Shields Township Community News
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Coyote Mating Season-Watch Your Pets

The Lake County Sheriff's office is reminding us we are approaching coyote mating season, which means we will see an uptick in the aggressiveness of coyotes.
We tend to see them more aggressive during mating season and when their pups are born. Plenty of coyotes call Lake County home, so please be sure you keep a close eye on your pets.
Some tips include:
-Don’t let your pets outside by themselves and keep them on a leash when walking
-Don’t feed coyotes or wildlife
-If you encounter a coyote, generally loud noises will scare them away
Van Gogh Exhibit to visit

The US premiere of the new Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit from creators of the blockbuster show in Paris seen by over 2 million visitors and still wowing crowds in Toronto, the US premiere of the Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit will bring the art of Vincent to life in Chicago.
Wander through entrancing, moving images that highlight brushstrokes, detail, and color – truly illuminating the mind of the genius.
Social distancing circles guide you safely through the exhibition
Ticket cost $40-50 available march-may https://www.vangoghchicago.com/#tickets-giftcards
Covid-19 Updates
For those of you with questions about how the Lake County Health Department is handling the vaccination process, please watch the video of the meeting they held last Wednesday. Many questions you might have will be answered.
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 AllVax.lakecohealth.org. You can also register over the phone by calling the Lake County Health Department at (847) 377-8130. Their email is allvax@lakecountyil.gov.
Vaccination information from Lake County
As a reminder, COVID-19 vaccines are still extremely limited due to vaccine supply. In Lake County, only people in Phase 1a: healthcare workers and long-term care facility residents, are being offered appointments at this time. No appointments are available to schedule for people in other groups as we continue to focus on completing Phase 1a.

Please do NOT call the Lake County Fairgrounds to inquire about an appointment, and do NOT go to the fairgrounds unless you have a scheduled appointment. We are not allowing walk-in appointments, and we do not have a waiting list. Appointments are ONLY available through AllVax at this time.

Anyone who lives or works in Lake County must register in the AllVax Portal to be notified when they are eligible for a vaccination appointment. Go to https://allvax.lakecohealth.org to register. Residents who cannot register online can call (847) 377-8130.

The past couple of weeks, our call volume has been extremely high, and our team is working diligently to return calls and emails. Thank you for your patience!
Mobile COVID-19 Testing Offered
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 https://dph.illinois.gov/covid19/covid-19-testing-sites.
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 www.annualcreditreport.com 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 www.identitytheft.gov
  • 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
Winter sports in Lake County




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.

Sledding
Grab your sled and head out to one of the sledding hills. Snowboards, metal runners or toboggans are not permitted.
Hours and Locations:
Sled hills are located at Lakewood in Wauconda and at Old School in Libertyville.
The Old School hill is open 6:30 am–sunset, daily when conditions allow for sledding. To access the sled hill, follow the roadway until you reach the parking area on your right signed for sledding and skating.

The Lakewood hill is part of a dedicated Winter Sports Area at that site, and is lighted, allowing for extended winter fun 6:30 am–9 pm, daily. It’s next to the ice skating rink, so you can access two activities in one visit. 

Hike at Night at the Forest Preserve

With small solar lights to guide the way, hikers, skiers and snowshoers can get some evening exercise along the 1.3-mile fitness trail at Old School Forest Preserve in Libertyville, and along a 1.65-mile hilly section of the Millennium Trail adjacent to the Winter Sports Area at Lakewood Forest Preserve in Wauconda.

Township Officials Scholarship Opportunity
Download the application for the TOI Scholarship by clicking here. They will need to write an essay of not less than 500 words on "The Role of Township Government in Today's Society and in the Future". All of the directions are in the document you download
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 travel.state.gov 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
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
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 www.caplakecounty.org
Dial-a-Ride
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
​LIMIT OF TEN ITEMS PER VISIT INCLUDING ONE TV
​(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
​LIMIT OF TEN ITEMS PER VISIT
​​(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, t.darraugh@shieldstownship.com
Highway Commissioner: Scott Anderson, svanderson@shieldstownship.com
Assessor: Scott Helton, Shelton@shldassessor.org
Trustees:
Clerk: Joy Gayter, jgayter@shieldstownship.com