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Coronavirus Briefing from Lake County Health Department

News from Sandy

Dear Neighbor,

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.

January news updates

News from Sandy

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.

Anti-Defamation League warns Lake County Board about ‘new escalation of hate’ in region

News from the media

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.

Two weeks after school vandalized with swastikas, Lake County Board condemns hate

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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."

December news updates

News and updates from Sandy

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

County Board passes budget with no increase in levy

News and updates from Sandy

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.

Property assessment notices and how to appeal

News from Sandy

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.

Call 211 to Get Connected to Social Services

News from Sandy

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.

'You can truly save lives’: Lake County service agencies tout new 211 assistance line

News from the media

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.