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     Diana O'Kelly

March 7, 2015

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Bobcat in Wauconda Neighborhood

This photo came from the Lakeview Villa subdivision in Wauconda.  They also spotted two little babies.

According to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, bobcats have been a rare sight in Illinois over the past century. But that is quickly changing thanks to conservation tactics by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, along with the help of trappers and hunters. Bobcats are staging a big comeback in the state including the Wauconda area with multiple sightings around the Bangs Lake shoreline area in recent weeks.

Bobcats are typically twice the size of an average house cat but it's shy, secretive habits allow it to live in close proximity to populated areas. Experts suggest that residents have nothing to fear from bobcats or from living near them. They are active mainly from dusk to dawn and, like most wildlife, will flee from humans if they can. As such, do not approach a bobcat or any wild animal and report aggressive behavior to animal control 1-847-497-3891.
Visit the Illinois DNR website for more information about bobcats.

How do I get my ballot by mail?

We all complain about our property taxes and we are about to elect the people who spend about 87% of our property tax dollars on April 7th.  Will you be voting?  The county clerks office will have your sample ballot available on Monday or Tuesday of next week.  To access that information click here.


If you would like to vote in the April 7 election by mail, your ballot cannot be mailed before an official request is received by the Clerk's office. Requests can be made electronically (without a voter signature), or by signing a printed request form and mailing it to the election official. Ballots will be mailed beginning March 13, 2015. You may use the "Request a Ballot by Mail" button found on the Voter Power page to print, sign and mail your paper request. You will be prompted to enter your information in order to access the personalized portal which contains voting information specific to you. For more information, email or call (847) 377-2406.


Snowbird Program
Registered voters who seasonally vacation outside their precinct can automatically receive a printed request for ballot by mail. Join the program using the online fillable enrollment which can be printed, signed and mailed to the Lake County Clerks office.  Click here and enter your information and the form will be available.


Student Program
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 Lake County Clerks office confirms the student address at school for the coming year. Complete the enrollment form which can be printed, signed and mailed to their office.


Last day to register to vote is March 10

The last day to register to vote for the April election is March 10. Early voting is from March 23 to April 4. If you aren't registered and would like to be, call Diana or Chris at 847 223-2847. Not sure if you are registered to vote?  Click here

Daylight Savings Time


Daylight Saving Time begins this weekend-at 2:00 A.M. on Sunday, March 8.

Before going to bed on Saturday, March 7, remember to "spring forward" by setting your clocks 1 hour ahead. 


Credit for Daylight Saving Time goes to Benjamin Franklin, who first suggested the idea in 1784. Fun facts on the history of Daylight Savings Time


Have you changed the batteries in your smoke detector?
When daylight savings time occurs, make it a habit to check the batteries in your smoke detectors too.  It is also a good time to check the outdoor vent on your dryer make sure it is not covered by snow or obstructed.

For more safety tips from Countryside Fire Department click here.
Where do I apply for a passport?
Apply for your passport at Vernon Township. They are located at  
3050 N Main Street, Buffalo Grove.  You can reach them at 847 634-4600.
Click here for more information.
Birth Certificates available in Lake Forest and Libertyville
Birth Certificates are available at the Lake County Clerks Office in Waukegan, but did you know you might be able to get them in Lake Forest or Libertyville?

Birth Certificates for children born at Lake Forest Hospital available at the 

City of Lake Forest.

Illinois schools require a certified birth record when registering children for school for the first time in kindergarten or first grade, or students moving to Illinois from out-of-state. For children born at Lake Forest Hospital within the last ten years, a certified birth record may be obtained in person at City Hall. Applications for Certified Birth Certificates can be found at the front counter. Office hours: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  For more information click here 


Certified birth certificates for children born after 1985 at Condell or Good Shepherd Hospitals may be obtained from the Village of Libertyville offices. Certificates can be purchased in person or through mail at:
Village Hall118 W. Cook Avenue, Libertyville, IL 60048
For more information click here.


Free Tax Preparation Help at Fremont Library
AARP Tax Preparation Assistance at the Fremont Library

Free AARP tax preparation services for seniors and those with low incomes. Registration is required. Call 847-918-3225 to schedule an appointment.
Recycling and Paper Shredding Information
Unfortunately there are no electronic recycling events scheduled this year due to the cost.  There are currently six drop off locations.  Click here to find the most convenient location to you.

