|Lake County 2040 Transportation Plan Open House|
The Lake County Division of Transportation
(LCDOT) invites you to an open house informational meeting to see exhibits, displays and to meet LCDOT staff and consultants that will discuss the proposed plan and answer questions. The Lake County Year 2040 Transportation Plan will serve as the blueprint for transportation improvements for Lake County for the next two decades. The plan also includes bicycle and transit components. Dec. 18, 4 – 7 p.m. at 600 W. Winchester Rd., Libertyville.
|Chief Judge Foreman Announces Retirement; Judge Phillips to serve as New Chief Judge |
Judge John Phillips, currently an Acting Chief Judge and Presiding Judge of the Specialty Courts Division, will serve as the new chief judge of the 19th Judicial Circuit come January. Chief Judge Fred Foreman is retiring from the bench. Read News Release
|December Healthy Lake County |
In this month’s “Healthy Lake County
,” viewers learn how to prepare a winter driving emergency kit, steps to take to lessen the reduce your chances of catching the flu, and how Lake County residents can obtain vouchers to get their cat or dog spayed or neutered. Watch Video Here.
|Local Groups Partner to Organize World AIDS Day Event|
The Lake County Health Department/Community Health Center
is collaborating with several local partners to provide an event on World AIDS Day - Sunday, Dec. 1 - that encourages people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV/AIDS. This year's bilingual event will feature music, dance, the sharing of inspirational thoughts and a candle-lighting ceremony. It will be held at Waukegan High School's Trapp Auditorium, 2325 Brookside in Waukegan, from 4 to 5 p.m., with a short reception following. Preceding the event will be a luncheon from 3 to 4 p.m. Both are free events and open to the public.
|Holiday Safety Belt Enforcement Zones|
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is partnering with IDOT, Illinois State Police and nearly 250 local law enforcement agencies to crack down on seat belt law violators now through Thanksgiving weekend. Over 700 Safety Belt Enforcement Zones will be conducted across Illinois during this high visibility enforcement campaign period. More than half of the SBEZs will be conducted during night-time hours, when belt use is typically at its lowest. View Media Release.
|County Board Approves 2014 Balanced Budget|
The County Board recently approved a balanced $488.3 million budget for fiscal year 2014. The budget has remained flat for the last three years and is $10 million less than five years ago due to reduced headcount and other money saving strategies, including operating more efficiently.
|Lake County Receives AAA Bond Rating from Two Top Rating Agencies|
Lake County has again received a AAA bond rating –the highest government rating—from the nation’s two largest bond rating agencies - Moody’s Investors Services, Inc., and Standard & Poor’s. The rating serves as an indicator of the County’s general economic health.
|Learn About Insurance Options Available Through the Affordable Care Act|
Residents looking for information on the new health insurance options available through the Affordable Care Act can talk with counselors in person at locations throughout the county.
|Lake County’s Online Mapping Application|
|County Board Allows Beekeeping and Hens in Unincorporated Areas|
The Lake County Board amended the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO)
to allow the keeping of bees, hens, and hoophouses used exclusively for local food production on residential properties in unincorporated areas. The changes are effective as of Nov. 12.
|Lake County Wins Lawsuit Challenging Creation of Elections Commission |
A recent court ruling overturns a new state law that would have created an elections commission in Lake County and allows the Lake County Clerk to continue administering local elections. More Information.
|Rollins Road to Close Monday, Nov. 11|
The Lake County Division of Transportation will be closing Rollins Road to through traffic at Illinois Route 83 Monday, Nov. 11, at 4 a.m. There will be two stages to the Rollins Road closure starting on Nov. 11. For more information view the Detour Map
, and the project website
|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
|Leadership Lake County Initiative Targets Young Professionals|
Lake County wants to know what it can do to attract young people to live and work here. Leadership Lake County--a brand new young professional initiative spearheaded by Lake County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor and Lake County Board Member Nick Sauer--aims to retain and attract young professionals.
|Ela Road to Close for 14 days Beginning Monday, Nov. 4|
The Village of Lake Zurich plans to close Ela Road from US Route 12 to IL Route 22 to thru traffic on Monday, Nov. 4 at 6 a.m. Ela Road is scheduled to reopen to traffic the evening of Nov. 18. The closure is necessary as part of a water main replacement project. The signed detour route
for this closure will be US Route 12 to IL Route 22.
|County Update: 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 and 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.
