Lake County news

Lake County Board seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

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By Yadira Sanchez Olson, Lake County News-Sun, September 11, 2020

More than two dozen residents, including members of environmental groups such as the Sierra Club and STOP EtO in Lake County, voiced strong support for a resolution passed by the Lake County Board that aims to attain net zero greenhouse gas emissions in phases.

On Tuesday, the Climate Action Plan Resolution passed almost unanimously, with only one “present” vote by board member Brent Paxton.

Donations being accepted for Community Response Fund

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Lake Forest Leader, March 28, 2020

United Way of Lake County has launched the COVID-19 Community Response Fund as a way of supporting the demand that local nonprofit are experiencing during the coronavirus pandemic.

The fund was established in collaboration with Lake County government, the Lake County Community Foundation and the Lake County Municipal League.

It supports local nonprofits that serve Lake County's most vulnerable neighbors. 

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

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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."

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

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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.

Floodwaters recede, but Lake County officials warn they'll be back

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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.

‘We’re getting more rain’: Stormwater officials say data shows storms getting heavier, more frequent in Lake County

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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.

'Effectively dead’: Illinois Tollway puts the brakes on Route 53 extension study through Lake County

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By Frank Abderholden, Daily Herald, July 12, 2019

Citing a lack of support from Lake County officials and financial constraints, Illinois Tollway officials announced Friday that they are ending their current multimillion-dollar efforts toward a Route 53 extension north of Lake Cook Road.