News & Notes: Lake County Sheriff John Idleburg Leads Mental Health Initiative


December 15, 2021

In this issue: Sheriff Idleburg and police partner on mental health, Forest Preserve fun without the sun, and Upcoming Events.

Lake County Sheriff John Idleburg Leads Law Enforcement’s New Mental Health Initiative 

Lake County Sheriff John D. Idleburg is excited to announce a new pilot multi-agency collaborative initiative in responding to mental health-related calls for service.

Gurnee Police Department, Lake Forest Police Department, Libertyville Police Department, Lincolnshire Police Department, Mundelein Police Department, Vernon Hills Police Department, and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office are partnering to participate in a co-responder model for mental health-related calls.

Members of the partner agencies have been working together throughout 2021 to establish operational procedures for the pilot initiative. The program will be an expansion of the Crisis Outreach and Support Team (COaST) already in place at the sheriff’s office.

“This groundbreaking initiative with our municipal partners will provide Lake County’s law-enforcement with significant resources when responding to mental health related calls,”  Sheriff Idleburg said.

“Having a social worker or clinician on-scene, aiding in de-escalation, and the mental wellness follow-up process, is an incredible new method that is bound to have successful results. I am thankful for the leadership of everyone involved in the creation of this pilot program and I look forward to adding additional municipal partners in the years to come,” Sheriff Idleburg added.

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Upcoming Events

Wednesday, 12/15: J Street Chicago Annual Event Honoring Fred Andes. The 2021 J Street Annual Event features a discussion between former Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes and J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami. VIP reception: 11:15am, main event: noon.

Wednesday, 12/15: Deputy Voter Registrar Training in Libertyville. Participants must be at least 18 years of age and registered to vote in Lake County. The event is open only to Lake County residents who are interested in helping to register new voters. 3-4pm, Public Works Department, 650 W. Winchester Rd., Libertyville.

Wednesday, 12/15: Rep. Daniel Didech, Rep. Rita Mayfield and Sen. Adriane Johnson Present Tenants’ Rights and Responsibilities Webinar. 6-7:30pm online.

Wednesday, 12/15: Brad Schneider is Special Guest at Thomas Maillard Campaign KickoffSpecial guest Congressman Brad Schneider joins 10th Congressional District Democratic State Central Committeeperson Thomas Maillard for his campaign kickoff. 6-8pm, Only Child Brewing, 1350 Tri-State Parkway, Suite 124, Gurnee.

Wednesday, 12/15: Indivisible Western Lake County (IWLC) December Meeting. Comments by topics include: changes in the Lake County Board Districts and Congressional Districts; comments by Illinois Supreme Court candidate Judge Rene Cruz; a Washington update by Congressman Brad Schneider; and comments by Lake County Clerk Robin O’Connor on her reelection bid. 7-8:30pm, online.

Thursday, 12/16: Schneider for Congress Holiday Party. A celebration of the holiday season with Congressman Brad Schneider. 6-7:30pm, Fuller Center in Waukegan, 141 S. Genesee St., Waukegan.

Thursday, 12/16: State’s Attorney Eric Rinehart and Mano a Mano Host “Connecting With Community” Virtual Forum. Forum on victims’ rights and how the State’s Attorney’s office provides support. 6pm on Zoom.

Thursday, 12/16: Mano a Mano’s Hiring Open House. Mano a Mano’s leadership team tells about working with the organization and the opportunity to interview for one of their current openings. Mano a Mano Family Resource Center, 6 E. Main Street, Round Lake Park, 6-7pm.

Saturday, 12/18: Rep. Rita Mayfield Presents a Discussion, “Re-Imagine Public Safety Act.” State Representative Rita Mayfield hosts Chris Patterson of the newly created Office of Gun Violence Prevention, Assistant Secretary of the Department of Human Services. The meeting is in partnership with State Senator Adriene Johnson, State Representative LaShawn K. Ford, and Waukegan Township Supervisor Marc Jones. 10am-noon, Park Place, 414 S. Lewis Ave., Waukegan.

Sunday, Dec. 19: Tenth Dems Host Brad Schneider Virtual Fundraiser with Sidney BlumenthalTenth Dems and New Trier Democrats host a virtual event supporting Congressman Brad Schneider featuring former senior advisor to President Clinton and Hillary Clinton, and acclaimed author, Sidney Blumenthal. 4:40-5:30pm.

Tuesday, Dec. 21: Tenth Dems Annual Awards Fundraiser. Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, Chair of the House Democratic Caucus, House Manager of the Donald Trump impeachment proceedings after the January 6th assault on the Capitol, and a rising star in the Democratic Party, will be the Keynote Speaker at our 2021 Tenth Dems Annual Awards fundraiser. 7pm on Zoom.

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