Community News
Let's Talk Garbage!
Last fall a referendum passed to allow Shields Township to negotiate for a single waste hauler for the unincorporated residents. This action will provide better service for a lower price. The community meeting to discuss the next step will be Tuesday, February 12 at 6:30 pm at the Shields Township community room. Please let all interested parties know about this important meeting.
Traveling Over Spring Break?
You can apply for a passport at the Shields Township Office, and your passport will be mailed to you by the U.S. Department of State. NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY.
PHOTOS ARE $12.

Passport hours are:
9:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Thursday
9:00 am to 11:30 am Friday

Regular processing takes four to six weeks; expedited processing, which takes two to three weeks, is available for an additional fee.
For more information call (847) 234-0802.
Counterfeit $100 Bills
The Lake Forest Police Department has reported that there is a crew passing $100 bills in the area and that there have been two instances within a week at Sunset Foods. Please note that the serial number is B03031062B and that the bills will pass the anti-counterfeiting pen marking test as the suspects are using real currency paper to make the bills.

In the event of an incident, contact the police with an accurate physical description, vehicle information, last direction of travel, and any store video you might have available. For more info or to report a crime:
-Lake Forest Police Department Detective Andy Shiu, 847-810-3974
-Lake Bluff Police Department 847-234-2153
February is American Heart Month
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease.

The good news? Heart disease can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions. Communities, health professionals, and families can work together to create opportunities for people to make healthier choices. For more information...
Seniors/Beat Winter Blues
Deer Path Art League

  • Sandie Bacon & Lezlie Lenz will be teaching this inspiring yet relaxing class at the Deer Path Art League which is housed on the upper floor of the Gorton Community Center, 400 E Illinois Road, Lake Forest, IL 60045. $50 Per person- supplies included. Register here...

First Presbyterian Church of Lake County

  • Every third Thursday of the month, step back from everyday life to be refreshed, and encounter God in the silence. No preaching or teaching, it is a gracefully simple service of contemplation in a prayerful setting, with scripture, prayer, song, silence and light.
  •  700 N. Sheridan Road, Lake Forest, IL, 60045. For more information...

Foss Park District

  • 02/12/19 Casino-Rivers. Cost is $9. Departure is at 9am. For more information call (847) 689-7480.
  • 02/14/19 Breakfest at Wildberry. Cost is $4. Departure is at 11am. For more information call (847) 689-7480.
  • 02/21/19 Dinosaur Museum and Golden Corral. Departure is at 10am. Cost is $5 plus everyone pays for own meal. For more information call (847) 689-7480.
Silver Sneakers Location
  • Silver Sneakers is a fitness program for adults 65+ housed at the Lake Forest Fitness Center, 400 Hastings Road, Lake Forest, IL 60045. The program is included with many Medicare Advantage planes. For more information...
Lake Forest Symphony
Lake Forest Symphony: GYMNOPÉDIE DUO
LES SIX: PARIS IN THE ROARING TWENTIES
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15 , 8:00PM
PRE-CONCERT RECEPTION: 7:00PM
GORTON COMMUNITY CENTER
Dickenson Hall Senior Center 
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.

Dickenson Hall Activities:
  • Pre-Oscar party @ Dickenson Hall on Thursday, February 21
  • St Mary's Bingo and Lunch on Wednesday, March 13
TOI will award seven 1,500 scholarships in 2019
Each year, since 1989, the Township Officials of Illinois Scholarship Fund has awarded money to high school seniors continuing their education at Illinois colleges and universities.
To be eligible, you must meet the following criteria:

- Illinois high school graduate minimum GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.
-U.S. citizen and resident of Illinois. Must plan to attend a university/college in Illinois as a full-time undergraduate student. 
-History of extracurricular activities that demonstrates leadership
-Submit a 500-word essay on The Role of Township Government in Today’s Society and in the Future that will include information gained from an interview with an elected township official.
-Submit two letters of recommendation from teachers, counselors, local officials or business people.
-Submit an official high school transcript.
-Submit cover letter and completed application form.
Know Before You Go
Did you know that you can look in on the road conditions from your computer or mobile device before you hit the roads? You have access to the Lake County PASSAGE cameras that show real-time snapshots from major intersections.
 
• In "Layer Options" at top right, turn on camera images 
• Find the intersections along your route 
• Check the conditions from each direction
Text-A-Tip
Text-A-Tip is a 24/7 anonymous text crisis hotline offering emotional support for middle school and high school youth.

Text-A-Tip is available for anyone in need of emotional support, at any time. While the line is intended for crisis situations, you do not need to be in crisis to use the service. They also encourage you to use Text-A-Tip if you have concerns about a friend or loved one and need support in getting them help. 
 

(LEAD Crisis Hotline) 
Has Substance Taken Over Your Life?
“A Way Out” is a Lake County, Illinois Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion pilot program, designed to fast-track users to substance abuse programs and services. This program is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at participating police departments across Lake County and ensures no criminal charges will be sought for those that may be in possession of narcotics or paraphernalia, as long as assistance is sought out by the prospective program participant.
 
“A Way Out” is a program developed by the Lake County Opioid Initiative to create additional treatment access points, reduce crime, reduce substance-related harms, re-frame the role law enforcement plays in community safety, and unite the community. For too long, substance use has been stigmatized and dealt with as a criminal issue. Substance use is a public health problem that needs to be addressed as such. Lake County Opioid Initiative is committed to developing innovative ways to create positive change in our community as it regards substance use and mental health. 
Dispose of Your Prescription Drugs Properly
Help fight opioid abuse!
 
Access to prescription drugs sometimes comes from YOUR medicine cabinet. If you have old prescriptions you are no longer in need of, please dispose of your medications properly. Never flush them! Most police station will accept your unused medication.
 
Coyote Breeding Season
Coyote breeding typically peaks in late February and early March, the gestation period averages 58 to 63 days. Male coyotes can become more aggressive during this time of year, the long and short of it all is that coyotes always pose a risk to your dog (and other small pets). That risk increases during mating season.
 
You should also be mindful that clever coyotes learn the daily schedules of people and their pets. If you let your dog out every evening at 9 p.m., chances are that a coyote is well aware of your routine and is waiting in the shadows at 9 p.m. sharp. So change your schedule a bit, walk your dog on leash close to you, and keep a close eye on them at all times.

Strategies to keep your pets safe during coyote mating season
* Never feed coyotes — Feeding endangers your family and neighbors as it lures coyotes into neighborhoods.
* Keep unattended cats and dogs indoors or in completely enclosed runs, especially at night, and do not assume that a fence will keep a coyote out of your back yard.
* Accompany your leashed pet outside. Make sure you turn on lights if it is dark to check your back yard for unexpected wildlife.
* Keep dogs on short leashes while walking outside; the Division of Wildlife recommends a leash no longer than six feet.
* Leave noisemakers on hand to scare away coyotes that may enter your yard, such as whistles and horns.
* Yell, clap hands, blow a whistle and try to make yourself look larger if you have a close encounter with a coyote.
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...
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
 
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
Maximum Gross Monthly Income
 
$1508.00
$2030.00
$2553.00
$3075.00
$3598.00
$4120.00
$4643.00

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
Thank You for Subscribing
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]