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Prescription Drug Take BackNational Prescription Drug Take Back
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is once again participating in the Drug Enforcement Administration National Prescription Drug Take Back event on Saturday, April 26 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office has three locations: Beach Park Village Hall located at 11270 W. Wadsworth Rd Beach Park, Volo Village Hall located at 500 S. Fish Lake Rd Volo, and Village of Deer Park Lake Zurich Fire Station 4 located at 21970 Field Parkway Deer Park. View Full News Release.
Are you interested in a career in manufacturing? Get the skills you need!
Receive training for welding, CNC operation and other skills for jobs currently available with area manufacturers. Attend an information session on Wednesday, April 30 at 1 p.m. at the College of Lake County, South Lake Campus. See Flyer
Spring Hydrant Flushing
Lake County Public Works will perform annual spring flushing of certain water mains through nearby fire hydrants. The routine flushing will clean out sediments and maintain chlorine in the system for disinfection. Flushing may cause a harmless discoloration and a drop in water pressure for a short time.​ Public Notice Alerts
5 Steps to Your Next Job!
Learn the five most important steps to take when looking for a new job in this exciting new workshop series. Attend all five workshops to learn how to research, prepare, document, find and land your next job. View Flyer
Municipal Vehicle & Equipment Auction, May 3
Police cars, computers, office equipment and other items will be up for bid at the Lake County Municipal Vehicle and Equipment Auction. The auction is on Saturday, May 3 at 9 a.m. at the Lake County Fairgrounds​. Auction Website
Housing Fair April 29
To promote Fair Housing Month, local organizations and businesses, government agencies, and housing providers will provide information about housing and other social services at a housing fair April 29 in Waukegan. The public can drop by anytime between 4 and 7 p.m. at Most Blessed Trinity Holy Family Youth Center, 450 Keller Ave., in Waukegan. Check out the flyer for more information.
North Chicago Neighborhood Revitalization ProgramNorth Chicago Neighborhood Revitalization Program
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 developed the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP), which offers funding to rehabilitate blighted properties abandoned in the foreclosure crisis. Lake County has partnered with Waukegan and North Chicago and local affordable housing developers to tackle the fallout of mass foreclosures. As of February 2014, the NSP created 60 units of housing in target communities throughout the County. The most recent success is the demolition of a blighted commercial property located in North Chicago. Learn More.
Clothing and Textile RecyclingClothing and Textile Recycling
It is estimated that nearly 85% of all clothing and textiles end up in landfills in the U.S. It is estimated that anywhere from 5-10% of all waste that is sent to municipal landfills is comprised of textiles. The Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO) has established a new community-wide program where clothing and textiles can be collected for recycling. The program will accept new, gently used, unwanted/worn, women’s, men’s and children’s clothing and textiles. All fabrics will be accepted. View the list of all accepted items, and drop off locations.
Additional Concealed Carry Information Session, April 21
The Lake County Sheriff's Office and the Lake County State's Attorney's Office are hosting a second Concealed Carry Law informational session. The session will be on Monday, April 21 at 7 p.m. at the College of Lake County, Grayslake Campus​. Learn More
Lake County Leaders Round TablesLake County Leaders Round Tables Focus on Collaboration
Elected and appointed officials from across the county recently participated in four Leaders Regional Round Tables in each quadrant of the county. The purpose was to bring leaders from across the county together and identify opportunities to collaborate. Watch now.
Lake County Leaders Summit Focuses on Collaboration
More than 100 government, business, and civic leaders came together for the first ever Lake County Leaders Summit. The group discussed opportunities to collaborate, including sharing services and joint bidding, and making investments in transportation, access to public transit, healthcare, and housing. There will be four regional leadership roundtables around the county to delve deeper into these issues and explore ways to collaborate and work effectively together. Watch video from summit. ​
Do you Know about Your Transit Options?
​Most people are familiar with Pace bus and its fixed routes, but do you know about paratransit? There are more than 50 known paratransit services across the county primarily serving seniors and people with disabilities.
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Free Workshop for Homeowners Associations (HOA) and Property Owners
​Why are stormwater drainage systems required? What are some common subdivision BMPs and signs of failing stormwater structures? Get the answers to these questions and more at this free workshop. See Flyer
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Lake County State's Attorney's Office Hosts Victims' Rights Week Event
In honor of National Crime Victims' Rights Week (April 6-12) the Lake County State's Attorney's Office is hosting a Victims' Rights event on April 10. This event will take place at the College of Lake County, Grayslake Campus, Building C, auditorium from 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Read News Release.
National Volunteer Week - Consider Serving on a Government Board
When citizens participate in government, it enhances transparency, openness, as well as effectiveness because government officials benefit from citizens' input, perspective, and expertise. The Lake County Board is seeking volunteers to appoint to various boards, agencies, and commissions. Visit our appointments web page to search the list of committees, check eligibility, see if there is a vacancy, and apply on-line.
