Serving Lake & McHenry Counties

Celebrating 30 Years of Service

COVID-19 Update

Our top priority is always the wellbeing of our consumers, staff and the communities we serve. Due to the potential risk and concerns regarding the impact of the COVID-19 in our communities we will be closing both our Mundelein and McHenry offices to the public. No services will take place in office. Face to face appointments scheduled out in the community will be done via phone, skype or facetime as appropriate and possible. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.

While COVID-19 has not impacted our administrative operations, many of our staff will be working from home over the next few weeks and will be a good test of our remote and virtual capabilities.

Stay well and be kind!!

As we all face this situation 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.

May everyone continue to stay safe and healthy.

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.



Personal Assistant Trainings on Zoom!

LCCIL trains Personal Assistants (PA) to work for individuals with a disability that need in-home assistance. Once trained, PAs are placed on our referral list. The consumer is the employer; we are the trainers.

If you are interested in becoming a PA, please participate in one of our online trainings to be placed on our referral list. For questions or to sign up for a training, please contact Kelly at

Upcoming Training Dates:

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Thursday, August 20,2020

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Wednesday September 23, 2020

** All trainings will be Zoom meeting based until approval is given for face to face services. Contact to register for a training.


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