lindenhurst, Lake Villa and Fox Lake Hills. At the public hearing, the Lake County Board will consider the establishment of the SSA and hear public comment. Residents included in the SSA will receive a formal notice in the mail in July containing the public hearing details.