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 now every Monday, Wednesday and Friday 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, continue to practice physical distancing and wash their hands as often as possible.

Many staff members are working remotely and will respond to you at the earliest opportunity.
#WeAreHereForYouLF
Which ways are you seeing kindness shown in Lake Forest during this public health crisis? Lexie Conley, LFHS graduating senior, organized donations from the senior class to give to the NorthShore Hospital Covid-19 Relief Fund. Even though these seniors are missing out on some major milestones during this tough time, their kind and giving spirit is still going strong! This amazing LFHS senior class photo was taken last fall.
Emergency Rental Assistance Available

Community Partners for Affordable Housing (CPAH)  is accepting applications for rental and utility assistance for those whose income has been affected by COVID-19. 

Information about the  Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)  criteria and the application forms are available on the  website or by calling 847.263.7478, extension 10. Applications will be reviewed and assistance provided within 10 days, if possible, and offered as funds allow. 
 
CPAH is also offering mortgage forbearance counseling. If you need help applying for mortgage forbearance (a pause in mortgage payments), or negotiating or understanding the terms of your lender's offer of mortgage forbearance, please contact CPAH at 847.263.7478 extension 10.  
A Packard Parade
Antique cars will parade through Lake Forest Place at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 17, 2020.
 
Packards of Chicagoland, a club of Packard automobile owners, in partnership with the Lake Forest Lake Bluff Chamber of Commerce, will conduct a drive through Lake Forest Place, the senior living center located at 1100 Pembridge Drive in Lake Forest. About 25 antique, classic, and other special interest cars, many of which were featured at the Chamber’s "Then and Now" Auto Show last October, will slowly cruise through the senior community to provide a welcome break for residents.
 
Car drivers will remain in their cars and residents will be viewing the spectacle from inside their residences, respecting rules of sheltering in place. 
 
Like many senior residential communities, Lake Forest Place is taking extreme precautions to protect residents’ health during the coronavirus pandemic. Restrictions on guests, the cancellation of group activities, and serving meals in rooms rather than gathering in the dining room are only a few of the changes in residents' regular routine. Of course active seniors, not used to this isolation, will find the cars a welcome sight!

For more information, contact John Maxson .
In case you missed Wednesday's Mayor's Message
"Restore Illinois"
 Building on data, science, and guidance from public health experts and after consulting with stakeholders across the state, Governor J.B. Pritzker announced Restore Illinois, a five-phase plan focused on saving lives, livelihood, and safely reopening Illinois.
 
The five-phase plan is guided by public health metrics designed to provide a framework for reopening businesses, education, and recreational activities in each phase. This initial plan can and will be updated as research and science develop and as the potential for effective treatments or vaccines is realized.

The plan can be viewed at Restore Illinois .
 Meet Bart the Cart. Bart is the spokesperson (or “spokescart”) for a new City-wide campaign to improve residential recycling habits. According to Bart, if we become even better recyclers we can reduce recycling waste, save the City significant processing costs and be even kinder to our environment. Bart calls it a “win, win, win” situation.

The campaign is called "Rethink Recycling". The goal is simple: Help Lake Foresters make sure what goes into their recycling carts belongs in their recycling carts...and that means nothing contaminated, no #6 plastics (apologies for error in Wednesday's E-News), no styrofoam, plus a few more simple guidelines you’ll find on this new website: www.bartthecart.com.
 
In the days and months ahead, you’ll find Bart’s tips on Facebook and Instagram: @bartthecart_lf, in the summer Dialogue and throughout Lake Forest via posters and recycling carts.
 
The goal is to reduce recycling waste from the current 25 percent to 10 percent, thereby reducing the city’s recycling process costs by 25% per ton which equates to an annual savings of up to $50,000.
 
We know it might seem like an unusual time to launch a recycling campaign, but the timing couldn’t be better. With most of us staying home these days, residential recyclable waste is piling up. Now more than ever, we need to become better recyclers.
 
We’d like to thank The Lake Forest Garden Club for providing support and funding for Rethink Recycling!
Cattails & Cocktails @ Home Fundraiser
The ever-popular Cattails & Cocktails fundraiser hosted by the Associate Board of Lake Forest Open Lands is still happening this May, albeit in a revised format.

Highlights for this year's Cattails & Cocktails @ Home include:

  • Drastically reduced tickets at $25/person for a fiesta dinner of three tacos chips/salsa a signature margarita (or other beverage) from The Other Door on a night of your choosing the weekend of May 28-31; 
  • Raffle tickets for a chance to win an instant wine cellar curated by the Associate Board (valued over $500);
  • Online silent auction coming soon (including an opportunity to purchase "Lighting the Bonfire" at Bagpipes & Bonfires, 9/20/20), and;
  • New this year, a Scavenger Hunt within our preserves will be included with your meal at pick up. 

Go to the Open Lands   website   for more information.
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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.

In the coming months, when it is safe to do so, Census takers will follow up with in-person visits to addresses for which responses have not been received.

Completing the Census questionnaire is easy, secure and important. Thank you for helping Lake Forest and Illinois achieve a Complete Count!
Lake County Interactive Map
The Lake County Health Department's interactive map 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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