Community News
July 4th Celebrations!


Lake Bluff - Freadom on Parade. The 109th annual Lake Bluff Parade starts at

Lake Forest - Live! From Lake Forest, July 4th, 2019 Liverpool Legends and Bella

Six Flags Coca-Cola Festival - Independence Day is more than just a holiday, it’s
the ultimate American tradition. For four consecutive days - Wednesday, July 3 through Saturday, July 6 - join us as we celebrate our country, enjoy the  summer, and share great times with friends. For more information... 

Naval Station Great Lakes Fourth of July Celebration - Enjoy a full music line-up, food, family activities and a fireworks display choreographed to music as Naval Station Great Lakes hosts its Fourth of July celebration from 3 to 10 pm July 4 on historic Ross Field. Admission and parking are free.

Shields Township will be closed July 4th and 5th, and will resume operations
Monday, July 8, 2019. Enjoy the holiday!
Feelgood Party Band!
Coming to Lake Bluff's Bluffina Summer Concert Series on July 21st is Feelgood, a fun, energetic, Chicago-based tribute band. Feelgood plays all of your favorite party jams from the '60s to today. With decades of party experience, Feelgood has the perfect playlist to keep you going all night. For more information...
                                     Farmers Markets
Visiting the local farmers market is a favorite activity for many families. Aside from all the fresh produce, most markets (like Grayslake) have activities for children and music. It’s a great way to get out and get to know your community! Market season is just getting started, so find your local market and enjoy! For more information ...
Gas Tax Increase
Illinois’ state gas tax will increase to 38 cents a gallon from 19 cents a gallon effective July 1. The state motor fuel tax will also be tied to inflation, meaning it will automatically rise in future years without lawmaker approval. In addition,  
 Lake County will now have authority to implement an additional gas tax up to 8 cents a gallon .
Citadel Theatre Presents: A Royal Ball
CITADEL THEATRE'S ANNUAL GALA IS THE PREMIERE SOCIAL EVENT OF THE SUMMER, drawing 500 prominent residences from Lake County with the goal of raising approximately $250,000. The Royal Ball will take place Saturday, July 13, 2019, at the home of Adrian and Nancy Smith, 830 Green Bay Road, Lake Forest. The Smith estate was built by world renowned architect David Adler, and is being restored to its former glory. Citadel Theater is excited to be the first organization to utilize this historic home since its restoration. A Royal Ball will be a night to remember with tours of the Adler home, dinner, a live auction fit for royalty, theatrical entertainment and dancing. 
Collection Fees, Interest Waived During Amnesty Week
All collection fees and accrued interest will be waived on past due fines owed in criminal or traffic matters in Lake County as part of Lake County Amnesty Week, July 15 to 19. Full or partial payments are accepted either over the phone or at any branch court locations. Learn more .
Forest Preserve Cancels Civil War Days

2019 Civil War Days Is Canceled Due To Safety Concerns
June 24, 2019 09:11 AM
Due to safety concerns, we are canceling the Civil War Days event scheduled for July 13 and 14, 2019.
"After consulting with local and state law enforcement agencies, we made the decision to cancel the event due to public safety concerns. Our number one concern is the safety of participating Lake County residents and visitors, reenactors and vendors, as well as our staff and volunteers operating the event. They are our top priority," said Ty Kovach, Lake County Forest Preserves Executive Director.

“During the past week, there have been many responses to information stemming from a June 11 Forest Preserves board meeting where Civil War Days was discussed. Some of these responses were very concerning,” said John Tannahill, Director of Public Safety for the Lake County Forest Preserves. “We consulted with local and state law enforcement agencies that specialize in events like this about the responses. Based on their advice, and in an effort to keep everyone safe, canceling is the best decision.”
 
An educational event, Civil War Days has taken place at Lakewood Forest Preserve in Wauconda for the past 27 years. "The tension around the event this year has changed the tone. We are not going to take a risk. It’s our job to protect preserve visitors, and our employees and volunteers," Tannahill said.
 
“Vigorous conversations have taken place in the past week at the national, state and local levels, regarding the Civil War Days event. Some of these conversations have led to security concerns. Security concerns must always be taken seriously, making a cancelation of this year’s event the prudent decision,” said Lake County Forest Preserves President Angelo Kyle.
Media Contact
Ty Kovach, Executive Director,  akovach@LCFPD.org , 847-968-3338
John Tannahill, Director of Public Safety jtannahill@LCFPD.org , 847-968-3405
Fire Departments Warn of Exhaust Fan Fires
Local fire departments are reminding us that bathroom exhaust fans build up lint and are a FIRE HAZARD! Countryside Fire responded to a fire related to a bathroom exhaust fan recently. Over time the lint can cause the motor to overheat and ignite the lint, plastic fan blades and nearby combustible wood. Clean your bathroom exhaust fans regularly. 
ount Stiff er Penalties for Texting Behind the Wheel
Illinois drivers this summer will face more serious penalties for texting behind the wheel. House Bill 4846 , which takes effect July 1, will count first-time incidences of driving while operating a handheld mobile device as a “moving violation.” Under state law, moving violations appear on motorists’ driving record, and drivers who receive three moving violations in a year see their driver’s license suspended. Read More.
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
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.
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 
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. PhoenixRising.foundation
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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]