News You Can Use

     Diana O'Kelly
Fremont Township Supervisor

April 20, 2016
Rust-Oleum Golf Championship in Fremont Township
The Web.com Tour's Rust-Oleum Golf Championship will be held at The Ivanhoe Club the week of June 6-12. Click here for more information.
Real Questions from Real People
Why does Peterson Road, between Rte. 83 and Rte. 60 have 4 speed limit changes in approximately 3 1/2 miles? 

The speed limits along this roadway were recently studied following the work that was completed last year.  The results of the required speed study will be brought to the Lake County Board to approve new speed limits which we will put in place following the completion of the current construction activity.

Once the road work is completed the speed limit will be 45 MPH from U.S. Route 45  to IL Route 60. The 45 MPH speed limit is the recommended speed limit due to the presence of curb and gutter being adjacent  to the traffic lanes.
AARP Defensive Driving Class
We have 8 spots left in the AARP Defensive Driving Class scheduled May 12 and May 13. Call the Township at 847 223-2847 to sign up for the AARP Defensive Driving Class.  You must attend both days from 9 am to 1 pm.
AARP member $15 all others $20.  
Fremont Library Closed on Friday
The Fremont Library will be closed all day for staff training on Friday, April 22. They will reopen on Saturday, April 23 at 9 a.m.
Local Road Project Updates
Hawley Road Update- Click here

Route 53 Information update April 2016- Click here

Peterson Road
While the majority of the work for this project was completed in 2015, crews are back on site for some remaining work. They will be grading the medians, planting the medians, finalizing all remaining landscaping, and placing the permanent pavement markings. The traffic signals are scheduled to be installed starting next week.  

Daily lane closures are planned while the remaining work is finished. Please use caution when driving through the construction zone. Watch for trucks and equipment entering and leaving the job site.
Com Ed Scam
ComEd has seen an increase in reports of individuals calling ComEd customers and falsely claiming their electric service will be disconnected unless payment is made. These impersonators instruct customers to buy a prepaid credit card and call back to a different phone number with the personal identification number (PIN) or other personal information. They also use a tactic called "spoofing" to manipulate the Caller ID displayed phone number so that it appears as a ComEd number.

Remember ComEd representatives will never call you to ask you for cash or request that you purchase a prepaid credit card to make a payment on your bill. If you have concerns about the status of your account, call ComEd's Customer Service line at  1-800-334-7661 (1-800-EDISON1).

If you believe you have been the target of a phone scam, ComEd urges you to contact the Illinois Attorney General's office at 1-800-386-5438.
Beware of Ruse Burglaries
Every spring we hear of the ruse burglaries in Lake County.  This is just a reminder to be on guard for this.

The burglars will sometimes pose as traveling handymen or utility company workers (phone company, water company, county assessor etc.). The subjects will attempt to gain entry from a homeowner through some sort of ruse (Ex: a water pipe is broken down the street and they need access to the basement), and while the homeowner is distracted, their accomplices are committing a burglary.

They also drive the area looking for people working in their yards and subjects will enter your house through an unlocked door while the homeowner is unaware outside.

Working in groups of two (2) or three (3), a woman and child will approach a homeowner and ask if the child can use the bathroom. The unsuspecting homeowner allows the child to use the bathroom and the woman will distract the homeowner while someone else enters the home and commits a burglary. 


The Fremont Township Highway and Assessor's employees all have ID's, and unless there is an emergency do not work on weekends.

 

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New Building for Fremont Highway Department
The Fremont Township Highway Department maintains 40 miles of road and had not had any additions to their facility since 1979.  When you drive by the township, you will see their new building.  
One of our highway employees used the leftover wood to build these to store the signs and barricades.


The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) now has a new space for their trailer and supplies.



Lock Your Cars in Your Driveway 
It is also the time to warn you about locking your car in the driveway. Every year we see items stolen out of the unlocked cars.  If you are like me, you have your garage door opener in the car which gives anybody access to your home.
Call Julie Before You Dig
Before digging for anything, call J.U.L.I.E. at 800-892-0123 or simply dial 811. This reduces the risk of striking underground utility lines and potentially causing environmental or property damage, personal injury and inconvenient outages.
Enjoy the Forest Preserves
Who is  playing at the Independence Grove Concerts?   Click here

How do I reserve a picnic shelter?  Click here

How do I get a permit for the dog park?  Click here

How do I get a fishing license?  Click here

What are the  Forest Preserve Summer Camp Programs?  Click here

What activities do they offer at the Forest Preserve?   Click here

How do I sign up for the Forest Preserve on-line Newsletter? Click here

With the weather getting nicer, I thought you might want the link to the Forest Preserve Trails.  Click here to download a map

Check the status of the trails by clicking here.
Local Events
Hawthorn Woods residents can meet Mayor Joe Mancino and Village Officials at the Hawthorn Woods Country Club 9:00 am to 11:00 am on Saturday April 23.  Come and discuss topics impacting your community that are important to you, or stop by and say hello. Attendance is complimentary and open to everyone. 

