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Diana O'Kelly, Township Supervisor

December 23, 2022

Volunteers Needed for Food Sort

We will be sorting our food donations on Wednesday, December 28 at 9 am. If you would like to help, please come around to the back of our building in our lower level. We look forward to seeing you!!!

10 New Illinois Laws Taking Effect in 2023

Click here to view the new laws reported by NBC

Ship Medicare Help

Thank you to our Ship Medicare Counselor, Chris Koscinski who was able to help 106 Fremont Township residents select their medicare and prescription drug plans. This year resulted in saving our residents over $60,000.

Where Do I Recycle Christmas Lights?

Mundelein Public Works and Engineering and Elgin Recycling is hosting the annual holiday lights recycling program. Anyone interested in recycling their used holiday lights can bring their items to one of the following locations between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday from now through January 31, 2023.

Holiday Lights Recycling Locations:

Village Hall, 300 Plaza Circle

Public Works and Engineering Facility, 801 Allanson Road

Fire Station #1, 1000 N. Midlothian Road

Police Department, 221 N. Lake Street (lower level)

Only the light strands themselves will be taken; bulbs do not have to be removed from the strands but should be removed from boxes and/ or plastic.

Please Note: Lawn ornaments, other holiday decorations, or light strands connected to wreaths, garlands, or other material cannot be accepted. Residents dropping lights off at the Village Hall are limited to two 25-foot strands or equivalent length.

If you have any questions or bulk drop-offs, please contact Public Works and Engineering 847-949-3270.

Message from Highway Commissioner Alicia Dodd

Please give plow trucks plenty of space. Double what you think would be appropriate. We have blind spots behind us, obstacles to avoid with our plow in front of us, and blowing snow on our windshield. The demands on our attention and focus are ever present, and it could be easy to not see a small car sneak up behind us while we are making sure our path ahead is free of people and obstacles. Another important reason to give us space is that our trucks do slide in slick areas. The majority of our off-road plow damage results from hitting slick areas where braking is just a vote, but physics determines the outcome.

Don’t park in the street. Again.. the sliding.. We really really don’t want to damage property. Parking in the street means that we cannot properly do snow removal and in some situations on narrow roads, it can be impossible without the risk of potential damage to your vehicle. Please, for the sake of our drivers, your vehicle, and everyone who uses that street, avoid parking on the roadway when snow removal operations are expected.

Wear High Vis clothing when walking at night. Much of our plowing is done in the dark—either after evening rush hour or in the early morning hours. Invariably, after every round, we comment on encountering pedestrians dressed in black, walking in the dark, and we thank our lucky stars that we saw them in time. If you must walk at night when it’s snowy, please wear high Vis clothing and remain clear of the road when the plow trucks are in your vicinity.

Keep kids out of roadside snow piles. Hurting a child while pushing back snow is every snow plow driver’s worst nightmare. Playing in snow piles after the roads are clear can be risky too—as snow accumulates, we may need to move piles to create space for additional snow and improve visibility.

We know you hate the snow at the end of your driveway. We deal with it too, returning home after a plowing all night, welcomed home to heavy wet snow at the end of our drive. We also know how discouraging it can be to have snow fill the end of the drive after the driveway is cleared. Here’s what is happening: after an accumulation of snow develops on the roadside, the plow carries snow along as it clears the road. When the plow passes a cleared driveway, the snow being pushed by the plow empties into the cleared space. To minimize this, try clearing a section about a car length long along the edge of the road to the left of your driveway, creating an open space that allows the plow to empty some of its load prior to your driveway.

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Thank You for Your Donations for Thanksgiving Meals!

Thank you to all that made donations for holiday dinners at Jewel on Midlothian and 176. Jewel has been such a wonderful partner. We were able to distribute 133 Thanksgiving meals to our residents this year. Thank you to Jewel, Ellies, the churches and neighbors that made meal donations for our Fremont residents.

50 and Over and Looking For Things to Do?

Check out the schedule at the Mundelein Park District.

Click here for their schedule They have some new programs and fun trips scheduled.

Have You Signed Up for Energy Assistance?

