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"I am committed to responsible government, infrastructure investment, and healthy communities. Access to trails and bike paths, clean air and water, reducing waste, and minimizing flooding...these are a few of the things I think about every day on the job."

Here are some FIRSTS that we've accomplished the last three years:

  1. First-ever independent Ethics Commission to handle ethics complaints

  2. First-ever vendor requirements to disclose campaign contributions & family relationships

  3. First-ever recording of all committee meetings, which are posted online for easy access

  4. First countywide paratransit system, Ride Lake County

  5. First Crisis Care Center

  6. First solar panels added to 10 County properties

  7. First NetZero buildings, budgeted and planned

  8. First elimination of single-use plastics in County food operations, starting 2023

  9. First Clean Air Ordinance

  10. First Energy & Environment Committee

  11. First funding for female & gender neutral residential space at the Depke Juvenile Justice facility

  12. First Carbon Credits program (we get paid for planting trees!)

  13. First elimination of two taxing bodies that had outlived their purpose

  14. First time the County portion of your property taxes were kept FLAT -- three years in a row

  15. First NetZero targets, to reduce our carbon footprint and combat climate change



 

Every month, the Board passes dozens of resolutions and appropriations. I encourage you to watch our meetings and participate in governance. Below are just a very few highlights.

GOOD GOVERNMENT

  • Created rules requiring vendor disclosure of conflicts-of-interest around county contracts and contributions.

  • Began videotaping all county board meetings for greater transparency and accessibility to the public and press

  •  Overhauled ethics ordinance. Watch HERE. Read HERE.

  • Created new committee focused on consolidating or dissolving government entities to save taxpayers money and improve efficiencies.

ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP

  • NetZero by 2040. Read HERE.

  • Added solar panels to 10 county buildings (in process)

  • Created the Energy and the Environment Committee

  • Adding electric cars to the county fleet whenever possible

  • Joined the County Climate Coalition

  • Adopted NetZero design for two new buildings to replace failing infrastructure

  • Added the new position of Sustainability Coordinator for 2022

  • Developing Zero Waste plan based on a circular economy--for Lake County and to encourage municipalities to join cities around the country in developing plans to drastically reduce and eventually eliminate the waste we send to landfills and incinerators. Read more HERE.

  • Developing PACE financing program for businesses to encourage energy efficiency and economic development. UPDATE--DONE!

  • Working toward eliminating the purchase and distribution of single-use plastic in County food operations. UPDATE -- DONE! Read more HERE.

INFRASTRUCTURE

  • Worked with Rep. Mary Edly-Allen and Rep. Dan Didech to secure state funding for a grade separation (underpass or overpass) at the rail crossing at Rte 60/Diamond Lake Rd in Mundelein.

  • Established Ride Lake County, a borderless, countywide paratransit service. Read more HERE.

  • Continually advocate for an underpass at the rail crossing on Old McHenry Rd in Hawthorn Woods, as well as sidewalks and bike paths along OMR; this project is on the County's 5-year plan and, as the busiest rail crossing in Lake County, is a high priority. Read more about the project HERE.

  • Successfully advocated to stop the extension of Route 53 through schoolyards, wetlands, and neighborhoods in our community

  • As a member of the Public Works, Planning & Transportation Committee, regularly advocate for and appropriate funds for infrastructure to keep our communities mobile and safe, with access to clean water and sewer services

Boards & Committees
 
Lake County Board

Current

  • Ethics and Oversight, Chair

  • Financial and Administrative, Vice-Chair

  • Law and Judicial

  • Public Works, Planning and Transportation

  • Rules

Previous

  • Ad Hoc Drainage District Consolidation Committee

  • Complete Count Committee, 2020 Census

  • Energy and Environment

  • Special Committee on COVID-19 Relief

Forest Preserve District

 

Current

  • Operations, Chair

  • Diversity and Cultural Awareness

  • Legislative

  • Preservation Foundation of the Lake County Forest Preserve District, Voting Member

Previous

  • Ethics

  • Planning

  • Rules

  • Strategic Plan Steering Committee

 
Special Appointments & Other Public Service
  • Lake County Children’s Advocacy Center

  • Lake County Partners

  • Lake County Partners Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Committee

  • Lake County Partners Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Task Force

  • Route 53 Task Force