Serving Lake & McHenry Counties

Celebrating 30 Years of Service

COVID-19 Update - Jan 26, 2021

LCCIL continues to provide essential services to individuals with disabilities and our communities. We want to remind our consumers and partners that we continue to provide services, just in a different way due to the pandemic. LCCIL staff are working remotely and our phone number(s) and emails are the same; you can contact us the way you always have. Please reach out with any need you have, as we are here to help!

Effective January 26th, North Suburban Region 9, which includes Lake and McHenry Counties, has met the criteria set by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to move from Tier 2 to Tier 1 mitigations under the State’s Restore Illinois Resurgence Plan. We are restricting access to both offices (Lake County-Mundelein and McHenry County-in McHenry), and no in-person appointments will take place. The adjustments we have in place are to ensure the health and safety of our staff, consumers and our communities. Our counties continue to see substantial levels of COVID-19 transmission; please remember to wear a mask, wash your hands and follow social distancing guidelines to reduce the risk of COVID-19.

As we continue to face the COVID-19 pandemic together, LCCIL would like to share a website developed by the Administration on Community Living. The website shares information developing about the virus, and recommended actions for prevention and planning from the CDC, as well as specific suggestions for persons with disabilities and older adults. The website can be found here:

LCCIL also recommends keeping up to date with state and county information and procedures regarding COVID-19:

General precautions, especially for those who are at higher risk, from all sources include:

  • Stock up on supplies like food and medicine.
  • Take everyday precautions to keep space between yourself and others. When you go out in public, keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact and wash your hands often. Also clean and disinfect frequently used surfaces, and avoid touching your face.
  • Avoid crowds as much as possible.
  • Avoid non-essential travel, especially cruise and air travel.
  • During a COVID-19 outbreak in your community, stay home as much as possible to further reduce your risk of being exposed.

We wish you happy holidays and may everyone continue to stay well and be kind!

Lake County Center for Independent Living's Mission

...LCCIL empowers people with disabilities to lead self-directed lives as valued members of the community.

Who We Are . . .

Lake County Center for Independent Living, serving Lake and McHenry counties, is a not-for-profit, disability rights organization. We exist to ensure that all people with disabilities have the tools they need to live independently. Governed and staffed by a majority of people with disabilities, we are a consumer-controlled organization, which means the services we provide are those chosen by our consumers. To learn more, click our ABOUT US page.



LCCIL Staff celebrating with Senator Duckworth

30th Anniversary Celebration Great Success!

On Saturday, March 7, 2020 we held our 30th Anniversary Celebration! The evening was filled with excitement, laughter, and heart-warming support of our work and the consumers we serve.

We extend a special thanks to our key note speaker, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth for her moving words regarding LCCIL's 30 years of service as well as the 30th anniversary of the ADA.

Huge thanks to our sponsors Medline Industries, AbbVie, Wipfli, Taproom, Libertyville Bank and Trust, Lake Forest Bank and Trust, State Bank of the Lakes and ITAC. Our work would not be possible without the generosity of our sponsors, and the support of the Lake and McHenry County communities!

LCCIL was founded in the same year that President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into law. The ADA ensures equal access to employment, education, telecommunications, and public services. Give us a call or stop in our offices to learn more about the great work and services available to people with disabilities in Lake and McHenry counties.

See more photos from the event!


New Strategic Plan

Dear Friends, Neighbors and Colleagues:

We are delighted to introduce our five year strategic plan (October 2019-September 2024) which clarifies the work and overall direction of Lake County Center for Independent Living (LCCIL). Our strategic plan is a result of information received through community feedback via individual and organizational surveys throughout Lake and McHenry counties.

The goals outlined in the plan will position LCCIL to:

  • Increase awareness of LCCIL services through the creation of a comprehensive marketing plan
  • Expand peer mentoring opportunities into McHenry County and among youth with disabilities struggling with inclusion and acceptance
  • Build capacity to provide independent living skills training to more consumers through the use of electronic/technological communication and peer group learning opportunities
  • Increase transition services for youth aging out of school and into the workforce
  • Streamline processes to more effectively provide information & referral services
  • Advance systems advocacy initiatives to create and expand affordable/accessible housing and public transportation options
  • Increase financial resources through the implementation of a 5-year fund raising plan

We truly appreciate everyone who participated in the process and value their feedback as well as the acknowledgement of the potential challenges for a not for profit organization. LCCIL is a consumer-driven, community based organization; therefore, this strategic plan reflects the needs of people with disabilities in the communities that we serve. Thank you to all who participated!

Click here to check out the plan.


Walter J. Kendall III
Board President

Kelli Brooks
Executive Director