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,

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

A look back at my first six months in office

Recently the Lake Forester interviewed me and my District 12 colleague, Mike Rummel, to find out how the job is going - whether it's different than we expected, what the greatest needs are, what we enjoy and what we've learned. Click here to read the article. Read more about A look back at my first six months in office

Update on the Property Assessment Appeal Process

The Lake County Board of Review is currently accepting public comment through 5:00 p.m., July 1st on the draft rules that will guide the 2013 property assessment appeal process.    Read more about Update on the Property Assessment Appeal Process

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