State Law Targets Property Owners Receiving
an Erroneous Tax Break

County Seeks Compliance with One Year Amnesty Period

New state law (effective June 1, 2014) gives the Chief County Assessment Office authority to recapture taxable value in instances where property owners have received homestead benefits erroneously. The new law aims to create a more fairly distributed property tax burden which benefits taxpayers. Lake County is providing an amnesty period for the remaining months of 2014 in order to gain maximum compliance. To get full details on this law, you can visit the Lake County’s web site:

Change in August meeting date

Please note that the regular board meeting for August will be held on Thursday, August 28, at 6:30 pm in the Shields Township Community Room.

Help wanted in the food pantry

Shields Township is still looking for volunteers for the food pantry! Here are the updated shifts we need filled: 

Wednesdays 1:00-3:00 PM
Wednesdays 3:00-4:00 PM
Thursdays: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Please contact the Township at (847) 234-0802 if you can help!

Meeting schedule

Next regular meeting: Thursday, August 28, 6:30 p.m., Shields Township Community Room

Meeting schedule (please note that dates are subject to change)

Watch Our Meetings

Videos of past Board meetings

Lake Bluff and Lake Forest: Channel 19 | 9 p.m. Tuesdays, 11 a.m. Wednesdays, 3 p.m. Sundays
Knollwood and North Chicago: Channel 17 | 3 p.m. Thursdays

News and Notes from Shields Township

Logo Design Contest Deadline Extended

In case you missed it ... the deadline for the logo design contest has been extended through the end of September! There's a prize of cash and gift certificates for the winner! Click here for all the details.

Long Grove Heritage 5K Run & 3K Walk to benefit PADS Lake County

Help the homeless by participating in this fun event on Saturday, September 6, at Kildeer Countryside School. Click here for more information.

State of Illinois Mortgage Relief Program - August 2 in Round Lake Park

The State of Illinois is sponsoring an event to help homeowners who are struggling on their mortgage. The program has three goals:

  • Get consumers to meet with counselors or the lender sooner increasing the chance of success.
  • Provide education about the foreclosure process so homeowners can manage this crisis better.
  • Get homeowners to FREE counselors prior to being charged $3,000 to $12,000 and the possibility of the “company” disappearing with their money.

This FREE event will be held at W J Murphy Elementary School, 220 N Greenwood Dr, Round Lake Park, IL 60073. The event is sponsored by Governor Pat Quinn’s Office; Illinois Housing Development Authority; Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR); Illinois Department of Employment Security; and Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office. Hosts are State Senator Melinda Bush, State Representative Sam Yingling, and The Mano a Mano Family Resource Center.

Remember that the risk of Lyme Disease goes up in warmer weather! Click here for tips from the Lake County Health Department on how to avoid the ticks that may carry the disease and how to find and remove them.

Radon Gas Testing Kits Available Through the Lake County Health Department

Generous Donations Support Shields Township Mission
by Cynthia Maloney, Shields Township Supervisor

Protect your family by having an Emergency Plan…download this form from the folks at FEMA. The form can come in handy in case of an emergency. Print it and fill it out for babysitters, caregivers, and family members!

The United Way has updated a list of social service providers in Lake County. If you need help, you can look here for over 1400 sources: Thanks, United Way!

About Shields Township

We are a member of RESPOND Lake County, Partners for Effective Collaborations.

Shields Township encourages residents to take an active role in assisting neighbors in need. Please consider making a donation to one of the social service agencies that serve Shields Township residents (see our Social Services page for links). We also welcome donations of food, money, or volunteer hours to our Food Pantry. Contact the Supervisor's Office for more information.

Township government is the oldest form of government in the United States. Here in Shields Township, we carry on our proud tradition by providing a host of services, including voter registration, property assessment, general assistance, emergency assistance, road maintenance, and programs for seniors, children and families.

We are dedicated to meeting the needs of our community in a fiscally sound and responsible manner.

We are always happy to discuss our services and to help you learn more about your local Township government and the services we provide.

Lake County, in the northeastern corner of Illinois, consists of 18 townships. Shields mapShields Township is located on the north shore of Lake Michigan and comprises approximately 18 square miles. It includes all or a portion of Lake Forest, North Chicago, Lake Bluff, and unincorporated Knollwood and Arden Shores.

Not sure if you live in Shields? Click here to use the Lake County "Places Close to Home" tool. When you enter your address, it will show all your taxing districts as well as locations of local schools, police stations, and more. (Tip: If you live in an unincorporated area, you will need to enter your 5-digit county grid address.)