Thursday, December 20, 2012

Happy Holidays and New Year

Just wanted to pass a message of thanks for the support this year concerning my public service and wish everyone a great holiday.

Especially during these times when we are reminded about violence, poverty, and the overall struggles of mankind, reflection and action of how we can help each other is not a bad thing.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy New Year.


December 20th Round Up

Food Composting will go Citywide on January 1st with a winter seasonal biweekly pickup through March. First 250 signors will receive a free kitchen compost pail, compostable bags, a 33 gal rolling cart, and a 50/50 cost split of normal $30/3mo. cost reduced to $15/3mo. In April this program will be merged into landscape pickup and be pay-as-you-throw by sticker. Sign up NOW by calling 847-272-4145.  City HP press release...

Holiday Recycling Extravaganza Event will take place again on January 5th from 8am - 12noon at our Public Services Campus 1180 Half Day Road. Recycle Electronics, Styrofoam, Fluorescent, and Household Batteries. Learn more on Extravaganza Flier Link!!

Lake County passed a balanced budget with a Zero % levy increase. YEA! The Burden on our taxpayers is great and while still in the shadow of the recession we need to pull back spending and reduce the costs to our residents... NOT raise them! Governance should begin with that thought!

County Elects New Chairman Aaron Lawlor and Five new Board Members take the Oath of Office.

Want to know what is going on with Lake County Traffic?? Check out PASSAGE and be Traffic Intelligent! Along with the online link there are Apps for phones and IPads.

Wow! Lake County is a Whole New World!

On December 3rd I took off my City Council hat and put on one hat as your Lake County Board Member and another hat as a Commissioner of the Lake County Forest Preserve District. While I could never be finished with the workings and policy of the City of Highland Park, I am very excited to embark on my new positions up in Waukegan and Libertyville.

Up in Waukegan I have been given my new locker, mail cubby shelf, and badges to show I am official. I have been assigned to the Rules, Financial and Administrative, and Health and Community Services Committees for Lake County. For the Forest Preserve I am the Vice Chair of Legislation and a member of the Land Acquisition and Preservation Committee.

The Boards are made up of 21 individual member districts (reduced from 23 prior to Dec 3rd) and I represent (District 11) a great majority of Highland Park, all of Highwood, and a slice of Deerfield. I am excited about working with this new bunch of elected officials I am serving along side. Us 5 new Elected have been received very warmly and my expectations to promote a progressive governance agenda seems to be well received by many.

LCTV is a great communication center for you to learn about Lake County.  County Board meetings are Online as well as the LCFPD meetings. In the future not only will I bring up current issues we are discussing on the boards but would like to attempt to educate you on the services, assets, and functions of Lake County and the LCFPD.