Mundelein High School presents Thoroughly Modern Millie April 28 and 29 at 7 p.m. and April 30 at 2 and 7 p.m.  Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $5 for students, children and seniors. Tickets can be reserved here, or purchased at the door  45 minutes prior to curtain for each performance.

The MHS Mustang Football Team annual Lift-a-Thon fundraiser is being held on Saturday, April 23rd from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Mundelein High School. Players will be competing to lift the most weight possible in three different categories, while collecting pledges from family and friends. All funds raised at this event will be used to send our players to a football summer camp at Carthage University.
 
Mulch Sale at Mundelein High School
The Boys and Girls Basketball Teams at Mundelein High School will be having their annual mulch sale to benefit their sports teams on April 30 - May 1 and May 7-8. The sale will be held in the West parking lot of MHS on these Saturdays (April 30 and May 7) from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and on the two Sundays (May 1 and May 8) from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Mulch (brown, dark brown and red) will be sold in bags for $4.25 per bag or 4 bags for $15.00. Natural mulch will be sold for $3.75 per bag or 4 bags for $13.00. 
Mulch Order Form  Mulch Flyer

Sip & Shop Boutique, April 27 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. hosted at the DoubleTree by Hilton Libertyville-Mundelein, 510 E. IL Route 83.
Come out and enjoy an evening with friends while enjoying cockails, complimentary hors d'oeuvres and shopping!
Bedazzle Boutique, 31, Tastefully Simple, Karen's Collections, Scentsy and many more... RSVP to Morena Mayer at 847-970-6995 or e-mail  mmayer@doubletreemundelein.com(link sends e-mail)  to be entered in the SIP & SHOP RAFFLE! Just send your name, phone or e-mail.
If you have any questions or would like to have a vendor booth please contact Morena Mayer at 847-970-6995.

Park-on-Park the 16th annual cruise night season opens May 11 at the corner of Park and Seymour Streets, and continues on the second Wednesday of the month through September. The cruise night specializes in pre-1977 vehicles only. The event draws some of the finest classic vehicles in the area. This popular and well-organized event, coordinated and staffed by On The Road Classics & Mundelein Community Connection, has something for owners and spectators alike. Park-on-Park is a street festival and car show combined. Visit  www.parkonpark.org
Theater Organ Concert
This Theater Organ Concert is always a great time.  Click here for tickets
University of St Mary of the Lake, 3pm on May 15th.

Electronic Recycling Drop Off Locations
Swalco announced that these drop off locations will be open thru the end of the year.

Current Locations
Cuba Township: Road District Facility
28070 W. Cuba Road, Barrington, IL
Monday - Friday 7:00 am to 2:30 pm
Excluding Holidays
Grant Township: Road District Facility
2535 Molidor Road, Ingleside, IL
Monday - Friday 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Excluding Holidays
Grayslake: Public Works Facility
585 Berry Avenue, Grayslake, IL
Monday - Friday 7:00 am to 3:30 pm
Saturday 8:00 am to NOON
Excluding Holidays
Highland Park: Firearms Training Center
1180 Half Day Road, Highland Park, IL
Every Tuesday 7:00 am to 1:00 pm
1st Saturday of the month 7:00 am to 1:00 pm
Excluding Holidays
Waukegan: Public Works Facility
1700 McAree Road, Waukegan, IL
Monday - Friday 7:30 am to 4:00 pm
Excluding Holidays
Paper Shredding Events
All events are  between 9 a.m. and noon, to be shredded for free! 3 box limit. More Information

SATURDAY, APRIL 23
Mundelein Community Bank | 1110 W. Maple Ave.

SATURDAY, APRIL 30 
Vernon Hills Bank & Trust | 1101 Lakeview Parkway
Community Room Available for Groups
Fremont Township residents looking for a location for their community group to meet should contact our office at 847 223-2847.

Play Duplicate Bridge at Fremont Township on Monday mornings. Contact Barb Stone at 847 566-0889. This is ACBL sanctioned so you can earn points.
Fremont Township Food Pantry
Fremont Township operates a food pantry.  If you are aware of Fremont residents in need, please refer them to our office.

Our pantry accepts monetary, food and non-perishable donations from local residents and businesses.  

Donations can also be made to the Fremont Township Community Garden. The Garden provides fresh produce to our low income seniors and food pantry clients.  We appreciate the generosity of our community.  

We are currently in need of cereal and breakfast items, toiletries and cleaning supplies.
Pace Dial a Ride Expansion of Service
Watch this video and help us spread the word.

