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Diana O'Kelly, Township Supervisor

December 29, 2023

A sincere thank you to everyone that donated to our adopt a family, adopt a senior, dropped off meals, made financial contributions to our food pantry, donated food directly at our office, held food drives, or donated at the register at Jewel. We appreciate our supportive community and our programs are successful because of your concern for other neighbors. You all make our community a great place to live and we couldn't provide these programs without you! Thank You to Nancy in our office for her coordination of our programs.

Thank you also to all of the volunteers that came out Wednesday to sort the food! We couldn't have done it without you!

Wishing you all a Happy and Healthy New Year!

New Recycling Shed

During the construction of our front entranceway we moved our recycling to the back of the building. We now have the textile bin back in the front next to our new recycling shed that houses bins for bedding and items for the dogs, (leashes, collars, toys, pet food etc.), shoes, yarn, American flags, eyeglasses and hearing aids. We hope you find this more convenient.

What can I put in the textile bin?

New Laws for 2024

Click here to view an article on the new laws coming.

For list of the top 64 laws to know starting in the new year, click here.

For a full list of new laws, click here

How Do I Recycle My Christmas Tree?

If Groot is your waste hauler, to have your Christmas tree recycled, it must be out either of the first two pickups in January. Groot will pick up the trees through January, but they will only be recycled if they are put out the first two pickups. The trees can not have tinsel, lights or ornaments on them.

You may also donate your tree to the Forest Preserve and they will recycle it into wood chips for trails and landscaping in your forest preserves.

Bring your real, undecorated tree to one of eight marked drop-off sites at preserves around Lake County, open 6:30 am–sunset daily, through

February 1, 2024. No yard waste or commercial drop-offs are accepted.

Grant Woods in Ingleside

Greenbelt in North Chicago

Half Day in Vernon Hills

Heron Creek in Long Grove

Lakewood in Wauconda

Old School in Mettawa

Ryerson Conservation Area in Riverwoods

Van Patten Woods in Wadsworth

Where Do I Recycle Christmas Lights?

Mundelein Public Works and Engineering is hosting the annual holiday lights recycling program. Anyone interested in recycling their used holiday lights can bring their items to one of the following locations between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday from now through January 31, 2024.

Holiday Lights Recycling Locations:

Village Hall, 300 Plaza Circle

Public Works and Engineering Facility, 801 Allanson Road

Fire Station #1, 1000 N. Midlothian Road

Police Department, 221 N. Lake Street (lower level)

Only the light strands themselves will be taken; bulbs do not have to be removed from the strands but should be removed from boxes and/ or plastic.

Please Note: Lawn ornaments, other holiday decorations, or light strands connected to wreaths, garlands, or other material cannot be accepted. Residents dropping lights off at the Village Hall are limited to two 25-foot strands or equivalent length.

If you have any questions or bulk drop-offs, please contact Public Works and Engineering 847-949-3270.

Electronic Recycling at Your Curb

If Groot is your waste hauler and and you have electronic recycling, call them at 847 693-2700 to schedule an electronic recycling pick up. You just leave it at your curb. Mundelein and Unincorporated Fremont have different pick up days. This service is included in your garbage bill. There is only a charge for electronic items over 50 pounds.

There are also drop off locations in Lake County.

For Drop off locations, click here.

Download the Groot App!

When is garbage day? Is Groot you Waste Hauler? This week and next it is delayed one day.

If you download the app, you are able to view your garbage pickup schedule and get reminders and service alerts!

Message From Highway Commissioner Alicia Dodd

If weather allows this winter, our highway department crew would like to do their part in fighting invasive buckthorn.  If you currently have buckthorn in a section of public right of way adjacent to your property and would like it removed, we may be able to help. Please follow these steps:

  1. The right of way must be under Fremont Township jurisdiction. Use this link to show roads maintained by Fremont Township:

  1. It’s a good idea to mention the idea to neighbors who might be affected by the removal of the buckthorn.  There are many wonderful native shrub and tree replacement options to replace any lost, but desirable screening. 
  2. Confirm the area is right of way and not public property—property stakes and property surveys can help with that, as can our department.

If you think your area qualifies, please contact our department at or 847-223-2848.

Ice Safety

We live in a community with many lakes. Please have your family view the Countryside Fire Ice Sais a little long, but might just save someone's life.

Suicide Hotline Number is 988

988 has been designated as the three-digit dialing code that will route callers to the National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline.

When people call, text, or chat 988, they will be connected to trained counselors that will listen, understand how their problems are affecting them, provide support, and connect them to resources if necessary.

50 and Over and Looking For Things to Do at the Mundelein Park District?

Affordable, calendar-year memberships are $20 for Mundelein residents and $30 for non-residents. Participate in social and health and wellness activities Monday through Friday. Click here for the downloadable membership form.

Check out the schedule at the Mundelein Park District.

Click here for the January schedule and information.They have some new programs and fun trips scheduled.

Have You Signed Up for Energy Assistance?

It is time to for Fremont Township residents to sign up for LiHeap. Please check the income guidelines to see if you qualify.

If you have questions or need to schedule an appointment, call Nancy at 847 223-2847.

Ride Lake County  Pace Bus Service

Ride Lake County is a borderless countywide paratransit service that provides seniors age 60+ and people with disabilities transportation to any area of Lake County for work, shopping, medical appointments and more. 

As a reservation-based program, vehicles do not travel on a fixed route each day. Riders schedule their trips in advance and the vehicles provide curb-to-curb service from the rider's desired pick-up and drop-off destinations. Ride Lake County is a shared-ride service, so vehicles may make stops for other passengers. 

Click here for more information

Click here for the brochure

Eco Corner By Jenn Cameron

Seasonal change is unfolding across Fremont Township. Below are a few "green" reading suggestions all about TREES! to help pass the winter months:

Tree Full of Wonder 

by Anna Smithers

 - a picture book showing the bond between people and trees

Listen to the Language of the Trees: A story of how forests communicate underground 

by Tera Kelley

- how the social network of trees in a forest help them survive

The Nature of Oaks: The Rich Ecology of Our Most Essential Native Trees 

by Doug Tallamy

- inspiring readers to appreciate, nurture, and protect the keystone oak species

Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest 

by Suzanne Simard

- part memoir, part scientific quest and discovery

American Canopy: Trees, Forests, and the Making of a Nation 

by Eric Rutkow

- a history of the relationship between Americans and their trees 

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If you need to contact me, please call the office at 847 223-2847 or my cell at 847 833-1019.


Diana O'Kelly

Fremont Township Supervisor  

Fremont Township Representatives


Diana O'Kelly


Alicia Dodd

Highway Commissioner

Joe Herchenbach


Christina McCann 



Connie Shanahan

Jeri Atleson

Keith Voss

Nick Dollenmaier

Next Board Meeting, January 8 at 6:30 pm in the board room

Important Links

Illinois 60/83 Study

Report Blocked Railroad Crossing

Pace Options in Fremont Township

State of Illinois Unclaimed Money

Lake County Crimestoppers 

Village of Grayslake 

Village of Hawthorn Woods 

Village of Mundelein 

Village of Round Lake

Village of Round Lake Park

Village of Wauconda 

 Lake County 

 Fremont Township 

 Fremont Library