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Updated: January 6, 2013 10:12AM

Lake County

Growth: Columbia College earned the No. 17 spot as one of the fastest-growing private nonprofit master’s institutions in the nation by The Chronicle of Higher Education. Columbia College experienced a 113.4 percent increase from 2000-2010. In the fall of 2000 7,948 students were enrolled at Columbia College and by fall 2010 the student enrollment increased to 16,962.

Multiplier: Lake County has been issued a tentative property assessment equalization factor of 1.0000, according to Brian Hamer, Director of the Illinois Department of Revenue. The property assessment equalization factor, often called the “multiplier,” is the method used to achieve uniform property assessments among counties, as required by law. Assessments in Lake County are at 33.30 percent of market value, based on sales of properties in 2009, 2010, and 2011. The equalization factor currently being assigned is for 2012 taxes, payable in 2013. Last year’s equalization factor for the county was 1.0281. The tentative factor is subject to change (1) if the County Board of Review takes actions which significantly affect the county assessments or (2) if local officials or others can present data showing that the Department of Revenue’s estimates of the average level of assessments in the county should be adjusted. A public hearing on the tentative multiplier will be held between 20 and 30 days after the tentative factor is published in a newspaper of general circulation within the county. For more information, call (312) 814-8197.


Clean-up: The village’s “Keep Libertyville Beautiful Commission” has scheduled its 20th Annual Fall Park Clean-Up for Nov. 10. Participants or group leaders should meet at the Nicholas Dowden Park at 9 a.m. to receive park assignments and trash bags. The clean-up itself usually takes about two hours, and all participants will receive a T-shirt. The youth from various organizations, as well as individual students or adults, are welcome and encouraged to participate. For more information, call (847) 917-4323.

Park City

New alderman: John Zehrung has been named the new alderman in Ward 3 to serve out the term of Tom Crafton who recently moved to Wisconsin. Zehrung is former chairman of the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals.

Round Lake Beach

Meeting: The Round Lake Area B.E.S.T. Coalition (Bringing Everyone’s Strengths Together) will meet on Nov. 8 at 8:30 a.m. at the Round Lake Beach Cultural & Civic Center, 2007 Civic Center Way. Guest speaker Constance R. Collins, Superintendent of Schools, Round Lake Area School District 116, will present “We Are ... Round Lake Area Schools CUSD 116.” He will give a summary of the district’s mission, vision, successes, challenges and future. It also reaches out to the community for their partnership in helping students achieve at the highest level. B.E.S.T. is a coalition that networks and collaborates to positively impact the Round Lake Area residents. This is a membership organization and guests are welcome to attend. Visit for more information.

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