Incorporated in 1928, Gurnee has had just 5 mayors in its history, including one who served just one year. This stability has occurred with all other elected and appointed officials. In 1972, Gurnee appointed its first full time administrator.
The Gurnee Park District, through its facilities, programs, services and personnel, seeks to enhance the quality of life and the environment in order to acquire, conserve and protect natural resources. The park district offers abundant recreational facilities to district residents. Residents enjoy the beach and waterslide facility at Gowe Park.
The Park District provides a full range of activities and programs including aquatics, fitness, athletic leagues, trips, day camps, arts & crafts, music and dance. Special program and luncheons for the seniors are held monthly at the Viking Park Dance Hall. Annual holiday craft shows, a family Halloween party, Oktoberfest, Italianfest and a summer concert series in the park are also very popular.
Elementary education has grown from a one-room school to a three-school system. Warren Township High School was built in 1917-18 and opened with 57 pupils in attendance. After a disastrous fire in late 1985, the school has been completely rebuilt.
The College of Lake County in Grayslake, Illinois, was established in 1967 as a public community college to serve the academic, career, social, economic, and cultural needs of Lake County. The college officially opened in 1969 with 2300 students and 80 instructors. At that time, the facilities on the 230-acre main campus consisted of the buildings, which now make up the North Campus. Since that time, the college has added a Physical Education Building in 1982 and the Science/Student Services Module in 1987. The college's growth reflects its commitment to excellence and the support that the people of Lake County have given it.
Six Flags Great America Theme Park offers wholesome family entertainment and draws approximately 2.5 million guests annually. Great America also provides 3,000 part-time summer jobs. Great America generates substantial revenue for all taxing bodies that has helped improve services while maintaining a favorable tax rate. Revenues produced from sales tax make substantial improvements: sidewalk programs, blacktopping of streets and municipal buildings.
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