Important COVID-19 Community Updates
We appreciate the chance to bring you up to speed on what we are learning from local and regional sources every weekday or as necessary.
 Please dial 9-1-1 in case of emergencies only and call 847.234.2601 for non-emergencies.

Check the City's website for additional information and continue to send any inquiries to . During this time, residents should stay at home unless it is absolutely necessary to leave the house, continue to practice physical distancing and wash their hands as often as possible.

Many staff members are working remotely and will respond to you at the earliest opportunity.

Pictured, Finance Department employee Matthew Bachler prepares vendor invoices for distribution to operating departments for processing. City Investment Pays Dividends!

Approximately one year ago, the City completed implementation of a new Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system. The project was completed significantly under budget and on schedule and allows the City’s to process transactions electronically.

The City has been able to maintain payments to vendors, ensuring no disruption to services provided to residents. Invoices are scanned and emailed to the various operating departments, and City employees, from the safety of their own homes, can initiate payments and route for approvals, allowing the Finance department to continue making timely payments.
Reminder: Effective in LF on Friday, May 1
Governor J.B. Pritzker announced that, throughout Illinois, he will extend the Stay at Home Order until Saturday, May 30 with some modifications that will take effect on May 1.

  • The Order includes a requirement for anyone over the age of 2 to wear a face covering when in a public indoor space where a 6-foot distance from others can't be practiced. For more information on proper face coverings or how to make your own, please visit the CDC website page.
  • Retail stores will be allowed to open to limited phone service, manage internet orders and offer curbside pickup or delivery.
  • Added to "essential businesses": greenhouses, garden centers and nurseries.
  • All stores should try to space customers to the greatest extent possible - i.e. markings on the floors, limit customers, one-way lanes, etc.
Fore! Deerpath Golf Course News
"We are thrilled that Governor Pritzker has opened up golf in Illinois. Many of you are already aware the opening of courses in Illinois comes with restrictions outlined by Governor Pritzker. Restrictions include but are not limited to the following:
  • Tee times booked on-line or by telephone only
  • Players are required to play in twosomes
  • 15 minutes tee time intervals
  • Practice range, putting green and practice facility to remain closed
  • Social distancing requirements of 6 feet must be adhered to at all times
  • Only privately-owned pull carts allowed; rentals are not available at the course per state requirements
  • On course changes - Styrofoam in the cup
  • Flags cannot be removed from the cup
  • Clubhouse shall remain closed
  • Remove touch items from the course (bunker rakes, benches, ball washers, water jugs, etc.)
  • Restaurant for takeout/curbside service only
  • No golf carts may be used on course (either owned by golf club or privately owned), with the exception of individuals with a physical disability or physical limitations that prevent them from walking the course. Those individuals may rent a cart from the golf club.
  • Comfort Station restroom can remain open

We are working with the City of Lake Forest for a planned reopening date of May 1. Please check our website for up-to-date information.  

Pull carts are sold out at nearly every big box store. We have 10 pull carts arriving next week and another 10 in late May/early June.  Please click here to view and purchase a pull cart.  
See you soon,
Vince Juarez
PGA Master Professional
Deerpath Golf Course"
PPP Now Available for Small Businesses
Paycheck Protection Program Funding for small businesses is available beginning today. The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) provides small businesses with funds for payroll costs, including benefits, with loan forgiveness if certain criteria is met. Funds can also be used to pay interest on mortgages, rent and utilities for businesses.

A $480 billion dollar relief package to provide funding for small businesses that are suffering during the COVID-19 crisis was approved last week by the federal government. More than $320 billion is reserved for the Paycheck Protection Program, which provides forgivable loans to small businesses. The recent relief package also includes $75 billion for hospitals and $25 billion to establish more COVID-19 testing programs.

Beginning this morning at 9:30 a.m., the U.S. Small Business Administration will resume accepting Paycheck Protection Program applications. Lake County small businesses may apply for the Paycheck Protection Program here . Further program information, and copies of required forms for application are located on the Small Business Administration website .
Modified and Temporary Real Estate Transfer Tax Procedures
The updates are listed here in red and include resumed schedule meter readings for the final utility bill.
Go Native! Plant & Tree Sale
The Annual Plant and Tree Sale, cosponsored by The City of Lake Forest and Lake Forest Open Lands has shifted to a new reality! Native Perennial Garden Kits will be available for pickup on Saturday, May 9 and Sunday, May 10 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Lake Forest Open Lands, 350 North Waukegan Road. To place your orders and for more information, visit Open Lands website .
Temporary Sanitation Services Reminders
 Any additional refuse items and yard waste bags need to be placed at the curb no later than 7 a.m. on your regular collection day.

Regular refuse in trash cans needs to be out by 7 a.m. on your pickup day.

Yard Waste

  • Yard Waste Bags – Curbside collection of 8 bags maximum per collection day, no stickers, twice per week.
  • Brush – Curbside collection 8, 4-foot tied bundle, maximum per collection day, no stickers, twice per week.

Additional Refuse Items
Collection of bulk items or non-typical household garbage will be collected at the curb twice per week. There will be no charge for these additional items placed at the curb. A maximum of 2 cubic yards will be collected (equal to one refuse scooter full or the pick-up bed of a pick-up truck). Not accepted: bricks, railroad ties, refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, dehumidifiers or hazardous materials.

Any changes will be communicated via the City’s website, E-Newsletter and on Facebook. Thank you for your support! If you have questions, please contact Becky Pocasangre at 847.810.3543.
Don't Forget...
It's Easy!

Do it for Lake Forest!

The Census paper questionnaire was mailed on April 8 to anyone who has not yet responded. Please complete the questionnaire and return it or respond online at or by phone at 844.330.2020. Thank you for helping Lake Forest and Illinois achieve a Complete Count!
Lake County Interactive Map
The Lake County Health Department released an interactive map which shares the number of residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 in each municipality. According to the LCHD website, it is best viewed on a computer. You can view the map here .
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