How can Lake County serve you better?

I am honored to be the County Board representative for District 13, which includes the Village of Lake Bluff and areas within Great Lakes, North Chicago, Waukegan, Libertyville, Gurnee, Wildwood, and unincorporated Grayslake.

I know how important it is to keep in touch. As your representative, I seek to communicate directly with you to keep you informed of upcoming events and issues, and hear your position about the things that affect you. If you have meetings in your neighborhood that you would like me to attend, or if there are concerns in your community that I should know about, please don't hesitate to contact me. You can reach me at 224-212-0331 or smhart@lakecountyil.gov.

Together we can make sure that Lake County remains a wonderful place to call home.

Sincerely,

Residents speak out against "Banana Derby"

We are hearing from increasing numbers of residents expressing their dismay that the Lake County Fair Board has chosen to continue the exploitation of animals in the so-called Banana Derby. We do not feel that paying a vendor to chain monkeys to the backs of dogs is the kind of attraction that the Lake County Fair should be endorsing. It does not speak to the values of our county.

Here is some of the media coverage this issue is receiving: Read more about Residents speak out against "Banana Derby"

County fair asked to ban event where monkeys race on backs of dogs

From the Chicago Tribune/Lake County News-Sun, July 13, 2015: Citing concern for the welfare of animals, a Lake County Board member is calling for the end of a popular county fair event that features capuchin monkeys dressed as horse jockeys that ride atop dogs in a Banana Derby race.

Lake County Fair organizers say the derby will go on as planned during the fair, which runs July 29-Aug. 2 in Grayslake, but county board member Sandra Hart says her opposition is gaining momentum as people learn more about the animals' treatment. Read more about County fair asked to ban event where monkeys race on backs of dogs

Lake County Board Members Ask Fair to Cancel "Banana Derby"

From Daily North Shore, June 2, 2015: Leaders of several animal welfare organizations and 16 Lake County Board commissioners have asked the Lake County Fair to cancel “Banana Derby,” an event in which Capuchin monkeys are dressed as jockeys and strapped to dogs’ backs while they race around a track. They claim it exploits animals, poses welfare risks to the animals and potential health risks to people; and that it might have negative consequences for primate conservation. Read more about Lake County Board Members Ask Fair to Cancel "Banana Derby"

Lake County leaders participate in worldwide anti-violence event

Lake County Board member Sandra Hart discusses the Lake County Rising event with Senator Melinda Bush, Sheila Simon and Perry Knop.

Local leaders joined an anti-violence advocacy group and the League of Women Voters of Lake County in Round Lake Beach to kick off an annual worldwide campaign against violence.

Lake County Rising, a local chapter of the international One Billion Rising organization, focuses on fighting violence against women. The One Billion Rising organization and its chapters have staged public protests around the world each Feb. 14 since 2012 to call public attention to the problem of violence against women. Read more about Lake County leaders participate in worldwide anti-violence event

Lives saved by police officers equipped and trained to reverse heroin overdoses

From the Lake County News Sun, February 10, 2015
Article by Dan Moran

The first two examples of police officers saving victims of heroin overdoses by using a drug that reverses the effects were honored by the Lake County Board on Tuesday with officials issuing a resolution touting efforts that are "critically necessary to combat the heroin and opioid epidemic that is sweeping Illinois and the nation." Read more about Lives saved by police officers equipped and trained to reverse heroin overdoses

An update after two years on the Board

It has been just over two years since I took office as your Lake County Board representative and Forest Preserve Commissioner and it has been a rewarding experience. In December I held 12 open-office hours and public information sessions across my district, and I appreciated hearing the questions, concerns, and feedback about living and working here in Lake County. If you were unable to attend and would like to speak with me, please let me know.   Read more about An update after two years on the Board

Lake County OK's incentives up to $530K for semiconductor company

Published by the Daily Herald, January 13, 2015 - by Mick Zawislak

Incentives worth up to $530,000 over five years for AKHAN Semiconductor Inc. were approved Tuesday by the Lake County Board, although some members said the deal spotlights the need for a policy to guide such agreements. Read more about Lake County OK's incentives up to $530K for semiconductor company

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