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STEPHEN D. SMOUSE

May 22, 1952 - November 05, 2017

Stephen D. Smouse, 65 years old of Antioch, IL passed away Sunday, November 6, 2017 at Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital, Milwaukee, WI.  He was born May 22, 1952 in Ottawa, IL the son of the late Kenneth and Elizabeth “Betty” (nee Dowd) Smouse.  Steve moved to Antioch with his family in 1956, attended Antioch Grade School and Antioch Community High School, graduating in 1970.  He then attended Millikin University, Decatur, IL and Carthage College, Kenosha, WI; Steve graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science, Chicago, IL in 1978.  During his time at Worsham, he worked for Roadway Express and after graduating, he began working for Strang Funeral Home, eventually becoming manager. He earned his pilot’s license in 1982 and kept it until just recently.

Steve was an Antioch Township Trustee from 1997-1999, and from 1999 to present day, he served as Antioch Township Supervisor.  During his tenure as Antioch Township Supervisor, he was instrumental in building the Antioch-Lake Villa Township Center in cooperation with the two townships and ACHS District 117.  Steve also obtained several grants from the State of Illinois to purchase property to develop Tim Osmond Sports Park in Antioch.  He started the tri-township bus with Lake Villa and Grant Townships, which provided senior transportation.  He held several FEMA certifications through the command and general staff levels.  Steve was a member of Illinois Township Officials Association, the Illinois Township Supervisors Association, President of Antioch Hillside Cemetery Association, member of the Antioch Historical Society, 25 year member of the Antioch Rotary Club, 22 year member and paramedic for the Antioch Rescue Squad, member of the Antioch Plan Commission, the Antioch Arbor Day Committee, the Antioch Jaycees, Friends of the Antioch Library and many other professional organizations.

Survivors include his wife, Gerianne (nee Spellman); his daughter, Casey (Richard) Hafferkamp of Bristol, WI; siblings, Jerry (Jody) Smouse of San Diego, CA, Rick Smouse of Pine Cliffe, CO, Jeff (Shari) Smouse of Antioch, IL, and Betsy Smouse of Antioch, IL; his grandchildren, Ashley, Wyatt, Lily, Luke and Bennett; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial visitation will be from 1-5PM Saturday, November 18, 2017 at the Antioch Township Center, 1625 Deep Lake Rd., Lake Villa, IL with memorial services commencing at 5PM.  Arrangements were entrusted to the STRANG FUNERAL HOME OF ANTIOCH.  INFO 847-395-4000.  Please sign our online guestbook for Steve at www.strangfh.com

 

SERVICES

Memorial Visitation

Saturday, November 18, 2017
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Antioch Township Center
1625 Deep Lake Road
Lake Villa, Illinois 60046

Memorial Service

Saturday, November 18, 2017
5:00 PM

Antioch Township Center
1625 Deep Lake Road
Lake Villa, Illinois 60046

Greetings

Fall is finally here, and the Cubs are in the playoffs again!  Let’s home they can repeat last year’s big win!

If you know of anyone with transportation needs, Ride Lake County West has been a wonderful service for our residents. Ride Lake County West offers curb to curb service over a wide area in Lake County.  Registration is still required, but can now be done over the phone.

Call 1-800-201-6446 to register, and to schedule your ride.

The Township is also offering FREE rides to Township residents for medical appointments on Wednesdays.  Call 1-847-395-2809 ext. 19 to arrange your ride.

The Township is very pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for LIHEAP (Low Income Heating Energy Assistance Program)

Call the Township at 847-395-3378 for more information.

Steve Smouse, Antioch Township Supervisor


Report Snapshot

  • Efficient and effective
  • Intergovernmental agreements and cooperation

Labor/Benefit Costs:

  • Local townships employ a larger share of part time employees and have lower benefit costs.

Services:

Myth: Combining services will save money and offer greater efficiencies. As well, the claim "duplication of services" virtually never exists. Local governments have specific geographical area of responsibilities.

Smaller Governments are More Efficient

In Illinois, the data shows that smaller local governments, including townships, drive greater efficiency, despite theories to the contrary. Local democracy is simply less expensive.


Pet Lost and Found

Antioch Township is also proud to partner with the Lake County Health Department's Lost and Found Pet Service! People who have lost their pets in Lake County can submit photos for posting. People who have found pets and want to return them to their owners can also submit photos.


Palette, Masque, & Lyer Theatre -- The PM&L:

Antioch is truly fortunate to have such a thriving community theater in it's midst. The PM&L has been providing Antioch and the surrounding area quality live theater for over 50 years. If you haven't been to a production recently, you don't know what you are missing!

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NICASA

Antioch Township is pleased to announce a new partnership with Nicasa.

Antioch Township Supervisor, Steve Smouse and Township Trustee Peter Grant met today with Bruce N. Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of Nicasa to join forces in assisting at-risk families in Antioch Township.

More information is available on the Nicasa website.


Share the Road!

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We're seeing more and more bicyclists on the roads in Antioch Township. Safe riding requires both the cyclists and motor vehicle drivers know the rules of the road.

Ensure your safety by making certain you're familiar with the rules, have proper safety equipment, and working headlights, taillights, and reflectors.


Passport Applications

Passport applications are now being accepted at the Township Offices. An appointment is required.

Traveling this Summer?

Call (847) 395-3378, today, to schedule your appointment and get more information. Passport applications take between 4 and 6 weeks to process, so don't procrastinate! Remember to ask what you need to bring to your appointment.

For more information-click here


Recycling

As part of a new clothing and textiles community-wide recycling program, Solid Waste Agency of Lake County has bins placed throughout Lake County.

The recycling project is the culmination of research done by SWALCO officials on how much of the county's textiles end up getting thrown out versus re-purposing them.

Marianne Rampale, SWALCO director of community outreach, said that 85 percent of unwanted clothing and textiles end up in landfills, like the one located in Grayslake. She added that the average person throws away 70 pounds of textiles each year.

"I knew the number would be high, but I didn't know that it would be this high" Pampale said of the amount of textiles that can now avoid that fate and instead be recycled via one of the 13 bins that are located at sites such as park districts, city hall offices, fire stations, and public works facilities in Fox Lake, Grayslake, Round Lake, Round Lake Beach, Round Lake Park, Vernon Hills, Warren Township, Wauconda, and Zion"

"The recycling bins are just the first tier of the program," Rampale said. Tier 2 will ask of organizations such as libraries, schools, and community groups to help with the collection of these items by holding one day, week long, or permanent textile and clothing drives that can be dropped off at SWALCO or picked up by SWALCO officials.

"Ninety-five percent of what we collect well be re-purposed and recycled." Rampale said. "It's such a win-win for our community and our planet."


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Senator Tammy Duckworth

Senator Dick Durbin

Congressman Randy Hultgren

State Senator Melinda Bush

State Senator Pamela Althoff

State Rep Sheri Jesiel

State Rep Barbara Wheeler


 

Antioch Township Contact Information

Antioch Township Center
1625 Deep Lake Rd. Lake Villa, IL

Phone Number: 847-395-3378
Fax Number: 847-395-0367

Antioch Township Highway Dept.
933 Bartlett Ave. Antioch, IL

Phone Number: 847-395-2070
Fax Number: 847-838-2731

Antioch Township Officials

Steve Smouse
Supervisor

Anita Merkel Dyer
Clerk

Eric Ring
Highway Commissioner

Heather Kufalk-Marotta
Assessor

Judy Davis - Trustee
Peter Grant - Trustee
Kris Shepard - Trustee
Steve Turner - Trustee