Barr Receives Presidential Appointment to NACo International Economic Development Task Force

Barr Receives Presidential Appointment to NACo International Economic Development Task Force

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WASHINGTON – Lake County, Ill. Board Member Dick Barr was appointed to the National Association of Counties (NACo) International EconomicDevelopment Task Force on May 29 by NACo President and San Diego County, Calif.Supervisor Greg Cox.  The InternationalEconomic Development Task Force facilitates the exchange of information, ideasand resources, and guides NACo programming, concerning county-level engagementin international economic development activities.

“The International Economic Development Task Force is a key part of NACo’s work,” said NACo President Greg Cox. “Board Member Barr’s committee participation at the national level is a great responsibility and I look forward to his contribution to NACo’s leadership team.”

“International exports account for $6.3 Billion to Lake County’s economy while supporting over 37,000 Lake County jobs”, said Barr. “This opportunity will go hand in hand with my position on the Lake County Partners Board of Governors, to help attract more global investment into Lake County.

According to its website, Lake County Partners is a public/private partnership that serves as the economic development engine of Lake County and is a 501(c)3 economic development corporation, that works to maintain economic vitality and quality of life in Lake County, Illinois by attracting, retaining and expanding businesses, creating and retaining quality jobs, stimulating capital investment, pursuing economic diversity and improving the County’s business climate.

NACo’s International Economic Development Task Force is comprised of approximately 70 county leaders from across the country, representing counties of all sizes in every region. Through the Task Force, county officials form valuable international connections, discuss relevant trade issues and learn to engage with the global economy more effectively. International Economic Development Task Force members are privileged to work alongside the U.S. Department of State, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration and many other federal agencies.


The National Association of Counties (NACo) strengthens America’s counties, including nearly 40,000 county elected officials and 3.6 million county employees. Founded in 1935, NACo unites county officials to advocate for county government priorities in federal policymaking; promote exemplary county policies and practices; nurture leadership skills and expand knowledge networks; optimize county and taxpayer resources and cost savings; and enrich the public’s understanding of county government.

Lake County encourages motorists to support local Homeless Agencies

Lake County encourages motorists to support local Homeless Agencies

Thank you to Lake County Transportation Department’s Scott Hill and Pia Snowden for letting me tag along while installing test signs today at the corner of Rollins and Route 45, to educate motorists on productive ways to aid our homeless population.

Often, panhandlers are not homeless and don’t always use the funds they collect to take proper care of and feed themselves. The cash they collect is often used to purchase drugs or alcohol.

While not all panhandling is connected to human trafficking, it is common for Human Traffickers to put rings of trafficking victims to work panhandling, because panhandling, believe it or not, can be at times very lucrative. The money they collect goes to the traffickers as exploitative profit.

These road signs are not intended to discourage your charitable tendencies, rather promote giving through channels that go above and beyond to help the homeless with not only housing, but job skills, and getting food, learning to care for themselves, or best yet, how to get medical, mental, or addiction help.

The panhandling presence on busy intersections is dangerous, and it is our hope to remove the funding potential at these intersections to encourage true homeless to get help through the proper channels.

For a list of resources in Lake County that will gladly accept your donations, please visit

Problem with Lake County Property Tax Bill Problems Identified

Problem with Lake County Property Tax Bill Problems Identified

It has come to my attention that a number of Property Tax Bills have been reported to not include the correct eligible exemptions for property tax payers. As such, some bills are reporting too high and some bills are reporting too low.

I encourage all residents to evaluate their bills for accuracy, and to confirm that you are getting all of the exemptions you are eligible for.

This guide will help you determine if you are receiving your eligible exemptions.

If you have any questions about your bill or your exemptions, please contact the Lake County Treasurers Office at 847-377-2323 or email at You can also contact your local Township Assessor for more information.

Lake County Approves IGA to Consolidate Lakes Sanitary Region

Lake County Approves IGA to Consolidate Lakes Sanitary Region


I am delighted to announce, that on Tuesday, May 14th, 2019, the Lake County Board voted unanimously to approve an IGA between Lake County and the Lakes Sanitary District to assume all responsibilities of the District and allow the Lakes Sanitary District to dissolve by 2021.

The functions of the District will be taken up by Lake County Department of Public Works. Residents will not experience any disruptions in service as the dissolution advances.

For the 6,000 +/- homes in the District, myself included, they will no longer pay a tax to the Sanitary District, which represents about $175/year on a home valued at $250,000.

Total estimated tax savings to residents to be about $1.25 Million per year!

Lake County Forest Preserve Bike Path Survey

Lake County Forest Preserve Bike Path Survey

We want your input!

The Lake County Division of Transportation (LCDOT) is conducting a countywide Bike Path Wayfinding and Signage study. The purpose of the study is to develop a wayfinding strategy and establish guidelines and sign templates to enhance the bikeways in Lake County. Ultimately the goal is to help the public using the bike paths have a better understanding of where they are on the trails and make it easier to find connecting destinations.

A public meeting was held May 1 to share information and gather feedback about biking in Lake County. Even if you could not attend the meeting, we want to hear from you.

Tell us what you think!