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Lake Forest Uncorked

Join the Chamber and friends for an enjoyable evening of fine wine and delectable food right in Lake Forest's beautiful North Courtyard at Market Square, Friday, September 6, from 5:30-8pm.  
7 winneries & 10 Food partners!
​Admission is $70 and includes food tastings and wine in a souvenir wine glass. 
(Guests must be 21 or older.)
Waste Collection Event

National Voter Registration Day

Shields Township is participating in National Voter Registration Day (NVRD), a nationwide, nonpartisan effort to register thousands of voters on Tuesday, September 24th. Shields Township is pleased to be part of this community-wide effort to encourage voter registration and to answer questions about the process. Every year, millions of Americans do not vote because they’ve missed a registration deadline, don’t update their registration, or aren’t sure how to register.

Other NVRD partners are the City of Lake Forest, Dickinson Hall, Lake Bluff Public Library, Lake Forest Academy, Lake Forest High School, Lake Forest Library, Lake Forest Place, League of Women Voters, Newcomers’ Club of Lake Bluff & Lake Forest, Shields Township, The Sheridan at Green Oaks, and Woodlands Academy.

Deputy registrars at Shields Township are available from 8:30am to 4:30 pm.

To register to vote you must:
  • Be a United States citizen
  • Be at least 18 years of age on or before Nov. 3, 2020
  • Live in your election precinct at least 30 days immediately prior to an election
  • Not be convicted and in jail
  • Not claim the right to vote anywhere else

Two forms of identification are required to register through a deputy registrar; you will need one or more of the following:
  • Illinois driver's license
  • Car registration or proof of insurance
  • State of Illinois identification card
  • Utility or service contract service bill addressed to applicant at physical address postmarked no more than 30 days prior
  • Firearm Owner’s Identification (FOID) card
  • Personalized check or bank statement
in addition to one of the above, you may use:
  • U.S. passport
  • Military, employee, student, or welfare ID card
  • Certified copy of birth certificate
  • Social Security or Veteran’s Administration Patient card
  • Civic, union, or professional membership card
  • Check cashing, debit, or credit card
  • Library (some) or insurance card
  • Certified copy of marriage license or divorce papers
  • U.S. naturalization papers
211 to Officially Launch September 24
You're invited to celebrate the official launch of United Way of Lake County's 211 on Tuesday, September 24 from 7:30 - 9:30 am at Independence Grove Visitor Center (16400 West Buckley Road Libertyville). 

Join the agency over breakfast to learn how 211 is transforming the way United Way of Lake County helps thousands of individuals and families connect with essential health and human services.

Jackie Bange with WGN-TV will moderate a panel of local leaders discussing how 211 more efficiently connects people in need to a wide range of available resources to improve and save lives.

For more information , contact Cynthia Zimmerman at .
Local media will be covering this event.
Space is limited!
General Admission: $25
                                                             Table of 10: $250
                                                To register
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.
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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