Ride Lake County Central Service is a new curb-to-curb dial-a-ride service, for eligible residents, in the central Lake County Townships of Fremont, Shields, and Libertyville, and the Villages of Mundelein and Libertyville. The Ride Lake County Central is a new program which takes an exciting step toward Lake County Coordinated Transportation Services Committee's (LCCTSC) goal to create a borderless transportation service in the county and builds off of existing township, village, county and Pace partnerships.


Fremont Township residents now have more options offered by Pace Dial a Ride.   Click here for the Ride Lake County Central Brochure. This will take you curb to curb, anywhere in Fremont, Libertyville and Shields Townships.

You still have the opportunity to get to anywhere in Avon, Antioch, Lake Villa, Wauconda, Grant and Fremont Townships on Pace as well.   Click here for the Ride Lake County West Brochure.
 
These programs are now curb to curb 5 days a week.

The cost is $3.00 each way for trips under 10 miles for disabled and/or senior
and $6.00 each way for trips over 10 miles

To make a reservation and to register, just call 1-800-201-6446 24 hours in advance. 

Passengers may make reservations 7 days in advance for work, medical appointments and College of Lake County trips. If you cancel you must provide at least 2 hours notice.
I continue to receive phone calls that scammers are phoning in our area.   Please speak with your spouses, parents, grandparents and friends about these scams.  The phone calls sound so real and many people get scammed.

Microsoft Scam:  Scammers claim they are from Microsoft and need access to your computer to fix something.  Microsoft will never call you.  These people want access to your computer.  
 
Grandparent Scams: Scammers contact victims claiming their grandchild is in some sort of trouble. They ask the grandparent to send money and not to tell anyone.
 
IRS or U.S. Treasury Scams: Scammers claiming to be an IRS agent and threatening to have victims arrested, deported or revocation of business and/or driver's license, if immediate payment is not made.
 
Property Tax Scams: Scammers send letters in the mail claiming the County will take victims homes if they don't pay the delinquent taxes on their property. In each Lake County case seen so far, the homeowner is paid in full and NOT delinquent on their taxes. If you receive one of these letters, you do not need to take any action if your taxes are paid in full. If you have any questions or want to check the status of your payment, you should call the Treasurer's Office at 847.377.2323..DO NOT contact the person listed on the letter.
 
Deed Scams:  Some Lake County Residents have been receiving letters from a company calling themselves, "Local Records Office" in which the resident is told they can be provided with a copy of their deed by mailing in an $89 service fee!  These letters ARE NOT from the Lake County Recorder of Deeds office and this is a SCAM!  You can get a copy of your deed, or other recorded paperwork, from Mary Ellen Vanderventer, Recorder of Deeds office for $1 per page, or no fee if you are a Senior Citizen or US Veteran! Call 847 377-2575.
 
Jury Arrest Warrant Scams: Scammers contact victims advising victims they missed scheduled jury duty and a judge issued an arrest warrant. Scammers have even named judges sitting in the 23rd Circuit Court. Scammers claim to be "Captain Allen" and direct victims to obtain prepaid credit cards, call back and read the numbers off the prepaid credit cards to "settle" the warrant.
 
Warrant Scams: Scammers contact victims claiming an outstanding warrant for parking or driving violations is issued and must be paid immediately over the phone or an arrest is imminent.
 
FOP Scams: Scammers contact victims claiming to be from the Lake County Sheriff's Office Fraternal Order of Police. Any attempt made to solicit funds via telephone, mail or in person by anyone identifying themselves as a representative of the Lake County Sheriff's Office should not be considered legitimate.
 
Bereavement Scams: Scammers scour the obituaries and contact victims who recently lost a loved- one claiming the deceased had unpaid bills or debts that must be paid right away.
 
Sweetheart Scams: The scammer befriends the victim online or in person and expresses romantic interest. While romancing the victim and earning their trust, the scammer may gain access to personal and financial information. Sometimes the scammer will ask the victim for emergency loans to pay off a bill or their rent. When the scam is over, the victim is left broke and broken-hearted. 

Thank you for taking the time to read this edition of News You Can Use.  I hope you find this information helpful.  Please continue to ask questions and suggest topics for my e-newsletter.

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If you need to contact me, please call the office at 847 223-2847 or my cell at 847 833-1019.
  
Diana O'Kelly
Fremont Township Supervisor    

Fremont Township Representatives
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Bill Grinnell
Highway Commissioner

 Ed Sullivan Jr.
Assessor

Christina McCann 
Clerk 

Trustees
 Chic Martin
 Connie Shanahan
 Jeri Atleson
Tami Forman


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Lost Pets in Lake County 

 

Village of Mundelein 

 

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