July 2019 County Update

News from Sandy

Led by the Lake County Coalition for the Homeless, Lake County Government and the Lovell Federal Healthcare Center, Lake County is now among a small group of communities throughout the nation that has been recognized for ending veteran homelessness.

Since 2015, the Lake County Coalition for the Homeless, Lake County Government, Lovell Federal Healthcare Center and many other partners have been working to quickly house veterans, improve coordination across service providers and provide solutions to barriers that were keeping veterans homeless. It was incredible to hear directly from our veterans who found housing, and from Captain James Lovell about this major accomplishment. This marks an important milestone in working toward ending all types of homelessness in our community. See below for more information about veteran services and the upcoming Ruck March on September 7th. 

It was an honor to welcome Governor JB Pritzker and Lt. Governor Stratton to Lake County to announce the $45 billion “Rebuild Illinois” state infrastructure plan. Illinois has not had a capital plan in over a decade, and this bipartisan bill provides substantial funding for many Lake County area projects, including roads and bridges, schools, renewable energy, environmental and conservation programs, and other infrastructure improvements. These critical projects will bring much needed jobs, infrastructure, economic development and opportunity for the people of Lake County. Find Out More.

The Lake County Board adopted its strategic plan at its July meeting. The plan serves as a road map for our county government and influences how we prioritize and invest our resources. It outlines actions we will take to achieve our strategic goals of providing public safety, enhancing economic opportunities, improving infrastructure, promoting a sustainable environment, and building healthy, inclusive and resilient communities.

Every month I report to my colleagues on my previous month's work. I've included the July 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.

Read Sandy's full July newsletter