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.

During my campaign, I learned a lot by going door to door and speaking with you and your neighbors at coffees and local events. I know how important it is to keep in touch. As your representative, I will continue 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,

Uncertain future of the Waukegan coal plant

I recently co-signed, along with a host of other Lake County board members and other elected officials, a letter to NRG Energy, the new owner of the coal plant on Waukegan's lakefront (attached). We expressed our concern about the uncertain financial future of the Waukegan coal plant. Read more about Uncertain future of the Waukegan coal plant

Learning from our Veterans

Paul Baffico, Tom Voss

On May 19 I hosted an event at the Lake Bluff Public Safety Building to listed to and speak with two veterans who have dedicated their lives to helping fellow veterans and shedding light on the devastating effects of post-traumatic stress disorder on our soldiers. Read more about Learning from our Veterans

Looking back at my first year of serving you

Dear Neighbor,

It has been just over one year since I took office as your Lake County Board representative and Forest Preserve Commissioner and it has been a rewarding and incredible learning experience. Read more about Looking back at my first year of serving you

Free, confidential mental health services for our veterans

Lake-McHenry Veterans and Family Services

Paul Baffico, Lake Bluff resident and Vietnam veteran, saw a gap in the provision of mental health services for our veterans and, in partnership with the Lake County Health Department, created Lake-McHenry Veterans and Family Services (LMVFS).  This partnership, partially funded via a federal grant, is truly innovative and is the first of its kind in the United States.   Read more about Free, confidential mental health services for our veterans

Honoring our veterans

With Veteran's Day upon us, I hope you'll join me in honoring those who serve our country by attending one of the many Veteran's Day ceremonies that are being held throughout Lake County. 

Veterans face several challenges as they return home and begin the process of reintegrating back into their families and communities. There are over 38,000 veterans living in Lake County, and this number will grow substantially by 2020.  Read more about Honoring our veterans

Update on Video Gambling in Lake County

As you may know, on August 13th the Lake County Board voted on whether to allow video gambling in the unincorporated areas of our county.  I requested your input on this, and the results were overwhelming: 78% against video gambling, 22% in favor.  

Free Assessment Appeal Workshops

Homeowners should now have received their blue assessment notices in the mail.  If you believe your home is over-assessed, you can file an appeal.  Due to recent rule changes at the Board of Review, homeowners must appeal the assessment themselves or retain an attorney.  

In light of this change, I am holding free sessions to help homeowners understand how to evaluate their property tax assessment notice and file an online appeal:   Read more about Free Assessment Appeal Workshops

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