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College honors Lake Co. judge as 'man of vision'
By Tony Gordon | Daily Herald Columnist
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Published: 5/19/2010 12:02 AM

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Circuit Judge Jorge Ortiz was recently honored by the College of Lake County at its first "Men of Vision" awards ceremony.

Ortiz, the presiding judge of the family law division, was presented the group's "Award of Excellence" for his contributions as a public servant and role model.

"I was very honored and humbled to be selected for the award," Ortiz said. "I want to continue encouraging our young people to pursue higher education and public service."

Men of Vision is a new organization at the college dedicated to promoting and celebrating the academic achievement, leadership, community service, character and the success of its members.

After a career as an assistant state's attorney and a lawyer in public practice, Ortiz was appointed an associate judge in 2002 and was elevated to circuit judge in 2008.

Ahoy, mateys!

The Lake County sheriff's marine patrol will once again be keeping the peace on the high seas of the Wildwood Park District.

The district recently approved a contract with the sheriff's office to provide for law enforcement on Gages Lake from May through September this year.

For $78 per hour, the district will have the support of two marine patrol officers and one boat.

The services will be provided on weekdays and weekend afternoons and evenings on a schedule determined by the park district.

Golf outing

A Safe Place, the Lake County domestic abuse counseling center and shelter, is hosting its annual fundraising golf outing on June 17.

The outing will be held at the White Deer Run Golf Club, 250 W. Gregg's Parkway in Vernon Hills.

There will be an 11 a.m. registration and lunch, a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start and 5:30 p.m. cocktail reception to be followed by a dinner and auction.

The cost is $300 for individual golfers or $1,000 for a foursome and tickets for just the dinner can be purchased for $75.

There are also various sponsorship packages available ranging in cost from $10,000 to $500.

For more information or to register, go to or call Noelle Moore at (847) 731-7165, extension 109.