Lake County Government Reform

Commission on Government Reform and Accountability

The newly formed Commission on Government Reform and Accountability held its first meeting in May 2017. The bipartisan commission created by the County Board is charged with evaluating proposed reform measures and report on key findings.  

• View the meeting calendar and agendas
• Commission Membership
Resources and Presentations

Commission Purpose

1. Independent Redistricting Analyze state and county governments; evaluate their governance structure, methodology, implementation and outcomes
2. Countywide Elected Chairman Study similar counties; identify key issues, challenges, opportunities and decisions; identify best practices and policies to balance authority between the County Board, Chairman and County Administrator; ensure strong accountability, professional standards and high ethical standards and safeguards
3. Reduce the size of the board Examine, assess and report on similar counties' efforts; identify positive and negative impacts on efficiency, constituent services, policy decisions, and compliance with the federal Voting Rights Act
4. Other Reform Proposals Share ideas on additional reforms that could be studied in the future

County Board Resolutions


The Illinois Legislature recently approved Senate Bill 0669 mandating that for the 2018 election, a public question shall be submitted to the voters of Lake County to determine whether the chairman of the Lake County board shall be elected by the voters. If the public question is approved by the voters of Lake County, then, for the 2020 election and thereafter, the chairman of the Lake County board shall be elected by the voters of the county. The Illinois House approved it by a thin margin (61 yes, 50 no). 

The Lake County Chairman has requested the Governor to veto this legislation because this decision should be made at the local level and not dictated by Springfield powerbrokers, and it’s simply not good public policy to mandate laws that single out one county. Furthermore, any practical implementation of this bill would require an increase in county spending.