At the February 14, 2017 Lake County Board Meeting, the board approved a resolution supporting government reform measures and amendments to Illinois Senate Bill 0669. In January 2016, Illinois Senator Terry Link (District 30) filed SB0669 that requires the county board chairman be elected countywide, starting in 2020. Currently, the Lake County Board Chairman is selected by county board members every two years.
Lake County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor proposed a package of groundbreaking reforms to county government that would give voters the opportunity to decide on the leadership structure and management of their county government. Chairman Lawlor seeks to amend SB0669 to require a voter referendum in 2018 asking voters if they would support the following measures:
A countywide elected chairman in 2022;
Implementing redistricting reform based on the “Independent Map Amendment”
Streamlining county government by reducing the size of the county board
“Voters should be able to say what they want, rather than Springfield dictating what they need,” Lake County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor said. “SB0669 is an important step forward, but doesn’t go far enough in enacting meaningful good governmentreforms and safeguards that protect professionalism over political patronage.”
Lawlor also explained his proposal has the opportunity to create an annual savings of at least $250,000 annually by implementing a countywide elected chairmanship along with reducing the size of the county board.