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The March 20 LCML Membership Meeting will give you an opportunity to learn how to communicate with your constituents more often and more effectively, using the latest in technology and social media. Stay ahead of the newest technology and social trends, and focus on how to incorporate those new features into a municipality or official’s existing communication strategy.

Get Connected to Your Residents

Featured speaker Emily McMahon
Constituent Consultants

Thursday, March 20

Doubletree Hotel in Mundelein, 510 Route 83
6:30 pm hors d’ouevres
7:00 pm program
Cost is $30 for LCML members;
$35 for non-LCML members.

Please RSVP to Chris Gentes at
(847) 270-3126 or by March 17

Click here for a registration form.

Bid tabs for crack sealing, pavement marking and street sweeping for the 2014 LCML Cooperative Purchasing Program are available. Go to the Bid Document tab for details. Preconstruction meetings will be held on Tuesday, March 18 at 9:00 am in the Round Lake Beach Village Hall lower level conference room.

The 2014 LCML Cooperative Purchasing Program bid documents are available for crack sealing, pavement patching and street sweeping. If there is enough interest, pavement patching and tree maintenance will be offered as well. Click on the Bid Document tabs on the home page for the links.

If you know any vendors that might be interested, please let them know about the bid documents. They can access the documents at

Sealed bid packets are due Wednesday, February 26, by 5:00 pm at the LCML office in the Round Lake Beach Village Hall, 1937 Municipal Way. They will be opened publicly on Thursday, February 27 at 10:00 am in the LCML office.

Due to unforeseen circumstance the LCML Annual Banquet (still on Thursday, November 14) will be held at Hawthorn Woods Country Club, 1 Tournament Drive North, Hawthorn Woods. Cash bar at 6:00 pm dinner at 7:00 pm. Entree choices will stay the same. Sorry for any inconvenience.

2013 The Cutting Edge Program

Did your community implement a program, policy or procedure that successfully meets the needs or challenges of the community in a cost-effective way? Tell us about it in The Cutting Edge application. The program need not be initiated in 2013 to qualify. For more information and an application, click the links.

The Cutting Edge winner will be announced at the November 14 LCML Annual Banquet.

The Blue Ribbon Advisory Council (BRAC) met on Tuesday, September 17, to discuss future plans for the Route 53/ Route 120 project. Tollway Director Kristi Lafleur said, “Our next step is to establish a more detailed understanding of how to fund, build, operate and maintain the type of roadway the Council has recommended.”

Two committees have been formed: Finance and Land Use. The Finance Committee will consider detailed project information from the feasibility analysis to develop a financing strategy for the project. Ultimately, the Finance Committee will seek to answer the questions

  • Is the project feasible?
  • Should the Tollway build the project?

Its work will be the basis to develop a recommendation to the Illinois Tollway Board of Directors as to whether the Tollway should continue to move forward with the project. Communities in the direct path of the corridor will have a representative on the Finance Committee.

The Land Use Committee will develop a corridor-wide land use plan that feeds into the Tollway’s analysis and
establishes an integrated strategy for land use, transportation and economic development in the corridor.

Committees will meet quarterly and the BRAC will meet again in late spring/ early summer 2014, with the final reports to be presented to the Tollway by the end of 2014. For more information go to click here.

Great Day on the Golf Course

It was a great day for a golf outing at the Deerfield Golf Course. Check out the photos on the Photo Gallery page. Thanks to all the sponsors for their continued support.

Major Sponsors
Lunch Sponsor – Mesirow Financial
Dinner Sponsor – ComEd
Gift Sponsor – Comcast
Golf Ball Sponsor – CDM Smith
Beverage Tickets Sponsor – Groot
Helicopter Ball Drop Sponsor – Clarke
$10,000 Hole in One Challenger – Country Financial
Active Hole Sponsors – Call One, HR Green and USAgain

Hole sponsors
Aqua Illinois
Baxter & Woodman
Bill Balling, WRB, LLC
Christopher Burke Engineering
Ehlers & Associates
FGM Architects
S.B. Friedman Company
Magna Law
Manhard Consulting
RHMG Engineering
Speer Financial
Tressler LLP
Trotter & Associates
Union Pacific

Goody bag and raffle items were donated by Ancel Glink, Added Incentives, Comcast, Glenview Park District, Groot, Highland Park Country Club, IMET, Park District of Highland Park, Quarles, Village of Buffalo Grove, Village of Hawthorn Woods, Village of Wadsworth and Windsor Outdoor.

Thanks also to volunteers Diane Emerson (ComEd), Kelly Stanger (HR Green), Meghan Michel (Trotter & Associates), Deb Finn (Baxter & Woodman), Denise and Bill Gentes.

The Department of Labor has issued Frequently Asked Questions and Answers clarifying that landscaping work, including tree removal, when not conducted as part of another construction project, is exempt from prevailing wage requirements. Of special note is Question #6. The department has clarified that removal of diseased, damaged or hazardous trees when not associated with worked covered by the Prevailing Wage Act, is exempt from prevailing wage requirements.

Bid tabs for the 2013 Lake County Municipal League Co-Operative Purchasing Program are available. For Crack Sealing, click here. For Pavement Marking, click here. For Street Sweeping, click here.

Golf season is fast approaching and the 2013 LCML Golf Outing is scheduled for September 4 at Deerfield  Golf Course.  Sponsors and golfers are needed as well as raffle prizes and goody bag donations. If you would like to donate a prize or a goody bag item, please call Chris Gentes at (847) 270-3126.

This year there will be a helicopter ball drop with a cash prize. Click here for a brochure.