I am extremely fortunate that my work as County Chair lets me explore every part of our wonderful community. Lake County’s great diversity is a strength and source of great pride to me. In the times we live in, it is important that we come together in our communities to make sure all our residents feel welcome and that we all set a positive example with our actions and our words.
As the 2020 census approaches, it is also critical that ALL residents of Lake County be counted, as it directly impacts our representation in Washington, D.C. and Springfield. Federal and state officials rely on population data derived from the census to allocate funds to the County and local units of government. I have been having conversations with Lake County staff and local leaders to discuss the 2020 census and make sure we do everything in our power to achieve an accurate count.
In other news, I am pleased to report to you that Lake County will save more than $7 million in borrowing costs over the next nine years from replacing and reissuing two transportation bonds. We were able to achieve this savings because of our Triple-A bond rating, which means we can secure favorable low interest rates when we borrow for capital infrastructure projects. We’ll be able to use the $7 million in savings to invest in needed transportation projects, instead of paying it in interest costs. Read more below.
Every month, I report to my colleagues on my previous month's work. I've included the August Report for your reference. I hope you will take a moment to read about some of things we are working toward to improve the quality of life in Lake County.
As always, it is an honor to serve you on the Lake County Board and the Forest Preserve Board. Please be sure to check out below what's happening around Lake County and don't hesitate to contact me with any questions, concerns or suggestions.