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From the desk of your Lake County Treasurer David Stolman: 
As we enter spring 2016, our office is busy preparing the 2015 property tax bills as they will be mailed on May 2. Remember, this is the only bill you will receive. Like previous years, property taxes will be due in two equal installments. This year, the due dates will be June 2 and September 2.

The envelopes provided will have the return address P.O. Box 1030, Bedford Park, IL. This is our P.O. box located in Bedford Park, IL, and is the closet Post Office to our lock box facility. Please use these envelopes when mailing in your payments.

We'd also like to introduce our new website www.lakecountyil.gov/treasurer. It's been a long time coming! We hope you find it informative and more user-friendly.
State Representative Ed Sullivan (R-Mundelein) expressed his satisfaction following the passage of a bipartisan agreement in the House and Senate that will avert shutdowns and layoffs in Illinois’ higher education system.

“This is what happens when we work together,” said Sullivan. “The legislation passed today is a glimpse at how the process should work and what we can accomplish when we stop the partisanship and allow the shared responsibility of governance to prevail. I’m hopeful that the cooperation among rank and file Democrats and Republicans that produced this legislation will continue so we can pass a balanced budget that is built on reform and compromise.”

The amendment to Senate Bill 2059 will temporarily fund higher education by using $600 million from the Education Assistance Fund and have no impact on the states already over exacerbated finances. Once signed by the Governor, the agreement will keep Illinois’ universities open until a full budget agreement can be negotiated and will avert a series of impending layoffs and shutdowns.
The supplemental fee for renewing a motor vehicle sticker is automatically charged whenever the owner of the motor vehicle delays filing a renewal slip and paying the vehicle license renewal fee. If the fee is paid on time, the driver will get a decal from the office of the Illinois Secretary of State to attach to the steel license plate on the relicensed motor vehicle. If the fee is not paid on time, the driver is required to pay an extra supplementary fee to re-license the motor vehicle, and the vehicle may also face the possibility of a police stop as a result of driving with an expired tag.

Until FY16, Illinois drivers received letters from the Office of the Secretary of State shortly prior to the expirations of their existing stickers. The letters contained friendly reminder notices intended to nudge the driver/vehicle owner to file the renewal application, pay the fee, and get the sticker. Unfortunately, the Secretary of State’s office no longer sends out these reminder notices. They point out that their agency has not gotten appropriated funds for its needs from the State of Illinois since the start of FY16 in July 2015. This explanation confuses Illinois drivers, who are well aware that the motor vehicle license renewal fees that they are required to pay every year contain more than enough to cover the costs of a robot mail piece.
The Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO) Board has APPROVED funding for its electronics recycling program.

After voting at an emergency meeting on March 3 to close its five remaining collection sites effective May 1, 2016, the SWALCO Board of Directors reversed that decision at its April 14 meeting.

For at least the remainder of the year, Lake County residents should continue to use the five collection sites located in Waukegan, Highland Park, Grayslake, Grant Township and Cuba Township.
The presentation was made by the Illinois Business and Economic Development Corporation (ILBEDC) CEO Jim Schultz. He explained to the newly-convened House Committee on Public Private Partnerships the role of ILBEDC to sell Illinois as a place to locate businesses and create jobs. CEO Schultz explained that the new nonprofit corporation is expected to match the economic-development-corporation organizational model grasped by 17 U.S. states and by many regions within Illinois. Neighboring states that have set up EDCs include Indiana, Missouri, and Wisconsin. Large states that have set up EDCs include Florida, Michigan, Ohio, and Texas.
As work continues to improve on the railroad right-of-way between Joliet and Alton, improved timetables grow near for the implementation of service along much of the route as fast as 110 miles per hour. The faster trains could be running as soon as 2017. Amtrak is also taking steps to revamp and rebuild the interior space in Chicago’s Union Station, with moves underway to concentrate passenger ticketing and waiting areas in the station’s Great Hall and open more multilevel space to West Loop-oriented private-sector retail activity.

While Illinois continues to tighten its belt with regards to a wide variety of spending commitments, the Joliet-Alton speedup is being implemented through a multi-year capital improvement consortium program that includes federal U.S. Department of Transportation money and partial funding from the Union Pacific Railroad, the owner and operator of the railroad bed. Union Pacific has consented to continue to allow Amtrak trains to run on its line in return for federal and State help in improving the roadbed, on which it is running an increasing count of double-stacked trailer trains.
Notices of vehicle emission tests due soon on nearly a half a million Illinois vehicles are finally being mailed out, despite a state budget stalemate, state officials said Wednesday.

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency had stopped mailing the reminders in December because of the state budget crunch. It resumed doing so Wednesday after the testing contractor, Applus Technologies, agreed to eat the cost of the mailings, state EPA officials said.

The reminders started to go out Wednesday for vehicles due for emission tests in March, April and May, Illinois EPA spokeswoman Kim Biggs said. That covers as many as 498,000 vehicles, she said.