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     Diana O'Kelly
Fremont Township Supervisor

January 6, 2015
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Disabled Veteran Property Tax Exemption
Governor Rauner signed Senate Bill 107 which improves the Real Estate Tax homestead exemption benefits for disabled veterans in Illinois. Disabilities of 70% or higher will be exempt from all real estate taxes. With a disability of 50-60% the veteran will receive a $5000 exemption and for disability of 30-40% the exemption wil bew $2500. This is in effect with the 2015 taxes to be paid in 2016. Contact your local assessor with questions. The Fremont office can be reached at 847 223-2846.
Turning 65?  File for the Senior Homestead Exemption
If you are a homeowner and have turned 65, do you have the senior homestead exemption?  We see people who are entitled to this exemption but have not filed. (This is not for Saddlebrook owners)

To apply for the exemption you need to visit the Fremont Township Assessor's office. You will need to bring a copy of the deed to the property and proof of age when you apply. If the property is held in trust, you will also need a copy of the trust agreement indicating the beneficiary and signature page.  If you have questions, please call our office at 847 223-2846.

Don't know where your deed is?  You can get a copy of your deed, or other recorded paperwork, from Mary Ellen Vanderventer  Lake County Recorder of Deeds office for $1 per page, or for no fee if you are a Senior Citizen or US Veteran! Call 847 377-2575.
School Zone Speed Law Change Now in Effect!
Starting January 1, 2016 the Illinois law regarding school zones (and construction zones) has a section for "aggravated" speeding offenses for speeding 26 mph or more in excess of the posted speed limit. Speeds of 26 thru 34 over the limit are now a Class B misdemeanors and speeds of 35 or more over the are Class A misdemeanors.

Since speeding in a school and construction zones are mandatory court appearances, the change means that judges can assess greater penalties. Doing 26 or more over the limit is usually not something that is done inadvertently, but it can happen. In any case, please be aware of the change now that school is back in session and, as always, watch your speed.
Sign Up For Cert Classes and Preparing Pets for a Disaster
A six-week training course on emergency preparedness will run on Wednesday evenings from 7-10pm, February 17 through March 23.  Sessions will be held at the Fremont Township Center.  Topics include disaster preparedness, fire safety, first aid skills, light search and rescue, disaster psychology and terrorism, and information on our local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).  To register for this six-week program and learn lifesaving skills, please email team member Judy Hammel at

On Monday, January 25, 2016, Fremont CERT will be doing a presentation at the Fremont Public Library in Mundelein on Preparing Your Pets for A Disaster. Information will include the handling of pets in disaster related emergencies, such as fire, floods, and tornados, and an update on the efforts of the local CERT's to provide shelters for your pets. As always they will have an item for everyone's emergency kit, a grand raffle of an emergency weather radio, and the famous CERT cake.  The presentation starts at 7:00pm.  Please register through the Fremont Library. Register here
Do I need a passport for domestic air travel starting January 2016?
People are calling our office asking if they will need a passport for domestic travel. Illinois is one of the Real ID non compliant states. usa-passport.jpg

According to the Department of Homeland Security,  DHS is in the process of scheduling plans for implementing REAL ID enforcement at airports.  DHS will ensure that the traveling public has ample notice (at least, 120 days) before any changes are made that might affect their travel planning.

If you do want to apply for a passport, Vernon Township supplies that service.

