​Reapportionment Committee

In February, the County Board created a reapportionment committee to review the 2020 Census data and to recommend a reapportionment (redistricting) plan for Lake County. The reapportionment plan must be completed by July 1, 2021, or by the day after the first County Board meeting in July. Currently, there are significant delays in receiving the 2020 Census data. Therefore, absent a legislative change to extend this date, the reapportionment process will be based on the 2010 census.

Currently, Lake County is divided into 21 single-member districts.

The Reapportionment (Redistricting) Process

  • Reapportionment was required starting on July 1, 1971 and takes place every 10 years utilizing the most recent completed decennial census (www.census.gov).    
  • The redistricting process consists of redrawing district boundary lines based on the census’ decennial census.

Reapportionment requirements are outlined in the Counties Code (55 ILCS 5/2-3003):

  • Substantially equal in population (as close as practicable) so that each member of the county board represents the same number of inhabitants. (55 ILCS 5/2-3002)
  • Contiguous and nearly compact as practicable
  • Division of townships/municipalities only if necessary for district to be equal in population
  • No dividing of voting precincts between 2 or more districts, as far as practicable

Reapportionment must be an honest and good faith effort and is completed using the most recent published decennial census (2010).   

Additionally, counties can use this time as an opportunity to make other changes to the government structure, including:

  • The number of districts and if they are single member or multi member districts.
  • Whether members are elected by district or at large.
    • Currently, 76% of Illinois counties elect their representatives by district, compared with 24% at large.
  • Number of total board members.
    • Counties with a population less than 800,000 must consist of at least five board members, no more than 29 and no more than the size of the board on Oct. 2, 1969.
  • How the County Board Chair is elected (elected County-wide or elected by County Board)
  • Method of compensation for the Board (salary, per diem, combination of both) 

Who approves the maps?

  • Final plan is approved by the County Board and filed with the County Clerk

When does the map need to be completed by?

  • County must complete their redistricting plans by July 1, 2021, or by the day after the July County Board meeting. (55 ILCS 5/2-3004) 

Public Meetings on Redrawing County Board District Boundaries

On Wednesday, May 19 and Thursday, May 20, Lake County Board Chair Sandy Hart hosted four separate virtual public meetings to discuss the reapportionment process and to gather input from residents. Each meeting focused on a separate quadrant of the County.

Northeast - May 19, 2021
Southeast - May 19, 2021
Northwest - May 20, 2021
Southwest - May 20, 2021

Watch Reapportionment Committee Meetings

Committee Members

  • Sandy Hart, Chair
  • Mary Ross-Cunningham Vice-Chair
  • Jennifer Clark
  • Michael Danforth
  • Angelo Kyle
  • Linda Pedersen
  • Jessica Vealitzek