Shields Township Community News
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Important updates for the New Year
Collecting Christmas trees
For all residential Customers LRS will be collecting Christmas trees left curbside between January 2 and January 25 at no cost to the Customer.
Lamb's Farm Accepting Tree and Wreath Donations for Animals

It's Joseph's favorite time of year! That's right, Lamb's Farm is accepting Christmas tree and wreath donations!
Christmas trees and wreaths are a healthy treat and enrichment activity for their friends. They play with them and use the trees as a scratching post!
Tree drop off is located at the Farmyard. Please do your best to remove all decorations. As always, Animal Keepers will carefully inspect all trees and wreaths before giving them to the animals.

These Are the New Illinois Laws Taking Effect in 2021
Every year in Illinois, several new laws passed in the previous legislative session take effect on Jan.1. Click here for to see the new laws. By Shelby Bremer NBC Chicago 5
Covid-19 Update
Do you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine? Lake County Board Chair Sandy Hart will host a discussion with Lake County Health Department Executive Director Mark Pfister, Medical Epidemiologist Dr. Sana Ahmed, and others about the County's vaccination efforts and answer related questions from the community.  
Time and Date: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13 

Register for the Covid Vaccine

The Lake County Health Department is pleased to announce that the Lake County AllVax Portal is open. All Lake County residents can now register to be notified when a COVID-19 vaccine is available to them. Registering online is easy and secure—just visit You can also register over the phone by calling the Lake County Health Department at (847) 377-8130.

By entering basic information and answering a few screening questions on the portal, you will be notified when a COVID-19 vaccine becomes available. You can register yourself and others on the portal. Once you are registered, you can also schedule your vaccination appointments through the Lake County clinics or facilities through the system when a vaccine is available to you. The portal also includes answers to frequently asked questions on COVID-19 vaccination.
Mobile COVID-19 Testing Offered in Lake County

Lake County, Ill. — The Lake County Health Department is announcing that free Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) testing is coming to Mundelein, Antioch, and Round Lake next week. A mobile testing unit managed by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) will be stationed in the county according to the following schedule: 

Monday, January 4, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Mundelein High School 
1350 W. Hawley Street, Mundelein 
Friday, January 8, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. 
Williams Park 
400 Williams Street, Antioch 
Saturday, January 9, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. 
Round Lake High School
800 High School Drive, Round Lake

Know Before You Go
Testing is free and open to all regardless of symptoms. A phone number and name are required in order to receive testing results. Photo identification and proof of insurance are helpful, but not required. Please expect long wait times due to high demand for testing. Testing locations may close early due to inclement weather or if daily testing supplies are exhausted.
Those utilizing drive-thru testing must be seated at a functioning window. Once you get in line at the site, you will not be permitted to exit your car. All sites will also accommodate walk-up testing for individuals who do not have a vehicle. Only viral testing is provided at the mobile testing site.
Other Testing Options
State-run Community-Based Testing Sites, located in Waukegan (102 W. Water St.), Arlington Heights (2000 W. Euclid Ave.), and Rockford (1601 Parkview Ave.) are open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Testing at these sites is free. For more information, visit the IDPH website at
Household Chemical Waste Event


Saturday, January 30th, 2021
(you'll need appointment)
PLEASE NOTE** We've added this extra event to help accommodate the increased requests. Hope this helps! Safety is crucial during your visit. Please Stay In Your Vehicle and Wear Masks at our facility located at: 1311 N. Estes Street, Gurnee, IL 60031
APPOINTMENTS ARE REQUIRED for Household Chemical Waste Events located at our Gurnee Facility to ensure safety & efficiency. Collections are for residential waste only. No business waste will be accepted. All SWALCO HCW Collection Events are FREE for Illinois residents ONLY.
Items you can bring to a collection include: CFL bulbs, unwanted prescription, over-the-counter medicines and supplements (people and pet), household cleaners, gasoline, garden chemicals, pesticides, oil-based paints (NO LATEX) and varnishes, as well as other household chemicals. For a more detailed list visit SWALCO's HCW Website at:
Please share this information with others who may be interested. Sign up online to receive occasional announcements about SWALCO programs and events. Click here to sign up for SWALCO announcements.
What Should I do if I am a Victim of the Unemployment Scam?

There is an increase in the unemployment scam and it is happening in our area.
How can I spot unemployment insurance identity theft?
  • You receive a debit card or an unemployment insurance letter (UI Finding) and have not filed a claim for benefits.
  • You are notified by your employer that a claim for benefits has been filed when you have not been separated from employment.
  • You attempt to file a claim online and one already exits.
  • You receive IRS correspondence regarding unreported UI benefits.
  • You receive notice of a state or federal tax offset.
What steps should I take if I receive a debit card or a UI Finding letter, and did not file for unemployment benefits?
If you suspect a claim has been submitted using your information, and you have not applied for unemployment insurance benefits in Illinois, take steps as follows:
  • Report the fraudulent claim here.
  • DO NOT activate the debit card that was mailed to you.
  • DO NOT contact KeyBank.
  • Request your free credit reports via and review them for other fraudulent activities.
I also read that you should do the following.
  • Call the Federal Trade Commission at 1-877 382-4357 or go to
  • Notify all banks, credit card companies and credit agencies that your Social Security Number was stolen
  • File a police report due to SSN being stolen
  • Notify the Social Security Office that SSN has been stolen.
  • If you receive any unemployment documents in the mail, fax a letter to IDES at (217) 557-4913, indicate this is a fraud claim, indicate that you did not file and attach copies of the information you received from IDES.
The police chief in Mundelein said they are receiving between 3 and 5 reports a day

