Community News

Shields Township is closed until such time that Social Distancing and Stay at Home Orders from the Governor have been lifted. C ontinuity of service remains paramount as we all strive to meet the needs of the community as best we can. 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 for processing.

Our passport service has temporarily been suspended until notice from the National Passport Center. Unless an individual has a life-or death emergency, the U.S. Passport Office is asking everyone to wait to apply or renew a passport when the agency resumes normal operations. The agency says individuals could experience significant delays or several months to receive a passport and citizen documents.

To make an appointment at a passport agency or center for a life-or-death emergency, call the National Passport Information Center at 1-877-487-2778 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) extended the deadline by one year until October 1, 2021. Beginning in October 2021, DHS will require customers to use a REAL ID to fly domestically. The most common REAL ID is a state-issued driver's license. A U. S. passport book and passport card are two of many alternative documents that customers can use to fly domestically if they do not have a state-issued REAL ID.

The Lake County Board passed an ordinance for deferred payment of property taxes without penalties as a result of hardship due to the economic fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We all want to help families and residents who are facing economic hardship,” said Lake County Treasurer Holly Kim. “Every single person in our community is facing uncertainty about their economic future. The Board did the right thing by applying the deferred payment plan to all property owners.”

Under the ordinance, Lake County property owners must still pay the full amount of property taxes due. Property owners may pay their property taxes the following schedule without penalty:

  • By June 8: 50% of first installment normally due in full on June 8
  • By August 7: 50% (remainder) of first installment normally due on June 8
  • By September 8: 50% of second installment normally due in full on September 8
  • By November 9: 50% (remainder) of second installment normally due on September 8.

The Treasurer’s Office will be issuing guidelines for payments under the new ordinance shortly. “We have to balance the interests of the property owners and the local governments who rely on property tax payments to provide essential services,” Kim said. “We also have to deal with a decision to fundamentally alter how taxes are paid that was made after tax bills were already printed and sent. We will do our best to help taxpayers, but taxpayers may experience longer than usual wait times for customer service as a result of how late this change was made by the Board.”

The Lake County Board also authorized Treasurer Kim to mail notice of the deferred payment plan to Lake County property owners. Lake County property owners will receive this notification in approximately two weeks. Kim also said that her office will provide updates on their web site at , and through social media at .

Community Partners for Affordable Housing (CPAH) is a HUD certified non-profit organization that develops affordable housing and provides services that empower individuals and families to secure and retain qualify housing. 
Because of the COVID-19 crisis, many homeowners are struggling to pay their mortgage. Forbearance, a pause or reduction in monthly mortgage payments for a period of time, may be available for those whose income has been affected by COVID-19. 
CPAH's Mortgage Forbearance Counseling Program can assist you as you navigate the forbearance process. 
If you:
Need help applying for forbearance;
Need help understanding the terms of your offer of forbearance; or
Need help figuring out if applying for or accepting an offer of forbearance is right for you--

CPAH can assist you. To access this program, please submit this  form  or give us a call at 847-263-7478 ext. 15  --  we will follow up with you within 48 hours.  Additional information is available on our  website

In addition, please join us for CPAH's webinar, "Information for Home Owners During COVID-19" on Thursday, June 4th at 6 pm. We will review options for home owners, including forbearance, as well as property tax relief and other possible assistance.  Registration  is required. A Zoom link will be provided upon registration. 

Questions? Call 847-263-7478 ext. 15, or

2) Household Chemical Waste Event
(you'll need appointments for these two!)

 Saturday, June 13th, 2020
Saturday, June 27th, 2020
PLEASE NOTE** Both June Events are scheduled on Saturdays - this is to help ease scheduling for those that held onto their collection of HCW during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The routine weekday event, typically held on the fourth Monday of each month, is cancelled until further notice. This is a safety precaution that will help in minimizing potential exposure risks to SWALCO office staff due to the increase presence of outside contractor personnel in the facility that are required for those events.
 **Safety is crucial during your visit. Please Stay In Your Vehicle and Wear Masks**
 at our facility located at: 1311 N. Estes Street Gurnee, IL 60031
APPOINTMENTS ARE REQUIRED for Household Chemical Waste Events located at our Gurnee Facility to ensure safety & efficiency. Collections are for residential waste only. No business waste will be accepted. All SWALCO HCW Collection Events are FREE for Illinois residents ONLY.

Items you can bring to a collection include: CFL bulbs, unwanted prescription, over-the-counter medicines and supplements (people and pet), household cleaners, gasoline, garden chemicals, pesticides, oil-based paints (NO LATEX) and varnishes, as well as other household chemicals. For a more detailed list visit SWALCO's HCW Website at:

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 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

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
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
Due to COVID-19, the Shields Township Assessor’s Office is temporarily closed. Office staff are operating remotely and will be available to assist residents via phone and email during normal business hours. When calling, please leave a detailed message and staff will get back to you within 24 hours. Should you choose to send an email, a list of our email addresses has been provided below.

2020 Senior Citizen's Assessment Freeze
The deadline for filing for the Senior Citizens' Assessment Freeze has been extended through October 1. See our complete  information and instructions for filing online .
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 
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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,
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