Cedar Lake Road to Close at Metra Railroad Tracks for Repairs to Existing Railroad Crossing

Cedar Lake Road to Close at Metra Railroad Tracks for Repairs to Existing Railroad Crossing

Round Lake, IL-Metra will be closing Cedar Lake Road to through traffic at the railroad crossing north of Illinois Route 134. The road closure is necessary for Metra to repair the existing railroad crossing. The road closure will begin Wednesday, August 7 at
6 A.M and is scheduled to reopen Wednesday, August 14 in the late afternoon.

Detour Route: Illinois Route 134 to Hart Road.

Contact Your State & Federal Representatives RE: Ethylene Oxide (EtO) Emissions in Lake County

Contact Your State & Federal Representatives RE: Ethylene Oxide (EtO) Emissions in Lake County

Last year it was made public that Ethylene Oxide is classified as a carcinogen.
 
Per the U.S. Department of Labor: Ethylene oxide (EtO) is produced in large volumes and is primarily used as an intermediate in the production of several industrial chemicals, the most notable of which is ethylene glycol. It is also used as a fumigant in certain agricultural products and as a sterilant for medical equipment and supplies. Unfortunately, EtO possesses several physical and health hazards that merit special attention. EtO is both flammable and highly reactive. Acute exposures to EtO gas may result in respiratory irritation and lung injury, headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, shortness of breath, and cyanosis. Chronic exposure has been associated with the occurrence of cancer, reproductive effects, mutagenic changes, neurotoxicity, and sensitization.
 
The group, Stop EtO in Lake County has been lobbying hard to stop the use of ETO in Lake County. Their efforts have resulted in Lake County taking the necessary step of testing for EtO releases into the atmosphere from two manufacturing plants in Lake County that utilize the gas.
 
The testing is still ongoing, but the preliminary readings and results have indicated there are emissions of EtO that far exceed the allowable emission levels, by as much as 25 to 50 times in certain locations at certain times of day, with certain wind patterns.
 
Lake County has no authority to do anything about this other than to educate you and lobby our State and Federal representatives on your behalf, because the power to make changes lies in the hands of state and federal EPA. The Sterigenics facility in Willowbrook was closed down this year due to high levels of emissions, but no such action has been taken here in Lake County to address the high emissions.
 
If this is a concern for you, please feel free to check out Stop EtO in Lake County, or participate in their rally this Friday at 6:30. Their leaders and members have been very forthcoming with information. They will also help you to figure out how you can contact your representatives to demand action.
 
Disclaimer: I am not a scientist by any means. My information is being passed on as a citizen who is concerned that a gas that has been linked to rare cancers, disproportionately affecting women and children, is being released into the air that Lake County breathes.  It is not my intent to cause needless alarm, however after reviewing the test results supplied by the Lake County Health Department, I am very concerned for my Lake County neighbors and residents and I will be contacting my State and Federal Representatives demanding actions be taken to make Lake County safe.  I hope you do the same. 

 

Click Here to view EtO Emissions Testing Results in Lake County.

Click Here to find out who your State and Federal Representatives are. 

Ethylene Oxide (EtO) Emissions Testing Results Lake County

Ethylene Oxide (EtO) Emissions Testing Results Lake County

Recent Updates

July 24, 2019 Update: Additional air monitoring results received

Both Medline and Vantage have conducted independent air monitoring during the month of June, some of which was done at sites also being monitored by the Health Department, the Village of Gurnee and the City of Waukegan. We have received one set of results from Medline, which can be viewed here:

Medline air monitoring results

We expect results from Vantage soon, and as the become available they will be posted here:

Vantage air monitoring results

July 22, 2019 Update: Additional air monitoring results received

The Health Department has received additional air monitoring results from samples collected on five separate days from June 14 to June 22, 2019 in Lake County.

June 21, 2019 Update: Initial air monitoring results received

The Health Department has received initial air monitoring results from samples collected on three separate days from June 6 to June 10, 2019 in Lake County. This initial data represents only three days of sampling, so conclusions about potential impacts to health cannot yet be made. The Health Department is sharing all results with the Village of Gurnee, City of Waukegan, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) as the data becomes available. Updates will be provided to the public on this web page.