State Rep Ed Sullivan is sponsoring a paper shredding only event on May 16 at the Fremont Township Administrative Office.

Where do you recycle textiles that are too worn to donate?  Click here

If you have used towels, sheets or blankets that need to be recycled, please consider bringing them to Fremont Township at 22385 Rt 60, Mundelein to be donated to local Animal Shelters and Rescues.  Please drop them in the bin on the 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 year round.  If you are disposing of shoes that have laces, please tie the laces together.
Fremont Center Road Public Meeting on March 18
I know many of you have expressed interest in the future Fremont Center Road improvement.

The Lake County Division of Transportation (LCDOT) is hosting an open house to begin the process of studying potential improvements to the intersection of Fremont Center Road and IL Route 60, as well as the area bounded by Peterson Road, IL Route 60 and IL Route 83 in the villages of Grayslake and Mundelein, and Fremont Township. The purpose of the meeting is to introduce the project to the public, present the project schedule, and seek public input regarding transportation issues and concerns in the study area. No options or alternatives will be presented at the meeting. Representatives from LCDOT and the project team will be present to discuss the project and answer any questions. 


The meeting will be held  March 18, 5 - 7 the Fremont Intermediate School, 28754 N. Fremont Center Road, Mundelein, IL


The meeting will be accessible to persons with a disability. Anyone in need of special assistance and planning to attend should contact project manager Darrell Kuntz at 847.377.7400.


Project Background
An engineering study began in 2012 for the improvement of the Fremont Center Road/IL Route 60 intersection and the extension of Fremont Center Road north to the recently realigned Peterson Road. During the course of that study, it was determined that a larger long range planning study should be performed to develop an appropriate roadway network able to accommodate future development as well as anticipated changes in travel patterns due to the IL Route 53/IL Route 120 project.This planning study will analyze proposed improvements to the Fremont Center Road/IL Route 60 intersection and various extension alternatives for Fremont Center Road, as well as to the roadways within the area bounded by Peterson Road, IL Route 60, and IL Route 83. Once the future County roadway network needs have been determined, detailed studies will be performed focusing on the area around the IL Route 60 and Fremont Center Road intersection. The study will not only investigate vehicular accommodations but will also consider bicycle and pedestrian accommodations, including connections to the Ray Lake Forest Preserve as part of the Fort Hill Trail.
For Singers Second thru Fifth Grade
If you have children that love to sing, this is a wonderful choir.

Red Rose Children's Choir of Lake County Summer Camp June 8-11


Open to all singers (non-auditioned) grades 2- 5. This workshop will immerse young singers in singing and performance. Each day will focus on vocal training, movement in performance, playing percussion instruments in ensemble, reading the choral score, and dramatic and creative improvisation. Singers will gain confidence in their singing through playful encouragement of solo singing. This year's theme will encourage cultural exploration through songs from many of the countries the Red Rose Children's Choir has traveled to through the years. Current Red Rose singers will join with any interested singers in this fun filled performance based workshop.

For more information
Heroin Overdoses Shifting to Young, White, Midwestern
US Heroin Overdoses Shifting to Young, White, Midwestern
NEW YORK - Mar 4, 2015, 12:02 AM ET
By MIKE STOBBE AP Medical Writer

The people who die from heroin-related overdoses in the U.S. now tend to be young, white and live in the Midwest, according to a government report.

That's a shift from 15 years ago when the death rate was highest among older blacks and the West and Northeast had the biggest heroin problems.

The report released Wednesday examines the rising trend in fatalities involving heroin. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, based on death certificates from 2013, tallied drug overdose deaths across the U.S. in which heroin was a contributing factor.



There were 8,257 heroin-related deaths in 2013, compared to 5,925 the previous year. The rates have increased significantly since 2010, when deaths numbered about 3,000. Heroin-related deaths increased in both men and women, in all age groups, and in whites, blacks and Hispanics.



A few of the increases were particularly striking, said Dr. Holly Hedegaard of the CDC, one of the authors of the report. In 2000, the highest death rate from heroin overdoses was in blacks ages 45 to 64. But in 2013, whites ages 18 to 44 had the highest rate. Whites in that age group accounted for more than half of the heroin-related overdose deaths that year.