|Lake County Partners Annual Meeting and Luncheon|
Lake County is a great place to live, and an equally good place to do business. Lake County Partners
transforms economic opportunities into business realities by facilitating public/private collaboration to improve the business climate in the region. We focus on attracting, retaining and expanding businesses; advocating for infrastructure improvements; and spearheading initiatives that bolster business success. Watch
their annual meeting and luncheon.
|Standards of Conduct Presentation |
Lake County recently held an informational meeting outlining the newly adopted Standards of Conduct, proposed by County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor. The chairman appoints more than 300 volunteers to serve on various boards, including drainage and fire districts, and the affordable housing commission, to name a few. Watch presentation
|Lake County Board Approves Plan Establishing Standards of Conduct for Commission and Board Appointees|
The county board approved a Standards of Conduct Plan
spearheaded by Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor that requires 300 appointees—that serve on everything from drainage and fire districts, to the transportation service boards, affordable housing commission, and board of review—to adhere to conduct standards.
|Clarendon Drive Closure|
Clarendon Drive in Round Lake Beach is closed to through traffic from Hainesville Rd to Williams Ave. through the first week of November. Detour Map
. The closure is necessary as part of the Hainesville Road realignment project and the Rollins Road Gateway project
|Oct 17 Public Hearing on Proposal to Allow Beekeeping and Hens in Unincorporated Area|
Lake County is considering new regulations that would establish maintenance standards for keeping bees, chickens, and hoophouses in residential areas of unincorporated Lake County. The Zoning Board of Appeals will hold a public hearing on Oct. 17, at 6 p.m. at the Lake County Forest Preserve Independence Grove Visitor Center, 16400 W. Buckley Road, Libertyville.
|County Update: Enhancing Economic Opportunities|
There is a lot going on behind the scenes to improve our local economy, including efforts to attract, retain and expand business and jobs. Lake County Partners is the "go-to" organization for economic development in Lake County. Learn more in this edition of County Update. Watch now
|Next Phase of the Proposed Illinois Route 53/120 Project Advances|
Efforts to establish a more detailed understanding of how to fund, build, operate and maintain the proposed Route 53/120 into Lake County are moving forward. The Illinois Route 53/120 Project Blue Ribbon Advisory Council (BRAC) met recently to discuss the next phase, which specifically includes a two-pronged effort to examine the feasibility of the project with respect to financing and land use. The next phase of work builds on the BRAC’s report that recommends a four-lane, 45 mph, tolled parkway that will address specific needs for congestion relief and provide greater connectivity, as well as protect the natural environment and preserve the character of Lake County.
|Grant Helps Build Skilled Workforce for Manufacturing Jobs |
Lake County and surrounding metro counties received a $2 million grant to work with employers in developing workers for high demand manufacturing jobs. The Metro Suburban Accelerated Training for Illinois Manufacturing Program (ATIM) provides manufacturers with access to qualified job candidates for high demand jobs and job seekers access to good paying jobs. Lake County is looking for organizations to participate in this training program. Learn more. Read news release.
|Portion of Washington Closed Through Mid-November |
|GED Testing Changes|
This will be the final year of the paper and pencil GED testing format in Illinois. If you have already started the GED test, you need to have all portions of the exam completed by the end of 2013. Starting in 2014, all GED tests will be taken online. Watch this video
from the Lake County Regional Office of Education to learn more about the transition.
|First Human Case of West Nile Virus in Lake County in 2013|
The Lake County Health Department/Community Health Center reports that a 54-year-old female resident of Barrington (the Lake County side) tested positive for West Nile encephalitis. She was not hospitalized and is recovering. This is the county's first human West Nile virus case in 2013. Last year there were seven confirmed cases. Read news release
|Summer Youth Employment Program|
Every year, the Lake County Workforce Development Department helps Lake County teens between the ages of 14 and 18 have their first work experience. Learn how the youth workers are selected, what they learn, and how they grow throughout the six week summer program. Watch video here.
|Lake County Achieves Highest Principles of Governmental Budgeting|
For the sixth consecutive year, Lake County has received a Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA). This means that Lake County’s budget
meets nationally recognized guidelines for effective budgeting. It serves as a financial plan, influences policy, guides operations, and is a communications tool for taxpayers.
|Forums on the Heroin Epidemic in Lake County |
Heroin related deaths continue to rise in Lake County. In this video
, some Lake County residents share their personal stories about the impact heroin has had on their lives. Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran is hosting a series of forums on how drugs impact our community, especially young adults, and how you can help fight this epidemic. Watch.