Please note that on certain days, not all monitoring locations are sampled. These days were randomly selected during the 30-day period. Samples collected on these days are in addition to the samples collected on the regularly scheduled days. On these random days, four monitoring sites are being sampled.

PRESS RELEASE: Initial Ethylene Oxide Air Monitoring Results Received

Updated July 22, 2019

Notes on sample results table:

  1. ND (No detect) = EtO was not detected at a level above the method detection limit of approximately 0.045 μg/m3
  2. Invalid = The test could not be conducted due to a failure of the sampling device
    Site # Location Sample Dates Measured Air Concentration
    μg/m3 ppb
    R1 O’Plaine Rd & Russell Ave, Gurnee June 6 – 7, 2019 0.12 0.068
    R2 7000 Washington Street, Gurnee June 6 – 7, 2019 0.15 0.082
    V1 2000 Belle Plaine Ave, Gurnee June 6 – 7, 2019 0.21 0.12
    V2 SE corner Northwestern and Keith, Gurnee June 6 – 7, 2019 0.14 0.076
    V3 3886 Morrison Drive, Gurnee June 6 – 7, 2019 0.27 0.15
    V4 1200 Estes Drive, Gurnee June 6 – 7, 2019 0.19 0.11
    M1 SE corner of N. Palmieri and Staben, Waukegan June 6 – 7, 2019 0.21 0.11
    M2 3106 Belvidere Road, Waukegan June 6 – 7, 2019 0.12 0.068
    M3 Pulaski Road and S. Shields Drive, Waukegan June 6 – 7, 2019 6.8 3.8
    M4 FP access west of Green Bay Road, Waukegan June 6 – 7, 2019 0.15 0.081
    V1 2000 Belle Plaine Ave, Gurnee June 7 – 8, 2019 0.11 0.062
    V3 3886 Morrison Drive, Gurnee June 7 – 8, 2019 0.61 0.34
    M1 SE corner of N. Palmieri and Staben, Waukegan June 7 – 8, 2019 0.18 0.1
    M3 Pulaski Road and S. Shields Drive, Waukegan June 7 – 8, 2019 10 5.6
    R1 O’Plaine Rd & Russell Ave, Gurnee June 9 – 10, 2019 0.13 0.07
    R2 7000 Washington Street, Gurnee June 9 – 10, 2019 0.11 0.062
    V1 2000 Belle Plaine Ave, Gurnee June 9 – 10, 2019 0.17 0.093
    V2 SE corner Northwestern and Keith, Gurnee June 9 – 10, 2019 0.14 0.079
    V3 3886 Morrison Drive, Gurnee June 9 – 10, 2019 0.12 0.068
    V4 1200 Estes Drive, Gurnee June 9 – 10, 2019 0.13 0.07
    M1 SE corner of N. Palmieri and Staben, Waukegan June 9 – 10, 2019 0.21 0.12
    M2 3106 Belvidere Road, Waukegan June 9 – 10, 2019 0.15 0.081
    M3 Pulaski Road and S. Shields Drive, Waukegan June 9 – 10, 2019 2.4 1.3
    M4 FP access west of Green Bay Road, Waukegan June 9 – 10, 2019 0.28 0.16
    R1 O’Plaine Rd & Russell Ave, Gurnee June 12 – 13, 2019 0.095 0.053
    R2 7000 Washington Street, Gurnee June 12 – 13, 2019 0.12 0.065
    V1 2000 Belle Plaine Ave, Gurnee June 12 – 13, 2019 0.19 0.11
    V2 SE corner Northwestern and Keith, Gurnee June 12 – 13, 2019 0.19 0.11
    V3 3886 Morrison Drive, Gurnee June 12 – 13, 2019 0.24 0.13
    V4 1200 Estes Drive, Gurnee June 12 – 13, 2019 0.32 0.18
    M1 SE corner of N. Palmieri and Staben, Waukegan June 12 – 13, 2019 0.60 0.33
    M2 3106 Belvidere Road, Waukegan June 12 – 13, 2019 0.31 0.17
    M3 Pulaski Road and S. Shields Drive, Waukegan June 12 – 13, 2019 0.43 0.24
    M4 FP access west of Green Bay Road, Waukegan June 12 – 13, 2019 0.41 0.23
    V1 2000 Belle Plaine Ave, Gurnee June 14 – 15, 2019 ND ND
