Community News
With everything going on with COVID-19, it’s nice to see that people are coming to the aid of their neighbors. For the past few weeks, Shields Township has received dozens of calls from the community asking, “What can I do to help.” And we thank you for it!

Whether bringing bags of food to help our seniors and disabled or making phone calls to check on a friend, so many random acts of kindness are taking place. The kindness and generosity displayed gives meaning to the expression, “We’re All In This Together!”

And, while our doors are closed to the public, Shields Township continues to provide emergency services to our residents. Individuals in need of housing or utility support can download the General Assistance application from our website, www.shieldstownship. com or call 847-234-0802 and we will mail one to you. Once completed, the application can be returned by mail, text or email. 
Regarding food, The Phoenix Rising Food Pantry is accessible to residents by appointment by calling 847-579-9739. Inquiries for help should be directed to  Phoenix Rising Foundation  and contacting Heather Kerr at  hkerr98@gmail.com

Some of our vulnerable populations during this pandemic are our seniors, disabled, and individuals without transportation. Shields Township is delivering food to these individuals, and is seeking volunteers to help with delivery. If you need food or would like to volunteer, please call our office at 847-234-0802.

Shields Township has created a COVID-19 Fund, and we are accepting monetary donations and Jewel food cards to further support our residents.

Additional Food Support in Lake County

Emmanuel Faith Bible Christian Center, 1840 Lincoln St., North Chicago
Thursdays 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.


Community Action Partnership of Lake County
Curbside delivery Monday through Friday. Call 847-249-4330 and an application will be taken. Pre-packaged bags distributed.


Catholic Charities, 671 S. Lewis Ave, Waukegan
Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. To request food call 847-782-4163.
Pre-packaged bags distributed. Also, any Lake County seniors (over 60 years old) who are unable/scared to come pick up food, can have food delivered. Call 847-546-5733.

Holy Family Catholic Church , 912 8th Street, Waukegan
Wednesdays 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Prepacked bags distributed.

Northern Illinois Food Bank Mobile Pantries:
4/14/10 a.m.-11:30.a.m.
Mt. Moriah Christian Center Food Pantry, 523 10th St., North Chicago

4/18/9 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Foss Park, 1730 Lewis Ave., North Chicago

4/21/10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. & 4/28 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Mt. Moriah Christian Center Food Pantry, 523 10th St., North Chicago



Closed Food Pantries

Mt. Sinai Baptist Church, 2401 Argonne Drive, North Chicago
Veterans Closet, 2323 Green Bay, North Chicago
Church of the Holy Spirit, 400 East Westminster, Lake Forest

 
Lake Shore Recycling's Update Response to COVID-19 Pandemic


Out of concern for its drivers, Lake Shore Recycling Systems has suspended collection of bulk items, white goods, and e-waste that includes loose material, bulk items (mattresses, furniture, etc.), appliances, electronic waste or other large items at the curb until further notice.

"It is just becoming clear how long the corona virus can survive outside the human body," said Joshua Connell, managing partner. "We have learned that the virus can last on cardboard for up to 24 hours, and on metal, glass and plastic for up to nine days. In low temperatures, the virus can last on some surfaces for up to 28 days."

Because of this, LRS is adding extra drivers for its residential routes to keep up with the increased volume residents are putting out (waste, recyclables and yard waste). Some pick-up times may change.

Lake Shore will provide updates on collection services as information becomes available.
Volunteers Needed for COVID-19 Response

Because of the outpouring of support from residents seeking to help the community, Lake County government has teamed up with the United Way of Lake County to coordinate local COVID-19 response volunteer opportunities.

The public may visit the  211 Lake County website  to view a list of local volunteer opportunities and register to help using an  online form

"Even though this has been one of the most challenging times we've faced, it's been inspiring to watch our residents and businesses come together to support those who need our help right now," said Lake County Board Chair Sandy Hart. "By coordinating our volunteer opportunities, we can ensure that important needs are being met."

Volunteers are needed to serve meals to the homeless, deliver meals to seniors, provide general office support, and much more. Both telework and in person volunteer opportunities exist. 

The  online registration form  asks for contact information, times of availability, areas of interest and other questions in order to appropriately match volunteers with organizations in need of assistance.

Three Other Ways You Can Help
The State of Illinois is seeking medically trained professionals to join the fight against COVID-19. Those who register through the  State’s website  may be contacted to work in a hospital or alternative housing setting. 

Those who are not medical professionals can find other volunteer opportunities compiled by the State of Illinois at  Serve.Illinois.gov.

United Way of Lake County, Lake County Government, Lake County Community Foundation, and the Lake County Municipal League have joined together to create the  Lake County COVID-19 Community Response Fund . To date, $93,242 was awarded in the first round of grants from the fund to eight local non-profit organizations providing emergency food and shelter. 

