November 9th, 2013
In This Issue
Community Links
 Village of Lake Bluff

Dear Resident,

With Veteran's Day upon us, I hope you'll join me in honoring those who serve our country by attending one of the many Veteran's Day ceremonies that are being held throughout Lake County. 

Veterans face several challenges as they return home and begin the process of reintegrating back into their families and communities. There are over 38,000 veterans living in Lake County, and this number will grow substantially by 2020. 
Many residents and volunteers work tirelessly to ensure that our veterans receive the services they need, and we are so grateful to them for their commitment and dedication.  One of the best parts of my job is getting the opportunity to meet these people and learn about the life-changing work they are doing every day.  If you are interested in volunteering your time, please let me know and I would be happy to help put you in touch.

As always, it's a pleasure and honor representing you on the County and Forest Preserve Boards.  Please contact me any time for any reason.  I am always glad to hear your concerns, interests and ideas.  


Thank you,



Free, Confidential Mental Health Services for our Veterans
Lake-McHenry Veterans and Family Services 
Paul Baffico, Lake Bluff resident and Vietnam Veteran, saw a gap in th
e provision of mental health services for our veterans and, in partnership with the Lake County Health Department, created Lake-McHenry Veterans and Family Services (LMVFS).  This partnership, partially funded via a federal grant, is truly innovative and is the first of its kind in the United States.  
The mission of LMVFS is to provide free mental health services to veterans, active duty military personnel and their families and loved ones.  LMVFS works to reduce homelessness, prevent suicide and reduce hospitalizations among veteran and active military personnel, while providing referrals for veterans with mild to moderate traumatic brain injury.  LMVS also has an extensive educational component, working with law enforcement, the clergy, College of Lake County, and other institutions to widen the circle to further support our veterans.  
Our Veterans Record their Stories for the Library of Congress History Project
On Veterans Day, war veterans will have their oral histories recorded at the Lake County courthouse in Waukegan. These histories will be turned into typed transcripts and archived at the Library of Congress. Lake County's first participation in this program in Oct. of 2012 was a moving and inspirational experience for all who attended. Click here to search online interviews from Lake County Veterans.  
Watch Video from last year's Veterans History Project

Honor Flight Wants to Send WWII Veterans to Washington D.C. at No Cost 

Honor Flight Chicago is offering a one day trip for Veteran men and women to travel to Washington DC to view the WWII Memorial and o other important sights in the DC area.  There are approximately 25,000 WWII veterans in the Chicago area. If you know anyone who is a WWII Veteran or has a Veteran in their family, please visit

 Learn More Here

Operation Reunite at the State Treasurer's Office


The Unclaimed Property Division of the Illinois State Treasurer's Office has nearly 200 items in its care, belonging to past and present servicemen and women. These items include military medals, artifacts, ribbons, and awards spanning over a century of American conflict. One military medal dates all the way back to the Spanish American War. Other priceless items include service records, dog tags and commendations from World War II, Korea and Vietnam. 


For more information, visit the Treasurer's I-Cash Website

Rollins Road Closing November 11th for Road Construction

On Monday, November 11th, at 4:00 a.m., the Lake County Division of Transportation is closing Rollins Road to through traffic at Illinois Route 83.  There are two stages to the Rollins Road closure:     


Stage One Nov. 11 - 18

Rollins Road will be closed between Illinois Route 83 and the shopping center entrances east of Illinois Route 83. This will allow for placement of the temporary bridge for Illinois Route 83 traffic over existing and proposed Rollins. Both Illinois Route 83 and the shopping center entrances will be open at all times.    


Detoured route for Nov. 11-18: Hainesville Road to Washington Street to US Route 45. 

Detour Map  

Stage Two Nov. 11 - 25  
Rollins Road will be closed between Hainesville Road and Illinois Route 83. This will allow the construction of a temporary railroad track and crossing for the temporary Rollins Road. Hainesville Road will remain open during this period.  


Detoured route for Nov. 18-25:
Hainesville Road to Washington Street to Illinois Route 83. 

Detour Map

Click here for more information about the Rollins Road Gateway project.

Do You Need Help Finding Work?  The Job Center provides Free Assistance to Lake County Residents

Veterans Weekly Job Club
November 14th 10am-12pm
College of Lake County-Grayslake Campus, Job Center Building, Room E139
A weekly group that provides employment and training related information for veterans and eligible persons. Bring your leads and share with others.
Presenter: Judy Leonard, Illinois Department of Employment Security

Resume Review 
November 18th, 10 am - 12 pm
College of Lake County-Grayslake Campus, Atrium


Get direct feedback on exactly what interviewers are looking for when hiring. Be prepared with your questions and bring three copies of your resume.    
Job Fair for Persons 50+ Years 
November 20th, 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
College of Lake County Grayslake Campus, Anderson Court
Job fairs are an excellent opportunity to meet multiple employers in one convenient location. These face-to-face forums allow you to learn first hand about prospective employers and their hiring needs, and to present your credentials in person without a prior appointment. Here's how to meet recruiters who are ready and willing to speak with you at your convenience!
Lake County Courthouse Expansion Project
In this episode of County Update, learn about the new Lake County Courthouse Expansion Project which will enhance efficiency in the justice system, address a shortage of courtrooms, 
and provide "the same or better justice sooner." Work on the first phase of the project-a tunnel that will connect the existing courthouse and the new nine story courthouse tower-is scheduled to begin soon. Construction on the new courthouse will begin next year. Watch video to learn more. You can also visit for more information.
Forest  Preserves News and Events

Chocolate, Champagne and Shopping Fundraiser  Friday, Nov. 15, 4:30 - 9:30 p.m.
General Offices, Libertyville

Sip champagne and enjoy delicious chocolates while shopping for gourmet kitchen tools, fair trade gifts, candles, jewelry, confections, tableware and other unique gift and specialty items at this fundraising event to benefit the Lake County Discovery Museum. Food will be available for purchase from Lauretta's Italian Bake Shop & Café. Buy discounted tickets in advance 

2014 Picnic Shelter Reservations Now Open  

Plan next year's family reunion, company picnic or other group gathering early to help ensure your first choice of shelter or date. To register and for more information
, visit their website or call 847.367.6640

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