    V3 3886 Morrison Drive, Gurnee June 14 – 15, 2019 ND ND
    M1 SE corner of N. Palmieri and Staben, Waukegan June 14 – 15, 2019 4.31 2.39
    M3 Pulaski Road and S. Shields Drive, Waukegan June 14 – 15, 2019 ND ND
    R1 O’Plaine Rd & Russell Ave, Gurnee June 15 – 16, 2019 ND ND
    R2 7000 Washington Street, Gurnee June 15 – 16, 2019 0.16 0.0896
    V1 2000 Belle Plaine Ave, Gurnee June 15 – 16, 2019 ND ND
    V2 SE corner Northwestern and Keith, Gurnee June 15 – 16, 2019 ND ND
    V3 3886 Morrison Drive, Gurnee June 15 – 16, 2019 1.10 0.608
    V4 1200 Estes Drive, Gurnee June 15 – 16, 2019 ND ND
    M1 SE corner of N. Palmieri and Staben, Waukegan June 15 – 16, 2019 2.06 1.14
    M1 SE corner of N. Palmieri and Staben, Waukegan June 15 – 16, 2019 0.14 0.077
    M2 3106 Belvidere Road, Waukegan June 15 – 16, 2019 ND ND
    M3 Pulaski Road and S. Shields Drive, Waukegan June 15 – 16, 2019 1.24 0.686
    M4 FP access west of Green Bay Road, Waukegan June 15 – 16, 2019 Invalid Invalid
    V1 2000 Belle Plaine Ave, Gurnee June 17 – 18, 2019 ND ND
    V3 3886 Morrison Drive, Gurnee June 17 – 18, 2019 ND ND
    M1 SE corner of N. Palmieri and Staben, Waukegan June 17 – 18, 2019 ND ND
    M3 Pulaski Road and S. Shields Drive, Waukegan June 17 – 18, 2019 5.38 2.98
    M3 Pulaski Road and S. Shields Drive, Waukegan June 17 – 18, 2019 5.8 3.2
    R1 O’Plaine Rd & Russell Ave, Gurnee June 18 – 19, 2019 ND ND
    R2 7000 Washington Street, Gurnee June 18 – 19, 2019 1.28 0.708
    V1 2000 Belle Plaine Ave, Gurnee June 18 – 19, 2019 ND ND
    V1 2000 Belle Plaine Ave, Gurnee June 18 – 19, 2019 0.23 0.13
    V2 SE corner Northwestern and Keith, Gurnee June 18 – 19, 2019 ND ND
    V3 3886 Morrison Drive, Gurnee June 18 – 19, 2019 ND ND
    V4 1200 Estes Drive, Gurnee June 18 – 19, 2019 ND ND
    M1 SE corner of N. Palmieri and Staben, Waukegan June 18 – 19, 2019 ND ND
    M2 3106 Belvidere Road, Waukegan June 18 – 19, 2019 0.24 0.135
    M3 Pulaski Road and S. Shields Drive, Waukegan June 18 – 19, 2019 3.16 1.75
    M4 FP access west of Green Bay Road, Waukegan June 18 – 19, 2019 ND ND
    R1 O’Plaine Rd & Russell Ave, Gurnee June 21 – 22, 2019 0.5 0.277
    R2 7000 Washington Street, Gurnee June 21 – 22, 2019 ND ND
    V1 2000 Belle Plaine Ave, Gurnee June 21 – 22, 2019 0.89 0.495
    V2 SE corner Northwestern and Keith, Gurnee June 21 – 22, 2019 ND ND
    V3 3886 Morrison Drive, Gurnee June 21 – 22, 2019 ND ND
    V4 1200 Estes Drive, Gurnee June 21 – 22, 2019 ND ND
    M1 SE corner of N. Palmieri and Staben, Waukegan June 21 – 22, 2019 ND ND
    M2 3106 Belvidere Road, Waukegan June 21 – 22, 2019 ND ND
    M3 Pulaski Road and S. Shields Drive, Waukegan June 21 – 22, 2019 5.56 3.08
    M4 FP access west of Green Bay Road, Waukegan June 21 – 22, 2019 ND ND
    M4 FP access west of Green Bay Road, Waukegan June 21 – 22, 2019 <0.072 <0.040

Lake County Air Monitoring Wind Rose Maps

The maps posted below show the monitoring locations, air monitoring results by day, and a wind rose, which shows the wind information for each sampling day (i.e., wind direction, intensity, and percentage of time wind was blowing from the direction indicated).

