News You Can Use

     Diana O'Kelly
Fremont Township Supervisor

January 21, 2016
Do I need a passport for domestic air travel starting January 2016?
Just after I sent the last email newsletter, the Department of Homeland Security issued new information.

Illinois-issued driver's licenses and ID cards will continue to be accepted through January 2018 as primary forms of identification to board commercial airplanes for domestic travel. The Department of Homeland Security is giving Illinois along with four other states an extension to bring their driver's licenses and state ID cards to certain federal standards.

If you do want to get a passport, Vernon Township issues them. Click here  for more information.
Learn Life Saving Skills
The Fremont Cert Team gets rave reviews on these classes.

A free six-week training course on emergency preparedness will run on Wednesday evenings from 7-10pm, February 17 through March 23.  Sessions will be held at the Fremont Township Center.  Topics include disaster preparedness, fire safety, first aid skills, light search and rescue, disaster psychology and terrorism, and information on our local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).  To register for this six-week program and learn lifesaving skills, please email team member Judy Hammel at 
On Monday, January 25, 2016, Fremont CERT will be doing a presentation at the Fremont Public Library in Mundelein on  Preparing Your Pets for A Disaster . Information will include the handling of pets in disaster related emergencies, such as fire, floods, and tornados, and an update on the efforts of the local CERT's to provide shelters for your pets. As always they will have an item for everyone's emergency kit, a grand raffle of an emergency weather radio, and the famous CERT cake.  The presentation starts at 7:00pm.  Please register through the Fremont Library. Register here

Super Senior Program at Mundelein High School
If you are a senior citizen who resides in the Mundelein High School District, you are cordially invited to participate in the Super Seniors Activities program.
Seniors attend dinner events, school plays, music concerts, and art shows. Several times throughout the school year you will have the opportunity to enjoy a complimentary dinner served by MHS students and to attend an MHS activity.

Thursday, February 4, 2016
Dinner at 6 p.m. in the Cafeteria followed by the play Picnic by William Inge

Thursday, April 28, 2016
Dinner at 6 p.m. in the Cafeteria followed by the musical Thoroughly Modern Millie.  The AP Art Show will also be in the Cafeteria.

Reservations are made by calling 847-949-2200 ext. 1266 and leaving the name, address and phone number of each senior citizen who is attending. You may only sign up for one event at a time and you must reserve no later than one week prior to the event. They start taking reservations approximately four weeks before each event.

Please note that you must reside in the Mundelein High School District #120 to attend.
Receive emergency information
If you live in the Village of Wauconda or the Wauconda Fire District, have you signed up to receive local emergency information?

Mundelein residents can sign up to receive  emergency information at 
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Consumer Alert - Increase in Phone Scams
Com Ed is warning customers of "sophisticated phone scammers" and "in-person" scammers who pose as ComEd representatives and request immediate payments.
Between November and December 2015, ComEd reported a 260-percent jump in phone scam attempts to small businesses and residential customers. These impersonators falsely claim that your electric service will be disconnected unless payment is made. Scammers ins truct customers to wire funds or buy a prepaid credit card and provide a personal identification number (PIN) or other personal information.

MC Squared Energy Services (mc²) and ComEd representatives will not call to ask you for cash or request that you purchase a prepaid credit card to make a payment on your bill.

If you have concerns about the status of your account, call ComEd's Customer Service line at 1-800-334-7661 (1-800-EDISON1). If you believe you have been the target of a phone scam, contact the Illinois Attorney General's office at 1-800-386-5438 (TTY 1-800-964-3013).
Radon Testing Kits Available at the Health Department
Radon is an odorless and colorless gas that naturally occurs in rock and soil.  It can seep into homes from the soil through cracks in the basement floors and foundations, crawl spaces, poorly sealed sump pumps, porous cinder block walls and other foundation floor and wall penetrations.

Short-term test kits are available through the Health Department for $10. The cost includes return postage, laboratory analysis and interpretation by Health Department staff. For more information on purchasing a kit, call: 847.377.8030.
Mundelein ranked of of America's Top 100 Safest Cities
The Village of Mundelein recently was ranked one of America's "Top 100 Safest Cities" by Neighborhood Scout for 2016. The organization's researchers targeted cities across America with 25,000 or more people, based on the total number of crimes per 1,000 residents. Crimes include burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, homicide, rape, armed robbery, and aggravated assault. Data used for this research are the number of crimes reported to the FBI to have occurred in each city, and the population of each city.
The Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO) will be hosting a one day only special electronics recycling collection event for broken and unwanted electronics. This one day special event will be held on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Village of Lindenhurst Village Hall Garage located at 2301 E. Sand Lake Road in Lindenhurst. Recycling fees will be assessed for televisions ($20 each) and cathode ray tube style monitors ($15 each), all other acceptable electronics will be collected at no cost. 
For more information go to
Diaper Bank
Fremont Township is a member of the Diaper Bank Partnership of Lake County.  This service can provide 30 diapers / month (adult and child) to residents in need. If you know of Fremont Township residents in need, please have them call our office at 847 223-2847 for more information.
We also accept diaper donations.  
Where Do I Recycle my Electronics?
Grayslake  Public Works Facility, Recycling Center
585 Berry Ave., Grayslake, IL
Monday - Friday: 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Also accepts: Cardboard, mixed paper, household containers, shoes, clothing and textiles
Click here for other drop off locations

Where do I recycle other things?
Things To Do
The Lady Mustangs invite you to join them for the 2016 Breast Cancer Research basketball game, Tuesday, January 26 at 7pm at Mundelein High School.

In assoc iati on with First Folio! The Book That Gave Us 
Shakespeare, a national to  uring exhibition hosted by Lake County Discovery Museum, Kirk Players will present Sounds and Sweet Aires on February 6 @ 2pm at the Museum (seating is limited!  Click here for reservation
Mundelein High School ACT Bootcamp for Juniors and Seniors

Check out the January programs at the Regent Center in Mundelein. Click here  It is also time to renew your membership.  Membership Form

Duplicate Bridge at Fremont Township
Play duplicate bridge at Fremont Township, 22385 Route 60 on
Monday mornings, 9:15.  Contact Barb Stone for more information, 847 566-0889  st1b@yahoo.comThis is an ACBL sanctioned game, you can earn ACBL points.

Township Officials Scholarship Opportunity
Sorry the link was broken in my last newsletter.

Each year since 1989, the Scholarship Fund has awarded scholarships to graduating high school seniors to continue their education at Illinois colleges/universities.  TOI staff checks all applications for the required elements (letters of recommendation, academic transcript, etc.) before presenting the complete applications to the Board of Directors Education Committee. Committee members establish a ranking system, and each Committee member ranks every application. The top seven this year will then be offered scholarships.

If you are interested in applying for a scholarship or finding out more information about qualifying, download the  2016 Scholarship Application
For more information


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Recycle Sheets, Blankets, Towels, for the Dogs
If you have used towels, sheets or blankets that need to be recycled, please consider bringing them to Fremont Township at 22385 Rt 60, Mundelein to be donated to local Animal Shelters and Rescues.  Please drop them in the bin on the front porch. This keeps them out of the landfill and puts them to good use.  

We also accept eye glasses and shoes to be recycled year round.  If you are disposing of shoes that have laces, please tie the laces together.
Fremont Township Food Pantry
Fremont Township operates a food pantry.  If you are aware of Fremont residents in need, please refer them to our office.  Our pantry accepts monetary, food and non-perishable donations from local residents.  We appreciate the generosity of our community.  

We are currently in need of toiletries and cleaning supplies.
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Diana O'Kelly

Fremont Township Supervisor    


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