Click here for more information.
Protect Your Identity-Sign up for Property Check
Homeowners in Lake County can use a service to fight against identity theft and mortgage fraud called "Property Check." This 24/7 service is free to use and allows residents to sign up on the Recorder's website to receive an email and/or text message, alerting them whenever a document has been recorded against a specific name or property address. Click here to sign up.
Free Museum Days and Chicago on the Cheap
Dates: January 4-8,11,12,15,18-22, 25-29
February 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 22-24, 29

  Field Museum
1400 S Lake Shore Dr., 312-922-9410
Free general admission for Illinois residents.
January: 3, 13-14, 23-24
February: 1-29

Museum of Science and Industry
5700 S Lake Shore Dr., 773-684-1414
Free general admission for Illinois residents.
January 4-8, 11-15, 18-22, 25-29
February 29
June 1-3; 6-8
September 6-9, 12-16, 19-23, 26-30
October 4-6
November 3, 10
December 1

Township Officials Scholarship Opportunity
Each year since 1989, the Scholarship Fund has awarded scholarships to graduating high school seniors to continue their education at Illinois colleges/universities.  TOI staff checks all applications for the required elements (letters of recommendation, academic transcript, etc.) before presenting the complete applications to the Board of Directors Education Committee. Committee members establish a ranking system, and each Committee member ranks every application. The top seven this year will then be offered scholarships.

If you are interested in applying for a scholarship or finding out more information about qualifying, download the  2016 Scholarship Application  
For more information click here.
Where Do I Recycle my Electronics?
Grayslake  Public Works Facility, Recycling Center
585 Berry Ave., Grayslake, IL
Monday - Friday: 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Also accepts: Cardboard, mixed paper, household containers, shoes, clothing and textiles
Click here for other drop off locations

Where do I recycle other things?
Things To Do

Blood Drive January 8th from 1:00 to 7:00 pm. Mundelein Fire Department,  1000 N Midlothian, Mundelein.   All donors will receive a $10 Visa gift card!

The Friends of Fremont Public Library, 1170 North Midlothian Road, will host a Used Book Sale on January 9 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on January 10 from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Join Mundelein Mayor Lentz and Trustee Holly Kim for a cup of coffee and conversation on Saturday, January 9, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Taste of Paris Restaurant, 161 North Seymour Avenue. Stop by...enjoy a cup of coffee and get an update on Village happenings. Plus, this is an opportunity to ask questions about what's new in Mundelein or share your thoughts and ideas. Reservations are not necessary!

Hawthorn Woods Police Department Offers Training in Women's Self Defense
Defend yourself with confidence after completing the Hawthorn Woods Police Department Women's Self-Defense program. This interactive program provides training in recognizing and responding to dangerous situations, and techniques for defending against and escaping attacks. You will learn how projecting confidence through body language can make you less of a target. This is the perfect class for women headed to college, or who live or travel alone. After completing this program, you will feel confident and empowered to defend yourself. 
The next session will begin on February 24th and will meet on Wednesdays from 6:00-8:00pm through March 16th. Classes are instructed by Officers of the Hawthorn Woods Police Department and are held in the Village Barn. Fees for the course are $20/resident or $25/non-resident. Register today; limited spots available! Click here

50 or over? Check out the January programs at the Regent Center in Mundelein.  Click here It is also time to renew your membership.  Membership Form

Duplicate Bridge at Fremont Township
Play duplicate bridge at Fremont Township, 22385 Route 60 on
Monday mornings, 9:15.  Contact Barb Stone for more information, 847 566-0889  st1b@yahoo.comThis is an ACBL sanctioned game, you can earn ACBL points.


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Recycle Sheets, Blankets, Towels, for the Dogs
If you have used towels, sheets or blankets that need to be recycled, please consider bringing them to Fremont Township at 22385 Rt 60, Mundelein to be donated to local Animal Shelters and Rescues.  Please drop them in the bin on the front porch. This keeps them out of the landfill and puts them to good use.  

We also accept eye glasses and shoes to be recycled year round.  If you are disposing of shoes that have laces, please tie the laces together.
Fremont Township Food Pantry
Fremont Township operates a food pantry.  If you are aware of Fremont residents in need, please refer them to our office.  Our pantry accepts monetary, food and non-perishable donations from local residents.  We appreciate the generosity of our community.  

We are currently in need of toiletries and cleaning supplies.
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Diana O'Kelly

Fremont Township Supervisor    


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