Note: With the assistance of US EPA and Illinois EPA, we are currently reviewing the wind rose data regarding wind intensity (speed). If it is determined that corrections are required, they will be posted to this site, along with an explanation.

Wind roses are very important in determining the potential impact of a source of pollution. For more information, please see the U.S. EPA’s How to Read a Wind Rose (PDF).

Lake County Air Monitoring Lab Reports

Note: In the samples report ERG Jun 14_22 eto, samples from Jun 21 – 22, 2019 indicate a “sampled” date of June 22, 2019. The convention has been to report the date the sampling began as the “sampled” date. A corrected report will be posted soon, indicating the “sampled” date as June 21, 2019.

https://www.lakecountyil.gov/4193/Vantage-Independent-EtO-Monitoring

Lake County Health Committee Passes Changes to Ordinance To Protect Animals

Lake County Health Committee Passes Changes to Ordinance To Protect Animals

Thank you to the Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center , Lake County Animal Care & Control , Go Humane Lake County and representatives of the Breeder Community for working together to come up with a common sense compromise that solidifies rights of legitimate breeders while strengthening humane protections for our fur baby population in Lake County.

A resolution passed committee today, unanimously, that will enforce fines and punishment on breeders guilty of inhumane conditions or cruelty to animals.

This goes to the full board for a vote in a couple weeks.

Here is the text from the HCS Agenda for the proposed modifications.

  • 7.3 19-1208 Ordinance amending the Lake County Code of Ordinances Chapter 172 – Animals.
    • The proposed revisions to 172.12 (B) contain requirements when the owner of a dog that has been declared animal-aggressive (when it has killed or seriously injured another owned animal) wants to give away or sell the dog or move to another jurisdiction.
    • The proposed revisions would require an owner to notify Animal Care and Control prior to transferring custody of the dog so that a disposition letter can be provided to the new owner identifying the responsibilities needed to meet requirements.
    • The proposed revisions would also require an owner to notify Animal Care and Control in both the jurisdiction to which he or she is moving, and the jurisdiction he or she is leaving. These revisions are modeled after similar requirements in the Illinois Animal Control Act for an owner of a dog that has been declared vicious (when it has killed or seriously injured a person).
  • The proposed revisions to Section 172.15 are to discourage irresponsible breeding of dogs and cats.
    • The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) licenses and regulates the breeding of dogs and cats, but only when the breeder has more than five breeding female
      animals.
    • In chapter 172, the current pet limit restriction for residences is four dogs and four cats; however, it only applies to pets older than 6 months.
      In unincorporated Lake County, zoning and property use restrictions prohibit “regular” use of a property for breeding and selling pets, but that standard is difficult to establish and prove. Thus, the existing regulations leave a gap in regulating and discouraging irresponsible “backyard breeding.”
    • The proposed revisions provide enforcement authority against irresponsible breeders, specifically those that maintain and treat their animals poorly.
    • The proposed revisions state that if a person is cited by an Animal Control Officer for failing to properly care for their animals (such as poor conditions, lack of food/water/shelter, failure to provide vet care, or cruelty), and the Officer finds that the person’s animal has offspring present (i.e., is breeding them), the exemption for dogs or cats six months or younger would no longer
      apply, and all animals would be counted toward the pet limit.
    • In addition to the care/treatment violations, the person could be cited for violating the pet limit for each dog or cat above the limit. The person could
      be cited a $100 fine per dog or cat, including those six months or younger, for violating the pet limit. Animal Care and Control would receive and pursue
      these cases on a complaint-driven basis.
Civil War Days – An Email Exchange With a Resident

Civil War Days – An Email Exchange With a Resident

Last week I received, as did all Board Members, a lengthy email from a Lake County resident with a strong declaration that Angelo Kyle, President of the Forest Preserve, was correct in his cancellation of the “Civil War Days” event at Lakewood Forest Preserve. I believe the gentlemen, for the most part, posed ideas worthy of debate.  I am including all of our emails chronologically, below, welcoming you to read both sides of our short email exchange. Please feel free to weigh-in with your opinions after reading through the exchange.

