Important COVID-19 Community Updates
We appreciate the chance to bring you up to speed on what we are learning from local and regional sources every weekday or as necessary.
 Please dial 9-1-1 in case of emergencies only and call 847.234.2601 for non-emergencies.

Check the City's website for additional information and continue to send any inquiries to cityhall@cityoflakeforest.com . During this time, residents should stay at home unless it is absolutely necessary to leave the house, wear a face covering when out in public and maintain physical distance.

Many staff members are working remotely and will respond to you at the earliest opportunity.
New & Important Information from the Governor
This afternoon, Governor J.B. Pritzker announced that he will extend the Stay at Home Order until Saturday, May 30, with some modifications that will take effect on Friday, May 1.

Additional information outlined in the Executive Order will be included in tomorrow's E-News.
Arbor/Earth Day Tree Seedlings Almost "Sold Out"!
Thank you to all of those who picked up complimentary Balsam fir tree seedlings to help keep Lake Forest green. There are only a few left at Everett Farm, West Skokie and Mellody Nature Preserves.
Visit Lake Forest Open Lands for locations.

For years to come, families can showcase their 2020 Legacy Trees to memorialize this unprecedented time in history. Unfortunately, the supply has already run out due to popular demand.
Walker Safety

With so many Lake Foresters outside, it is sometimes difficult to practice adequate physical distancing on sidewalks. Consequently, many walkers are swerving onto the street to maintain the required 6 feet of space. Car drivers and bicyclists, please be extra careful and vigilant around walkers enjoying the outdoors. Thank you!
A Shout Out to Local Organizations with Big Love!

It seems as though each and every non-profit organization and institution in our community has come up with creative and fun solutions to help Lake Foresters survive the COVID-19 Crisis. From inspirational messaging on yard signage to heart-felt recognition of our childrens' teachers - to beautiful videos about our special residents and workers - to DIY instructional videos on just about anything - to feel productive, recreational, relaxed or well-informed, this community has rallied together in many ways in support of one another. Please take a look here and check out some of these organizations' websites or check social media to see the outpouring of these innovative efforts.
Local Business Grant Program Approved
At its April 20 meeting, the City Council approved a Resolution adopting a 2020 Local Business Grant Program. You may view it here to check for eligibility and the process.

While the federal government has provided a number of stimulus programs to support economic sustainability, small businesses have been hit particularly hard by mandatory closures and safety measures. 

The City’s Local Business Grant Program is intended to demonstrate support for the Lake Forest business community. A particular emphasis is placed on the small businesses who may find the extended closures and restrictions pose an even greater challenge to recovery and sustainability. While it does not provide a significant source of funding to these businesses, it serves as a clear message that their presence in the community is valued and appreciated. 

It is important to remember that sales taxes generated by local businesses help to reduce the property tax burden and ensure that visitors to our City pay a share of the cost of services provided. 

The total cost of the proposed program will be funded from the operating budget surplus in the General Fund for the Fiscal Year ending on April 30, 2020. Grant payments will be based on sales generated by participating businesses for March 2020 through December 2020, encouraging these businesses to remain in our city. 

Please remember to shop and eat local!
Temporary Sanitation Services Reminders
Please note that any additional refuse and yard waste needs to be placed at the curb the night before your pickup day.

Regular refuse in trash cans needs to be out by 7 a.m. on your pickup day.

Yard Waste

  • Yard Waste Bags – Curbside collection of 8 bags maximum per collection day, no stickers, twice per week.
  • Brush – Curbside collection 8, 4-foot tied bundle, maximum per collection day, no stickers, twice per week.

Additional Refuse Items
Collection of bulk items or non-typical household garbage will be collected at the curb twice per week. There will be no charge for these additional items placed at the curb. A maximum of 2 cubic yards will be collected (equal to one refuse scooter full or the pick-up bed of a pick-up truck). Not accepted: bricks, railroad ties, refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, dehumidifiers or hazardous materials.

Any changes will be communicated via the City’s website, E-Newsletter and on Facebook. Thank you for your support! If you have questions, please contact Becky Pocasangre at 847.810.3543.
Complete the Census Now!


The Census paper questionnaire was mailed on April 8 to anyone who has not yet responded. Please complete the questionnaire and return it or respond online at my2020census.gov or by phone at 844.330.2020. Thank you for helping Lake Forest and Illinois achieve a Complete Count!
Lake County Interactive Map
The Lake County Health Department released an interactive map which shares the number of residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 in each municipality. According to the LCHD website, it is best viewed on a computer. You can view the map here .
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