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Dear Neighbor,

I hope this email finds you well. Early voting is well underway, and the Clerk O'Connor is reporting record turnout. To avoid waiting in long lines, the Clerk's Office is offering a map (see below) that shows the estimated wait time at each site. Remember that you can use any early voting site you choose, now through November 1st.

As the weather gets colder, it is so important for us to remember to wear a mask, wash our hands, and stay socially distant with people not in our households. The Illinois Department of Public Health is monitoring COVID-19 cases across the state, and we all play a part to ensure that our kids can stay in school, businesses can remain open, and people can continue to gather (in small groups!). Click here for the latest bulletin from the Lake County Health Department.

Yesterday the Lake County Board completed our review of the 2021 proposed budget, and I am pleased that it does not include any increase in property taxes for only the second time in at least twenty years. I am grateful to our Finance team, led by CFO Patrice Sutton, for their hard work, and to the entire board for their engagement and review over the last several days.

This Monday, October 26 is the virtual public open house for Oriole Grove Forest Preserve, and I hope you will join us! We need to hear from you about what you want for this important connection. It's a beautiful spot and I look forward to the increased restoration so that it becomes as pristine as Lake Forest Open Lands to the south and Lake Bluff Open Lands to the north. 

In closing, I wish you and your family a healthy and safe few weeks. It is an honor to represent you on the Lake County Board and the Forest Preserve Board. Please don't hesitate to reach out to me with any questions or concerns.

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