“Email From Resident: Subject: Angelo Kyle is correct in canceling Civil War Days

I read with great interest the debate about whether or not Lake County Civil War Days should be held in Lake County Forest Preserves. Every year a group of generally old, corpulent, white guys act like children pretending to be soldiers ‘re enactting’ a civil war  battle. Pictures in the paper show these so called ‘soldiers’ aiming guns and firing them at other ‘soldiers’. Other pictures reveal ‘troops’ marching close rank with bayonets on the rifles, stopping and taking aim, and firing. Occassionaly, the intended targets go down allegedly shot. Close contact bayonetting of each other is frowned on, however. Afterward when the ‘battle’ is over the shot dead miraculously get up with no wounds and all is well. All while our children are watching. And just what are we teaching them about war? That war has no consequences, that’s it’s fun to shoot guns, and no one really gets hurt and dies.
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What we are also teaching them is that war comes wrapped in patriotic slogans, call for sacrifice, honor, heroism, and promise of glory. It comes wrapped in the claims of divine providence. It is what a grateful nation asks of its children. It is what is right and just. It is waged to make the nation and the world a better place by cleansing it of evil. War is touted as the ultimate test of manhood, where the young can find out what they are made of. War seems noble, especially from a distance. It gives us comrades and power and a chance to play a small role with great drama of history. It promises to give us an identity as a warrior, a patriot, as long as we go along with the myth, the one the war makers need to wage wars and the defense contractors need to increase their profits.
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But up close war is a soulless void. War is about barbarity, perversion, and pain. An unchecked orgy of death. Human decency and tenderness are crushed. Those who make war work overtime to reduce love to smut, and all human beings become objects, pawns to use or kill. The noise, the stench, the fear, the scenes of eviscerated bodies and bloated corpses, the cries of the wounded and dying, all combine to spin those in combat into another universe. In this moral void, naively blessed by secular and religious institutions at home, the hypocrisy of our social conventions, our strict adherence to moral concepts come unglued. War, for all its horror, has the power to strip away the trivial, the empty chatter and foolish obsessions that fill our day. It lets us see but at a horrible cost.
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When I was a medical student during the Vietnam War I went to see a patient at a VA hospital. He had just been brought back after sustaining horrible injuries: both legs and an arm ripped off from a grenade. As I walked in he was finishing his confession with a priest. I heard him ask the priest: ‘how come it’s a sin to hop into a bed with Vietnamese hooker but it was OK to blow away gooks in the bush?’ Yes I thought, how is it that a so called Christian, with clear conscience, spend a year in a war zone killing people and yet place his soul in jeopardy by spending a few minutes with a prostitute? If the New Testament prohibitions of sexual misconduct are to be stringently interpreted why then are Jesus Christ’s commands against violence not binding the same way? Just what does the commandment ‘Thou shalt not kill’ really mean. The utter failure of nearly all our religious institutions to address the essence of war has rendered them useless. These institutions have little or nothing to say in wartime because the god they worship is a false god, one that promises victory to those who obey the law and believe in the manifest destiny of the nation.
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We all have the capacity to commit evil. It takes little to unleash it. For those that have gone to war this is the awful knowledge that is the hardest to digest. The knowledge that the line between the victims and the victimized is razor thin. That human beings find a perverse delight in destruction and death and that few can resist the pull. Wars may have to be fought to ensure survival but they are always tragic. They always bring to the surface the worst elements of any society, those who have a penchant for violence and a lust for absolute power. They turn the moral order upside down. And those politicians who speak of war as an instrument of power, those who wage war but do not know it’s reality, like the powerful so called statesmen, ie. Kissinger,  McNamera, Rumsfeld, Cheny, Pompero, etc, those who treat war as a part of the great game of nations, are as amoral as the religious stooges who assist them. And when the wars are over what they have to say to us in their thick memoirs about war is also hollow, vacant and useless.
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When I was in the Seminary I was taught that in theological terms that war is a sin.  This has nothing to do with whether a particular war is justified or whether isolated incidents in a soldier’s war  were right or wrong. The point is that war as a human enterprise is a matter of sin. It is a form of hatred for one’s fellow human beings. It produces alienation from others and nihilism and it ultimately represents a turning away from God.
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War is always about betrayal. It is about betrayal of the young by the old, of cynics by idealists and of soldiers by politicians. Society’s institutions which mold us into compliant citizens are unmasked. This betrayal is so deep that many never find their way back to faith in the nation or in any god. They nurse a self destructive anger and resentment, understandable and justified, but also crippling. Ask any combat veteran struggling to piece his or her life together about God and watch the raw vitriol and pain pour out. Soldiers in combat see the myth used to send them to war implode. They see that war is not clean or noble, but venal and frightening. They see into wars essence which is death.  They have seen into the corrupt heart of America, into the emptiness of its most sacred institutions, into our staggering hypocrisy and those of us who refuse to heed their words become complicit in the evil they denounce.
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The words these veterans speak are painful. We as a nation prefer to listen to those who speak from the patriotic script. We prefer to hear ourselves exalted. If veterans speak of terrible wounds visible and invisible, of the lies told to make them kill, of evil committed in our name, we cover our ears so as to not hear. Not our boys, we say, not them, bred in our homes, endowed with goodness and decency. For if  it is easy for them to murder,  what about us? And so it is easier and more comfortable not to hear. We do not listen to the angry words that cascade from their lips, wishing only that they would calm down, be reasonable, get some help, and go away. We brand our veterans as madmen but it us who are the deformed. We cast them aside.  This is why so many veterans are estranged and enraged. And why so many succumb to suicide and addiction!
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So let us not continue the idiocy of allowing Civil War Days on county property. Let us stop pretending war is glorious. Let us instead teach peace, understanding and love for one another. It’s the only way we will survive.”
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Here is my response:

