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     Diana O'Kelly

April 2. 2015
Finally!!!!Hawley Road Project
I am so happy the Full Lake County Board will vote to appropriate $11,710,000.00 of the 1/4% sales tax funding for the Hawley Street Improvement from Midlothian Road to Seymour Avenue on  April 14.  This project will include include three lane reconstruction, new signalized intersections at California, water main, sanitary and sidewalk replacement, a new off-roadway bike path, and drainage improvements. At the completion of the project, Mundelein will transfer jurisdiction to Lake County Department of Transportation and it will become a County Highway. The utilities will be relocated this year and the completion of the project will be in the 2016 construction season.
Mundelein High School Shrek Performances
The kids are going to love this one!  The Mundelein High School Theater Department will be performing Shrek on April 30, May 1, 2 and 3.  Get your tickets early!
Phone Reservations  - call (847) 949-2200 x1407 to reserve tickets.  Tickets can be picked up and paid for at the Box Office prior to the performance.

Dispose of Prescription Drugs 


The increase in prescription drug abuse is fueling a rise in heroin addiction.  A growing number of young people who start abusing expensive prescription drugs are switching to heroin, which is cheaper and easier to buy.


Prescription pain pills cost $20 to $60, while heroin costs $3 to $10 a bag. Many young people who use heroin start off snorting the drug, and within weeks, most start shooting up, according to the news report.  Click here to read the rest of this article.


Please dispose of your prescription drugs.  Most police departments have a drop off container.  Click here to see where you can dispose of your medication. 


Congressman Dold Meeting
You are invited to visit with Congressman Dold at the Village Hall in Mundelein on Saturday, April 11 from 3:30 pm to 4;30 pm.
Recycle Your Shoes With Us
The Annual Round Up for the shoes is April 29th.  Recycle your shoes at Fremont Township.  Drop them off at your convenience. There is a bin on the porch at our Fremont Township Administrative Offices, 22385 Route 60, Mundelein.
Appeal Hearing
The Midlothian Manor Appeal Hearing has been rescheduled for May 12 at 4:30 the Lake Zurich High School Library. 

Questions regarding the Housing Authority's plans to  relocate 14 homeless  veterans with mental illness into the Midlothian Manor  located at 22843 N Lakewood Lane in Lake Zurich should be directed to PADS and the Lake County Housing Authority.
Beware of Gypsy Ruse
Every spring we hear of the Gypsy Ruse and people being robbed. This is just a reminder to be on guard for this.

Gypsies will sometimes pose as traveling handymen or utility company workers (phone company, water company, county assessor etc.). The subjects will attempt to gain entry from a homeowner through some sort of ruse (Ex: a water pipe is broken down the street and they need access to the basement), and while the homeowner is distracted, their accomplices are committing a burglary.

Driving the area looking for people working in their yards. The subjects will enter through an unlocked door and ransack the bedrooms for jewelry while the homeowner is unaware outside. Working in groups of two (2) or three (3), a woman and child will approach a homeowner and ask if the child can use the bathroom. The unsuspecting homeowner allows the child to use the bathroom and the woman will distract the homeowner while someone else enters the home and commits a burglary.

If a homeowner catches Gypsies in the act of committing a crime, they have been known to act confused and communicate in a dialect that is difficult to decipher.

 Sometimes Gypsies will carry a pre-posted and addressed envelope (usually addressed to a Post Office Box). Using this envelope, Gypsies have been known to take the proceeds of a burglary (jewelry, cash, credit cards etc.) and mail them in the first mailbox they encounter. This way, if the police conduct a field stop, the subjects will not be in possession of the proceeds.
Don't Get Scammed

I continue to receive phone calls that scammers are phoning in our area.   Please speak with your spouses, parents, grandparents and friends about these scams.  The phone calls sound so real and many people get scammed.


Grandparent Scams: Scammers contact victims claiming their grandchild is in some sort of trouble. They ask the grandparent to send money and not to tell anyone.


IRS or U.S. Treasury Scams: Scammers claiming to be an IRS agent and threatening to have victims arrested, deported or revocation of business and/or driver's license, if immediate payment is not made.


Property Tax Scams: Scammers send letters in the mail claiming the County will take victims homes if they don't pay the delinquent taxes on their property. In each Lake County case seen so far, the homeowner is paid in full and NOT delinquent on their taxes. If you receive one of these letters, you do not need to take any action if your taxes are paid in full. If you have any questions or want to check the status of your payment, you should call the Treasurer's Office at 847.377.2323 or check on line at DO NOT contact the person listed on the letter.


Deed Scams:  Some Lake County Residents have been receiving letters from a company calling themselves, "Local Records Office" in which the resident is told they can be provided with a copy of their deed by mailing in an $89 service fee! These letters ARE NOT from the Lake County Recorder of Deeds office and this is a SCAM! You can get a copy of your deed, or other recorded paperwork, from Mary Ellen Vanderventer, Recorder of Deeds office for $1 per page, or no fee if you are a Senior Citizen or US Veteran! Call 847 377-2575.


Jury Arrest Warrant Scams: Scammers contact victims advising victims they missed scheduled jury duty and a judge issued an arrest warrant. Scammers have even named judges sitting in the 23rd Circuit Court. Scammers claim to be "Captain Allen" and direct victims to obtain prepaid credit cards, call back and read the numbers off the prepaid credit cards to "settle" the warrant.


