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April 2nd 2019 Consolidated Election
Lake County will vote for
  • Municipal offices
  • Library trustees
  • Park district commissioners
  • School board members
  • Community college trustee
  • Regional board of school trustees
  • Waterway management agency director
  • Fire protection district trustees
To see what is on your ballot go to
Staying Healthy: Medicare's Preventive Services
An easy and important way to stay healthy is to get disease prevention and early detection services. Disease prevention and early detection services can keep you from getting certain diseases or illnesses, or can find problems early when treatment works best. Talk with your doctor or health care provider to find out what tests or other services you need and how often you need them to stay healthy. Heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes can be prevented or treated more effectively when found earlier.

Did you know Medicare covers...

  • Bone Mass Measurements
  • Cardiovascular Screenings
  • Colorectal Cancer Screenings
  • Diabetes Screenings
  • Flue Shoots
  • Glaucoma Tests
  • Hepatitis B Shots
  • Medical Nutrition Therapy Services
  • Papa Test and Pelvic Exam (includes clinical breast exam)
  • Pneumococcal Shot
  • Prostate Cancer Screening
  • Screening Mammograms
  • Smoking Cessation (counseling to quit smoking)
Annual Town Meeting
The Annual Township Meeting will be held on Tuesday April 9th at 6:30 PM on the second floor of 906 Muir Avenue, Lake Bluff. The purpose of this meeting is to publish the Supervisor’s Annual Financial Report and the Road District Treasurer’s Annual Report, to discuss and vote on issues of Township Business, to approve the sale of Township Equipment, and to allow electors to speak on any Township Government issues.The Electors at the Annual Township Meeting have 36 powers enumerated in the State Statutes.

Copies of the Financial Reports are available on the website prior to and at the Annual Township Meeting.
Measles Awareness
The Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center is alerting residents of possible exposure to measles in north suburban Cook County. On March 27, 2019, the Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) reported a confirmed case of measles. The patient visited several locations near the border of Lake and Cook Counties before realizing he/she had measles. Residents who visited these locations on the days and times below may have been exposed to measles.

Swalco Household Chemical Waste Events
On Saturday, April 13, 2019 and on Monday, April 22, 2019 the Swalco Facility located at 1311 N. Estes Street, Gurnee, IL will host two household chemical waste events.

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.

Give a Hoot! Save our Owls
There are many effective, economical, and easy-to-use pest control options that are much better for human health and wildlife than rodenticides. Rodentcides:

  • Cause unintended consequences such as rodents decomposing in walls.

  • Are lethal for any mammal or bird that ingests them- not just rodents.

  • Often poison non-target animals when consume poisoned rodents.

Instead, try:

  • Eliminating access points that rodents might use to enter your home.

  • Tightly sealing food sources in rodent-proof containers.

  • Using electronic or snap straps that get rid of existing rodents.

  • Install a besting box on your property to attract natural rodent predators.

A single owl can eat over 1,000 mice per year. Each poisoned owl is one less predator in our ecosystem, which allows rodent populations to grow even more out of balance.
Affordable Pet Vaccination Clinic
Low-cost pet vaccination clinics provide a convenient and affordable way to keep pets up to date with their shots and rabies tags. Pets are taken on a first come first served basis. All animals brought to a clinic must be at least four months old. Dogs must be leashed and cats placed in carriers. Only cash will be accepted on site.
For more information, call 847-377-4700.
Spring 2019 Clinics:
4-H Vaccination Clinic
Lake County Fairgrounds
1060 East Peterson Road, Grayslake, IL 60030
(847) 680-7200 [Directions Only]
March 31
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Beach Park Vaccination Clinic
Milton C. Jensen Public Works Facility
40185 Glendale Ave, Beach Park, IL 60099
(847) 746-1770
April 14
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Vernon Hills Police Department Clinic
Vernon Hills Public Works Building
490 Greenleaf Drive, Vernon Hills, IL 60061
(847) 362-4449
April 28
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
For Pets Spayed/Neutered:
One year rabies vaccination and Lake County tag: $20.00
One year rabies vaccination, distemper and Lake County tag: $25.00 
Distemper complex (only): $10.00
Microchip: $15.00
For Pets Not Spayed/Neutered:
One year rabies vaccination and Lake County tag: $60.00
One year rabies vaccination, distemper and Lake County tag: $65.00 
Distemper complex (only): $10.00
Microchip: $15.00
Tax Preparation for Seniors and Low Income Individuals
My Free Taxes is an online tax preparation service that is free, safe, and easy to use. Sponsored by United Way and H&R Block, MyFreeTaxes has all of the features you’re looking for to file your federal and state returns — with none of the fees. Taxpayers can save an average of $200 in fees by using My Free Taxes. If you earn $66,000 or less in calendar year 2018 you qualify for this service. Contact Sara Martinez (847) 775-1026.

If you earn $55,000 or less you qualify and prefer in person help Moraine Township has volunteers who train with IRS annually to prepare tax returns for free. They accept appointments Thursday morning, Tuesday afternoon, Tuesday evening and Saturday morning; we welcome walk-ins Saturday mornings as well. To schedule an appointment please call (847) 432-3240.

Dickinson Hall provides AARP Volunteers who will prepare and electronically file your income taxes for you. This is a free service provided in cooperation with AARP and the IRS. Reservations are necessary, beginning in February of each year.
Please call 847-234-2209 for more information.
Project Spotlight: 14th Street Construction
The reconstruction of 14th Street will feature a "road diet," where four lanes will be reduced to three, providing one lane in each direction and a center turn lane. The existing four-way stop intersection at 14th St and Dugdale will be converted to a roundabout during a 90-day closure with detour this summer.  For more information...
Activities to beat Cabin Fever
For You:

Deep tissue massage in Lake Forest- 1 for $49 and 3 for $145.

10 floor yoga classes for $39 or 10 aerial yoga classes for $49 in Lake Forest.

Photography, Cooking, Yoga classes and more at the Botanic Gardens

For the Kids:

NFL Hero Non contact youth football camps ages 6-14 at Deerpath Middle School Lake Forest June 17-21 9am-3 pm $207.20

Great Wolf Lodge Gurnee from Mar 5 through May 24 1 night stay starting at $99.

Enormous List of Indoor Play Places in Lake County

Legoland Discovery Center Schaumburg Admission for one $24.95.
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

SUNDAY, MAY 5, 2:00-5:00PM
University Center of Lake County
1200 University Center Drive, Grayslake
Low Income Heating Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
Did you know one of the duties of our office is to help our low income residents obtain heating assistance? If you are aware of Shields residents who meet the income guidelines, please have them contact our office. Call Devon Nelson at (847) 234-0802.
Household Size
Maximum Gross Monthly Income

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.
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
Thank you for subscribing to our email newsletter. Our goal is to keep you informed on local issues that may impact you. If you know of residents who may not receive our e-newsletter, please forward this to them and invite them to sign up via our website. If you need to contact me, please call the office at 847-234-0802.

Your Shields Township Officials
Supervisor: Terry Darraugh,
Highway Commissioner: Scott Anderson,
Assessor: Scott Helton,
Clerk: Joy Gayter,
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