I appreciate you taking the time to write regarding Civil War Days. 
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I have to first address something about your letter that I find offensive, so that I can continue on to the more germane aspects of your email. 
Your broad-brushed caricature, denigrating the Civil War Days’ participants (“old, corpulant, white guys”, as you put it) is unwelcomed by me. Its use smacks of racism, ageism and sizeism, and has the effect of weakening an otherwise eloquent argument worthy of discussion. 
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Assuming that was not your intent, I will happily move past that to address the remainder of your email. 
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War, I am sure, is everything you painted and more. It’s horrors unable even to be encapsulated into words. 
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I stand in great admiration and appreciation of your service. Thank you for that.
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While we agree on your depiction, we disagree with the lessons to be learned. 
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Imagine an America where the Civil War was not fought. How many decades or centuries would have passed before the CSA finally abandoned slavery?
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I believe freedom is worth fighting for. You must or must have believed that as well at some point in your life, as is evidenced by your service to our country.
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What would the USA look like today, had not the founders fought for its freedom from the Crown?
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While we agree that war should not be glorified, romanticized nor fabled, its rememberance, in my opinion, should stand solemnly as a reminder to all subsequent generations how horrible war is and how important it is to take a stand against the attrocities that incite war.
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It must be remembered, the hundreds of thousands of lives and millions of drops of blood shed pursuing freedom for all, lest all those men and women will have died in vain. 
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Events like CWD help to largely note and long remember not just Lincoln’s words at Gettysburg, but the huge sacrifices of all who fought, for whatever their personal reasons. 
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I believe you have a good argument against hosting CWD at the FPD, at the minimum it is one worthy of intellectual discussion. 
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Our Board, however is intended to allow for discussion and public input, not unilateral decision making by one person. The process is intended to not allow any one person making a decision; you don’t get to decide, I don’t get to decide, nor should President Kyle get to decide, until such opportunity to hear from the Representatives and the public itself. Doing so erodes trust in our Government institutions, and further divides our community, who feel they had no say. 
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Therefore, while I believe it is debatable whether we should or should not reenact the Civil War, I disagree that President Kyle was right in cancelling it. 
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I appreciate you reaching out, and welcome your input any time.
Respectfully, Dick Barr “

Resident’s Response and Follow up with additional information. 

