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E -Waste Curb Side Pickup!

Shields Township is happy to announce our curbside electronic waste pickup event scheduled for the morning of NOVEMBER 5th.

All items for pickup must be placed at the curb and should be easily determined as waste items.


Go online to
and register your address for the event.


Examples: Cell phone or Portable digital music player
  • Place in a brown paper lunch, brown paper grocery bag, one (1) gallon clear plastic bag, or cardboard box not to exceed 24”x 24”x 24”.
  • Use dark colored marker and mark bag/box in large letters as E- WASTE.
  • Place out near your other materials but not on top of a garbage container.
  • Please make sure placement will be noticeable to drivers.


Examples: Printer, Fax Machine, Video Game Console, Computer Monitor
  • Place at least 5’ away from any waste or recycling containers.
  • Do not place on sidewalk or public walking path.
  • Do not place in between containers.
  • Medium sized items do not require any type of marking as they are easily identifiable for drivers so long as they are not blocked by containers.

The Items listed below are accepted:

  • TV’S AND MONITORS - NOTE: LARGE TV's (one that can not be easily moved by 1 person are not able to be picked up during this event - but you can reach out to LRS to schedule a pickup of the item)


If the electronic item is not listed on the Accepted E-Waste Item List, it will not be accepted through this service. We only accept items that are banned from the landfill. Please take note of the following UNACCEPTED materials:

  • Appliances
  • Battery Powered Children's Toys
  • Batteries (Alkaline, Rechargeable, Lithium, NiCad, Lead Acid, Marine)
  • Fans
  • Lamps
  • Microwaves
  • Smoke Detectors
  • Speakers
  • Vacuum Cleaners

Open Burning Allowed on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays in Unincorporated Lake County through October 14th

The Lake County Board recently voted to enact a modified emergency ordinance which temporarily allows open burning in unincorporated Lake County from sunrise to sunset on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. The ordinance is effective August 11 through October 14, 2020.
An emergency ordinance had previously been in effect that temporarily banned open burning in the unincorporated areas at all times and on all days of the week due to COVID-19. In recognition of the upcoming landscape maintenance season as leaves begin to fall, Lake County is temporarily permitting open burning on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from sunrise to sunset. 
Recreational fires that are no larger than 3’ x 3’ x 3’ used for warming, cooking, and other recreational purposes are still permitted on all days of the week. Burning garbage, refuse, or construction materials remains prohibited.
Lake County reminds residents that there are possible alternatives to burning yard waste that can benefit areas surrounding homes:
·    Grass clippings and leaves can be mulched, improving the soil and helping suppress weeds the following season
·    Consider composting leaves and other yard materials as they are building blocks for good compost 

2020 Election what do I need to know ?
Reaching Voters
Dear Community Partner
COVID-19 is not the only virus in current circulation. Election misinformation seems to be very contagious.
You can be part of the solution against election misinformation.
We are asking your help in posting voter informational messages on your exterior and interior digital marquee or bulletin board. Our messages would lead the reader to our website where they can learn about their options for voting by mail, early, and on Election Day. We want voters to have confidence in the voting process and trust that their vote will be counted correctly.
Our office administers all county elections. So, we are unable to support any party, candidate, or public issue.
Please complete the attached survey  if you can help us.
Once we receive your survey, Brandon Fuchs will contact you with details and specifics.
if you should have any questions, please contact Brandon at or 847-377-2421.

Postage-Free Drop Boxes for Vote by Mail Ballots Open September 24
If you received a ballot by mail and do not want to return it through the U.S. Postal Service, take advantage of the many postage-free drop boxes around the County. Election judges will collect ballots daily and bring them to the Lake County Clerk's office for processing. On November 3, all drop boxes will be locked at 7 PM. Click here for the complete list

Branch Court Drop Boxes
You will have 24/7 access to OUTSIDE drop boxes located at the exterior main entrances of four Lake County Branch Court buildings. These locations are well-lit, have 24-hour recorded video surveillance, and offer nearby parking.
Early Voting Drop Boxes
All seventeen Early Voting sites will have drop boxes INSIDE the voting sites while open. You will need to park your car and walk into the building.
Election Day Drop Boxes
Only two voting sites will offer INSIDE drop boxes on Election Day while the polls are open.

Additional Options for Returning Your Vote by Mail Ballot
By Mail
Your ballot must be postmarked no later than November 3, 2020 and received in the Lake County Clerk’s Office by November 17, 2020 at 5 PM.

