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It Could Happen Here: Illinois has “Hot Spots” for Earthquakes
McHenry County recently experienced an earthquake with a magnitude of 2.9 that residents described as a loud bang or rumbling that lasted a few seconds. Know what to do during an earthquake: Drop (to the floor); take cover, and hold on (to the piece furniture, like a table). Learn more​.
Lake County Announces 2015 Construction Program
This year, the Lake County Division of Transportation (LCDOT) will have $137 million in road projects under construction making for another busy construction season! While about $60 million of that is carried over from projects that were started last year, there will be about $77 million in new projects, which are expected to be awarded during the first six months of 2015. The plan includes 24 projects, 11 of which contain non-motorized travel improvements, such as bike paths, or adding bike friendly lanes. Learn More​
Join the Conversation: Submit Your Ideas to Improve Local Government in Illinois
Lake County recently submitted its ideas to the State task force charged with streamlining local governments, which included a list of costly mandates that could save Lake County more than $2 Million annually, and millions more in ongoing savings. Now, residents can submit their ideas on ways to consolidate, streamline or eliminate duplicative governmental bodies, school districts and taxing authorities, and ideas on ways to replace, revise, or repeal unfunded mandates placed on local governments and school districts. Submit your comments on this website. Read Lake County’s memo​​ to the governor. ​​
Advisory Committee Recommends Funding Plan for IL Route 53/120 Project
​The IL Route 53/120 Project Finance Committee approved recommendations to fund the extension of Illinois Route 53 north into Lake County and to support Tollway-led work to keep the project moving forward. The committee’s recommended financing package includes a variety of local sources and innovative revenue streams. The funding recommendations will be presented to the Illinois Tollway Board of Directors for consideration.  Read news release​​, Watch vi​deo.
Lake County's Dirty Jobs - Division of Transportation Heavy Duty ShopLake County's Dirty Jobs - Division of Transportation Heavy Duty Shop
​In this installment of Lake County’s dirty jobs - which takes you behind the scenes of some of Lake County government’s dirty and difficult jobs - we head to LCDOT - Lake County, IL Division of Transportation's Heavy Duty shop where Chairman Aaron Lawlor does some maintenance work on a snow plow truck. Watch now!
Lake County Update: Meet Lake County Treasurer David StolmanLake County Update: Meet Lake County Treasurer David Stolman
After serving nearly 20 years on the county board, David Stolman was elected to Treasurer last November. In this edition of County Update, learn more about the Treasurer’s Office and Treasurer Stolman’s priorities. Watch now.
Senior Citizens Assessment Freeze Homestead Exemption Outreach Sessions
The Chief County Assessment Office and the Lake County Township Assessors Association will hold several public outreach sessions to assist residents in completing the 2015 Senior Citizen Assessment Freeze Application for taxes payable in 2016, as well as service taxpayer needs on other homestead exemptions available. Residents will work one on one with a staff member to complete the necessary forms. The Senior Freeze Application is due by July 1. 
Vote for your local leaders in the April 7 election
Vote for your local library, school, park district and municipal candidates in the upcoming April 7 election. Registered voters can preview their ballot, find early voting locations and view voting by mail information by visiting View a complete list of all the candidates and voting locations for the April 7 Consolidated Election by checking out this Voter Information Guide. ​

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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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Courthouse Expansion Project concept

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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