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     Diana O'Kelly

  Township Supervisor

August 8, 2016

There is so much information in this newsletter.  Sorry it is so long!!  Diana

Spring 2016 Bills Signed Into Law 

What have they been doing in Springfield?

Have you checked the date on your savings bonds lately?

(HB 5607/PA 990556): Provides that US Savings Bonds will be presumed abandoned when such bond has remained unclaimed and unredeemed for five years after its date of final extended maturity. 

People caught in possession of 10 grams or less of marijuana will now face a fine of up to $200, as opposed to being arrested and possibly facing jail time, under a new law (Senate Bill 2228) signed by Gov. Rauner July 29. The new law makes Illinois the 17th state in the country to adopt a measure that decriminalizes small amounts of marijuana.

Click here to view a list of bill signed in 2016.

College Students Wanting to Vote in November Election

I know what a busy time it is getting the kids off to college, but you might want to put this on the check list.  If your college student is wanting to vote in the upcoming election, they can download the ballot request form and send it to the clerks office to ensure receiving a ballot by mail at school. If they need to register to vote, call our office before coming to make sure we have a registrar in the office.  847 223-2847

Available to students away at school, this program simplifies voting for students who are registered to vote and request the ballot at their school address. Enrollment is valid for two years and each summer the clerk's  office confirms the student address at school for the coming year. Complete the Enrollment Form (PDF) which can be printed, signed and mailed to their office.

Block Schedule or Bell Schedule at MHS?

Mundelein High School to host community meetings concerning Bell Schedule recommendation .   Mundelein High School officials will host two evening meetings in August, open to all community members, to address an upcoming decision concerning the bell schedule.  The meetings will be held Wednesday, Aug. 17 and Wednesday, Aug. 31 beginning at 6 p.m. in the MHS cafeteria.

The District is considering an alternative daily schedule to replace the current 4X4 Block Schedule that has been in place since 1996. A committee made up of staff and administration has been studying various schedules for over a year. 
Shade Structures for Behm Park

For those of you who use Behm Park, our board of trustees will be purchasing some shade structures for the park.  They will be bid and ordered in the next month, but won't be installed until next year.
Secretary of State Mailing Reminders Again

  Illinois drivers will once again receive a reminder letter to renew their yearly license plate sticker from the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office. The Secretary of State’s Office says funds from the recent stopgap budget allow vehicle registration reminder letters to be reinstated. The practice of mailing reminders was halted in October due to the previous budget impasse.

A State Journal-Register article reported that from January to mid-July, about 563,400 motorists were assessed more than $11 million in late fees for failing to renew license plate stickers on time. During the same period in 2015, when renewal notices were still being mailed, about 252,700 motorists paid $5.5 million in late fees.

To help with the costs of mailing reminders, the Secretary of State’s Office says they are drafting legislation that would allow advertising on the mailings. Those that sign up for email reminders are removed from the office’s mailing list, which also helps reduce associated postage costs. Drivers can sign up for email notifications by visiting

To register for the program, vehicle owners need their assigned registration ID and PIN. That can be found on their current vehicle registration card. If that information is not available, motorists can call the Secretary of State public inquiry division at 1-800-252-8980 to obtain their Registration ID and PIN. Vehicle owners will then receive a series of three email notices per vehicle each year detailing the upcoming vehicle expiration date.

Commonwealth Edison Scams

Beware of giving your Com Ed Account number to anyone.  I received this email from one of our residents.

"I have received calls from people who say they are from Com Ed.and they are going to give you a discount for being a good customer, they then want you to get your bill so they can get your acct#. I called Com Ed and they stated if these suppliers get your acct # they can legally switch your acct."

Upon checking the ComEd scams, I also saw this.  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(TTY 1-800-964-3013), or visit the Illinois Attorney General's website and click on the “Protecting Consumers” link.

Free Museum Admission at Lake County Discovery Museum through August
Enjoy free museum admission through August at the Lake County Discovery Museum. On September 1, the Museum will close its doors at Lakewood Forest Preserve in Wauconda, pack up its collections and move to Libertyville.  A grand opening is anticipated in late 2017.  Click here for more information.
Panera Coming to Mundelein

The Village of Mundelein announced that Panera Bread has plans to open a new bakery-café in Mundelein in the Spring of 2017 at 1575 South Lake Street—at the north east intersection of Townline Road (Route 60) and South Lake St (Route 45).  The new 4,156 sq. ft. location features the latest Panera design with drive-thru and outdoor patio seating.

Graphing Calculator

If you have a graphing calculator that your kids will no longer be using and would like to donate it for kids in need, call me at 847 223-2847 or drop it off at Fremont Township. Thank you!!!

Reduced Fair Card for Metra 

65 years old or older? Apply at Fremont Township for the RTA reduced fare permit. Get a discount when riding the Metra.

