What is Lake County Forward?

Lake County Forward is a collaborative, whole-of-government initiative for community health and economic recovery as Lake County accelerates through the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“The past few months have been a challenge for so many of our Lake County residents and businesses”, said Lake County Chair Sandy Hart. “As we move forward together, the Lake County Board and staff are working to ensure that we are committed, united and resilient on the road to recovery.”  

Lake County Forward is comprised of:


Lake County Strategic Advisory Group

As part of Lake County Forward, Chair Hart has formed a Lake County Strategic Advisory Group on COVID-19 Relief and Recovery. This non-partisan, public-private advisory group will share their expertise and knowledge and provide input on strategic needs, requirements, options, and recommended priorities while recovering from COVID-19. Members will be invited by Lake County Board Chair Hart to participate.

Special Finance COVID-19 Committee

Lake County formed a special COVID-19 Finance Committee that met for the first time on May 15, 2020. The Committee was set up to provide guidance and strategic priorities to County Administration for the planning and execution of the various federal COVID response funds provided to Lake County. The committee will meet weekly to evaluate options and act quickly to fund initiatives to help the community ‘move forward’ from COVID-19.To view upcoming meeting times and agendas, please visit www.lakecountyil.gov/calendar.

Watch Meetings

Video: Lake County F&A Special Committee on COVID-19 Recovery, May 22

Task Forces 

For weeks, Lake County employees have been working around the clock to respond to COVID-19. Lake County has formalized a group of task forces that continues to measure the impact of COVID-19 and plan for recovery efforts. Teams are focusing on support and resources for the homeless and vulnerable communities and businesses, maximizing Federal and State funding to aid the community, and possible operation and budget changes to Lake County Government.