Community News
Recreational Cannabis Q&As
As of Jan. 1, the recreational use of cannabis in Illinois for persons 21 and older is legal. Under the law, jurisdictions in Illinois can ban recreational cannabis businesses within their boundaries or, alternatively, establish regulations to allow businesses engaged in the production, transport and sale of cannabis. Lake County has developed an information Q&A to provide answers to questions you may have about the new law.  Read more 

New Illinois Laws for the New Year

  • In addition to the cannabis law, more than 250 new laws went into effect in Illinois beginning Jan. 1, which will impact nearly all Illinois residents. These include minimum wage increases, requirements to have diaper changing stations in every public building with a public restroom, increased fines for passing a stopped school bus and many more. Learn more 

TOI SCHOLARSHIPS

Seven $2,000 SCHOLARSHIPS will be awarded to graduating high school seniors this year. Each year since 1989, the Scholarship Fund has awarded scholarships to graduating high school seniors to continue their education at Illinois colleges/universities. Seven $1,500 scholarships were given in 2019, making a total of $317, 500 that has been awarded to 193 students over the years.

The scholarships are named for people who have made significant contributions to township government. All questions may be directed to TOI at 217-744-2212 or kayla@toi.org
Web Site: www.toi.org
Contact shields township for application t.darraugh@shieldstownship.com
CAP Energy Resource Fair
Order Your Ballot By Mail
Lake County registered voters are now able to submit an application to receive their ballot by mail in the March 2020 Primary Election. Students away at school, traveling snowbirds, and those who will be out of town on Election Day may have their ballot mailed to an alternate temporary address.
Complete the short, required application form and return it to the Lake County Clerk’s office before noon on Thursday, March 12.
Applications are available by:
• Visiting  www.LakeVoterPower.info ,
• Calling 847-377-2406, or
• Emailing your name, date of birth and address to VotingbyMail@lakecountyil.gov .
Pending state certification of the candidates, ballots will be printed and mailed beginning February 6.
Board Enacts Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as a Fixed Holiday 

In December, the County Board passed a resolution that will establish Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as a fixed holiday for County employees, beginning as early as 2021. Currently, the day is considered a floating holiday, where most County offices remain open for business, but individual employees have the option of taking the day off for pay or working that day and saving the time to use at a later date. Under the change, all County offices would be closed, and all employees, except those involved in public safety and emergency operations, would have the day off with pay. The change from a floating holiday to a fixed holiday is contingent upon agreement by the affected employee bargaining units. 
New Year’s Resolution: Keep an Emergency Supply Kit in Your Car!  

Resolve to stay safe this winter! The Lake County Division of Transportation encourages all residents to keep an emergency supply kit in their cars. Head down to the hardware store, pick up some jumper cables, tow rope, a bag of sand, a flashlight, a small shovel, a travel blanket and an ice scraper, and start out safe in the New Year! 
 
Winter Vehicle Safety Tips 
  • Keep your gas tank full in case of evacuation or power outages. A full tank will also keep the fuel line from freezing. 
  • Install good winter tires and ensure they have adequate tread or any jurisdiction-required chains or studs.  
  • Beware of icy conditions, and drive at lower speeds and brake slowly. Use caution when approaching intersections, ramps, bridges and shady areas. All are prone to icing.    
  • Don’t crowd the plow. A snowplow operator’s field of vision is restricted. You may see them, but they may not see you. Any plow that’s hit must be pulled out of service, resulting in one less piece of equipment responding to snow and ice.  
  Learn more   
What Identification Do I Need For Real ID?
REAL ID goes into effect on October 1, 2020.
For Illinois residents who fly domestically, effective Oct. 1 2020 the federal government will require you to use a valid U.S. passport or obtain a REAL ID from the Illinois Secretary of State’s office.

To see what documents you need to apply for a REAL ID, visit the  REAL ID Interactive Checklist. Make sure you are prepared and be patient when visiting a Driver Services Facility.
Household Chemical Waste Event
(you'll need an appointment)

Monday, January 27th, 2020
at our facility located at 1311 N. Estes Street Gurnee, IL 60031

 
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.


Items you can bring to a collection include: CFL bulbs, unwanted prescription, over-the-counter medicines and supplements (people and pet), household cleaners, gasoline, garden chemicals, pesticides, oil-based paints (NO LATEX) and varnishes, as well as other household chemicals. For a more detailed list visit SWALCO's HCW Website at:  www.swalco.org
Please share this information with others who may be interested. Sign up online to receive occasional announcements about SWALCO programs and events. Click here to sign up for SWALCO announcements -  www.swalco.org
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.
Phoenix Rising Food Pantry at Shields Township in need of items...
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Canned Fruit
  • Peanut Butter
  • Jelly
  • Hardy Soup
  • Crackers
  • Rice 
  • Cereal

      Thank you supporters!




Do You Have the Right Medicare Prescription Drug Plan?

 Medicare's Open Enrollment period begins October 15 and ends December 7. Changes made to your Prescription Drug plan will take effect on January 1, 2020. This is the time of year when all people with Medicare can make changes to their Prescription Drug Plan.

For your convenience, Fremont Township will have a SHIP Counselor available to help you compare your current drug plan to new options to see if a different prescription plan better suits your needs or is less costly. This service is free.

If you would like to make an appointment with the Ship Counselor, please call Nancy at 847 223-2847. The appointments will start on October 15 and go through December 7. You will need to have an online account with medicare and a list of your current prescriptions before making an appointment. You must bring these and your medicare card to the appointment. If you need help in creating on-line access let Nancy know when you call.

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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.
Appointments are now being taken at Shields Township for residents who meet the income guidelines. If you know residents that meet this criteria, please have them call DeVon at 847 234-0802 to schedule an appointment.

     
Household Size Gross Monthly Income
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
$1561.00
$2114.00
$2666.00
$3219.00
$3771.00
$4324.00
$4876.00
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]