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Diana O'Kelly, Township Supervisor

January 18, 2023

Mundelein High School Referendum

From Kevin Meyers:

Mundelein High School Community,

The District 120 School Board voted to place a $175 million capital improvements referendum question on the April 4 ballot. This would pay for a renovation and expansion of Mundelein High School, some areas which have not been upgraded since it first opened in 1961.

While the project is expected to cost about $225 million, District 120 currently has $50 million in building funds that must be spent by the summer of 2025.

After revising our Long-term Facilities Plan, we determined that we do not have the right kind of spaces at MHS, creating limitations for academics, activities and athletics, and leading to sub-optimized scheduling and long days/off hours for facility use. Some areas of the building are not equipped for modern high school needs. 

Priorities in the plan include expanding athletic facilities, renovating performing arts venues and modernizing food service areas. The project also includes enhanced/expanded Career and Technical Education spaces; expanded Transition Center spaces; larger common areas; consideration of mental health and wellness; and improved building performance.

The school building that now houses more than 2,200 students was originally designed for 1,500 students. Meanwhile, Mundelein continues to grow with a large housing development expected to add thousands of new homes over the next two decades.

A successful referendum would mean a tax increase for property owners inside District 120 boundaries. For the owner of a $300,000 house, the increase would be approximately $690 per year. Those numbers would possibly decrease slightly in future years, if the overall property value in District 120 increases.

We understand this referendum represents a significant financial investment of taxpayers dollars. At the same time, we realize the enormous importance of a great education for our children and the need for our graduates to be prepared to compete for jobs with their peers from high schools from across the state, the country and the world.

Please review detailed information here on our website. Ask us questions and find out as much as you can not only about what we need at Mundelein High School, but about why this project is important to our community.


Dr. Kevin Myers

Superintendent, School District 120

More Information

Message From Fremont Assessor Joe Herchenbach

The Chief County Assessor of Lake County has posted the factors for all townships in Lake County on their website.  Fremont Township’s factor equates to a 9 % increase in assessed property value (with other townships ranging from 6.76% to over 13 percent).

These numbers are based on the sales ratio study of all qualified sales from 2020, 2021 and 2022 with escalating market sales prices the primary cause of this value increase.

The job of my office is to reasonably distribute this increase in value based on sales data by neighborhood.

This does not mean that everyone will see a flat 9% increase in value. Some will be higher, and some will be lower based on sales information by neighborhood.

As you know, our office only determines the assessed value of your property. Tax bills are determined by the taxing bodies and how much they levy. 

This is a reminder that when you receive your blue assessment notice in July or August, it is important for you to consider if your valuation is fair, and make sure you are receiving all exemptions you are entitled to.

The General Homestead Exemption will reduce your equalized assessed value by $8,000 beginning in 2023 (payable in 2024) and applies if you own and occupy the property as your primary residence.

The Senior Homestead Exemption is not income based and will reduce your equalized assessed value an additional $8,000 beginning in 2023 (payable in 2024) and applies the year you turn 65.

Joseph Herchenbach, CIAO

Fremont Township Assessor

22385 Illinois Route 60

Mundelein, IL 60060


Fremont School Wants Your Input

Fremont School District 79 is asking for feedback from our community.

This survey is anonymous and should take approximately 15 minutes to complete. It will remain open through Saturday, January 21. 

Click here

Message from Mundelein Police Chief, John Monahan

Did you know that every night a car is stolen in the Lake county area? This is a reminder to lock your car doors and do not leave your keys or FOB in your car. We are seeing a huge escalation in people entering unlocked cars in and around our community. Criminals have access to your home if they can access your garage door opener. Please lock your car doors.

Paper Shredding Event Scheduled Saturday, May 13

from 8:30 am to 11:30 am

We have scheduled a document paper shredding event for Saturday, May 13 from 8:30 am til 11:30 am at the Fremont Administration Building. Enter through the highway department at 22376 Erhart Road.

You may bring the equivalent of 3 boxes to shred. Staples and paper clips are fine. The most efficient way is to place your items in a paper grocery bag. No plastic bags. To keep the line moving, you will not be able to exit your car and watch the shredding.

This shredding event is for documents only. Please recycle your coupons, magazines and junk mail with your weekly recycling. They will not be accepted.

Pop your trunk and we will take the items. Do not leave your car.

We will not accept any binders or hanging file folders or electronic items because they catch on fire in the truck. If the truck fills up before 11:30, the event will be over.

We look forward to seeing you and appreciate your patience.

Download the Groot App

View your garbage pickup schedule! Check how to dispose different materials! Get reminders & service alerts!

Click here to download the app.

Suicide Hotline Number is 988

988 has been designated as the new three-digit dialing code that will route callers to the National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline.

When people call, text, or chat 988, they will be connected to trained counselors that will listen, understand how their problems are affecting them, provide support, and connect them to resources if necessary.

50 and Over and Looking For Things to Do?

**Purchase your 2023 membership at Early Bird Rates through January 13, 2023.**

New fee of $20 resident/$30 nonresident begins January 14, 2023.

Check out the schedule at the Mundelein Park District.

Click here for the January schedule and information.They have some new programs and fun trips scheduled.

Ride Lake County  Pace Bus Service

Ride Lake County is a borderless countywide paratransit service that provides seniors age 60+ and people with disabilities transportation to any area of Lake County for work, shopping, medical appointments and more. 

As a reservation-based program, vehicles do not travel on a fixed route each day. Riders schedule their trips in advance and the vehicles provide curb-to-curb service from the rider's desired pick-up and drop-off destinations. Ride Lake County is a shared-ride service, so vehicles may make stops for other passengers. 

Click here for more information

Click here for the brochure

Your Donations Go To Local Rescues

The local animal shelters are in need of sheets, towels, small throw rugs and blankets. There is a bin on our front porch at 22385 Route 60, Mundelein, if you have any old bedding you would like to donate. No pillows! The donations get distributed to shelters. We also accept leashes, collars, toys, pet food etc.

Recycle Items at Fremont Township

Our shoe bin is also on our front porch and we are accepting shoes to be recycled and reused. Please tie or rubberband the shoes together when you drop them off.

We accept yarn in our office.

We accept eyeglasses and hearing aids in our office.

We accept American Flags in our office.

The textile bin is also open and is located in our parking lot. Click here to see what we accept.

Email Us With Your Comments For Our Board of Trustees

If you have comments for our board, and can't make our meetings, please email Chris McCann at [email protected] with your comments.

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If you need to contact me, please call the office at 847 223-2847 or my cell at 847 833-1019.


Diana O'Kelly

Fremont Township Supervisor  

Fremont Township Representatives


Diana O'Kelly


Alicia Dodd

Highway Commissioner

Joe Herchenbach


Christina McCann 



Connie Shanahan

Jeri Atleson

Keith Voss

Nick Dollenmaier

Next Board Meeting, February 13 at 6:30 pm in the board room

Important Links

Illinois 60/83 Study

Report Blocked Railroad Crossing

Pace Options in Fremont Township

State of Illinois Unclaimed Money

Lake County Crimestoppers 

Village of Grayslake 

Village of Hawthorn Woods 

Village of Mundelein 

Village of Round Lake

Village of Round Lake Park

Village of Wauconda 

 Lake County 

 Fremont Township 

 Fremont Library