Dear Lake County Neighbors,
It is important to me that Lake County government constantly strives to be accountable, accessible and transparent. Our website is our primary tool for connecting you with county government services and other programs.
With two years under my belt as Lake County Board Chairman, I want to share some highlights regarding some of our key priorities.
The number one way we can grow our local economy is to invest in our roads and infrastructure. The Lake County Board is investing a half billion dollars over the next six years to improve our regional transportation system. More than half of that is for projects that expand and add capacity to County highways. Learn more about our transportation program.
In addition to improving county roads, we are steadfast in our commitment to advancing the IL Route 53 Extension. This project is critical not only for addressing traffic congestion in Lake County, but also for economic growth.
While federal and state governments maintain a “borrow and spend” philosophy, Lake County is committed to fiscal responsibility. The 2015 budget is balanced. We have reduced spending, and increased efficiencies. The number of employees is down 12% from eight years ago. We’re saving money through shared service agreements like building inspections and sheriff’s patrol services. We are using data-driven decision making to ensure we are spending wisely, and identifying and implementing efficiency measures. To learn more about our budget and watch a video on our budget story, visit our Budget web portal.
Lake County continues to maintain AAA bond rating from both rating agencies – the highest possible credit rating. In fact, we are one of only about 40 counties out of 3,000 counties in the country that have a AAA rating from both Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s. The AAA rating is based on several strengths, including strong budgetary performance, well-managed financial operations with strong financial policies and practices, healthy reserves and manageable debt. This allows us to invest in necessary capital projects while keeping our debt service extremely low – 1.4% of our budget.
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.
Lake County Board Chairman