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August 24, 2018

Drowning Victim Identified

A 14-year-old pulled from Lake Michigan died this past weekend of drowning, according to the Lake County Coroner’s Office. The name was not released due to the coroner’s concern for contacting the family. The young person reportedly died will swimming the the channel area of the Lake.

“We urge everyone to stay out of the channel,” says Cornorer Howard Cooper. “It is not a safe area to swim, and we certainly don’t want any more catastrophes.”

County Board Places Statewide Tax Referendum Question on Ballot

The Lake County Board voted this past week to place a referendum question on the November Ballot. The Question asks tax payers if they would support a statewide property tax. Property taxes, which are among the highest in the nation, are taxed on the local level and support schools, municipalities, park districts and libraries. The vote was 11-7 in favor of the ballot. The referendum, if passed, is non-binding and would take an amendment of the State Constitution to enact. The State Consitution does not support a state-wide property tax. The suggested tax would be 1% and the designated use of the funds would be to pay pensions and reduce the pension fund debt now estimated at about $130 billion.

Toney and Johnson, Indicted for Beating

and Murder

According to police, a Lake Villa man was beaten to death by two young men, Joran L. Toney, 19, and Buddy W. Johnson, 20, in an alley a block away from his home. The victim, 58, was Jerry Griffith of Lake Villa. The men were remanded to the Lake County Jail in liew of a $5 million bail. The Lake Villa police and Lake County Major Crimes Task Force spokesman said the two young men beat Grifith to death during a robbery.


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