News Release: Marah Altenberg Appointed to Lake County Board District 20

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County Board Chair Sandy Hart Appoints Marah Altenberg
to Fill District 20 Board Vacancy

March 10, 2020

At its March 10 meeting, Lake County Board Chair Sandy Hart appointed Marah Altenberg to fill the District 20 County Board seat left vacant by the resignation of Adam Didech in January. 

Marah Altenberg swearing in

Altenberg, a long-time resident of Buffalo Grove, works as the Youth Community Director for North Suburban Synagogue Beth El in Highland Park. Her professional background includes working as a journalist for many years and covering Lake County for Pioneer Press.

Illinois law requires the county board chair, with the advice and consent of the county board, to appoint a qualified individual to fill a vacancy on the county board within 60 days. Per state law, the appointee must be of the same political party as the seat's predecessor. Accordingly, the chair was required to appoint a Democrat.

Following Didech's resignation due to personal health reasons, Hart established an advisory committee that included three county board members (Vice Chair Mary Ross-Cunningham, Jennifer Clark and Julie Simpson) as well as Chairman of the Lake County Democratic Party State Senator Terry Link. The panel reviewed applications from nine candidates, conducted in-person interviews with four individuals, and recommended Altenberg for the appointment. 

"I am pleased to recommend Marah Altenberg to fill the vacant seat in District 20," Hart said.  "During the interview process, she demonstrated a clear commitment to her community. Her knowledge of Lake County and our board make her an excellent fit. As a journalist, she has written about our county's tax, infrastructure and other issues for more than two decades. I am confident that she will faithfully serve the interests of her constituents and that she will be an asset to our board."

Didech's term was not due to expire until November of 2022.  However, per state law, Altenberg's appointment will be through November of 2020, at which time voters will elect a permanent replacement.  As part of her appointment, Altenberg will serve on the board's Energy and Environment Committee, Health and Community Services Committee, Legislative Committee, Rules Committee and Housing and Community Development Commission.  She will also serve as an alternate member of the Lake County Stormwater Management Commission.

"I am delighted to be selected to represent District 20 residents on the Lake County Board," said Altenberg. "I've watched this board do amazing things over the last 20 years, and I welcome the opportunity to serve my constituents and make a meaningful difference on a myriad of issues that are important to our community."


Arin Thrower
Chief Communications Officer