During this unprecedented time, I want to do as much as I can to keep you informed with news and information related to COVID-19 in Lake County. I will continue to send you this newsletter twice a month or more frequently. Additionally, I encourage you to visit this link to subscribe to important updates from the Lake County Health Department.
I wanted to make sure you had this information that was shared with me late Monday afternoon (see below). Please, wash your hands, cover your coughs, and seek medical attention if you are sick and stay home from work. Stay safe!
• The Lake County Health Department is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to monitor an expanding global outbreak of respiratory illness named Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by a novel (new) coronavirus.
The 2020 Census is just around the corner, and it’s vital that all residents of Lake County are counted. Census population data is used to determine the distribution of about $675 billion in federal funding to states and local communities.
By Frank Abderholden, Lake County News-Sun, January 15, 2020
The Lake County Board adopted a resolution celebrating diversity Tuesday after being addressed by the regional director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), who was given extra time as a public speaker to update the board on the rise of hate and racism in the area.
By Russell Lissau, Daily Herald, January 14, 2020
Two weeks after swastikas were spray-painted at a Lake Zurich school, the Lake County Board on Tuesday adopted a resolution condemning hate and discrimination.
The resolution decries verbal or physical attacks, harassment or intimidation "based on race, ethnicity, color, immigration or refugee status, religion or creed, gender or sexual orientation, age, mental or physical disability, veteran status, or other social identities."
Our board is committed to providing the highest quality of life for Lake County residents, and to being good stewards of the environment. I’m especially pleased to report that our board recently approved an agreement that will bring solar power to Lake County-owned buildings, as well as facilities owned by local municipalities. Additionally, as part of our 2020 budget, we approved funding to support multiple projects to help alleviate stormwater runoff and reduce flooding. You can read more in my newsletter.
I’m really pleased to report that last week, my colleagues and I unanimously passed the 2020 budget with a flat tax levy-a first in at least 20 years. This means that most homeowners will experience a very slight reduction in the County portion in upcoming property tax bills.
Under Illinois law, the Board could have chosen to raise the levy to account for new property growth and to increase the levy up to the federal CPI, but we chose to do neither in order to ease the burden on Lake County property owners.
If you own property in either Shields or Warren Township, you should have received your blue assessment notice from the Chief County Assessor's Office. The assessment represents a value placed on the property by the Shields or Warren Township Assessor to estimate the market value of your home or commercial property as of Jan. 1, 2019.
Shields and Warren Township property owners have until October 28 to file an appeal to the valuation of their property. All appeals must be filed electronically.
As of September 24, anyone in Lake County who needs help finding health and human services can call 211 and get quickly connected to available resources. The 211 service, provided by United Way of Lake County, is a free, confidential information and referral helpline that will enable Lake County residents to get the help they need 24 hours a day, regardless of the language they speak or where they live. There is no doubt in my mind that the 211 program is going to improve people’s lives, and in some cases, even save lives.
By Frank Abderholden, Lake County News-Sun, September 24, 2019
Lake County took a leap into the information age this week as United Way of Lake County and its partners went live with a new telecommunications service that allows anyone in the county needing health or human services to simply dial 211.
The county became the largest in Illinois to implement the program, joining a roster that also includes McHenry County. Less than 30% of Illinois has access to the service, even though 94% of the U.S. population had access to the program as of 2018.