Warrant Scams: Scammers contact victims claiming an outstanding warrant for parking or driving violations is issued and must be paid immediately over the phone or an arrest is imminent.


FOP Scams: Scammers contact victims claiming to be from the Lake County Sheriff's Office Fraternal Order of Police. Any attempt made to solicit funds via telephone, mail or in person by anyone identifying themselves as a representative of the Lake County Sheriff's Office should not be considered legitimate.


Bereavement Scams: Scammers scour the obituaries and contact victims who recently lost a loved- one claiming the deceased had unpaid bills or debts that must be paid right away.


Sweetheart Scams: The scammer befriends the victim online or in person and expresses romantic interest. While romancing the victim and earning their trust, the scammer may gain access to personal and financial information. Sometimes the scammer will ask the victim for emergency loans to pay off a bill or their rent. When the scam is over, the victim is left broke and broken-hearted. 

Forest Preserve
Who is  playing at the Independence Grove Concerts?  click here.

How do I reserve a picnic shelter? click here

How do I get a permit for the dog park?  click here

How do I get a fishing license click here.

How do I find an activity at the Forest Preserve? click here

What are the Lake County Forest Preserve Scout programs? click here

What are the  Forest Preserve Summer Camp Programs? click here.


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Volunteer to help at the Township Community Garden
1st workday of the season will be this Saturday, April 4th from 9am -noon.
We will be moving trellises, cutting down last years stalks, and spreading mulch. Tools will be provided, but we welcome you to bring any extra pruners or wheelbarrows to make for quick work.  Rainy and otherwise miserable weather will delay our workday til the following Saturday morning. Volunteer times will vary throughout the week, as the summer months draw near. You may receive workday cancellations by email, but for the most up-to-date information, please visit our Facebook page.Your help and participation in whatever way you want to share is very much appreciated.  As we know from last year, working in this garden is so much more than a volunteer opportunity.  It's an amazing learning experience, a good workout, a creative outlet, a breath of fresh air, a connection to nature, and a fantastic way to spend time with friends and family, or make new friends, as we build and strengthen our community. We accomplished so much last season, and with a strong foundation in place, the possibilities this year can be endless.Thank you again and see you in the garden! The location of the garden is: Fremont Township 22385 W. IL Route 60, Mundelein.  Please contact Alicia Dodd at  and like the Facebook page.
Charity Bike Ride in Mundelein

The Annual Blood Sweat and Tears Charity Bike Ride, hosted by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, will move to Mundelein this year on August 2, 2015. In preparation for the event, Mundelein's Parkview Fitness Center, 1401 N Midlothian Rd, Mundelein, IL 60060 is co-hosting a Spin-A-Thon on April 25 from 7:15 a.m. - 12:15 PM. Click here for more information
Community Events

Friends of the Fremont Library Used Book Sale

Saturday April 11 from 10 to 4

Sunday April 12 from  1 to 4:30   

The North Central O Gauge model railroad club will be running their model trains at the Fremont Public Library in Mundelein on Saturday April 11th from 10 AM to 4 PM.


Boy Scout Troop 303 Mulch Fundraiser 

The boys of Scout Troop 303 are selling bags of premium mulch to earn their way to summer camp and other Scouting adventures. They deliver the "mulch" bags to your home (min 10 bags for free delivery) and also offer "mulch" installation too (additional fee applies).

Accepting Mulch orders: March - April 27 

Delivery and Install Dates: April 11, 12 & May 2, 3

Cost: $3.50 per 2.0 cubic ft. bag (14 bags = 1 cubic yard) 

(4) colors: Non Dyed - Natural Dyed - Dark Walnut, Dark Brown and Red 

To contact them go to  


Join Mundelein Mayor Steve Lentz and Trustee Robin Meier for a cup of coffee and conversation on Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 9 am at Omega Restaurant.  This is an opportunity to ask questions about what's new in Mundelein or share your thoughts and ideas. Reservations not necessary!  

The Fremont Township Annual Town Meeting is Tuesday, April 14 at 7 pm in the lower level of the Administrative Office


Home and Business Expo at Grand Dominion

Spring has sprung, it's time to get some projects done! Are you looking to renovate your kitchen or bath? Are you looking to up-grade your homes interior? Making modifications to your landscaping? The Home and Business Expo on Saturday, April 11th from 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. is your one stop shop for all of your home improvement needs! Not only will you find services to spruce up your home. This expo offers exhibitors with services to enhance your personal quality of life. A majority of the vendors this year are new to the Expo. This is a free event and is open to the public. Grand Dominion Lakeside Lodge is located at 3555 Grand Dominion Circle, Mundelein.

Deer Park Mall Sponsors Recycling and Shredding Event
Electronic Recycling & Shredding Event at the Deer Park Mall

Saturday, April 18 9am-1pm

Electronics and paper shredding will begin at 9am.  Cars will line-up on the south end of the shopping center near Cozy Feet and be directed through the line.  The event concludes at 1pm. 

For paper shredding, the following is acceptable: Staples, paper clips, small binder clips, manila envelopes, window envelopes, generally any type of paper product.

Unacceptable items include three ring binders (three hole punch), and any type of heavy metal.

Maximum paper acceptance is 4 copy paper size boxes or 10 jewel bags.

Click here for a list of accepted items
Paper Shredding Only Event
State Rep Ed Sullivan is sponsoring a paper shredding only event on Saturday, May 16 from 9 am to noon at the Fremont Township Administrative Offices.
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Diana O'Kelly

Fremont Township Supervisor    


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