And the region with the largest heroin overdose problems shifted to the Midwest. The West and Northeast had the same highest rate in 2000. The report did not provide state breakdowns.



Overall, there were about 44,000 drug overdose deaths in 2013. More than 16,000 of them involved a type of powerful prescription painkillers, such as Vicodin and OxyContin. Those deaths were nearly twice as high as the heroin-related deaths in 2013. However, painkiller-related deaths held steady for two years while those involving heroin climbed. The report didn't explore why heroin deaths are increasing. Other experts have said recent restrictions on prescribing painkillers may be reducing supplies at a time when the heroin supply has been increasing.

 CDC report:  

Defensive Driving Class
AARP and Fremont Township will be hosting a defensive driving class for drivers 55 and older which will be held on Thursday May 14 and Friday May 15, 2015 from 9 am to 1 pm.  You must attend both classes.  Please call 847 223-2847 to register.  Class size is limited to 25.  Cost is $15.00 if you are an AARP member.  $20.00 for non-AARP member.
Low Cost Pet Vaccination Clinic
Saturday, March 14 - 9 a.m. to noon
4-H Vaccination Clinic, Lake County Fairgrounds
1060 East Peterson Road, Grayslake 
Nail trims available for a $5 donation dog-grooming-sm.jpg


For spayed/neutered pets:
  • One-year rabies vaccination and Lake County tag: $20
  • One-year rabies vaccination, tag and distemper: $25
  • Distemper complex only: $10
  • Microchip, $15
For pets not spayed/neutered:
  • One-year rabies vaccination and Lake County tag: $60
  • One-year rabies vaccination, tag and distemper: $65
  • Distemper complex only: $10
  • Microchip: $15
Community Events
I am looking forward to emceeing this event again this year.  
The Mundelein High School Music Department will host its annual Mundelein Invitational drawing 40 jazz bands and show choirs from four states on Saturday, March 14, from 8 a.m. to 11:15 p.m. The student musicians will be judged on performances and earn awards for their work. The public may attend the events and ticket prices will vary depending on how many events they attend.   For tickets and more information click here.  Volunteers are needed and welcome!

Scouting for Food

The cub scouts of Pack 295 and other local scout packs and troops will be hanging door hangers at residences in the Mundelein and other local communities on the morning of March 7th, and picking up donations on the morning of March 14th, as part of their community service project 'Scouting for Food'.  While any canned goods and other non-perishable items are gratefully accepted, in greatest need are the following items:cereal, rice,  canned fruit, peanut burrer, jelly, chicken, tuna, beans, canned vegetables and soups. 


Coffee with the Mayor of Mundelein March 7, 2015 9 a.m.- 10 a.m.
Omega Restaurant 10 East Maple Street, Mundelein. Join Mundelein Mayor Steve Lentz for a cup of coffee and conversation. Stop by...enjoy a cup of coffee and pastries and get an update on Village happenings. Plus, this is an opportunity to ask questions about what's new in Mundelein or share your thoughts and ideas. Reservations not necessary! Just stop in to chat.  


KIrk Players will present Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersy Lily 

March 27th and 28th at 7:30pm, March 28th and 29th at 2:00pm at the Mundelein High School Auditorium, 1350 W. Hawley Street, Mundelein, IL. Tickets are available at the door, online at, or by calling the  box office at 847-521-6192.  Approximate run time 100 minutes.


Mundelein High School AP Government students will be hosting a candidate forum for Mundelein Village Trustee Candidates on March 31st in the MHS Theater at 7pm. Open to the public. 

Grand Dominion Home and Business Expo

The Lakeside Lodge at Grand Dominion

3555 Grand Dominion Circle, Mundelein, IL

Saturday April 11, 2015 from 8:30 am to 2 pm 

Fremont Township Representatives
       Important Links

Bill Grinnell
Highway Commissioner

 Ed Sullivan Jr.

 Christina McCann

 Chic Martin
 Connie Shanahan
 Jeri Atleson
Tami Forman

Next Board Meeting
March  9, 2015 7:00 pm
Annual Town Meeting April 14 7:00 pm

Lake County Crimestoppers 


Village of Mundelein 


Village of Wauconda 


Village of Hawthorn Woods 


Lake County 


Fremont Township 


Fremont Library 




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Diana O'Kelly

Fremont Township Supervisor