Cross country Skiing

Lake County forest Preserves website for Cross county skiing
Hours and Locations
Preserve trails are open 6:30 am–sunset, daily. Extended hours are available during daylight savings time along solar lighted trails at Old School in Libertyville and along a section of the Millennium Trail in Wauconda. The illuminated trails and adjacent parking lots remain open after sunset until 9 pm, daily, early November–early March.
Designated Trails
When conditions allow, skiers can use the dedicated equestrian trails at Lakewood and Raven Glen and most forest preserve hiking trails, except at the Ryerson Conservation Area in Riverwoods. Ryerson hiking trails are not groomed. A 4-inch snow base is required at Ryerson in order to protect sensitive habitat at this Illinois Dedicated Nature Preserve site. Please contact Ryerson Conservation Area at 847-968-3320 for skiing conditions. 
Groomed trails are available at the Lakewood Winter Sports Area, Old School, and along the Des Plaines River Trail between Old School and the Wright Woods Canoe Launch on Route 60. Grooming is typically done two days after a large snow.
Notary Services Available:
Shields Township is able to notarize your documents for you
Lake Bluff Walking Tours App
Brand-new app provides tours of historic buildings, neighborhoods and stories.
The Lake Bluff History Museum in spring 2020 launched a brand-new app for smart phones and tablets, providing mobile tours of the village’s most iconic and historically significant buildings, neighborhoods and stories.
  • One tour covers the Uptown Commercial District, the center of commercial activity in the Village from the 1880s to the 2020s. This tour starts at Village Hall and takes you through the commercial district and nearby neighborhoods.
Update: U.S. Department of State Passport Services

Resumption of Processing Times for Routine and Expedited Service Effective September 28, 2020, Passport Services will resume processing times for routine and expedited services.
The processing times are as follows:
  • Routine Service: 10 to 12 weeks, door-to-door, from date of application.
  • Expedited Service: 4 to 6 weeks, door-to-door, from date of application. Expedited service costs an additional $60 and should be included with the passport fees at the time of application.
If a customer applies for their passport with routine service and needs it more quickly than 10 to 12 weeks, they can contact the National Passport Information Center (NPIC) for assistance.

At this time, expedited service is only offered to customers who apply at a passport acceptance facility or renew their passport through the mail. Until further notice, passport agencies will only serve customers in person who have a life or death emergency and are traveling within 3 business days.

For customers who want their passport in less than 10 weeks, acceptance agents should recommend expedited service at the time of application.

Customers can check the status of their application online at or by calling NPIC at 1-877-487-2778.

Please contact your Regional Customer Service Manager(s) if you have additional questions. We thank you for your continued support during these unprecedented times. 
Shields Township offers passport services
Regional passport agency Contact #877-487-2778
Our Community Services
RTA Reduced Fare
Seniors: If you are 65 years or older, you are eligible for a reduced fare permit.

Disabled: All persons with a qualifying disability who are not enrolled in the Illinois Department on Aging’s Benefit Access program are eligible for reduced fare permit. 

Veterans: If you are a veteran with a disability, a letter from the Veteran's Administration regarding your service connected disability must be submitted with your application. For more information...
ElderCARE services are catered to the needs of adults over 65 years of age residing in Northern Lake County.
ElderCARE will match you with a caring volunteer who will assist you. They will take you to medical appointments, grocery shopping, and even pay a friendly visit.

For more information call 847-406-4683 or visit their website
LIHEAP is an assistance program that helps with gas & electric bills.

You must be in the income (Gross- before taxes) guidelines for the past 30 days:

1 person $1561
2 people $2114
3 people $2666
4 people $3219
5 people $3771
6 people $4324
7 people $4876

Due to the State of Illinois guidelines associated with COVID-19, Community Action Partnership of Lake County's application process has changed. If you and your family have recently experienced loss or reduction in income, we encourage you to call to determine if you are eligible for LIHEAP.

Call 847-249-4330 during normal business hours and ask to be transferred to a client representative. Your application will be completed via telephone. The client service representative will instruct applicants to return all required documents via email, text or the appropriate drop-box closest to your home. Additional emergency and other services provided by Community Action Partnership of Lake County will be updated as available at
You can register at the Shields Township office for this curb-to-curb service that takes the elderly or disabled where they need to go. Once you are registered and have made a reservation, you will need $3 for a one way trip and $6 for a round trip.
Shields Township Assessor's Office
Electronic Recycling Opportunities
Prairieland Disposal and Recycling
21N988 Pepper Road, Lake Barrington, IL 
Monday - Friday ​8:00 am to 3:00 pm
​Saturday ​8:00 am to NOON​
​Closed on Legal Holidays
No cost for Lake County residents
​Businesses are prohibited
​(excluding misc. cords and cables)

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
Also Accepting:
​Clothing & Textiles, Shoes,
​Mixed Paper, Cardboard,
​Plastic Containers, Glass Bottles & Jars,
​Steel Cans, Food Scraps 
Grant Township: Road District Facility
26535 Molidor Road, Ingleside, IL
​Monday - Friday 7:00 am to 3:00 pm
​Excluding Holidays
No cost to Lake County residents
​Business are prohibited
​​(excluding misc. cords and cables)

Highland Park: Recycling 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
Also Accepting:
​Clothing and Textiles, Shoes,
​ Polystyrene Foam: Cup, Containers &
​Packaging, Fluorescent Light Bulbs 
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Terry Darraugh, Township Supervisor
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Your Shields Township Officials
Supervisor: Terry Darraugh,
Highway Commissioner: Scott Anderson,
Assessor: Scott Helton,
Clerk: Joy Gayter,