"I am committed to fairness, responsibility, and justice. Clean air and water, efficient and transparent government, policies that promote racial equity...these are a few of the things I think about every day on the job."

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 as of 2020)

  • Created the Energy and the Environment Committee

  • Adding electric cars to the county fleet whenever possible

  • Developing PACE financing program for businesses to encourage energy efficiency and economic development

  • Joined the County Climate Coalition

  • Adopting NetZero design for new proposed county buildings & for new maintenance building at Lakewood Forest Preserve

  • 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.

  • Advocating for Clean Air Ordinance. Watch a recent committee discussion HERE.

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, board member

  • Lake County Partners

  • Lake County Partners Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Task Force

Transportation

  • 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.

  • Continually advocate for a grade separation at Old McHenry Rd in Hawthorn Woods; this project is on the County's 5-year plan and, as the busiest rail crossing in Lake County, is a high priority

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