Shields Township Community News
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Vote April 6th
April 6th we will be voting for people who are responsible for approximately 90% of your property tax bill. We will elect municipal office holders, library trustees, park district commissioners and school board members. All certified candidates from Lake Forest and Lake Bluff have been invited to participate. You have the opportunity to hear directly from all of the candidates. Residents of Lake Forest, Lake Bluff, and Knollwood are encouraged to attend the zoom meeting. Attendees can submit their question for the candidates when they register. Forums are scheduled for Sunday, March 14, and Thursday, March 18.

On Sunday, March 14, 2:00pm
The eight candidates running for four openings on the
Lake Forest High School #115 Board of Education are:
David Burns, Sally L. Davis, Jeff Giannelli, Amy Marsch, Joanna Marshall, Robert Ted Moorman, Marcus Schabacker, and John Venson.

A separate forum for six (6) candidates running for four (4) seats for Lake Forest District #67 also will be held. The candidates are Emily Bernahl, Taylor Cottam, Lori Fitzgerald, Anne Geraghty Helms, Carl Kirar, and Alice LeVert.

Thursday, March 18 at 7:00
For the Village of Lake Bluff Board of Trustees, the two candidates running for President are Regis Charlot and Bill Meyer.

Also, five (5) candidates are running for three (3) Trustee positions. They are Kathryn “Kate” Briand, Mickey Collins, Taryn S. Fisher, Susan H. Rider, and Aaron Towle.

The six (6) candidates for four (4) seats on the Lake Bluff Park District Board of Commissioners are Gerard McDermott, Michele Mrachek, Susan Raymoure, Ann Rieder, Niki Walsh, and Scott Weber.

The Lake Bluff Public Library Board of Trustees has four (4) open seats with five (5) candidates. They are Tricia Brockett, Jenny Graziano, William Hayes, Bonnie Shaul, and Matthew Zaute.

Early voting at Lake Forest City Hall starts on March 22. Or you can request a Ballot by Mail Click here. Ballots will be mailed starting March 12.

Watch for more information on the League website and on facebook
Getting Back to Normal
Illinois Returns to Phase 4 guide lines

In Lake County gatherings are limited to 50 people or less. Indoor dining and bar service has resumed for parties of up to 10 people.

Additionally, restaurants and bars can host 25% capacity. They must close by 11 pm, bars must serve food and customers can remain no longer than two hours.

In the City of Chicago, bars and restaurants are now reopening indoors at 40% capacity or 50 people.

Movie theaters in Lake County have also reopened.

Marcus Gurnee Mills Cinema is open on Tuesdays and Friday through Sunday. Booking your own personal auditorium is the perfect way to host a safe, fun and stress-free social gathering. Available for only $99 on Tuesdays.
For more information Click here.

AMC Theater in Hawthorn is also open daily. Here's what is playing Click here.
Get Outdoors

If you want to stretch your legs consider taking a trip to Independence Grove. Enjoy a nice walk around the lake and take in the beautiful scenery. Hours of operation 6:30 am–sunset, daily.
Visitors Center: 9 am–4:30 pm
Address:16400 West Buckley Road Libertyville, IL 60048
Click here for the interactive trail map.


Learn about maple syrup tapping or take part in a self guided story book reading while you hike.
Hours of operation 6:30 am–sunset, daily.
Address: 21950 North Riverwoods Road Riverwoods, IL 60015
Click here for the interactive trail map.

Learn new skills at the the Gorton Community Center.

Happi-nest Organizing with Stephanie Klein

DATE: April 6
LOCATION: Gorton Community Center
400 E. Illinois Road, Lake Forest, IL 60045
click this link for more information.

Spring is Coming with Katie Ford
DATE: March 10
LOCATION: Gorton Community Center
400 E. Illinois Road, Lake Forest, IL 60045
click this link for more information.
presented by the Lake Bluff Public Library
Every Friday starting May 15, 2020
Location: Virtual
for more information visit this link.
Fun for the kids

open Tues, Thu, Sat:10 am–3:30 pm 
To book a visit today visit
Sky Zone Vernon Hills

open Monday- Sunday
To plan your visit today visit
Covid-19 Updates
Register for the Covid-19 Vaccine
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. Their email is
Expired Driver's Licenses
Extended Until June 1, 2021
If you are eligible for the online renewal process, you will receive a letter with the required PIN approximately 90 days before your driver's license or ID card's expiration date. If you have not received a letter, check your eligibility now.
More Information click here.
Notary Services Available:
Shields Township is able to notarize your documents for you
Lake Bluff Walking Tours App
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: Passport 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. Make an appointment for passport services at Shields Township 847-234-0802

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