These fixed route services include CTA buses and trains, Metra trains and Pace buses in the six-county region of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will. Discounts don't apply on Ride Lake County West and Ride Lake County Central.
Questions? Call Nancy at 847 223-2847

Final Independence Grove Concert of the Season

August 9 | Mr. Myers | Caribbean rock
Kick off your sandals and groove to an original music sound influenced by calypso, ska, reggae, and rock and roll. The band’s upbeat tone creates a carefree mood reminiscent of a beach getaway. Cleverly arranged cover tunes of artists such as Bob Marley, Jimmy Buffett and Harry Belafonte will get you on your (bare) feet in no time. 

Click here for more information

Don't Miss Sunday August 14 Mundelein Concert Series

Have you been to the Mundelein Concert Series at Kracklauer Park? Mark your calendar for Sunday, August 14! Bring a chair and pack a dinner and enjoy the music. 

Brass from the Past will be playing on Sunday, August 14 at Kracklauer Park from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Brass From The Past is a Tribute to the Legends of Rock & Soul Music! (60s, 70s, and 80s Motown, R&B, Funk and Soul) Covering: Stevie Wonder, Jackson 5, Aretha Franklin, Pattie Labelle, Tina Turner, Chaka Kahn, James Brown, Four Tops, Temptations, Chicago, BS&T and more
One of the Best Cover Bands in Chicago!” (CBS News), BRASS FROM THE PAST is the HOTTEST horn band in the Midwest. Boasting an unstoppable 6-piece horn section, tight 4-piece rhythm section, and 3 powerful singers who command the stage, this is no ordinary band! 

Food Drive to Benefit Fremont Township

The Community Protestant Church is holding a community wide food drive on Saturday, August 13th, from 9 am til noon.  The event benefits both the Libertyville and Fremont Township Food Pantries.  Non-perishable food items, paper products, and household cleaning products can be dropped off in the Community Protestant parking lot.  They are located at the corner of Hawley and Prairie in Mundelein.  Call 847 566-4000 for information.

Friends of the Fremont Library Used Book Sale

Check out Fremont Public Library's monthly book sale
Find gently used books, movies, CDs and audiobooks to purchase from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 13 and again from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 14 at Fremont Public Library

Flute Orchestra to Perform Sunday, August 14

Flutopia Summer Suite The flute orchestra will perform at 2:00 pm on Sunday August 14 at Ivanhoe Congregational Church, United Church of Christ. Ivanhoe Congregational Church is located at 21078 W. Route 176, in Mundelein. Admission is free and all are invited to attend.

Countryside Lake Garage Sale

Countryside Community Garage Sale
August 20 and 21 9am to 4pm

Grand Dominion Car Show- August 21 -Don't Miss it!

Over 60 Grand Dominion Car Show volunteers are busy preparing for their event that benefits the Fremont Township Food Pantry. 

Save the Date!  The 2016 Grand Dominion Car Show is set for Sunday, Aug. 21.  This year’s show features a special display of one-of-a-kind, rare and exotic cars.  Non-perishable food items will be collected for the Fremont Township Food Pantry.  Raffles for great prizes from local businesses too!  Watch for more information about the show, open free to the public. You are guaranteed a great time!

Grand Dominion Garage Sale August 26 and 27
International Overdose Awareness Day 2016

International Overdose Awareness Day in Sunday, August 28 from 12 pm to 3 pm 

Free Naloxone Training, resource organizations and vendors will be there.

New Hope Christian Fellowship, 1401 S Lake Street in Mundelein

AARP Smart Driver Safety Course

Sign up today at the Regent Center, 1200 Regent Drive, Mundelein, Il  847 566-4790

The classes are on September 7 and 8 from 9:00 am til 1:00 pm and you must attend both classes.  $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members

Railroad Safety Presentation

Fremont Cert will have a presentation on Rail Safety on September 13 at the Fremont Library.  Don't miss this one and if you have teenage drivers, you should think about bringing them also. 

Rail Safety: “See Tracks? Think Train”

Each year in Illinois, 80 people die on and around railroad tracks and property. In observance of Illinois Rail Safety Week, Sept. 11-17, the Community Emergency Response Team of Fremont Township will host Chip Pew, state coordinator for Illinois Operation Lifesaver, an education program designed to reduce the number of crashes, deaths, and injuries at highway-rail intersections. Attendees will receive an emergency kit item.

Future Presentations at Fremont Township

The Lake County States Attorney's Office will have a presentation on Scamming and Fraud on 9/13/2016 at 10 am.

The Lake County Clerk's Office will have a presentation on Illinois voter law, voting by mail, etc. on 9/20/16 at 10 am.

Crafters Needed

Grand Dominion is seeking crafters of handmade items for its 2016 Craft Show, Saturday, October 15 from 10:00 am to 3 :00 pm. at the Grand Dominion Lodge.  Request and application by calling 847 566-2403 or email  The deadline to sign up is September 16.

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Recycle Bedding for Local Animal Shelters
If you have used towels, sheets or blankets that need to be recycled, please consider bringing them to Fremont Township at 22385 Route 60, Mundelein to be donated to local Animal Shelters and Rescues.  You can drop them off in the bin on our front porch.  This keeps them out of the landfill and puts them to good use.  

We also accept eye glasses and shoes to be recycled.  If you are disposing of shoes that have laces, please tie the laces together.

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Diana O'Kelly
Fremont Township Supervisor 
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