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.
By Doug T. Graham, Daily Herald, September 17, 2019
As homeowners continue to deal with the impacts of flooding from recent heavy rains, Lake County officials on Tuesday said residents should expect to see more of the same in the years to come.
During a presentation on increasing rainfall in the region -- an event planned well before the most recent flooding began last week -- officials said floods are becoming more frequent in Lake County.
By Jim Newton, Lake County News-Sun, September 17, 2019
Residents crowded in to see a presentation Tuesday on reported increases in rain strength and frequency in Lake County and the region, as well as a projected long-term continuation of that pattern and what it might mean for the future.
I am extremely fortunate that my work as County Chair lets me explore every part of our wonderful community. Lake County’s great diversity is a strength and source of great pride to me. In the times we live in, it is important that we come together in our communities to make sure all our residents feel welcome and that we all set a positive example with our actions and our words.
Led by the Lake County Coalition for the Homeless, Lake County Government and the Lovell Federal Healthcare Center, Lake County is now among a small group of communities throughout the nation that has been recognized for ending veteran homelessness.