Community News
JULY 4TH Holiday

Shields Township will be closed Friday, July 3rd in recognition of the July 4th holiday. We will resume business at 8:30 a.m. Monday, July 6.
Missing Lake Bluff's patriotic parade? Keep the spirit alive by participating in the Lake Bluff 4th of July Committee's first-ever Home Decoration Contest. For details on how to enter contact
Looking for things to do the July 4th weekend?

Little Lake County has an array of fun things for the family to do. For more information

July 4th Events in Chicago

Shields Township will resume passport processing service for first-time passports on Monday, June 29, by appointment only. We are unable to process expedited passports at this time at the direction of the U.S. Passport Office. 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 Shields Township call 847-237-0802. Masks must be worn.

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.
Volunteer Opportunity
Looking for a fun community project this summer? Lake Forest Baptist Church is seeking volunteers to help renovate the
120-year-old church at 673 Oakwood Avenue. Any assistance is welcome. Founded in 1900, Lake Forest Baptist Church is the oldest African American Baptist Church in Lake County, and is recognized by the Lake Forest Historical Society. For information on getting involved, or to make cash donations, contact the church at 847-234-2770 or Supervisor Terry Darraugh at 847-234-0802.
Mosquitoes Test positive for West Nile Virus
A mosquito “pool” (batch of mosquitoes) sampled on June 4, 2020 in Hawthorn Woods, Illinois has tested positive for West Nile virus. This mosquito pool is the first confirmed indicator of West Nile virus presence in Lake County in 2020.

Practice the “4 Ds of Defense” to protect yourself and your family from mosquitoes:
  • Drain: Drain standing water from items around your home, yard, and business.
  • Defend: When outdoors, use an insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, 2-undecanone, or IR3535 and reapply according to label directions.
  • Dawn and Dusk: Protect yourself all day and night, and wear repellent outdoors during these prime times for mosquito activity.
  • Dress: Wear long sleeves, pants, and closed toe shoes when outdoors to cover your skin.

The Lake County Health Department’s Mosquito Surveillance Program coordinates mosquito trapping results throughout Lake County. Mosquitoes are tested weekly for West Nile virus. The program also monitors reports of dead birds (an early sign of the presence of the virus) and investigates areas of stagnant water for the presence of mosquito larvae, specifically from the Culex mosquito, which is the primary carrier of West Nile in Illinois.

In 2019, 61 pools or batches of mosquitoes tested positive for West Nile virus. Since 2002, there have been 73 confirmed human cases of West Nile virus in Lake County, as well as four confirmed deaths.

Most people infected with West Nile virus have no symptoms of illness. However, some may become ill usually 3 to 15 days after the bite of an infected mosquito. Common symptoms include fever, nausea, headache and muscle ache. In some individuals, severe illness including meningitis or encephalitis, or even death, can occur. People older than 50 and individuals with weakened immune systems are at higher risk for severe illness from West Nile virus.

Find more prevention tips and information on West Nile virus at Residents can also call the Health Department’s West Nile hotline to report areas of stagnant water, report locations of dead birds, and obtain more information on the signs and symptoms of West Nile virus. The West Nile hotline number is (847) 377-8300.
T he COVID-19 drive-thru testing site in Waukegan has moved to 102 W. Water Street in Waukegan. The site is open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. The site at Northwestern Avenue is now closed and the State has resumed emissions testing at that location. For more information on the Waukegan COVID-19 testing site, please visit:…/community-based-testing-site…


Lake Forest police alerted the public on Monday June 22, 2020 that on Thursday June 18, 2020 at about 11:15 am, forced entry was made to a residence in the Conway Farms subdivision shortly after the homeowner left. Several items of jewelry were taken in a short amount of time. A suspect image and the suspect’s vehicle image was captured on a security camera. Images were released by the Lake Forest Police Department.

Police described that a passenger was also in the suspect’s vehicle, which was described as a mid-2000’s silver Mercedes-Benz.

According to Lake Forest Police Department, another forced entry residential burglary occurred on Friday June 19, 2020 at 9:24 pm on the east side of Lake Forest near Lake Michigan. The suspect(s) set off the burglar alarm in the process of stealing a small amount of personal items. No vehicle or suspect photos were initially available in connection with the second burglary. Police did not indicate whether the suspect images have any connections to the second burglary.

The Conway Farms Golf Club is a private golf club surrounded by townhouse/condominiums, located southeast of the Tri-State Tollway and Route 60 interchange.

The Lake Forest Police Department is urging citizens to report suspicious vehicles, people or activity, or any recollection of a sighting similar to the images provided by the Lake Forest Police Department. Citizens may call 9-1-1 or the Lake Forest Police Department non-emergency number at 847-234-2601.


June 22, 2020 Crime Alert Update: Fort Sheridan
An update to the 12:53 p.m. June 22nd carjacking in Fort Sheridan.

The Chicago Police Department were able to recover the vehicle in good condition along with the gun. We are in the process of retrieving the vehicle and processing it for evidence.

The City has had additional officers in the Fort since yesterday afternoon and will continue to do so.
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

The last day to apply for LIHEAP is June 30, 2020. LIHEAP is an assistance program that helps with your gas & electric bills. You must be in the income (Gross- before taxes) guidelines for the past 30 days:

1 person $1561
2 people $2114
3 people $2666
4 people $3219
5 people $3771
6 people $4324
7 people $4876

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.

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
In response to the Covid-19 crisis, the State has enacted legislation to automatically renew exemptions for tax year 2020. The automatic renewals will affect the Senior Assessment Freeze, Disabled Persons, Disabled Veterans Exemptions.

If a taxpayer had any of the exemptions in place for tax year 2019, then the exemption will automatically be granted for tax year 2020. Taxpayers do not need to renew or file for this year. If a taxpayer has already submitted an application or renewal for 2020, no further action is required.

The only instance where an application must be made is for first time applicants or if there has been a change in the Disabled Veterans disability rating.

This legislation was supported by the Lake County Township Assessor’s Association to protect the most venerable population from the spread of Covid-19. Lake County will be mailing notices to those taxpayers who are impacted.

Due to COVID-19, the Shields Township Assessor’s Office is seeing clients by appointment. Should you choose to send an email, a list of our email addresses is provided below.

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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