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October  2016
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Dan MacGillis
Round Lake Consolidation Referendum

Several weeks ago a Lake County Judge threw the petition that would have combined the Village of Round Lake with Round Lake Park and Round Lake Beach off the November ballot. I am writing about the petition today not to harp on all the problems that have already been well documented, including the Lake County News-Sun article found here. Instead, I want to discuss the impact the petition could have had on our community.

After the Judge threw the petition off the ballot, a gentleman came into Village Hall and told me that four years ago he moved his family to a neighborhood that he researched in Round Lake. That neighborhood provided; new high quality housing, no crime, great amenities and the school district that he wanted to educate his children. He told me that he worried that the reasons he chose that neighborhood could be destroyed if a consolidation effort was successful. We shared concerns about the impact this could have on municipal services such as police, public works and building code compliance. He was concerned about acquiring debt, declining property values, and most importantly, the new form of government could reduce our representation at a board level.

To date, there have been no studies on the impact of combining the Villages. We have no facts that the claim the people behind the petition made regarding lower taxes could be true, or if it would have the exact opposite effect. The lack of transparency by those who led this initiative and the apparent unwillingness or inability to provide those who would be affected by the outcome without an economic impact study is troubling. This is the type of information that voters need before they can make a decision, yet the petitioner made no effort to do the hard work required to find out what their proposal would actually do to our residents.

I am writing this as a life-long resident of the Village of Round Lake and as the current Mayor.  I want to make sure that my family and all of my neighbors live in the best possible Round Lake Community. For that reason, anyone thinking of raising this idea in the future should be aware that I will hold them to the highest standards and demand answers to important questions. The young man who visited my office as well as everyone else in our community deserves it.

Mayor Daniel A. MacGillis
Village of Round Lake

Voting Information Election Day, November 8

Vote in person on Election Day at your specific Polling Place from 6:00 am - 7:00 pm. Check the back of your Voter Registration card for your location. 

Vote early beginning October 24 and ending on November 5. You may Early Vote at the Round Lake Village Hall, 442 N.Cedar Lake Road.

Vote by mail. Voting by mail ballots are available from September 29 to November 3. To receive your ballot application by mail, please call (847) 377-2410.

Are you registered to vote?

If you are NOT registered to vote, here's how:
  • Register online through the State of Illinois until October 23.
  • Register in person until October 11 at the Round Lake Village Hall.

Lake County Clerk's Office

Recycle Electronics at Two Sites

Electronics may be recycled at two sites near Round Lake residents. For more information on what is accepted at these sites, go to

Grant Township Highway Department, 26535 Molidor Road, Ingleside. This is an unmanned site and you may drop off any time.

Grayslake Public Works building, at the end of Berry Dr., east of Route 83. Open hours are Monday through Friday, 7:00 am to 3:30 pm and Saturday, 8:00 am to noon.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Hours:  Sunday, October 30 1:00-5:00 pm

Parents and Guardians, please arrange to accompany your children while trick-or-treating and please use the sidewalks where available. If there is no sidewalk, use the left side of the road facing the flow of traffic. Homeowners and businesses should turn on your porch or other outdoor lights so that children and parents have an indication that you are welcoming trick-or-treaters.

Dead Tree Removal
Tree removal work will be taking place throughout the Village. The contractor will be starting in the Silver Leaf Glen, Valley Lakes North and South and Park View I and II subdivisions. 

It is the intent of the Village to remove all the dead and dying trees in the parkways this fall and winter.  Residents will be given notice if a tree in their parkway is to be removed.

Please remove any items you have around the base of the parkway tree including landscaping blocks, mulch, rocks, flowers, plants, pavers, etc.  These items are the responsibility of the home owner and will not be removed or restored by the contractor. 

Open Burning Rules
The burning of leaves, twigs, and vegetation is allowed between 8:00 am and sunset with these conditions:
  • is limited to leaves and twigs generated from vegetation on the property 
  • is conducted so as not to cause a hazard to structures or neighboring property 
  • shall not be done in conditions of high winds, drought, or other conditions creating a hazardous environment
  • such burning must be attended by a person at least 16 years of age  
  • shall not be allowed on any public right-of-way  

Road Construction Update

The Nippersink Road Rehabilitation project was put out to bid and awarded. The contracts for the project are currently pending, but the Village anticipates that the project will be completed this fall. The paving work will take place on Nippersink Road from School Drive to Route 134, with some water main work in between Cedar Lake Road and Lincoln Avenue.  

The Metra Commuter Lot project is underway and on schedule. The lot is scheduled to be re-opened in early to mid-October. We thank you for your patience during the construction project.

North Rosedale Court and Hillside Drive are scheduled to be repaved this fall as well. The work has been approved by the Village and is pending contracts.

Five Ways to Pay Water Bill

There are five easy ways to pay your Village water bill.

First, there is E-Pay. Click here to see how to subscribe to E-Pay.

Second, there is Direct Debit.

Third, there is a drop box at the Village Hall, 442 N. Cedar Lake Rd. and one at the Police/Public Works building, 741 Townline Rd.

Fourth, mail your payment in the envelope provided with your bill.

Five, pay in person at the Village Hall with cash, check, Mastercard, Discover or American Express credit cards. Visa credit card is not accepted at this time.
Community Videos Promote Village
Take a visual trip around the Village of Round Lake by watching community videos on the Village website. Learn about the community, the economic development plan and the recreational opportunities. Click here to view videos.
News and Notes

Alejandro's Mexican Restaurant Grand Opening

Check out the newest restaurant in Round Lake - Alejandro's Mexican Restaurant, 163 W. Belvidere Road (corner of Route 120 and Curran Road).

Shredding Event, October 8

Shred your old checks and other papers safely at the Grant Township Shredding Event, October 8, from 9:00 am to noon, at 26725 W. Molidor Road

Great Pumpkin Fest, October 22
Free family fun at the Round Lake Area Park District's Great Pumpkin Fest, Saturday, October 22. Indoor trick or treat, indoor fantasy maze, carnival games with prizes, outdoor maze and hayrides, plus a costume contest. At the Rolek Community Center, 814 Hart Road, from 2:00-5:00 pm. Go to for more information. 
Village of Round Lake
442 N. Cedar Lake Road

Village Officials
Dan MacGillis, Mayor
Patricia Blauvelt, Clerk
Charlie Foy, Henry Frye Jr., Russell Kraly,
Don Newby, Sergio Rodriguez, Susan Triphahn