December 22, 2016
Lake County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor is
seeking qualified candidates to fill the District 17 county board seat being
vacated by Nick Sauer, who was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives
(Dist. 51). Sauer submitted a letter of resignation to Chairman Lawlor on Dec.
21 stating he will step down from the Lake County Board on Jan. 11, 2017 to
coincide with taking the oath of office as Illinois State Representative.
submitting his letter of resignation, Representative-Elect Sauer wrote, “I am
immensely grateful to the voters and residents of District 17 for allowing me
the opportunity to be their voice in county government for the past four years.
The bi-partisan accomplishments and common-sense policies our county board has
enacted give me great pride and inspire me to continue to serve the public with
optimism and determination.”
to State Statute (10 ILCS 5/25-11), the Lake County Board Chairman shall
appoint someone to fill the vacancy within 60 days with the advice and consent
of the county board.
“I am proud
to count Nick as a colleague, friend and now State Representative-Elect. I look
forward to continuing to work with him as he takes his place on the frontline
of the fight to save Illinois from out of control spending, a broken property
tax system and job killing regulations,” Lake County Board Chairman Aaron
Lawlor said. “We are looking for committed leaders who are passionate about
serving others and want to help shape an even brighter future for Lake County,
including the 17th District. If that sounds like you, submit an application to
fill the District 17 vacancy.”
requires that the appointee must be:
- "A legal
voter," meaning the individual is at least 18 years of age and holds a
valid voter registration and has committed no acts which have permanently
revoked his right to vote or temporarily revoked voting right during the
appointed term of office (10 ILCS 5/3-1 et seq.)
- A resident of
Lake County for at least one year preceding the next election (November
- Of the same
political party of the vacating official, when he was elected
shall serve the remainder of the term, which will expire in 2018. The
appointee must also be a resident of District 17, which includes Island Lake,
Lake Barrington, Port Barrington, North Barrington, Barrington Hills, Tower
Lakes, Fox River Grove, unincorporated Barrington, and portions of Wauconda and
Hawthorn Woods. (View
exact boundaries of District 17). In this
case, the chairman will appoint a Republican to fill this vacancy.
Lawlor added, “Candidates will be evaluated on their ability to be a responsive
and effective representative of District 17 and a collaborative, diligent contributor
and colleague on the county board. I am
looking forward to facilitating a process that encourages a variety of
candidates to apply with different personal and professional backgrounds from
around the district. Input from District 17 leaders and residents, and other
key stakeholders will also be valuable as I put forward a name for
If necessary, the chairman will convene the " Ad Hoc Chairman's
Advisory Committee for the District 17 County Board Vacancy" no
earlier than the week of January 9th, and may occur as late as the week
of January 16th.
of District 17 who are interested in serving on the Lake County Board, and meet
the criteria, are encouraged to submit their resume and letter of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org, or
County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor
Lake County Board Office, 10th Fl.
18 North County St.
Waukegan, IL 60085
deadline for accepting applications is the close of business on Jan. 12, 2017.
Interviews of candidates may be scheduled as soon as January 13 and
conclude as soon as practical.
there are many opportunities for residents to serve in leadership roles other
than the District 17 County Board vacancy. Residents who are interested
in serving their communities in an appointed leadership role are encouraged to visit the County
Board’s website and apply for one of the nearly 300 volunteer positions on 70
different boards, commissions, committees and units of government that are
appointed by the County Board Chairman.
Lake County Communications Manager
Phone Number: 847-377-2154