Video Gaming

In 2014 the Trustees of the Village of Third Lake voted to allow video gambling as an additional source of revenue for the Village.  In 2019, the state of Illinois increased the number of terminals allowed for each business from 4 to 6 and the Village increased our ordinance limits accordingly. 

While the increased revenue to the Village is a benefit, the trustees also realize that gambling can have a negative effect to some of the citizens in our community.  After a very constructive and informative discussion between trustees, a social services provider, a local merchant and a video gaming machine company at the December Board meeting, the Trustees voted to follow the example set by unincorporated Lake County and designate a modest portion of the gaming revenue towards helping those in our community who are impacted by problematic gambling. The research to identify the specific area of funding is underway with a goal of it specifically benefiting Third Lake residents. Examples of methods under consideration include signage listing support resources on gaming machines, educational seminars for Village residents, or grants to agencies who provide gambling recovery services within Third Lake. Resident thoughts and comments are always welcomed as this is very much work in progress.  

Why Shop Local?

Shopping local matters because it affects the entire community. More money spent at local stores means more money stays within the community.  While Third Lake does not have the large number of businesses that some of the neighboring communities have, we as residents, need to support the businesses in our Village.  Buying gas in Third Lake or supporting our restaurants go a long way in bringing more funds to the Village.  We are currently working to update the Village businesses on the website and will begin to highlight businesses on our website and Facebook Page. What’s your favorite business in Third Lake? We want to hear from you!

What’s that Smell?

Skunks have been causing problems for several residents this winter. There are a few things that you can do to prevent them from living near your home. Log piles, lumber piles, and building materials can serve as hiding places for skunks. Store these in a shed or a bin. Large bushes also provide good shelter for skunks, so you may want to trim back the branches to make them less inviting. Make sure that your garbage is properly disposed and that skunks cannot get into garbage cans.  Close off spaces around your house that make possible homes for skunks  (decks, porches)  Ammonia, pepper spray, citrus peels, and fox and dog urine have also been proven to deter skunks from making their home near your house. 

If all else fails and the skunk won’t leave, you will need to contact a licensed wildlife control company.  The Village has a Skunk Removal and Assistance Program which will reimburse 50% of the cost of the skunk removal up to a maximum of $75.  Fill out the reimbursement form and mail to the Village.

Community Garden

Time to start thinking about spring and planting and gardening.
Do you get enough sun in your yard to plant vegetables or sun loving flowers? Or do you have enough space to have a large vegetable garden? Well, if you answered no and always wanted fresh, home grown vegetables in the summer, then we want to hear from you. The Village of Third Lake is entertaining the idea of creating a Community Garden at the property near the Village Hall. Several other villages in the area have been providing their residents with community gardens for the past few years. Click here to fill out the survey and let us know what you think. UPDATE: Unfortunately, due to lack of interest, the Village will not have a community garden this year.