Updated: March 6, 2013 2:15AM
Workshop: Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka staff will present a “Budgeting Your Money” workshop to assist residents in strengthening money management skills Jan. 10 from 7 to 8 p.m. at Antioch Public Library, 757 N. Main St. The workshop, part of the office’s Take Charge initiative, will address everything from the tracking of daily expenses to personal budgeting. Comptroller staff members will be available for questions and to conduct Check for Cash searches on the state’s online database. Check for Cash seeks to reunite Illinois residents with their uncashed state checks. Take Charge presentations are designed to assist residents in addressing credit, mortgage, and other financial challenges. For more information, call (217) 782-2673.
Nominees: The Mundelein Human Relations Commission has announced that nominations for the 2013 Diversity Award are now being accepted through Jan. 11. Nominees will be considered in four categories: School, business, community group and resident. Nominees must work or live in Mundelein, however submissions will he accepted from citizens inside or outside the Mundelein community. Recipients of the award will be recognized for their outstanding community efforts which create, promote and enhance cultural understanding, social awareness and cross-cultural relations. Award winners will be honored for their successful endeavors. For more information or nomination packets, call (847) 949-3282 or visit www.mundelein.org.
Recycling: Free holiday light recycling program will continue through Jan. 31. Bring old holiday lighting to one of the following locations between 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday: Village Hall, 440 E. Hawley St.; Public Works Facility No. 1, 440 East Crystal St.; Fire Station No. 1, 1000 N. Midlothian Road; and Fire Station No. 2, 1300 S. Lake St. Only the light strands themselves will be taken; bulbs do not have to be removed from the strands. However, light strands connected to wreaths, garlands, or other material cannot be accepted. Residents dropping lights off at Village Hall are limited to two 25-foot strands or equivalent length. For more information, call (847) 949-3270 or visit www.elginrecycling.com.
Round Lake area
Cedar Lake Road: The Lake County Division of Transportation has opened a new segment of Cedar Lake Road to traffic between Route 120 and Town Line Road. The new three-quarter mile-long section of the county highway connects with existing sections of Cedar Lake Road, providing drivers with a final link in the north-south travel corridor between Route 132 in Lake Villa and Route 60 in Round Lake. The project also includes new traffic signals and new turn lanes at the intersection at Route 120. The three-lane road improvement cost $6 million to construct and was funded using the new one-quarter percent sales tax for transportation funding that first became available in 2008. Construction began in 2011. For more information, call (847) 377-7400.
Breakfast: Waukegan Township Park Place will host its annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dreamers’ Breakfast Jan. 19 at 9 a.m. at the Bonnie Brook Club House, 2800 N. Lewis Ave. Seating is limited and reservations are required by Jan. 11. The event will include a breakfast buffet; keynote speaker, Bishop Travis L. Grant II, senior pastor of the Greater First Church International in East Chicago, Ind., and the national field director, Rainbow/Push Coalition; motivational speakers; a historical overview of the Emancipation Proclamation; and the MLK Dreamers’ Recognition Awards presented to area pastors. Musical performances will include the North Chicago High School choir, Grandmama Boys and The ADVANTI String Ensemble from Waukegan High School. Tickets are available at the following locations: Waukegan Township Park Place, 414 S. Lewis Ave., and the Waukegan Township Supervisor’s Office, 149 S. Genesee St. For information, call (847) 244-9242 or visit www.waukegantownship.com.