September 5, 2013

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Village of Lake Bluff
Warren Township
Shields Township
Dear Neighbor,

There are many things happening this fall in Lake County Government and Forest Preserves.  In the coming months we will be working on local farming initiatives, medical marijuana, the heroin epidemic facing Lake County, increasing recycling as our area landfills reach capacity, and other important issues.  
Thank you for your comments regarding video gambling; I will continue to update you on this as well as other important changes that impact you. 

Please let me know if there are topics you would like to hear about and I will try to include them in my next newsletter.

Thank you,

Property Taxes Due Tomorrow, September 6

The Second Installment of Lake County property taxes are due Friday, September 6.  A second bill will not be mailed to homeowners. You can pay on-line, by phone, at most local banks, and at the Treasurer's Office in Waukegan.  Their office typically experiences long lines close to the property tax due date so please take advantage of alternative payment methods. For more information visit the Lake County Treasurer's Office website.

Help Available for Property Owners to Evaluate and Appeal Their Assessments


Homeowners throughout Lake County are given thirty days from the date of publication to appeal their property assessments.  These dates are staggered throughout August and September.  The deadline for Shields Township was September 3rd.  Thank you to the residents who came out to the free seminar on how to appeal your property tax assessment. 


I am holding two more free sessions to help homeowners understand how to evaluate their property tax assessment notice and file an online appeal:  

  • September 9, 9:00 a.m. at the Heather Ridge Clubhouse,                 5900 Heather Ridge Drive, Gurnee
  • September 9, 7:00 p.m. at the Warren-Newport Library, Mtg Room B, 224 North O'Plaine Road, Gurnee
At these sessions, we will:
  • evaluate an individual property, detailing how to verify the characteristics used to determine property assessments;
  • show how to find comparable sales
  • demonstrate how to use the on-line appeal form
If you believe your home is over-assessed, you can file an appeal.  The last filing date is as follows: 
  • Waukegan Township:     September 16
  • Warren Township:          September 19
  • Libertyville Township:      September 23

In addition, The Lake County Chief County Assessment Office provides a number of resources and tools to assist with evaluating your assessment, including 1:1 help at CLC in Grayslake.  For more information, visit the Assessor's Website and the Board of Review Website

Route 137 & Milwaukee Avenue Update

The IDOT Project to widen the road and improve the intersection at 137 & Milwaukee is now 55% complete. In the coming two weeks, the contractor will be preparing the aggregate base on both IL 21 and IL 137, and intends to pave the asphalt base in mid-September. Concrete placement will follow.

The new trail underpass at Casey Road & Route 21 is progressing and is planned to open to bikes and pedestrians by the end of September.  This will link Casey Trail to the Des Plaines River Trail and Independence Grove Forest Preserve.

The Indepence Grove dog park is scheduled to remain closed through November because of this project.  Click here for information on other dog exercise areas in the Forest Preserves. 

For more information on this project, please contact IDOT or LCDOT.  

Click here to submit Feedback to Illinois Division of Transportation.  
E-mail Lake County Department of Transportation at 
Illinois Route 53/120 Project Update

Efforts to examine the feasibility of the Illinois Route 53/120 project are moving forward. The Illinois Tollway, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning and Lake County are partnering to examine the feasibility of the project with respect to financing and land use. This phase builds on the recommendations and framework outlined by the Blue Ribbon Advisory Council (BRAC). The council will reconvene next month. The BRAC will continue to be involved in an advisory capacity.   

View IL53/Route 120 Project Overview Document

View the Blue Ribbon Council's Summary Report, June 2012 
Waterfest at Independence Grove
Sunday, September 8th, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
In celebration of our beautiful waterways and water conservation, the Lake County Forest Preserves is holding Waterfest, an event as part of the Water Connects Lake County  initiative. Learn about lake ecology, watersheds and aquatic species such as fish, turtles and frogs.  Activities include aquatic animal hikes, crafts, fishing, ponding, kayaking, boating, water monitoring, conservation and more.        
View other Water Connects Lake County programs.   
Volunteer Opportunities Abound!

Want to help the environment, meet people, and maybe get a little dirty?  Have fun giving back to the places you care about!   
September 14:  3rd Annual Clean Up of Des Plaines River
Be a part of a two-county effort to clear waterways and clean up trash found in and along the shoreline of the Des Plaines River.  Volunteers can walk, wade, or paddle to remove tons of trash and invasive species from this important river.  Click here to learn more.   


September 21:  Adopt a Beach Cleanup At Lake Bluff Beach
Work in conjunction with thousands of volunteers along the Great Lakes as part of the Adopt-A-Beach project through the Alliance for the Great Lakes.  The debris around Lake Michigan is a health and safety hazard, threatens our wildlife and natural resources, and comes with an economic cost.  If you're interested in helping out, register through the Alliance for Great Lakes, and be at Sunrise Beach in Lake Bluff, 9:00-12:00 pm.
Thank you to the Lake Bluff Park District for again hosting this important event.


Restoration Workdays
Grab some work gloves and join other volunteers to save some of Lake County's natural areas. Workdays are a great opportunity to spend time outdoors, make new friends who share a concern for the Preserves and make a meaningful contribution.  Restoration workdays happen every weekend at Forest Preserves throughout Lake County. Volunteers should dress in long pants and sturdy shoes, and bring work gloves. 
 Click here to find a Workday near you!
Hike Lake County
Get to Know Your Forest Preserves!
Enjoy fall breezes and autumn colors while exploring designated Hike Lake County trails. At each preserve, look for the Hike Lake County signs at the trailhead to get you started on the right route. Complete just seven of the 13 hikes between August 15 and November 30, and earn a commemorative shield for your walking stick.
Use this 
Travel Log to record each hike and submit them online. For more information, including mobile check in apps, visit our website.