I hope this email finds you safe and healthy. There is, as usual, so much happening in Lake County. Most importantly, September is Suicide Awareness Month. We can all make a difference in saving the life of a loved one, or even an acquaintance, by understanding the warning signs of suicidal ideation.
This Wednesday night, September 30, there are two events, one for the County Board and one for the Forest Preserves - Lake County Government is having a virtual town hall to discuss COVID-19; the work the county is doing to help residents, businesses, non-profits, and government agencies respond to this pandemic; and what voters can expect during this election cycle. Participants will hear from:
- Paul Frank, County Board Member District 11 and Chair of the Finance & Administrative Special Committee on COVID-19 Recovery;
- Mark Pfister, Executive Director of the Lake County Health Department;
- Robin O'Connor, Lake County Clerk
Also tomorrow evening at 7 p.m. is an important and timely Q&A presentation from the Lake County Forest Preserves about why we must remove buckthorn from our yards, public spaces, and forest preserves. This invasive species crowd out important native plants, displacing and even wiping out species native to Lake County. We estimate that buckthorn makes up approximately 42% of the tree canopy in Lake County. It is our intent to reduce buckthorn by 50% in Lake County, and 100% in our Forest Preserves within the next twenty years.
The virtual town hall will be recorded so know that you can watch it later if you choose to do so.
There is a lot of information below that I hope you find useful. As always, it a pleasure and an honor to serve you on the Lake County Board and the Forest Preserves. Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.