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Aaron Lawlor, Chairman
District 18
Lake County Board  
Aaron Lawlor

Aaron Lawlor, District 18
Lake County Board Chairman
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Address: 18 N. County St., 10th Floor, Waukegan, IL 60085
Office Phone: 847.377.2300
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Dear Lake County Neighbors,


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.

I’m also proud of the county board’s continued track record of practicing fiscal responsibility. We adhere to a basic budget principle – don’t make short-term decisions. We have a balanced budget, strong reserves, and AAA financial rating– the highest credit rating possible. We plan, save, and invest wisely to yield long-term results. We use data to drive budget decisions and evaluate our performance. We’re also being more efficient by sharing services with other governments, such as building inspections, police services, and joint purchasing.

We are also committed to transparency. Our website ranks among the most transparent government websites in America according to "Sunshine Review." We broadcast our board meetings on LCTV, post them to this website, along with other videos about county services, send out regular e-newsletters, share information on social media, and more! Check out our Transparency/OpenGov web page.

It’s a pleasure serving as your County Board Chairman. Please contact me with any questions or concerns.


Aaron Lawlor
Lake County Board Chairman
Phone: 847.377.2300


Aaron is the Chairman of the County Board. He represents Vernon Hills and Indian Creek, as well as portions of Hawthorn Woods, Long Grove, Mundelein, and unincorporated Lake County. He has been on the board since 2009 and has served as chairman since 2012. His main priorities are fiscal responsibility, transparency, government openness and accessibility, and transportation, including advancing the Route 53 Extension Project.



Elected Offices

  • Lake County Board, Chairman (2012-present) and Member (2009-present)
  • Lake County Forest Preserve District (2009-present)
  • Cook Memorial Public Library District, President (2005-2009) and Trustee (2003-2009)

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Lake County Partners, Board of Governors and Operations Committee
  • Lake County Transportation Alliance, Board & Executive Committee
  • Chair, Lake County Navy League Annual Awards Dinner (2015)
  • Honorary Chair, Lake County Center for Independent Living Gala, (2014)
  • Vice-Chair, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) MPO Policy Committee (2013-present)
  • Route 53 Blue Ribbon Advisory Council (BRAC), Co-Chair (2012-present)
  • Route 53 Land Use Planning Committee, Co-Chair (2013-present)
  • Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO), Board of Directors (2010-2012)
  • Community Development Commission (2011-2012), Ex-Officio (2012-present)
  • Friends of Ryerson Woods, Board Liaison (2010-present)
  • Hawthorn District 73 Future Search Strategic Planning Committee (2010)
  • North Suburban Library System Board of Directors (2008-2009)
  • Office of Congressman Mark Kirk, Deputy District Director
  • Kirk for Congress, Political Director
  • Kirk for Senate, Coalitions Director
  • Program Manager, Government & Community Affairs, Office of Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka

Lake County Committees


  • Lake County Board (2009-present), Chairman (2012-present)


  • Health and Community Services, Chair (2010-2012)
  • Finance and Administration (2010-2012)
  • Law and Judicial (2009-2010)
  • Planning, Building and Zoning, Vice-Chair (2009-2010)

Forest Preserve District Committees


  • Finance


  • Ethics, Chair
  • Facilities


  • Masters in Business Administration, Lake Forest Graduate School of Management
  • Bachelor's degree, Lake Forest College
  • Libertyville High School

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