Volume 1 July 2, 2019
Kathleen M. O'Connor
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Spotlight On Open Space
Huge Thank You to Libertyville Township Open Space Volunteers!

Over the course of two Saturdays and the help of an incredible group of volunteers, Libertyville Township planted 10,000 grass plugs in a newly restored portion of Liberty Prairie Nature Preserve! The plugs will prevent erosion by anchoring soil in place and will create new habitat for native animals and insects. This event is the culmination of efforts to restore native vegetation and hydrology to 44 acres of former agricultural land and improve downstream water quality.
Funding for this project is provided, in part, by the Illinois EPA through Section 319 of the Clean Water Act.
Libertyville Township’s Mosquito Abatement Program

Libertyville Township has engaged Clarke Environmental Mosquito Management, Inc. to provide six adult mosquito control applications this season. The Road District has placed mosquito dunks, a larvicide, into the storm sewer catch basins in the unincorporated areas.
For unincorporated Township residents who have standing water on their property, mosquito dunks are available for pick-up. The mosquito dunks slowly release a long term, biological mosquito larvicide. The Township’s services are meant to be in addition to preventative measures undertaken by homeowners and businesses. 
To be notified of the nighttime adult mosquito applications, sign up with the following link: www.clarkeportal.com/hotline . You can receive an autodial message, a text or email. In addition, you can report if mosquitoes are particularly bad in your neighborhood and if there is standing water that may need to be treated by calling the Mosquito Hotline (800) 942-2555.
Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus in Lake County
Lake County, Ill. — A mosquito pool (batch of mosquitoes) sampled on June 13 in Highland Park, Illinois has tested positive for West Nile virus. The mosquito pool is the first confirmed indicator of West Nile presence in Lake County in 2019.
“In 2018, there were eight human cases of West Nile virus, including one death confirmed in Lake County,” said Mark Pfister, Executive Director for the Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center. “Residents need to take action, practicing the 4 Ds of Defense to protect themselves from mosquito bites.”
Practice the “4 Ds of Defense” to protect yourself and your family from mosquitoes:
  • Drain: Drain standing water from items around your home, yard, and business.
  • Defend: When outdoors, use an insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, 2-undecanone, or IR3535 and reapply according to label directions.
  • Dawn and Dusk: Protect yourself all day and night, and wear repellent outdoors during these prime times for mosquito activity.
  • Dress: Wear long sleeves, pants, and closed toe shoes when outdoors to cover your skin.

The West Nile hotline number is (847) 377-8300. More Information
Rockland Road STP Project

Rockland Road between Milwaukee Ave. (IL Route 21) to St. Mary’s Road is planned for roadway reconstruction beginning this summer. Work will be completed in two phases. The project will not include the section at the bridge over the Des Plaines River. 
The segment of Rockland Road between Milwaukee Avenue to the bridge is under the Village’s jurisdiction. The segment between the bridge and St. Mary’s Road is under the jurisdiction of the Libertyville Township Highway Department. The proposed roadway reconstruction work will be completed in separate construction contracts, one for each segment. 
For the Village’s segment (Milwaukee Avenue to the bridge), construction is anticipated to begin this summer with underground utility improvements, which will include new storm sewers, water main replacements, sanitary sewer relocations and private utility work. Traffic will be shifted one-way eastbound during this time. Westbound traffic will be detoured via IL Route 176. Construction will shut down for the winter and two-way traffic will be temporarily restored.
It is anticipated that the roadway pavement reconstruction work for both segments will be completed in 2020. In order to complete the pavement reconstruction traffic will be shifted to one-way eastbound. Westbound traffic will be detoured via IL Route 176. Replacement of the bridge carrying Rockland Road over the Des Plaines River will be part of a future project. It is anticipated that the replacement of the bridge will occur no sooner than 2022.

For additional information and updates regarding the project visit the
project website https://rockland-road-recon.com/  and Township website at  http://www.libertyvilletownship.us
Independence Day Celebration

Celebrate with your friends and neighbors on the 4 th of July. The fun begins with a concert of patriotic music performed by the Village Band at 7:30 p.m. at the Butler Lake Band Shell. A spectacular fireworks display will begin at approximately 9:30 p.m. For safety reasons, Lake Street will close to pedestrians and vehicle traffic at 9:00 p.m. before the show. Parking will be available at Butler Lake Park (residents only), the main commuter lot, both parking garages and Butterfield School.

Beginning July 1, 2019, drivers caught texting behind the wheel will be issued a moving violation that will go on their driving record. Anyone convicted of three moving violations in a 12-month period may have their license suspended. Under the current law that took effect in 2014, a first offense for texting while driving is a non-moving violation and doesn’t affect a person’s driving record. The $75 fine would still apply on the first offense. Drivers who text, talk or use any hand-held devices behind the wheel will receive a ticket for a moving violation. 