It is time to sign up for Li-Heap. Please check the income guidelines to see if you qualify.

If you have questions or need to schedule an appointment, call Nancy at 847 223-2847. Liheap may have recently applied a credit to your account. That credit does not replace this program. Please call Nancy to schedule an appointment to apply for this program. 

If you are a Nicor client, they have increased the income eligibility level. Please check the chart below to see if you qualify. Call Nancy for an appointment if you meet the guidelines.

Eco Corner By Jenn Cameron

Good books for young readers can be both enjoyable and valuable when they help to foster a child's understanding about the natural world and how it functions! Listed below are award-winning or award-nominated eco-themed children's books for holiday gifting ideas or to find at your local library:

Wonder Walkers by Micha Archer

*2022 Caldecott Honor winner (picture book)

Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera by Candace Fleming

*2022 Nominee for the Monarch Award: Illinois' K-3 Readers' Choice Award

What a Waste: Trash, Recycling, and Protecting our Planet by Jess French

*2022 Nominee for the Bluestem Award: Illinois' Grades 3-5 Readers' Choice Award

Meadowlands: A Wetlands Survival Story by Thomas F. Yezerski

*2012 Growing Good Kids Book Award winner (Ages 8+)

Planet Ocean: Why We All Need a Healthy Ocean by Patricia Newman

*2022 Green Earth Book Award Honor Book (Grades 4-8)

As 2022 winds down, remember that eco-themed books are always in season ~ Happy Holidays

Local Theater Auditions With The Kirk Players

Chaos and comedy meet each other when a bumbling narrator finds that Prince Charming has been kidnapped by the evil witch Hagragard. The narrator struggles to maintain her family's honor when her well-meaning Fairy Godmother mistakenly sends six fairy tale princesses (accompanied by Goldilocks) to save the day. Working together, a dragon and a group of evil minions are now the unlikely team needed to save Prince Charming from disaster.

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Ride Lake County  Pace Bus Service

Ride Lake County is a borderless countywide paratransit service that provides seniors age 60+ and people with disabilities transportation to any area of Lake County for work, shopping, medical appointments and more. 

As a reservation-based program, vehicles do not travel on a fixed route each day. Riders schedule their trips in advance and the vehicles provide curb-to-curb service from the rider's desired pick-up and drop-off destinations. Ride Lake County is a shared-ride service, so vehicles may make stops for other passengers. 

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Click here for the brochure

Your Donations Go To Local Rescues

The local animal shelters are in need of sheets, towels, small throw rugs and blankets. There is a bin on our front porch at 22385 Route 60, Mundelein, if you have any old bedding you would like to donate. No pillows! The donations get distributed to shelters. We also accept leashes, collars, toys, pet food etc.

Recycle Items at Fremont Township

Our shoe bin is also on our front porch and we are accepting shoes to be recycled and reused. Please tie or rubberband the shoes together when you drop them off.

We accept yarn in our office.

We accept eyeglasses and hearing aids in our office.

We accept American Flags in our office.

The textile bin is also open and is located in our parking lot. Click here to see what we accept.

Email Us With Your Comments For Our Board of Trustees

If you have comments for our board, and can't make our meetings, please email Chris McCann at with your comments.

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If you need to contact me, please call the office at 847 223-2847 or my cell at 847 833-1019.


Diana O'Kelly

Fremont Township Supervisor  

Fremont Township Representatives


Diana O'Kelly


Alicia Dodd

Highway Commissioner

Joe Herchenbach


Christina McCann 



Connie Shanahan

Jeri Atleson

Keith Voss

Nick Dollenmaier

Next Board Meeting, January 9 at 6:30 pm in the board room

Important Links

Illinois 60/83 Study

Report Blocked Railroad Crossing

Pace Options in Fremont Township

State of Illinois Unclaimed Money

Lake County Crimestoppers 

Village of Grayslake 

Village of Hawthorn Woods 

Village of Mundelein 

Village of Round Lake

Village of Round Lake Park

Village of Wauconda 

 Lake County 

 Fremont Township 

 Fremont Library