Resources and Presentations


Overview for the Lake County Commission on Government Reform and Accountability

Presentation from October 4, 2017 meeting

LCCGRA Discussion Guide for October 4, 2017

"County Board Structure and the Goals of Institutional Reform.” Presentation by Dr. Eric Zeemering, September 13, 2017. Transcript

“Interviews with McHenry County Board Chair, Jack Franks; DuPage County Board Chair, Dan Cronin; Will County Executive Lawrence (Larry) Walsh, interviewed by Chair Lawlor September 13, 2017  

“Opportunities for Government Efficiency.” Presentation by Norman Walzer. August 23, 2017. 

"Redistricting Principles.” Presentation by Cindi Canary. August 23, 2017. 

“Redistricting Reform Options for Lake County.” Presentation by Ruth Greenwood, Senior Legal Counsel for Voting Rights and Redistricting at the Campaign Legal Center, July 19, 2017. 

“Redistricting: Selected Legal Issues.” Presentation by George Tzanetopoulos, Partner at Baker Hostetler, July 19, 2017. 

Research memos

Memo on Comparison of County Board Chairs, September 13, 2017.

Memo on County Board Chair Role, August 17, 2017. Appendix 1: “Lake County Board Rules of Order and Operational Procedures,” December 12, 2017.

Memo on Lake County Board Chair or County Executive Options, July 11, 2017.

Memo on Lake County Prior Referenda on Elected Officers, August 17, 2017.

Memo on Multi-Member Districts, September 13, 2017.

Memo on Prior Lake County Governmental Study Commission Reports, August 17, 2017. Appendix 1: “Lake County Governmental Study Commission First Year Report,” April 12, 1977. Appendix 2: “Lake County Governmental Study Commission II Report,” July 1, 1990. (Revised)

Memo on State of Illinois Board Sizes and Structure, August 17, 2017.

Background Materials

Banovetz, James M. and Dawn S. Peters; “The County Administrator Form: A Modern Approach to Illinois County Government;” Northern Illinois University, Center for Government Studies, Policy Profiles, Volume 6, Number 3, December 2006. 

Choi, Euirim; “How a Law School Professor is Helping SCOTUS Rethink Gerrymandering;” The Chicago Maroon, June 24, 2017.

Coleman, Emily K.; “Governor's Veto Doesn’t Mean End of Bid to Put Lake County Board Chairman on Ballot;” Lake County News Sun, August 23, 2017. 

Cox, Adam B.; “Designing Redistricting Institutions;” Public Law and Legal Theory Working Papers; University of Chicago Law School, 2006. 

Daily Herald Editorial Board; “Rauner Veto Reinforces Local Control in Lake County;” August 22, 2017.

Gerrymandering. Movie recommended by Ruth Greenwood, available on YouTube for $2.99.

Gill v. Whitford; Whitford Appellees Motion to Affirm.

Greenwood, Ruth; “Fair Representation in Local Government;”Indiana Journal of Law and Social Equality; Indiana University Maurer School of Law, Volume 5, Issue 1, Winter 3-6-2017. 

Harris, Jonathan; Service-Sharing: How Counties Do More with Less; NACO County Futures Lab.

Holwell Shuster & Goldberg LLP, Gill vs. Whitford Legislators’ Amicus Brief. 2017. 

Illinois Association of County Board Members and Commissioners; County Board Fact Sheet; Volume 1, Number 1. 

Illinois Association of County Board Members and Commissioners; Forms of Counties

Illinois Secretary of State’s Office; Origin and Evolution of Illinois Counties; March 2010. 

Institute of Politics, UChicago; How to Draw the Maps: Redistricting Reform in American Politics; video of the Cook Political Report’s David Wasserman, UChicago’s Nicholas Stephanopoulos, the University of Michigan’s Jowei Chen, and Change Illinois’ Ryan Blitstein discussing the issue of redistricting reform.

Journal of Local Government Shared Services Best Practices, Office of Lt. Governor Evelyn P. Sanguinetti, 2016.

Keeshan, Charles; “Rauner Vetoes Bill Allowing Public to Elect Lake County Chairman;” Charles Keeshan, Daily Herald. 

Lake County Reapportionment Memo, 2001. 

Local Government Institute of Wisconsin; Local Government Collaboration in Wisconsin, Best Practices; 2012.

Local Government Institute, Road Map for Aligning Local Governments in Wisconsin; Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP, 2010

“Modernizing Lake County Government Action Plan”; Lake County 2000 Action Plan; December 2000.

National Association of Counties; Counties Matter Challenge:  100 Brilliant Ideas that Work; 2016-17

National Association of Counties; County Authority: A State by State Report; December 2010.

National Association of Counties; County Government Structure: A State by State Report; July 2010. 

National Center for the Study of Counties; Responding to the New Realities: Case Studies in County Governance; March 2012. 

Task Force on Local Government Consolidation and Unfunded Mandates, “Delivering Efficient, Effective, and Streamlined Government to Illinois Taxpayers,” December 15, 2015. 

Zeemering, Eric and Delabbio, Daryl, “A County Managers Guide to Shared Services in Local Government,” IBM Center for The Business of Government, 2013. 

Other Resources

Change Illinois

Illinois Compiled Statutes – Counties Code (55 ILCS 5/)

Independent Map Amendment website

Lake County Government Reform website

National Association of Counties – Reports and Publications

The Civic Federation