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University of Illinois Extension serving Lake and McHenry Counties

Lake County
100 South US Highway 45
Grayslake, IL 60030
Phone: 847-223-8627
FAX: 847-223-9288
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm

McHenry County
1102 McConnell Road
PO Box 1430
Woodstock, IL 60098
Phone: 815-338-3737
FAX: 815-338-4755
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm

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Thank you for visiting our website, the staff and volunteers of Lake and McHenry County (Unit 3) invite you to explore our educational programs. Extension offer practical research-based education you can trust that help people solve problems, develop life skills and build a better future. Our mission is to help local residents put knowledge to work by serving as the local link to the University of Illinois. We invite you to explore how Extension can make a difference in your life, and the lives of your family and community. Please contact us at 847-223-8627 with questions or to learn more about our educational programs and volunteer leadership opportunities.


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Seven Ways to Prepare for Tax Time Now. 1. Start pulling together your documents detailing income and deductions and adding up receipts early. 2. Use the last pay stubs of the year to estimate you income and taxes paid. 3. Consider getting a locking mailbox. Most identity thieves still get their information the old fashioned way- through garbage, recycling bins and mailboxes. 4. Consider purchasing tax software. If you file yourself you probably already have a favorite brand. Even if you have a tax professional- using the software to collect and sort your information will make it easier for them to files fast and early. 5. Make an early appointment with your tax professional. 6. Monitor incoming tax relate documents like investment statements and W-2's and report those that are slow in coming. 7. File as early as possible.

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I Didn’t Know That! Fighting Flu Season. Last year’s high-severity flu season was the worst since the 2009 pandemic. 900,000 Americans visited the hospital. One hundred-eighty children died, and of those, eighty percent did not get the flu vaccine. Experts say the blame can be shared because those who contracted the flu caught it from someone else. Follow the “Three Cs”: Cover your mouth when coughing with a tissue or the crook of the elbow (Count Dracula). Contain germs by staying away from people who are ill. Be mindful of others, if you feel sick, stay home from work. Clean/Wash your hands, 10-15 seconds with soap and warm water. Think about additional ways to keep the family healthy. Role model and encourage loved ones to drink more water, eat more fruits and vegetables, get a good night sleep, and teach children to blow their nose.

YES! you can! College students can put their 4-H experience to work while they develop their professional skills in youth development, group facilitation, critical thinking, and program management as a Project Youth Extension Service (YES!) intern. Project YES! Interns provide educational activities for youth of military families. This is a 12-month internship for college juniors, seniors, and graduate students and runs June 2019 – May 2020. Interns must attend the mandatory orientation, currently scheduled for May 17-26, 2019 as well as additional training throughout the year (as required). Following orientation, interns may work 1-2 weekends a month, however inters must commit to a minimum of one weekend per month (Fri-Sun) for the duration of the internship. Additional opportunities may be presented during the summer months and throughout the year. Applications will be accepted through Feb. 28.

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Weathering a Winter Storm. When ice and heavy snow bring down limbs and power lines, safety is a consideration indoors and out. Make sure you know how to weather the storm.

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The Lake County Extension Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) public charity. The foundation’s mission is to generate resources to enhance research based educational programs of the University of Illinois Extension while serving the interest of all donors. We work together to raise funds to support our community through need-based programs offered by the staff of the Lake County University of Illinois Extension. Click the link below for more information.

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4-H Youth Development Consumer Economics Family Life Horticulture Local Food Systems and Small Farms Nutrition and Wellness

Extension Meetings

Annual Impact Report Unit 3 2017
Friday January 26, 2018 • 10:30 AM
Extension Council Meeting Agenda, November 27, 2018
Tuesday November 27, 2018 • 6:00 PM

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