Lake County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor's Bio

Now in his third term, Chairman Lawlor has earned a reputation as an innovative and fiscally responsible leader of Illinois’ third most populous county. He is focused on creating economic opportunity, improving access to mental healthcare and making county government more efficient and accountable.

Chairman Lawlor believes strongly that Lake County can be a model to help fix our broken State. Aaron is championing groundbreaking reforms, including pushing for an independent watchdog commission on County Board redistricting. Lawlor secured passage of stronger ethics and accountability standards, making Lake County the most aggressive county in the State of Illinois in prohibiting patronage, nepotism and cronyism.

In 2014, Aaron was recognized by NBC’s Chuck Todd as one of six “Rising Stars” in Illinois politics. Aaron is one of the highest ranking openly gay elected officials in Illinois. He has served on diplomatic delegations to meet with heads of state in Nepal in 2010, Taiwan in 2013, and Timor Leste in 2017.


Aaron is a lifelong resident of Vernon Hills where he was raised by his mom, Sheryl Olson, a retired District 128 business education teacher. Aaron holds a Bachelors of Arts from Lake Forest College and a Masters in Business Administration from the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management.


Prior to joining the County Board, Aaron served in senior positions with former U.S. Senator Mark Kirk and the late Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka.