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 Dear Neighbor,                                                                                                  


I hope this email finds you well and ready to celebrate another great 4th of July!  I'll be marching in the Lake Bluff parade this year, and hope to see you there.  There are many other parades and celebrations happening throughout Lake County, from festivals, parades, concerts, and fireworks.  Click here to view a list of activities for this weekend, including the Naval Station Great Lakes Fourth of July Celebration, taking place Thursday, 7/3-Friday, 7/4.


Your Forest Preserves offer many great opportunities to get outside this summer, including free concerts at Independence Grove, Civil War Days at Lakewood, the Green Youth Farmers Market, as well as our many trails and bike paths.  Please see below for more information.


 There are many things that are in the works in your Forest Preserves and at the county.  I've included some short stories on just a few of them that I thought you might find interesting.  As always, thank you for taking the time to read my newsletter, and I appreciate your emails letting me know your thoughts.  Please don't hesitate to contact me with your concerns, interests and ideas.  



Thank you,

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Pace commits up to $90,000 to paratransit for Shields Township
Lake County is committed to improving all modes of transportation, including paratransit-transportation services geared toward seniors and people with disabilities.  I am excited that through a partnership with Shields Township, Pace, RTA, LCCTSC, and Lake County Department of Transportation, our disabled residents living in Shields Township will soon have the transportation they need for doctor's appointments, employment, education, etc. through a multi-year pilot program.  To learn more, please send me an email.  To hear directly about the benefits these services provide to our seniors and disabled, please watch this short video.
Forest Preserves Saves Taxpayers $2.6 Million 

Due to successful refinancing, Lake County Taxpayers will be saving more than $2.6 million in interest payments from limited debt bonds, used to preserve open space, restore wildlife habitat, create new trails and improve public access to preserves.  More  


Oriole Grove

I continue to work on ensuring that Oriole Grove (jointly owned by Illinois Department of Natural Resources and Lake County Forest Preserves), remains protected.  This beautiful 84 acre parcel, located between Lake Bluff Open Lands and Lake Forest Open Lands along the Skokie River,  is a critical ecological link between these two sites, and the Forest Preserve recognizes the significance of restoring and preserving this important property.

Civil War Days, July 12 & 13
The boom of cannons, the crack of rifles, the galloping of horse hooves welcomes you at the annual Civil War Days encampment, Saturday and Sunday, July 12 and 13, at Lakewood Forest Preserve in Wauconda. Wander the camps to see soldiers, civilians and tradesmen at work. Watch as union and confederate forces collide in battle and then visit the 1863 Summer Fair to meet President Lincoln and shop Civil War era vendors. Kids will love the crafts, games and a scavenger hunt.  

Independence Grove 
Enjoy favorite summer activities at Independence Grove, including outdoor concerts, boat rentals, hiking, biking, fishing, paddleboarding, a swimming beach, boating, playgrounds, shelters, and restaurant!


Free Summer Concert Series-Tuesdays, 7:30 pm

July 8:  The Cavern Beat (Beatles Tribute band)


July 15: The Giving Tree Band (American Rock)


July 22:  Chicago Afrobeat Project (hip-hop, funk)


July 29:  Big Leg Emma (bluegrass, country)


August 5:  The Flat Cats (jazz, blues)


Services for Military Veterans 

In Lake County, The Veterans Assistance Commission (VAC) appreciates the dedication and commitment of the men and women who have served in the United States Military.  Visit the Veterans Assistance Commission's revamped website to learn about how the VAC and its partners can help veterans and their families with financial and medical assistance, transportation, career development and more. Also, check out this online brochure to find additional information.


Lake-McHenry Veteran & Family Services offers FREE support services to veterans, active duty service members and their families in a confidential setting, working  through a network of agencies to help military personnel, veterans and their families face challenges before, during and after deployments.

Eat Local!
Purchasing locally grown food helps promote Lake County's economic development and health initiatives while decreasing the negative environmental impacts of long distance shipping.  There are many Farmer's Markets in Lake County, including the Green Youth Farm at the Greenbelt Forest Preserve in North Chicago, a joint venture through the Forest Preserve Preservation Foundation and Chicago Botanic Garden.    Watch a video to learn about Lake County's Food System and it's connection to the economy and health of our area.   
Possible Discounts on Flood Insurance Policies
Residents in unincorporated Lake County may be able to save up to 20% on their flood insurance policies. Lake County is recertified each year through FEMA, and there is a potential savings of up to $227 per policy, saving Lake County residents $244,290 annually. To find out more about floodplain regulations and to determine if you are located in a floodplain, please visit our Flood Information page. To see if you qualify, contact your flood insurance agent.
Safe Cycling on Roadways and Trails

Cyclists are required to follow similar rules of the road as cars, which includes obeying traffic signals like red lights and stop signs. Learn more about how to keep yourself safe while sharing the road this summer!
Map of Lake County Highways and Bikeways
Forest Preserve Bike Trails

Lyme Disease Prevention
Lyme disease is on the rise in Lake County, with the number of cases tripling in just one year.  Lyme disease is a serious infection, which, when left untreated, can spread to your joints, heart, and nervous system.  Watch this video and learn how to protect yourself from ticks and their harmful bites.  

Medicaid Enrollment Open Year Round 
Enroll Lake County! navigators can help individuals and families apply for Medicaid throughout the year. For more information or to make an appointment to enroll, call 847.477.3999.
Lake County Achieving Efficiencies through Shared Services

Lake County is focusing more on opportunities to share services, eliminate duplication, and simply be more efficient. Just this month, the County Board approved a number of items that advance this initiative, including a new contract to provide police services and working with other governments to cooperatively purchase goods. Lake County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor explains and shares more examples in this short video.
Sandra Hart, Lake County Board, District 13

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