Donations to the Lake County COVID-19 Community Response Fund can be made by visiting  LIVEUNITEDlakecounty.org/covid19
 

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed right now but building connections and empathy can go a long way in reducing stress. Check in on neighbors, especially those who may not have support networks or adequate resources. Calling and texting is a good example of responsible social distancing. “CAP” is a great way to remember your neighbors:
C – Check on your neighbors (through call or text)
A – Assess needs and assist when possible
P – Protect self and neighbors by adhering to social distancing guidelines



U nemployment benefits may be available to some individuals whose unemployment is attributable to COVID-19. IDES recently adopted emergency rules to try to make the unemployment insurance system as responsive to the current situation as possible. Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) Important Information:

Online filing and claims applications will be unavailable every night from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. for daily claims processing. Thank you for your patience.
In order to process the extremely high volume of unemployment benefit claims due to COVID-19, IDES has implemented the following schedule for those filing claims online and over the phone:

Online Filing Schedule ( File Online ):
  • Those with last names beginning with letters A-M will be asked to file their claims on Sundays, Tuesdays, or Thursdays.
  • Those with last names beginning with letters N-Z will be asked to file their claims on Mondays, Wednesday, Fridays.
  • Saturdays will be available for anyone to accommodate those who could not file during their allotted window.

Call Center Filing Schedule:
  • Those with last names beginning with letters A-M will be asked to call on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 7:30am – 6pm.
  • Those with last names beginning with letters N-Z will be asked to call on Mondays and Wednesdays between 7:30am – 6pm.
  • Fridays (7:30am – 6pm) will be available for anyone to accommodate those who could not file during their allotted window.
  • 
The day or time of day in which a claim is filed will not impact whether you receive benefits or your benefit amount. Additionally, claims will be back-dated to reflect the date in which a claimant was laid-off or let go from their job due to COVID-19.
Note: The days in which you can file a claim may be different from the days in which you are asked to certify.

To file your claim over the phone, you can call 1-800-244-5631. 

Lake County State's Attorney's Office warns of scams regarding COVID-19 tests
Lake County State’s Attorney Michael Nerheim is warning residents of potential scams that attempt to prey on people during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Nerheim said his office has been advised that scammers are making phone calls posing at health care workers or companies offering COVID-19 tests. In many cases, these scammers claim they are able to either obtain tests for people or are able to get test results to people quicker. In these cases, the person is asked to pay in cash or hand over personal identifying information in exchange for the test.
“In most cases, these crimes are preventable by using common sense,” State’s Attorney Nerheim said. “People should always be wary of any business, charity, government or individual requesting payments in cash, wire transfers, or gift cards through the mail. In addition, people should never share identifiable personal or financial information with any unknown sources.”
The Lake County Health Department, Illinois Department of Public Health, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will never send an employee to the home of a person to sell a COVID-19 test. Testing is limited to high-risk individuals in the State of Illinois and must be arranged through a healthcare provider. For more information, please visit www.lakecountyil.gov/coronavirus .
Should someone become the target or fall victim to a scam during COVID-19 pandemic, they should reach out to local law enforcement or contact the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office directly at (847) 377-3000 or via email at statesattorney@lakecountyil.gov . People can also file a complaint online with the Illinois Attorney Generals Office at illinoisattorneygeneral.gov or follow the links on the state's attorney's website at lcsao.org .
Need a Replacement Social Security Card?
You are able to request a replacement Social Security Card on line if you:

Are a US citizen 18 or older
Have a US mailing address
Are not requesting a name change
Have a vaild driver's license or state-issued identification card
Have a valid email address

By creating this account you can receive personalized estimates of future benefits based on your real earnings, see your latest Statement, and review your earnings history. 
Emergency Contact Information
The Secretary of State allows you to enter emergency contact information as well as disability/special needs information into a voluntary, secure database at no charge. In the event you are involved in a motor vehicle crash or other emergency where you are unable to communicate, law enforcement can access this information and notify your loved ones, as well as provide any helpful information to emergency personnel.  Click here to register.
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

GENERAL ASSISTANCE AND EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE 
General Assistance: The Township’s General Assistance Program provides monthly financial assistance to low-income residents to help in meeting their basic living expenses. The process of applying involves filling out an application, then making an appointment for an interview. For more information, call Devon Nelson, Case Manager, at 847-234-0802 . The application is available for download here .

Emergency Assistance: Assistance may be provided by the Township to alleviate life-threatening circumstances. Residents experiencing financial hardship may apply for this assistance to pay for shelter, food, utilities, medical services, or transportation. An individual may receive Emergency Assistance once in a 12-month period. Call Devon Nelson, Case Manager, at 847-234-0802 for information.
Gas, electric and water bill payment assistance is available for income eligible families until funds are exhausted. If you have not already received assistance from the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) this program year, you may be eligible for a payment toward your utility bills.

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. Income eligibility is determined by our household's past 30-day income.

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 https//caplakecounty.org.

Shields Township can also help with the processing of LIHEAP applications. If you meet this criteria, please call DeVon at 847 234-0802.      
Household Size Gross Monthly Income
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2
3
4
5
6
7
$1561.00
$2114.00
$2666.00
$3219.00
$3771.00
$4324.00
$4876.00
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.
Property Tax Relief
Illinois law provides homeowners with homestead exemptions that may lower the amount of property tax you owe. Our office can assist you with filing your exemptions. Call us at 847-234-3485 for more information .
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 
Thank You for Subscribing
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
847-234-0802 [ShieldsTownship.com]