Hand Deliver to Lake County Clerk’s Office Not Placed in a Drop Box
Please call 847-377-VOTE for office hours or appointment times. You may hand deliver your ballot to the Lake County Clerk’s office in Waukegan on or before 7 PM on Tuesday, November 3.
If you are returning someone else’s ballot to the Lake County Clerk’s office, the voter must complete the back side of the certification envelope giving you authorization. Before we can accept the voter’s ballot, you must present valid identification with the same name as the voter indicated.

Surrendering Your Ballot
If you received a ballot by mail and wish to vote in person, you may take your mailed ballot to the voting site (options below), surrender your ballot, and receive a new ballot to mark and deposit in the voting site's ballot counter.
This option is available at any Early Voting site.
On Election Day, you may surrender your ballot at any of these locations:
  • Your assigned neighborhood voting site,
  • Lake County Fairgrounds, or
  • Lake County Main Courthouse Lobby.

Track your Ballot
Track the clerk's receipt of your mailed ballot by visiting or calling 847-377-2406 or 847-377-VOTE.
For more information on Lake County Clerk services and up-to-the-minute election news, visit, follow us at, join our page at, or call 847-377-2400.

Postage-free mailed ballot drop box locations
Early voting site locations, dates, and times
November 2020 Election page
You can find information about voter registration, explore voting options, lookup postage-free mailed ballot drop box and voting site locations, preview a personalized sample ballot, and more - all on one web page.
We have seen many of your website and social media postings giving voters accurate information. We very much appreciate your efforts, and thank you, thank you, and thank you.


Lake County Now In Phase 4 of Restore Illinois Plan 
On June 26,  Lake County entered Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan as part of the Northeast region. Under Phase 4, gatherings of 50 people or fewer are allowed with this limit subject to change, and face coverings continue to be required in all indoor public spaces and outdoors when maintaining six feet of social distancing is not possible.    
Under Phase 4, additional businesses may open subject to restrictions. Lake County Forward has developed guidelines to prepare businesses and employers to implement new safety guidelines and bring employees back to work. Learn more about the State of Illinois guidelines for businesses.
People at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19, including older people and those with a health condition that may make them vulnerable, are urged to stay in their residence and minimize in-person contact with others to the extent possible. 
Lake County Coronavirus Data Hub:
Lake County Health Department & Community Health Center business guidance:

Unemployment scam 
The Lake County Sheriff has taken many reports of Lake County Residents falling victim to this latest unemployment scam. Please take a moment to review the important information here: regarding this scam.
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
Shields Township is pleased to announce that we are open and available to assist you with both adult and children's passports, as well as passport photos!

We offer appointments & walk-in service and are fully handicap accessible.

To make an appointment at Shields Township call 847-237-0802.
The Veterans Assistance Commission of Lake County
The Veterans Assistance Commission (VAC) promotes the welfare of honorably discharged veterans of military service and their families. The VAC acts as a central service office for all veteran organizations and has general oversight of the distribution of emergency assistance to military veterans and their families.
Types of Assistance
·        Assistance with rental and mortgage payments.
·        Utility payment assistance.
·        Emergency medical care is provided to any member of the veteran’s immediate family who qualifies. Medical care includes hospital payments, outpatient care provided by Lake County clinics, emergency dental, and vision care.
·        Job service assistance.
·        Food, clothing and other supplies at Midwest Veterans Closet.
Proper burial for indigent veterans
For more information, please visit their website or call 847.377.3344
Volunteer Activity Update
Lake Forest Baptist Church is still seeking volunteers to help renovate the
120-year-old church at 673 Oakwood Avenue.

Last month some of you joined us to help with some of the renovations and we wanted to share some of the great "Before and After" pictures!

Founded in 1900, Lake Forest Baptist Church is the oldest African American Baptist Church in Lake County, and is recognized by the Lake Forest Historical Society.

For information on getting involved, or to make cash donations, you can contact the church at 847-234-2770 or Supervisor Terry Darraugh at 847-234-0802.
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
 In response to the Covid-19 crisis, the State has enacted legislation to automatically renew exemptions for tax year 2020. The automatic renewals will affect the Senior Assessment Freeze, Disabled Persons, Disabled Veterans Exemptions.

If a taxpayer had any of the exemptions in place for tax year 2019, then the exemption will automatically be granted for tax year 2020. Taxpayers do not need to renew or file for this year. If a taxpayer has already submitted an application or renewal for 2020, no further action is required.

The only instance where an application must be made is for first time applicants or if there has been a change in the Disabled Veterans disability rating.

This legislation was supported by the Lake County Township Assessor’s Association to protect the most venerable population from the spread of Covid-19. Lake County will be mailing notices to those taxpayers who are impacted.

Due to COVID-19, the Shields Township Assessor’s Office is seeing clients by appointment. Should you choose to send an email, a list of our email addresses is provided below.

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 
Thank You for Subscribing
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,