  • Text messaging or cellphone use while stopped at a red light is still a violation.
  • Text or smartphone usage in stand-still rush hour traffic is a violation.
  • The only exception is a natural stop like a railroad crossing with a train going by when you put your vehicle in park.
  • Illinois State Police say they can request a search warrant to prove a violation.
SWALCO Events in July

Household Chemical Waste Event
(you'll need appointments for these two!)

Saturday, July 13th, 2019
Monday, July 22nd, 2019
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.
Election Judges Wanted!
  • Pay is based on your Election Day assignment.
  • Jobs available in and outside the voting sites.
  • Only Lake County registered voters may apply.
  • English/Spanish speaking applicants encouraged.
  • Required training is free and begins in Fall 2019.

To apply or get more information:
Your Feedback Is Sought on Increased Rainfall in Lake County

With Lake County receiving significantly higher rainfall amounts, precipitation is a critical factor on flood damage reduction, economic impact, infrastructure design and regulations, and stormwater storage requirements for development sites. On June 6, 2019, the Stormwater Management Commssion (SMC) opened a 30-day public comment period to collect feedback.
As SMC provides guidance on how to review development and stormwater infrastructure projects, interested individuals are encouraged to submit their perspectives, ideas, and concerns. The information gathered will be considered to set new standards for the Watershed Development Ordinance, a countywide ordinance that sets forth minimum requirements for the stormwater management aspects of development within Lake County. Submit your comments by July 6 to Kurt Woolford at kwoolford@lakecountyil.gov . Learn more

Save the Dates:
Increased Rainfall Public Information Meetings, July 16 and July 24

Public Information Meeting Details

Public Meeting 1:
Date: Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Time: 2 p.m.-4 p.m.
Location: The City of Highland Park Council Chambers
2nd floor of City Hall
1707 St Johns Ave
Highland Park, IL 60035
Public Meeting 2:
Date: Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Barrington Village Hall
Board Room (located upstairs)
200 S. Hough Street
Barrington, IL 60010
Newly Redesigned Lake County PASSAGE App for IOS and Android
If you are driving through Lake County this weekend, make sure to use the newly updated and redesigned  Lake County PASSAGE app  for IOS or Android. PASSAGE is an Intelligent Transportation System designed to give users real-time traffic congestion updates and important local road information.
The Lake County Division of Transportation (LCDOT) recently launched a new version of the PASSAGE app for the iPhone and iPad, and the updated app for Android has been available since November 2018. Downloads are available on the Apple Store or Google Play Store.

The July Township Board Meeting will be on
the 18th at 7 p.m.

Concerts in the Plaza at Independence Grove
Music lovers, dance lovers, outdoor lovers, get ready for award-winning performers playing under the stars at the annual Concerts in the Plaza music series. Eight concerts will be held at Independence Grove in Libertyville at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, June 18 through Aug. 6. From Beatles to the blues, from rock and bluegrass to swing and jazz, there's something for just about any musical taste in this season's entertainment lineup. This year's concerts are supported by North Shore Gas (Platinum sponsor), Blue Oak Financial Services (Gold sponsor), Libertyville Bank and Trust, A Wintrust Community Bank (Bronze sponsor), and Lake County Journal (Media sponsor).  Learn more » 
Ride Lake County Central

This curb-to-curb Pace bus service travels East in Lake County – any destinations located in Libertyville, Fremont Shields Townships, Village of Libertyville, Village of Mundelein, , Vernon Hills Shopping Center, Metra Station (Lake Forest), Lake County Health Dept., Walmart Fountain Square, Grayslake Medical Offices, Doctors on Winchester Road, College of Lake County, Greenleaf Medical Offices. Call Pace at 1-800-201-6446 to register and schedule your rides.

RTA Reduced Fare Pass Applications
New Applicants--

Seniors 65 and over may apply for the RTA Pass at Libertyville Township. Taking the train downtown? This will save you money and it is free. It takes 3 to 4 weeks to receive the pass in the mail. Bring in a 2x2 inch photo and your Illinois driver's license.
The RTA Reduced Fare Permit allows older adults, age 65 and older, and qualified people with disabilities and Medicare recipients to ride all RTA fixed-route services (regularly scheduled CTA, Metra and Pace buses or trains in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will Counties) at a reduced fare.

Who are my legislators? To contact your legislator, click on the names below:
Township Officials



Highway Commissioner

Carol A. August, Trustee
Matthew Kovatch, Trustee
David Nield, Trustee
Terry A. White, Trustee
Township Contact Information
Office of the Supervisor
359 Merrill Court, Libertyville, IL 60048 
Phone: 847.816.6800
Fax:     847.816.0861
Office of the Highway Commissioner
343 Merrill Court 
Phone: 847.362.3350

Office of the Assessor
Phone: 847.362.5900

Office of the Clerk: