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Lake County Sheriff’s Office Warns of Phone Scammers Pretending to be Government Officials
Another scam! This scam involves con artists calling Lake County residents, introducing themselves as a member of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. The scammers utilize an actual name of a Sheriff’s Office employee. The scammer then informs the victim a Lake County Judge (also utilizing the name of an actual Judge) issued an arrest warrant. The caller is then instructed to purchase a “voucher” in order to avoid arrest.

Neither the Sheriff’s Office nor 19th Judicial Circuit call residents and request money. Lake County Government will not ask for or accept payment in the form of gift cards or ‘Green Dot’ cards.

The best course of action is to hang up and if utilizing a cellphone, block the caller’s telephone number from being able to contact you again. You may also file a report with your local law-enforcement agency. If you are ever doubtful of a government official contacting you by phone, you may always hang up and call back utilizing the known telephone number for the government office which contacted you.

Remember, if you did not initiate the telephone conversation:
1. Do Not provide any personal information;
2. Do Not tell when you leave your residence;
3. Document the number calling along with any information about the call;
4. Report the incident to your local law enforcement agency as soon as possible.
The other scams that continue in our area are IRS, Social Security, Medicare, Microsoft. They wouldn't continue calling if the scams didn't work. Don't give any information to anyone over the phone and don't tell them anything about your computer.


More Holiday Events Coming Up!

It's a Wonderful Life...
in Lake Bluff Weekend
Saturday, December 7
Sunday, December 8
  Downtown Lake Bluff

  Lake Bluff kicks off the holiday season with old-fashioned fun and merriment... horse-drawn carriage rides, carolers and a visit from jolly ol' St. Nick!
After the festivities, Santa flips the switch to set the Village Green ablaze with light!

Hot cider at BLUFFINGTON'S (113 E. Scranton)
Complimentary hot cocoa at BE MARKET(24 E. Scranton)
Holiday specials & raffle at FLOTSTONE (57 E. Scranton)
Holiday cheer & rum cake at WHITEHEAD STUDIOS
 (77 E. Scranton)
Raffle at LAKE BLUFF HUB & CYCLE (79 E. Scranton)
LIBRARY Open House – Storytime, Crafts & Treats with the Library Elves (123 E. Scranton)
Personal training raffle, holiday specials & healthy snacks at FOCUSED RESULTS (14 E. Scranton)
Carriage rides sponsored by LAKE FOREST BANK & TRUST (4 E. Scranton)
Visit with Santa Claus at the LAKE BLUFF HISTORY MUSEUM (127 E. Scranton)
Caroling with The Buckthorns & Lighting Ceremony
Lake Bluff History Museum Christmas Home Tours ( MORE )
Need a Copy of Your Drivers License or State ID?

You may now avoid going to the DMV to obtain a Duplicate ID or Drivers License.
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. 
Where to go Sledding in Lake County
The Forest Preserve Sled hills are located at   Lakewood   in Wauconda and at   Old School   in Libertyville. The Old School hill is open 6:30 am–sunset, daily when conditions allow for sledding. To access the sled hill, follow the roadway until you reach the parking area on your right signed for sledding and skating.
The Lakewood hill is part of a dedicated Winter Sports Area at that site, and is lighted, allowing for extended winter fun 6:30 am–9 pm, daily.  
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.
Light Show at the Lake County Fairgrounds
Santa's Rock n Lights

  • Drive through Light Show
November 22 - Dec 31: 5:00pm -10:00pm

For tickets and more information  click here .
Closed For the Holidays
Shields Township will be closed on December 24 and 25 for the holiday. 

Happy Holidays!
Phoenix Rising Food Pantry at Shields Township in need of items...
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Canned Fruit
  • Peanut Butter
  • Jelly
  • Hardy Soup
  • Crackers
  • Rice 
  • Cereal

      Thank you supporters!

Do You Have the Right Medicare Prescription Drug Plan?

 Medicare's Open Enrollment period begins October 15 and ends December 7. Changes made to your Prescription Drug plan will take effect on January 1, 2020. This is the time of year when all people with Medicare can make changes to their Prescription Drug Plan.

For your convenience, Fremont Township will have a SHIP Counselor available to help you compare your current drug plan to new options to see if a different prescription plan better suits your needs or is less costly. This service is free.

If you would like to make an appointment with the Ship Counselor, please call Nancy at 847 223-2847. The appointments will start on October 15 and go through December 7. You will need to have an online account with medicare and a list of your current prescriptions before making an appointment. You must bring these and your medicare card to the appointment. If you need help in creating on-line access let Nancy know when you call.

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Our Community Services
We do Passports!
Come in and apply for your passport at Shields Township.
Passport photos are available for $12. No appointment necessary.
Passport hours: 9 am – 4 pm Monday – Thursday; 9 am – 11:30 am Friday.

Fees go to aid our neighbors in need. 
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

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.
Appointments are now being taken at Shields Township for residents who meet the income guidelines. If you know residents that meet this criteria, please have them call DeVon at 847 234-0802 to schedule an appointment.

Household Size Gross Monthly Income
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
​(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 
Opportunities to Give Back
Help your neighbors in need by donating to our Food Pantry. Hours are 9 am to 4 pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays in the township office. Contact Heather Kerr at 847-579-9739 or to organize a food drive.
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,
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