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     Diana O'Kelly

  Township Supervisor

June 27, 2016

IDOT To Shut Down Road Construction Projects

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has sent notice to their contractors to stop all construction and prepare to make construction work zones safe for a possible “long term” shut down by June 30. This road construction shut down is due to the lack of a state budget and an appropriation.

This will impact several Lake County Division of Transportation (LCDOT) projects where federal funding is administered by IDOT:

  • Washington Street Grade Separation
  • Ela at Route 12 intersection improvement
  • Deerfield Road - in the Village of Deerfield and City of Highland Park
  • Waukegan Road (IL 43) Traffic Signal improvements

While the State of Illinois is shutting down their construction projects due to their budget woes, there will be no impact on the 176/83/60 project on the west side of Mundelein. 

The State’s budget problems have no impact on the highway project. The $5 million dollar funding from the State was given to the Village more than 4 years ago. The project is 100% funded.

The Hawley Street reconstruction project will not be impacted by this either.

The legislature is meeting this week to discuss a stop gap budget. This situation could change if a bill passes that includes funding for transportation.

Com Ed Scam
ComEd has seen an increase in reports of individuals calling ComEd customers and falsely claiming their electric service will be disconnected unless payment is made. 

Hawthorn Woods Residents have reported fraudulent phone calls urging them to provide their ComEd account number to renew the Village's electric aggregation rate. This is a scam to get residents to switch to a higher cost provider. As a reminder, there is no need for residents to renew with the electric aggregation program.  Once enrolled in the program, the low rate will continue until 2017.  These impersonators instruct customers to buy a prepaid credit card and call back to a different phone number with the personal identification number (PIN) or other personal information. They also use a tactic called "spoofing" to manipulate the Caller ID displayed phone number so that it appears as a ComEd number. Remember, ComEd representatives will never call you 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).
Water Reports
If Lake County provides your water, you can find the latest water report by clicking here Countryside Lake and parts of Hawthorn Woods receive their water from Lake County.
Women's Barbershop Quartet Break Record
Congratulations to the Melodeers which has members from Fremont Township.  The Melodeers Chorus recently returned form Regional Competition in Appleton, WI where they made history with a record breaking score of 759 points (out of a possible 800), setting a new standard of excellence in the world of barbershop harmony.
Property Tax Exemptions for Seniors, Veterans and Disabled Vets
Fremont Township Homeowners 65 and older with a household income of $55,000 or less must file for the 2016 Senior Citizen Assessment Freeze by Friday, July 1. The Fremont Township Assessor's office can be reached at 847 223-2846.  This exemption must be applied for every year.

Remember if you are a homeowner 65 or older, there is also the Senior Homestead Exemption freeze.  Have you filed for your exemption?  You only need to file for this once, but our office sees people every day who never filed for this and there is a substantial savings you could be missing out on.

Disabled Veteran Tax Exemption for Mobile Home

Disabled Veterans are exempt from the full amount of the mobile home tax. This exemption applies to the tax levied by each county to the owner of a mobile home that meet all of the following criteria: 1) Mobile home must be owned and used exclusively by a disabled veteran; 2) spouse or unmarried surviving spouse as their primary residence; 3) the disabled veteran must have been awarded the Specially Adapted Housing Grant by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for a primary residence that they owned and resided in prior to purchase of the mobile home; 4) and the disabled veteran, spouse or unmarried surviving spouse must be a permanent resident of the State of Illinois on January 1 of the tax year for which the exemption is being claimed. Contact your county tax assessor's office or please contact your local Veteran Service Officer for further information.

There are property tax exemptions for Veterans and Disabled Persons.  Click here to find out more

Call your local Assessor's office with questions.
Adult and Children Diapers
If you have diapers or depends that you no longer need, Fremont Township does accept them. Call Nancy at 847 223-2847. We are especially in need of size 6.
Reduced Fair Pass for RTA, CTA and Metra
65 years old or older? Apply at Fremont Township for the RTA reduced fare permit.
The RTA Reduced Fare permit allows older adults, age 65 or over, qualified people with disabilities and Medicare recipients to ride all RTA fixed-route services at a reduced fare. These fixed route services include CTA buses and trains, Metra trains and Pace buses in the six-county region of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will. Discounts don't apply on Ride Lake County West and Ride Lake County Central.
Questions?  Call Nancy at 847 223-2847
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Paper Shredding

The paper shredding event  is scheduled for July 30th from 9 am til 11 am at our Administrative Offices.  

