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Lake County Leaders Summit Focuses on Collaboration
More than 150 government, business, and civic leaders came together recently for an update on the significant progress being made in Lake County, including advancing transportation solutions and 911 regional consolidation. The Lake County Forest Preserves also provided an update on the completion of the final segment of the Des Plaines River Trail and the 100-year Vision for Lake County. Leaders also engaged in an ideas exchange. The results of that exercise will be shared in the coming weeks. Watch video​. View pictures.
​Board Approves Agreement to Bring New Tech Company to Gurnee
This month, the Lake County Board approved an economic incentive package to bring Akhan Semiconductor, Inc, a new technology company, to Gurnee.  The County Board was one of many state and local governments that worked together to successfully attract Akhan to the area by collaborating on income, sales and property tax abatements.
Lake County Life Tells Story of What Makes Lake County Special
​What is Lake County Life? It’s all of the things that make Lake County special. It’s our natural beauty, our schools and businesses, the active and healthy people who live, work, and play here, and so much more. Check out​ and you may be surprised to learn all of this about Lake County.
Dirty Jobs: Behind the Scenes at Our Sewer Plant
​You probably don’t think about where your water goes - after you go, but our public works crews think about this 24/7. In this second installment of Lake County’s dirty jobs - which takes residents behind the scenes of some of Lake County government’s dirty and difficult jobs - we take you to a sewer plant with a tank full of sludge and muck that needs to be cleaned. Watch now​.​
Update from SWALCO about Electronics Recycling
Six sites have been confirmed to begin collecting electronics through SWALCO’s recycling program starting January 2, 2015. Please visit the SWALCO website for more information.
Don't Crowd the Plow VideoDon't Crowd the Plow
The Lake County Division of Transportation plows over 800 lane miles of highways utilizing 25 snow routes. When approaching a plow truck stay back at least 50 ft. or 2-3 car lengths, due to road conditions and so our plow operators can see your vehicles. Lake County DOT snowplow operators are extremely safety conscious, but we need your help. Stay back and let us safely do our job of cleaning the road for you. Don’t take a chance. Don’t crowd the plow! Watch this video about safety tips when driving this winter.

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Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor

Aaron Lawlor
Board Chairman

Message from the Chairman

It is important to me that Lake County government constantly strives to be accountable, accessible and transparent. Our website is our primary tool for connecting you with county government services and other programs. 

With two years under my belt as Lake County Board Chairman, I want to share some highlights regarding some of our key priorities. 

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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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