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Peterson Road Project Open House, April 8
LCDOT is hosting an informational open house to share information about the planned widening of Peterson Road from US Route 45 in Libertyville to west of IL 83 in Grayslake. The open house is on Tuesday, April 8 from 5 - 7 p.m. at the Lake County Fairgrounds.​
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Transportation NewsExpect a Busy Road Construction Season
The Lake County Division of Transportation (LCDOT) will continue with its multiple projects already underway and start a number of new reconstruction and widening projects, intersection improvements, resurfacing projects, and several pedestrian/bike path projects this year.​
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Illinois Senate Passes Standards of Conduct Legislation
The Illinois Senate recently approved Standards of Conduct Legislation that aims to enhance transparency, responsibility and accountability of appointed government bodies, and create consistent standards for appointees across all counties. The bill now goes to the Illinois House. Lake County Board Chairman Lawlor has championed the legislation.
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Washington Street to Close for 4 months on March 31 for Road ConstructionWashington Street Closed from April through July
​Washington Street is closed to through traffic from Cedar Lake Road to Hainesville Road for four months. View Official Announcement and Map
Watch County Update: Find out about Resources for Job Seekers, Youth, and Local Employers
​The Lake County Workforce Development Department operates the Job Centers of Lake County and offers a variety of resources, programs, and services for job seekers, youth, and local employers. Watch this episode of County Update to learn more.
Health NewsVolunteer for the Medical Reserve Corps
Are you willing to volunteer to help officials in Lake County if there is a public health emergency? The Lake County Medical Reserve Corps is seeking volunteers who are 18 years of age or older. Attend a volunteer training session.
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Transportation NewsBoard Approves Widening of Peterson Road - Road Projects Open up Central Corridor
The county board recently awarded a construction contract for the widening of Petersen Road in the central area of the county. This $11 million dollar project will reconstruct and widen the road from two lanes to four from US Route 45 in Libertyville to west of IL 83 in the Village of Grayslake and will include a major expansion of the intersection at IL 83.
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Notice of State-Wide Examination for Board of Review Members
The Board of Review exam is scheduled for March 28, at 9 a.m. For those interested in taking the exam, visit the Board of Review Website for the registration form, study packet and exam location and details.
Canadian National Railroad Crossing on Ela Road to Close for Track MaintenanceCanadian National Railroad Crossing on Ela Road to Close for Track Maintenance
​Ela Road railroad crossing just south of Route 12 to close on Tuesday, March 25 for track maintenance. The closure will begin at 6 a.m. and will reopen to traffic the evening of March 27. The signed detour route for this closure will be Cuba Road, to US Route 12 (Rand Road). Read press release and detour map.
​Board Approves Regulations for Medical Cannabis Facilities in the Unincorporated Areas
Under the new state law that legalizes medical cannabis, local governments are required to accommodate medical cannabis cultivation centers and dispensaries within their jurisdictions. ​The County and local municipalities worked together to develop model zoning regulations and are now using those model standards in developing their ordinances.
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Voting by Mail Begins February 6Check out LakeVoterPower.info for Election Info
​Visit LakeVoterPower.info and log in using your name, house number, zip code and birth date to see your personalized March 18 Primary Election information.
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Image of houseForeclosure Prevention Services for Lake County Residents
Homeowners facing foreclosure may be able to save their homes through informative how-to classes, personalized counseling, and mediation services. These free services are offered by the Lake County Courts in conjunction with the Affordable Housing Corporation of Lake County.  For more information, please contact AHC at 847.263.7478.
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Winter Weather Preparedness
Are you ready for winter? The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and the National Weather Service (NWS) are encouraging people to begin preparing now for extreme cold, snow and ice before bad weather hits. Learn how to recognize the warning signs of hypothermia or frostbite and how to avoid over exertions while shoveling snow with the winter weather preparedness guide
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Tips for Tackling Summer Pests that Spread Disease
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. The Health Department has re-activated the West Nile virus hotline for county residents to report dead birds, report areas of stagnant water (which are conducive to mosquito breeding), or to obtain more information on the signs and symptoms of West Nile encephalitis. The West Nile virus hotline number is: 847.377.8300.  Learn ways to prevent mosquito bites and tips for reducing exposure to ticks.
Dead Dog Creek Phase II Community Meeting Jan. 8
Property owners, other interested residents of Winthrop Harbor and the general public are invited to attend an informational meeting about the Dead Dog Creek Phase II (DDC II) stream restoration project on Wednesday, Jan. 8, at 6:30 p.m. at the Winthrop Harbor Village Hall, 830 Sheridan Road.
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