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Today, the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office announced a change to Illinois driver’s licenses and ID cards designed to protect against identity theft and to bring Illinois closer to compliance with the REAL ID Act of 2005. The enhanced security features will include a new photo structure, a design that includes patterns, lines and images to make it more difficult to counterfeit, a laser perforation and an ultraviolet feature.

There’s no need to replace your driver’s license or ID card immediately, but there are a few changes to the process you should be aware of when it comes time to renew your license or ID.

When you visit the DMV, take any tests you may normally be required to, but when you leave you will no longer be issued a new driver’s license or ID card at the end of the process. Instead, you will leave the facility with a temporary secure paper driver's license, which will be valid for 45 days and will serve as your license or ID for driving purposes and proof of identification. You will also receive your old license back with a hole punched in it. Your information will then be sent to a centralized, secure facility to conduct fraud checks and ensure your identity. The new, more secure license or ID will be printed and sent via U.S. mail within 15 business days to your address. For air travel, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has said that it will accept the temporary document in conjunction with the old license or ID to board an aircraft until the permanent card arrives in the mail.
At least the rain stopped long enough for a beautiful day for some of our local veterans. Sunday, May 15 was the second annual Take a Vet Fishing Day which was held on the Chain O'Lakes at Thirsty Turtle Marina. The event was held to raise awareness for post-traumatic stress disorder and other causes to support veterans. Take a Vet Fishing is a registered non-profit and volunteer organization that holds fishing events throughout the United States to honor our veterans.

Over 150 veterans from throughout the state were taken fishing on the beautiful Chain O'Lakes. There were 85 volunteers and professional fishermen who gave veterans guided fishing tours from their boats. The largest fish caught was a 35 inch muskie caught on Pistakee Lake by veteran Bill Christiansen with the assistance of guide Bernie Loonsfoot. Most pan fish were hanging out at the bottom because of the cooler weather, the guide’s told us.
State Representative Barbara Wheeler (R-Crystal Lake) expressed relief for a second time in recent weeks after another stopgap measure passed the Illinois House of Representatives to fund vital human services programs.

“As I said a few weeks ago when we passed the higher education funding measure, this stopgap for human services shows what we can accomplish when we put aside the partisan wrangling and let common sense prevail,” said Wheeler. “That being said, this funding agreement is by no means an answer to our financial problems.”

As with the funds used from the Education Assistance Fund for the higher education stopgap measure, the funds used in this bill, Amendment to Senate Bill 2038, have previously been set aside for human services and will not add to Illinois’ current bill backlog. The funds used are from the Commitment to Human Services Fund and other state funds, not the General Revenue Fund.
Pictured: Representative Wheeler presents Certificates of
Recognition to Valley View Elementary students and staff.
From left to right: 5th Grade Teacher Danielle Jaeger,
Representative Wheeler, 5th Grader Taylor Wickenkamp,
5th Grader Cooper Cohn and Principal Amanda Cohn.
This week, State Representative Barbara Wheeler (R-Crystal Lake) stopped by “TECH 2016: Students for the Information Age” showcase at the Capitol in Springfield to greet fourth and fifth graders from Crystal Lake and McHenry. Wheeler also presented the students with Certificates of Recognition at the event which featured student demonstrations about how they use technology to improve learning opportunities in the classroom.

“To see fourth and fifth graders programming robots and skillfully using collaborative online software to complete assignments is really impressive. It’s certainly not what I was learning in elementary school,” Wheeler quipped.

“Technology is advancing at a rapid pace, which is why it’s so important that our classrooms continue to adapt,” said Wheeler. “The fact that North and Valley View Elementary Schools’ are leading on this front is a testament to the work of the teachers and the students. There’s no question they deserve to be recognized as one of the top schools in Illinois for incorporating technology into the learning experience.”
The symposium brings together those interested in and actively researching Lake County History. Attend a series of presentations on this year’s theme, “Women in Lake County History.”

This year’s topics include: Lake Forest Women Writers, 1889–1941; From Gowns to Gavels: The Life and Work of Virginia Fiester Frederick; The Ryan Sisters of Lake Forest; The Women’s Club Movement; First Women to Vote in Illinois; Wauconda Area Women Who Served in WWII; and Susannah Smith Minto of Millburn.

Saturday, May 14, 2016
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Lake County Discovery Museum
This evening, State Representative Barbara Wheeler (R-Crystal Lake) and State Representative Sheri Jesiel (R-Winthrop Harbor) will be hosting a Tele-Town Hall event live from Springfield. Residents of the 61st and 64th House Districts will receive a call at approximately 7 p.m. to join the call and will be connected to a live Q&A session with Reps Wheeler and Jesiel in Springfield. 

There is no cost to participate. Should you miss the 7 p.m. call, but still wish to participate, you can join the call by dialing (815) 414-9711. 
The gloomy, rainy weather last week was the perfect time for a trip to some of Lake County's most haunted places. Believe in ghosts or not, the tour had many interesting historical elements to it and was well worth braving the stormy weather for. The event, a recent bus tour held in Northern Lake County by Nick Sarlo of Shadow Hunters and Ursula Bielski, author of Tales of Haunted Chicago. After a seminar at the Lake Villa Library, attendees took off from The Lodge in Antioch with over 50 attendees who braved the weather which was perfect for a haunting. The Lodge, which legend says may be haunted, is located on Main Street in Antioch and at one time was the home of Al Capone's tavern and gambling house. The story was that Capone's building had faced three fires or bombings during the mob years of Chicago and that mobsters would come out to the Chain O'Lakes area to hide out from the law. Folklore says that there are tunnels under the Main Street area that lead up to Antioch High School and were used to smuggle things for the mob or to hide-out, and at one-time used for transportation of slaves.