Michael Danforth (District 17)

Lake County Board Member
Current Term: 2018-2022

Michael Danforth

Mail: 18 North County Street, 10th Floor, Waukegan, IL 60085
Office phone: 224-760-0027
[email protected]

District 17

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Board member Danforth represents the 17th District, which includes Island Lake, Lake Barrington, Port Barrington, North Barrington, Barrington Hills, Tower Lakes, Fox River Grove, and portions of Wauconda and Hawthorn Woods. He has been on the board since February 2017, and is currently a member of the Ethics & Oversight, Law & Judicial, and Legislative committees. His main priorities on the board are property tax reform, fiscal accountability, safety and security for our communities and environmental integrity. He has a B.A. in Political Science from Northern Illinois University (1986), and a J.D. from the Regent University School of Law in Virginia Beach (1994). He also served as an elected member of the DeKalb County Board from 1984 to 1986.

Elected Offices

  • Lake County Board (2017 - Present)
  • Lake County Forest Preserve District Commissioner (2017 - Present)
  • DeKalb County Board Member (1984-1986)

Lake County Committees


  • Ethics and Oversight
  • Financial and Administrative
  • Law and Judicial
  • Reapportionment


  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Legislative
  • Public Works and Transportation

Forest Preserve District Committees


  • Finance


  • Diversity and Cultural Awareness
  • Operations

Special Appointments & Other Public Service

  • 1st Vice-Chairman - Lake County Republican Central Committee, Lake County, IL., April 2016-present; 
  • Precinct Committeeman - Cuba Township Republicans (Vice-Chair), Cuba Township, IL., Elected April 2012-present; 
  • Board of Trustees - Trinity Oaks Christian Academy, Cary, IL., 2009-2013; 
  • Teen Court Judge, Lake Forest, IL., October 2008-present; 
  • DeKalb County Board - Member, DeKalb, IL., 1984-86; 
  • DeKalb County Forest Preserve Commissioner, DeKalb, IL., 1984-86
  • DeKalb County Home, Health, Agriculture & Education Committee Member, DeKalb, IL., 1984-86