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Lake County Reports Progress on Strategic Plan
Lake County’s Strategic Plan, which serves as our road map over the next several years, identifies five strategic goals related to transportation, sustainability, healthy communities, economic opportunities and public safety. Residents helped shape the plan by providing input at a series of community forums. Residents also said they wanted to stay informed on progress being made toward these goals. In an effort to be more accountable, accessible and transparent, we’ve posted our progress here​.  
County Update: Lake County Life
In this County Update, learn about Lake County Life​ - a new, collaborative initiative among local stakeholders including Lake County government, the Lake County Forest Preserve District, Visit Lake County, Lake County Partners, and others that includes a website and a video that tells Lake County's story and defines what makes our county so special. Watch County Update
Washington Street Underpass Project: Haryan Way to Lake Street
The Lake County Division of Transportation (LCDOT) is hosting a Construction Open House for the Washington Street Underpass Project. The Open House will be on March 2 from 5 – 7 p.m. at Grayslake Village Hall, 10 South Seymour Avenue, Grayslake IL.
​Board Approves Agreement to Bring New Tech Company to Gurnee
The Lake County Board recently approved an economic incentive package to bring Akhan Semiconductor, Inc, a new technology company, to Gurnee. In this video, Chairman Aaron Lawlor interviews founder and CEO Adam Khan, who is originally from Gurnee. Akhan is a global leader in diamond semiconductor technology that aims to serve faster computers, advanced aviation and satellite technology, and next-generation telecommunication needs.
Lake County Sheriff's Officer Saves Life with Overdose Reversal DrugLake County Sheriff's Officer Saves Life with Overdose Reversal Drug
​Lake County Deputy Sheriff’s Officer Amanda Fosco was recently called to a Lake County home where she saved the life of a resident who overdosed on heroin. In this video, Officer Fosco tell the story of how she used the life-saving drug Naloxone. Over the past several months, two lives were saved from overdoses as a result of this drug being in the hands of officers in the field, along with training provided by the Health Department. To learn more about efforts underway to combat the use of opioids in Lake County, visit the Lake County Opioid Initiative website.
Recorder’s Office Adds More Tools to Assist Homeowners
The Recorder's Office has implemented an additional service for homeowners to use to fight against identity theft and mortgage fraud. This new 24/7 service allows residents to sign up on the Recorder’s website to receive an email or text, alerting them when certain documents have been recorded against their name or property. Press Release​​​​.
Apply for the Senior Citizens Tax Deferral Program
Lake County senior citizens may defer part or all of their property taxes on their personal residence if they qualify for the Senior Citizens Tax Deferral program​.  Applications are available at the Lake County Treasurer’s Office, 18 N. County Street, Waukegan, and must be submitted to the Treasurer’s Office by Feb. 27. For more information about the program please contact the Treasurer’s Office at 847.377.2323 or by visiting their website.
Apply For Summer Youth Employment Program
​The Lake County Board’s Summer Youth Employment Program offers youth, age 14-18 (or 14-22 with an Individualized Education Plan) the opportunity for a paid, part-time work experience over the summer.  Youth are matched with local worksites and gain valuable experience while earning a pay check.  Apply online or send paper application to the Lake County Job Center in Waukegan.  Applications are due by Feb. 28. Watch Video

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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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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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