August 7, 2013

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Dear Neighbor,


I hope you find this newsletter helpful.  In it you will find updates on issues affecting the entire County, as well as specific updates on District 13 events and projects.  


It's a pleasure and honor representing you on the Lake County and Forest Preserve Boards.  Please contact me any time for any reason.  I am always glad to hear your concerns, interests and ideas.  Government works best when we can work together.


Thank you,  



Transportation News

Help keep county roadways litter-free with 'Adopt-A-Highway'
Many local businesses and non-profit groups volunteer their time to keep our roads and bike paths litter-free.  The Lake County Division of Transportation's Adopt-a-Highway program is taking place through August 31 if you are interested in helping keep Lake County a beautiful place to live!

To learn more,
visit their website or call 847.377.7400.  Fill out an application online and send to

Construction Project Websites
The Lake County Division of Transportation has worked with IDOT and other local agencies to create dedicated websites for many of these improvement projects. 

Nearby Construction on Rt 21 is currently 50% complete.  Visit the website here: IL21/137

Other Lake County construction project websites:
Rollins Road Gateway
Fairfield Road at IL Route 176  
Washington Street - Cedar Lake Road to Hainesville Road
Wadsworth Road 

For more information, please contact LCDOT or IDOT
E-mail Lake County Department of Transportation at
Submit Feedback to Illinois Division of Transportation

Find up to the minute traffic information on Lake County Passage
New Lake County Health Department Executive Director Talks About Health Care


What does the Affordable Health Care Act mean for you?  Healthcare options can be complicated and confusing.  In this episode of Lake County Update, new Lake County Health Department and Community Health Centers Executive Director Tony Beltran talks about the wide range to Health Department services. Learn about Lake County Health Centers, Preventative Care Initiatives, the Affordable Care Act, and more. Watch.

Student Immunization Requirements
The Lake County Health Department provides free vaccines to children who are VFC-eligible (Federal Vaccine for Children).  All sixth through 12th graders attending public schools in Illinois are required to have a Tdap booster shot and provide proof of immunization.  Click here to learn more about immunization shots, who needs them, and who is eligible to receive free vaccinations.
Lake County Files Lawsuit to Protect Voters' Right to Choose Who Administers Elections

Lawsuit Challenges Unconstitutionality of New Law and Seeks Injunction to Stop Creation of Elections Commission
Recently, Lake County State's Attorney Mike Nerheim filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the provision in House Bill 2418, now Public Act 98-0115, that removes the authority of the county clerk to administer elections and establishes an elections commission without a voter referendum - in Lake County only.
Read the press release and watch a video of the press conference to learn more.
Electronic Collections Events Around Lake County
The Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO) is holding collection events for electronic waste (e-waste) around Lake County. Proper disposal of items such as computer equipment, digital equipment, microwave ovens, and batteries is important because of potential hazardous waste within them. Protect your community by bringing your unwanted electronic items to these collection events.
Village of Grayslake (Public Works Facility, Recycling Center) 
585 Berry Avenue 
Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. 3:30 p.m. 
Saturday - 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  
City of Highland Park (Firearms Training Center)
1180 Half Day Road
ONLY Tuesdays and Fridays, 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (excluding holidays)
Fluorescent light bulbs, foam containers and packaging materials are also accepted at the Highland Park Electronic Collection
Village of Libertyville (Public Works Facility)
600 North Avenue
April 1 - Nov 1
Monday through Friday
7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Check out the 2013 Summer Newsletter: Lake County Connection
In this County Connection, find out about: key transportation projects underway, budget snapshot, strategic plan update, and how to connect with Lake County! Read now.
LCDOT is collecting stories and pictures for BIKE LAKE COUNTY
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?
* What is your biggest frustration when riding your bike?
Share your stories, photos and comments by emailing us at
Forest Preserves News
Independence Grove Dog Exercise Area Closed through November for Improvements
For more information on Independence Grove click here and for more information on the construction project, including a map click here.

Lake County Forest Preserves offers several Dog Exercise areas, where dogs are allowed to run off of their leashes. In order to use these parks safely, there are certain requirements.

Volunteer at the Forest Preserves
There are many opportunities to volunteer at the Forest Preserves.  If you are interested in giving your time, click here to view a list of open volunteer positions.  Thank you!