Lake County District 19 Board Member Craig Taylor Retires; Qualified Candidates Sought for Replacement

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March 16, 2021

Lake County District 19 Board Member Craig Taylor Retires; Qualified Candidates Sought for Replacement

Lake County Board Member Craig Taylor announced his retirement from the County Board on Tuesday, March 9, after 12 years of service. Member Taylor was recognized by his fellow board members at the March 9 County Board meeting for his outstanding leadership and contributions to the county, and especially for his thoughtful leadership as Chair of the Stormwater Management Commission (SMC) during a time that Lake County has been experiencing increased rainfall and flooding.

"County Board Member Craig Taylor exemplifies the best qualities of an elected official, and we in Lake County have been fortunate to have him represent us," said Mike Warner, who recently retired as SMC Executive Director. "Craig always gave wise, measured and sound advice regarding agency mission objectives on both short- and long-term goals.  Under his Chairmanship of the Commission and through record flooding and record setting rainfall, the SMC continued to make positive impacts for the residents of the County."  

In addition to chairing the SMC, Taylor most recently served as Vice-Chair of the Ethics & Oversight Committee and as a member of the Financial & Administrative committee. He is a long-time resident of Lake Zurich, where he and his wife Pam raised three children.

Lake County Board Chair Sandy Hart is seeking qualified candidates to fill the District 19 county board seat. 

According to Illinois law, the Lake County Board Chair shall appoint someone to fill the vacancy within 60 days with the advice and consent of the county board. The appointee would serve until the next general election, Nov. 8, 2022.

State law requires that Hart must appoint an individual who is:

  • At least 18 years old and a “legal voter” with a valid voter registration in Lake County. No individual may serve if their right to vote has been permanently revoked or temporarily revoked during the appointed term of office; and
  • A current resident of District 19, which includes Lake Zurich, Barrington, Deer Park, Kildeer, and portions of Long Grove; and
  • Of the same political party as the seat’s predecessor, when he was elected. This is determined by an individual’s declared party affiliation at a primary election. Accordingly, the chair is required to appoint a Republican to this vacancy.

At its March 9 meeting, the County Board approved the creation of an Ad Hoc Chair’s Advisory Committee to assist in the selection process and seek confirmation of appointees to the committee. 

Residents of District 19 who are interested in serving on the Lake County Board and meet the criteria are encouraged to submit their resume, letter of interest and any other supporting material they wish to include (such as letters of recommendation) via email to, or via U.S. mail to:

Lake County Board Chair Sandy Hart
Lake County Board Office, 10th Floor
18 North County St.
Waukegan, IL 60085

The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Friday, March 26.



Arin Thrower
Chief Communications Officer
Phone: 847-377-2550