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Lake County Reports Progress on Strategic Plan
Lake County’s Strategic Plan, which serves as our road map over the next several years, identifies five strategic goals related to transportation, sustainability, healthy communities, economic opportunities and public safety. Residents helped shape the plan by providing input at a series of community forums in 2013. Residents also asked for more communication and transparency about what Lake County is doing with their tax dollars. The county board is committed to being accountable, accessible and transparent. Visit our Strategic Plan page to see examples of how we are making progress toward our strategic goals.
Connect with Lake County - Check out Our Summer Newsletter
​This e-newsletter is just one way Lake County provides information for residents. Check out our Summer edition of County Connection, where we focus on ways to connect with Lake County, provide a budget snapshot, a transportation update, and more. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.
Lake County Achieves Highest Principles of Governmental Budgeting
For the seventh consecutive year, Lake County has received a "Distinguished Budget Presentation Award" from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA). This means that Lake County’s budget meets nationally recognized guidelines for effective budgeting. This year, GFOA gave the County an unprecedented number of “Outstanding” scores. The budget serves as a financial plan, influences policy, guides operations, and is a communications tool for taxpayers.
Watch County Update: Learn About Local Food & Farmers MarketsWatch County Update: Learn About Local Food & Farmers Markets
​Nearly every day of the week, you can find a local farmers market somewhere in Lake County. By purchasing produce at these markets, you help our local food system which keeps money in the region, helps local businesses, and provides healthy, fresh veggies to eat. Learn more in this edition of County Update – on the road at the Zion Farmer’s Market, and check out our Local Food page for more info.
County-wide Collaborative Coalition Pursues Solutions to Opioid Problem
Public safety officials, first responders, the health department and hospitals across Lake County are working to address the rising problem of use and abuse of opioids, including heroin and prescription pain medications. Through the Lake County Opioid Initiative, first responders recently completed training on the use of Naloxone - a drug that is used to reverse an opioid overdose and save lives. Watch this video and visit this website to learn more about this initiative.
​Board Approves New Radio System for Public Safety First Responders
The County Board recently approved use of a new statewide radio communications system (known as STARCOM), in partnership with the Lake County Emergency Telephone Systems Board (911 ETSB), which will allow public safety personnel to communicate more effectively on a local, regional and statewide level using a common system – what’s referred to as "interoperability."
Animal Care and ControlNew Animal Care and Control Facility
The Lake County Health Department/Community Health Center officially opened a newly-constructed Animal Care and Control facility in Libertyville. It replaced the old facility in Mundelein, where animals will no longer be accepted. Watch this video and learn about the new facility and the services it has to offer.​

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Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor

Aaron Lawlor
Board Chairman

Message from the Chairman

Dear Lake County Neighbors,

​With one year under my belt as Lake County Board Chairman, I wanted to report to you on the County Board's progress over the past year.

​I believe the number one way we can grow our local economy is to invest in our roads and infrastructure.  If we can't move people to and from work or goods to and from market in an efficient manner, we don't have the foundation for a thriving economy.  In order to work toward this goal, the Lake County Board is investing $570 million over the next five years to improve our regional transportation system.  More than half of that is for projects that expand and add capacity to County highways...

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Lake County's new Buy Local. Build Local. Work Local. program aims to connect Lake County businesses--including women-owned and minority businesses--with governmental procurement opportunities. Learn more.

The Lake County Courthouse Expansion Project is offering bid opportunities to local businesses.  Visit the website to view bid documents and register. 

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