I hope this email finds you safe and healthy and ready for Illinois to move into Phase 4! There are many questions regarding the pandemic and what the recent changes mean; I hope you'll consider joining me at the Virtual Town Hall tomorrow night (details below), where we'll hear from several experts on COVID-19 and next steps.
I hope this email finds you healthy and safe. I look forward to Lake County moving into Phase 3 of Governor Pritzker's plan, which we hope will take place in the last few days of May.
I hope that you and your loved ones are all safe and healthy. This is a challenging time across several different fronts, and everyone has had to make adjustments in their life. In March we moved my parents in with us, and it's a full house with my husband and I working from home and our three kids learning remotely.
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.
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.