State Representative Sheri Jesiel (R-Winthrop Harbor) is hosting a free document shredding event on Saturday, August 11 in conjunction with the Townships of Antioch, Benton, Lake Villa, Newport, Warren and Zion. The event will be held at Beach Park Middle School on N. Green Bay Road in Beach Park from 9a.m. to 11a.m.

“For anyone who needs to clean out the file cabinet and dispose of those sensitive documents you can’t safely throw away anymore, this is a great opportunity,” said Jesiel. “My staff will be available to unload documents and have them immediately shredded.”

Residents of the 61st District 

Document Shredding 

Saturday, August 11 
9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Beach Park Middle School 
40667 N. Green Bay Road
Beach Park, Illinois
One of the local issues that has come to my attention is the situation with the Zion landfill. As some may already know, many residents living in the area surrounding the landfill have registered complaints about odor, noise and debris related to the Advanced Disposal landfill. In addition, Advanced Disposal recently purchased more land with the intention of expanding the landfill over the course of the next decade. In response, several residents have started a campaign to oppose any expansion. After contacting the Illinois EPA on behalf of residents, I was informed that, currently, Advanced Disposal is not in violation of any state regulations, but they are continuing to monitor the situation. Should Advanced Disposal pursue an expansion, it would require a lengthy permitting and review process on both the local and state levels.

If you would like to learn more about this issue, the Lake County News-Sun has a detailed report, Click Here. For information about the local group opposing an expansion of the landfill, Click Here.
Join Rep. Jesiel on July 28 for the Mainstreet Boomers and Beyond Conference and Expo, a fun, free morning of resources focused specifically on the needs and concerns of those aged 50+ and their families. The Expo will feature informational seminars on topics such as safety, aging in place, medicare and more.

Enjoy education and raffles throughout the morning.

Registration is not required but encouraged. RSVP ahead of time to be entered for a chance to win a $50 Jewel gift card.

Visit exhibitors in the Resource Fair from 9 a.m.- 1p.m. and attend up to three educational seminars!
Transportation and Public Works employees from Lake County, and many of the surrounding communities are collecting food to feed our hungry neighbors. We are partnering with the American Public Works Association Lake Branch, the Northern Illinois Food Bank, and the Lake County Sheriff's Office for a county-wide food drive! All food donations will be delivered to the Lake County Fairgrounds for a huge Touch A Truck event with all the participating agencies. Admission to the event is free, but we encourage you to bring non-perishable food items to participate in the food drive. Bring the kids to see all their favorite big trucks up close and personal!

Touch A Truck Event:
Tuesday, July 24
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Lake County Fairgrounds

This food drive will bring to light the vital role Public Works/Transportation employees play as first responders in emergency management. When crisis strikes or emergencies happen, our public works professionals are right there day or night helping respond alongside our police, fire, and medical professionals. In that spirit, help us respond to hunger in our communities by bringing a donation and coming to see some of our response equipment and meet some our public works professionals.

Photo Credit - Lake County
From the Lake County Health Department: On Monday, July 9, 2018, the Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center announced the official opening of its new Zion Health Center, located at 1911 27th Street, Zion. Local officials gathered for a ribbon cutting ceremony to dedicate the newly renovated facility, which will greatly expand access to quality health services for residents of northeast Lake County.

“We believe every person in the Zion area deserves access to quality services, to know we are here for them, to walk in the doors of this beautiful facility with confidence that they are getting the best care possible,” said Timothy Sashko, Lake County Board of Health President. “Today this vision becomes a reality.”
Gov. Rauner announced last week that Patricia R. “Patti” Bellock has been named director of the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (DHFS). Bellock has served in the General Assembly since 1999 and is recognized as one of the body’s leading advocates for Medicaid, health care and social services, areas she will oversee in her new role.

“Illinois is so fortunate to have an advocate for health and human services as dedicated and talented as Patti Bellock,” said Rauner in announcing the appointment. “She has been instrumental in virtually every health advancement our state has made in the last two decades and I am looking forward to her leadership of the state’s ongoing effort to reform our delivery systems and improve our outcomes.”

Bellock is retiring from the House of Representatives where she became the first woman to serve as Deputy Minority Leader in 2013. She replaces interim DHFS Director Teresa Hursey who stepped in last month when Felicia Norwood left for the private sector. Hursey will remain as Medicaid Director.