Mr. Barr:
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Enclosed is a chapter about what it was really like in a Civil War battle. 
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Pay careful attention to the paragraphs on how Confederate soldiers treated Black Union soldiers and then tell me it’s ok to fly the treasonous flag at these reenactments.
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BTW my wife refers to me as being over weight and and old. I don’t mind. And I am obviously Caucasian.

https://www.essentialcivilwarcurriculum.com/experience-of-battle-officers.html 

My final response to resident. 

Thank you for the article.
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Quite atrocious indeed. 
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Sadly, there is nothing we can do to change history, an unfortunate side effect of linear time. 
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We can, however, learn from it, and shape our future by it. 
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Would you ask Oliver Stone to write out the part of Lee Harvey Oswald in his docudrama JFK?
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Would you remove reference to the Imperial Flag from the movie, “Pearl Harbor”?
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Should Schindler’s List edit out every Swastika?
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Your answers may differ from mine on the above. I think the answer to all is “no”. 
“No”, because they are all reality. And history, in my opinion, needs to stay real. It needs to be immortalized for future generations to learn from and
understand and even build upon. 
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And as we learn from it, delve deeper into its lessons, and constantly search for more truths. 
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While speaking with several historians recently, I am so enlightened as to the process they go through to always being in further pursuit of more, and more accurate truth. We still do not know everything the civil War has to teach us. We don’t know what we don’t know about the civil War.
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This is precisely why Kyle’s actions should have come to the Board as a conversation and not an edict. These are valuable conversations to have, for each and every one of us. 
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I’ve learned so much that I did not know before, and that includes information from you.
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Let’s not stifle the conversation, whitewash history, then pretend it didn’t happen. 
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Let’s come together and realize we can all learn so much more in today’s information age by working together, instead of trying to shut each other up.
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I hope you have a pleasant weekend. Again I appreciate the conversation.
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Regards,
Dick Barr”

 

Lake County Approves Shared Services Agreement with Village of Lake Villa

Lake County Approves Shared Services Agreement with Village of Lake Villa

The Lake County Board approved at its June 11 meeting two intergovernmental agreements with the Village of Lake Villa for the Lake County Planning, Building and Development department to provide building inspection and plan review services for the Village. Lake Villa is located near the County’s largest concentration of current inspection activities – making it an efficient location to provide service while cutting driving time between inspections. 

Lake Villa also will be the first community to use the County’s land management system. The County negotiated a “Shared Services” clause with its vendor to allow municipalities to use the system at a fraction of the County’s cost to purchase it. This not only provides cost savings for the Village and allows it to expand online permit services to residents and businesses, but it also makes it more efficient for the County to provide inspections and plan reviews since the County and Village will be using the same system.

Lake County Achieves Effective Zero Homeless Veteran Population

Lake County Achieves Effective Zero Homeless Veteran Population

I am so proud of Lake County for achieving an EFFECTIVE ZERO veteran homeless population based on criteria developed by the Federal Government, which considers zero to mean that no veteran who wants housing is either experiencing long term or chronic homelessness without access to a bed to sleep in. 

Led by the Lake County Coalition for the Homeless, Lake County Government and the Lovell Federal Healthcare Center (Lovell FHCC), Lake County is now among an elite group of communities throughout the nation that has officially ended veteran homelessness, based on certifications from both the federal government and Built for Zero, a national nonprofit organization.

Lake County Gas Tax Petition

Lake County Gas Tax Petition

The Lake County Board is currently in discussions regarding implementation of a county-wide gas tax, in addition to the recent doubling of the state’s gas tax. 

The proposed gas tax could range between $0.04 and $0.08 per gallon, and will rise annually with inflation. 

If you are opposed to such an increase in taxes, please take the time to sign our petition, as well share it with your network.   

Click the below link to head to the petition. 
https://dickbarr.nationbuilder.com/lake_county_gas_tax