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What's My Water Quality?
​​The water crisis in Flint, Michigan has some people thinking more about what comes out of their tap. Lake County Public Works provides water to customers across Lake County. To learn more about what we are doing to protect your local drinking water quality and find out where your water comes from, watch this video. You can also view our annual water quality consumer confidence reports
Are you ready for the Upcoming Election?
There are several ways to register to vote in the upcoming General Primary Election. You can visit one of several Official Places of Voter Registration until Feb. 16, visit the Lake County Clerk’s Office, 18 North County Street, Room 101, Waukegan, online at, or at an Illinois DMV when updating your driver’s license. You must be registered before receiving a ballot. If you are registered, check out​ and log in using your name, house number, zip code and birth date to see your personalized March 15 General Primary Election information. For more information on the upcoming election, including changes in election law and the different ways to vote, watch this video​.
Lake County Dirty Jobs: Composting
The Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO) recently set a goal of increasing Lake County’s recycling rate from 48% to 60% by 2020, which requires going beyond traditional recycling of cans and bottles, and increasing our recycling of food scrap. Turning organic waste into valuable compost is a dirty process, as we see in our latest Lake County’s Dirty Jobs with Chairman Aaron Lawlor.
Attention Youth: Get A Jump on Your Summer Job Search
Applications are now available for the Lake County Board’s Summer Youth Employment Program, which offers youth the opportunity for a paid, part-time work experience over the summer.  Apply online​ or at the Lake County Job Center in Waukegan until Feb. 29.  
Provide your Input on Lake County’s Housing & Community Development Needs
The Lake County Housing and Community Development Commission seeks your input for its annual action plan. The plan will guide how Lake County (in cooperation with Waukegan and North Chicago), uses federal funds to address the housing and community development needs, goals, outcomes and strategies for Lake County. You can give your thoughts on the plan through March 3 by sending an email or by mailing them to Lake County Community Development, 500 W. Winchester Road, Libertyville. Visit our Community Development web page for more information​

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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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