Household Chemical Waste Collection Event

The next Household Chemical Collection Event is scheduled for July 17th at Deerfield High School. For more information go to

      Accepted Items 

  • All aerosol products (spray paint, hair spray, etc.)
  • Motor oil, antifreeze, gas, brake fluid, etc.
  • Asbestos containing products
  • Batteries: Lithium, NI-CAD, Metal Hydride Batteries (NO ALKALINE)
  • Drain cleaners, household cleaners, metal polishes
  • Driveway sealers, deck sealers and cleaners, paint removers
  • Fertilizer, herbicide, pesticide, insecticide
  • Compact fluorescent lamps and tubes
  • Solvents: Mineral spirits, kerosene, thinners, sealers
  • Mercury (thermometers, thermostats, etc.)
  • Oil-based paints, stains, varnishes, sealers
  • Pool chemicals
  • Personal care products: Cosmetics, shampoos, nail polish, etc.
  • Medications: Over-the-counter and prescription (people and pet)
Job Fair
AkzoNobel currently has positions available in their warehouse, shipping, batch making and filling departments.  Their job fair is Wednesday, June 29 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at 1 East Water Street, Waukegan.  Sign up immediately at

Join annual Employment Opportunities Fair June 29
Meet with dozens of employers, get resume help and more at the Round Lake Area Job Fair! The fair will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 29 at Magee Middle School, 500 N. Cedar Lake Road, Round Lake. 
Hardship Blood Drive
A hardship blood drive is scheduled for Friday July 1st from 1-7pm at Mundelein Fire Station #1.  Give the gift of life before heading over to community days! Donors will receive a limited edition patriotic t-shirt and for each donation a $1 will be donated to Operation Support Our Troops! 
Local Events

Mundelein Community Days, July 1 to July 4 More Information

The parade will be held on Sunday, July 3rd at 2 pm. This year the parade will form in the Mundelein Metra Station parking lot. Due to the construction on Hawley Street, the parade will run west on Division Street from the Metra lot to Midlothian Road north on Midlothian to Hawley Street, then to Mundelein High School. The reviewing stand will be set-up on the southeast corner of Lincoln and Division.  For more information or if you have questions, call Mike Flynn at 847-949-3223. 

Hawthorn Woods July 4 Festivities More Information

Look for Matthew Pawlowski's Eagle Scout project where he is collecting things for the troops.

Wauconda Concert Series 

Mundelein Concert Series

Hawthorn Woods Concert Series

Long Grove Concert Series

Independence Grove Concert Series

Civil War Days July 9 & 10, 2016 at Lakewood Forest Preserve

The boom of cannons, the crack of rifles, the galloping of horse hooves welcomes you at the annual Civil War Days encampment. Wander the camps to see soldiers, civilians and tradesmen at work. Watch as union and confederate forces collide in battle. Visit the 1863 Summer Fair, meet President Lincoln and shop Civil War era vendors. Kids enjoy period crafts, games and a scavenger hunt.

Click here for more information

The Friends of the Fremont Library Used Book Sale
1170 Midlothian Road, Mundelein, Illinois 

Friday, July 9 - 10:00 am – 5:00 pm and  S aturday, July 10 - 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
When is the Lake County Fair?

88th Annual Lake County Fair is Wednesday  Jul 27, 2016 10:00 am til Sunday, July 31, 2016  Click here

Garden Walk

A FREE garden walk will be hosted by the Gardeners of Central Lake County on Saturday, July 9, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The self-guided walk will showcase five interesting and varied specialty gardens located in Mundelein. 

Highlights of the gardens include: interesting groupings of native perennials, wide assortment of trees and shrubs including unusual varieties, monarch way station and native rain garden, Japanese inspired gardens, shade gardens, creative spaces highlighting garden art, sunny perennials planted on a steep lake bluff and many more garden gems. Tour the gardens at your own leisure. 

Maps and directions for the walk will be available at Cook Memorial Library at 413 N. Milwaukee Ave, Libertyville; Fremont Library at 1170 N. Midlothian Road in Mundelein, and Aspen Library Vernon Hills, mid-June as well as on the website:

Questions? Please contact Cindy at or 847-772-2186.

Volunteers Welcome in our Garden, Earn Your Service Hours
If you drive by our administrative office, you will see the Volunteer run Fremont Township Community Garden.

Our Garden provides produce to our food pantry clients and low income seniors.  It is a treasured site of community activity where residents are invited to get involved, whether as a garden volunteer, with a community service project, or simply to enjoy and make use of the garden as a get away from the hustle and bustle. 

We welcome new volunteers!  To learn more go to or to their Facebook page at  Fremont Township Community Garden.  

Notarize Your Documents at Fremont Township
Need a Notary?  Our office will notarize your documents free of charge.
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Recycle Bedding for Local Animal Shelters
If you have used towels, sheets or blankets that need to be recycled, please consider bringing them to Fremont Township at 22385 Route 60, Mundelein to be donated to local Animal Shelters and Rescues.  You can drop them off in the bin on our 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.  If you are disposing of shoes that have laces, please tie the laces together.

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Diana O'Kelly
Fremont Township Supervisor 
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Connie Shanahan
Jeri Atleson
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Next Board Meeting-July 6 at 7:00 pm
Shredding Event- July 30 from 9 am til 11 am
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