June 14, 2013

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Flooding Damage to Your Home?
Lake County residents and businesses who incurred property damage as a result of the recent flood can apply for grants, loans and other federal aid by contacting FEMA at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), or going to www.fema.gov/disaster/4116. The individual assistance deadline is July 9.   

New Online Access to Court Records 

Clerk of the Circuit Court Keith S. Brin launched a new Public Access System, providing 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 this new system, you can get information completely free of charge when it's convenient for you. 


Watch now to learn more about Keith Brin and the Circuit Court.
Poor Air Quality in Lake County

In April 2013, the American Lung Association released its 2013 "State of the Air" report card and Lake County received an "F".   Other Chicago area "collar counties" (McHenry, Kane, DuPage and Will) all received B's.  Air pollution comes from many different sources such as factories,coal plants, and motor vehicles.  Anyone who spends time outdoors where ozone pollution levels are high may be at risk. Those who are especially vulnerable are:  

  • children and teens
  • anyone 65 and older
  • people who work or exercise outdoors
  • people with existing lung diseases, such as  asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (also known as COPD, which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis)
  • people with cardiovascular disease. 
  • Click here to learn what you can do to improve our air and see up-to-date information on today's air quality index. 


To read about the Waukegan Coal Plant and efforts to clean the emissions, read the News-Sun article from this past April.    


Prescription Drug Collection

The Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO), the Sheriff's Office and other partners provide eleven locations throughout Lake County to drop off your unwanted prescription drugs.   Without proper disposal, pharmaceuticals  may be misused, abused, or end up in our drinking supply.  There is no paperwork required.  SWALCO will accept unwanted medication at their Household Chemical Waste events but will not accept controlled substances.  Use these links to view a Map of Pharmaceutical Collections Sites and get more information about Lake County's Underage Drinking and Drug Collection Task Force. 

Beach Advisories Through Labor Day

Beachgoers can access updated information on Lake Michigan and inland lake beach advisories and swim bans through the Lake County Health Department/Community Health Center's website.  The website is updated daily by 10 a.m. throughout the summer. The Health Department tests the water samples of over 100 beaches along Lake Michigan and inland lakes.  Each year, more than 40 volunteers with the Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program (VLMP) help the Health Department monitor the county's numerous lakes.  To learn more or to volunteer, call the VLMP at 847-377-8030.  Watch now to learn how water quality is tested.
Coyote Encounter at Middlefork

The Forest Preserve was notified last week that there was an encounter with a coyote in the area near the ponds at the south end of Middlefork in Lake Forest.  A coyote den was found in the area, and while not currently in use, it's likely that the pups are moving around with adults in the general vicinity.  Click here for guidelines on how to stay safe while enjoying the forest preserves.

Protecting Gages Lake  
The Gage's Lake Conservation Committee and the Wildwood Park District  held their annual Carp Derby on June 8 as part of its joint effort to remove carp from the lake.  Carp, an invasive species, is crowding out the bluegill, bass, and walleye that are native to Gage's Lake.  Since the program's inception, over 7,000 pounds of carp have been removed and used as fertilizer for area farms.  Many thanks to the GLCC and the Wildwood Park District for their tireless efforts to protect our lake, and for giving my son a great first experience fishing, even though we came up empty handed.  But as Scott Turf explained, "That's why it's called fishing, not catching."  To learn more about the GLCC, please call the Wildwood Park District at 847-223-7275.  

Forest Preserve Board Adopts Reduced Budget 

To keep more than 30,000 acres of forest preserves in Lake County safe,   clean and open for people to enjoy, we adopted a reduced Fiscal Year 2013-2014 Budget of $101,559,660 at our May 14 meeting. 

View The Annual Budget for fiscal Year 2013-2014


The overall budget decreased $12.4 million (11 percent) from the previous year, primarily due to an $11.4 million (21.5 percent) decrease in the capital budget. More Information 

The RTA Needs Your Feedback

The Draft Regional Transit Strategic Plan has been released to the public and the RTA is requesting input on recommendations being considered.  You can take a 10 minute surveyleave a comment, or attend a the meeting on June 20, 4-6 p.m., at the Grayslake Village Hall to view the plan and talk with RTA staff.   More Information  

Lake County TV Survey  

We are conducting an online survey to get input from residents about Lake County government's TV channel (LCTV). Please take a few moments to answer these 8 questions. Your input is very important.  Thank you.  
 If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me at any time at 224.212.0331 or smhart@lakecountyil.gov.

It's an honor and a pleasure serving you on the County and Forest Preserve boards.


Sandra Hart
Lake County Board, District 13