Bonnie Thomson Carter (District 5)

Bonnie Thomson Carter D5

Lake County Board Member

Mail: 18 North County Street, 10th Floor, Waukegan, IL 60085
Office phone: 847-309-6176
Board member Thomson Carter represents the municipalities of Fox Lake, Lakemoor, Volo, portions of Round Lake, the unincorporated areas of Grant Township, and portions of Wauconda, Avon, Antioch, and Lake Villa. She has been on the board since 1996. Her main priorities include: fiscal responsibility, preserving a clean, safe water supply, and balancing growth while protecting our natural resources. Ensuring Lake County is a healthy place to live and work is also a priority for her, which means continuing to focus on connecting trails between the Forest Preserve District, our villages, park districts, and townships. ​

Board member Thomson Carter has been the chair of the Planning, Building, and Zoning Committee since 2010 and now serves as Chair to the Public Works and Transportation Committee. She served as President of the Forest Preserve from 2002 through 2010 and 16 years on the Stormwater Management Commission. She currently serves on the Northwest Water Planning Alliance and the Northwest Sanitary Advisory Board.
Elected Offices
  • Lake County Board (1996-present)
  • Lake County Forest Preserve, President (2002-2010) and Commissioner (1996-present)
Memberships & Other Public Service
  • Northwest Water Planning Alliance
  • Route 120 Corridor Planning Council, Governing Board
  • Preservation Foundation of the Lake County Forest Preserve District, Founder
  • Northeastern Illinois Regional Water Supply Planning Group, Chair
  • Northwest Region Sanitary District Advisory Committee, Member
  • IL Association of Conservation and Forest Preserve Districts (IACFPD), Treasurer (2002-2010)
  • IL Nature Conservancy
  • Liberty Prairie Conservancy
  • Fox Lake Area Chamber of Commerce (1996-present)
  • Fox Lake-Round Lake Rotarian (2006-2009)
  • Grant Township Republican Club (1995-present)
  • Lake County Housing Authority Board, Chair (1986-1996)
  • Lake County Partnership for Economic Development (past)
  • Governor's Water Resource Advisory Committee (2000-2002)
  • National Association of Counties (NACo) Transportation Committee (past)
  • Lake County Republican Chairwoman (past)
  • Gavin School Board (past)
Lake County Committees
  • Public Works and Transportation, Chair
  • Rules
  • Financial and Administrative
  • Law and Judicial, Chair
  • Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs
  • Planning, Building and Zoning, Chair (2010-2014)
  • Taxation, Election and Records
  • Ethics
Forest Preserve District Committees
  • Planning and Restoration, Chair (2010-present)
  • Land Preservation and Acquisition
  • Rules
  • Preservation Foundation of the Lake County Forest Preserve District
  • Lake County Forest Preserve President (2002-2010)
Personal & Other Information
  • Sole Proprietor of Thomson Carter and Associates Insurance Agency (1983-2012)
  • Lifelong Ingleside resident, married 31 years, 4 children of a blended family