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Video: Chairman Lawlor and Director Sauer Discuss Proposed IL Route 53
District 17 County Board Member Nick Sauer has been appointed to the Illinois Tollway Board, which is currently considering whether to advance the proposed IL Route 53 project. For the last several years, a collaborative group of Lake County leaders, along with the Tollway board and Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, have been exploring the feasibility of the project with respect to financing and land use. A package of financial recommendations has been sent to the Tollway Board along with a request to move forward with the next engineering and environmental studies. In this video, Chairman Aaron Lawlor talks about the project history, benefits, costs, and feasibility with Director Sauer.  Watch Now​
4 Reasons to Visit Your Local Farmers Market
What are the top 4 reasons to go to your local farmers market? Local residents and shoppers tell us in this video.​ Lake County has 20+ markets so there is sure to be one close to you.  Find out where at
Be Prepared for Stormy Weather
Knowing how to prepare can ensure you and your family stay safe during a severe storm. Learn the difference between a “Watch” and a “Warning”, the dangers of flash flooding, food safety during a storm and more by watching our Stormy Weather Safety Tips video.  For more information about storm preparedness, visit Alert Lake County.
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County Update Video: Summer Fun in Lake County!
Warm weather is finally here and there is so much to do in Lake County - from our hundreds of lakes to boat and fish on to weekend getaways and family-friendly adventures, you will find it all in Lake County. In this edition of County Update, we take you to Waukegan Harbor as we talk about things to do this summer with the president of Visit Lake County. Watch video​.
Lake County Municipalities Rated Best Suburbs in Chicago Metro Area
Lake County is a great place to live and the rankings show it! Several municipalities in Lake County are rated in the top 100 of the best suburbs in the Chicago Metro Area. Suburbs were ranked based on livability for safety, schools, and access to activities, jobs, housing, and transportation. Visit​ to see all of the things that make Lake County special!
Annual Water Quality Reports Available
Lake County Public Works is committed to providing safe water to our customers in accordance with the Safe Drinking Water Act. The act requires that we publish an annual Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) describing the sources, treatment and chemical analysis of each water system. View the reports.

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Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor

Aaron Lawlor
Board Chairman

Message from the Chairman

It is an honor to serve as your Lake County Board Chairman.  We are working hard to ensure Lake County continues to be a great place to live, work and do business by investing in roads and infrastructure, preserving open space, and promoting economic development.  Our efforts to expand, improve and maintain our transportation network are critical to maintaining a high quality of life for Lake County families and workers.  To accomplish this, we are investing a half billion dollars over the next six years to improve our regional transportation system, and working hard to advance the IL Route 53/120 extension project.  

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Buy Local Build Local Work Local 

Lake County's new Buy Local. Build Local. Work Local. program aims to connect Lake County businesses--including women-owned and minority businesses--with governmental procurement opportunities.

The Lake County Courthouse Expansion Project is offering bid opportunities to local businesses. Visit the website to view bid documents and register.



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