Chris Lauzen: Candidate Profile

Kane County Board Chairman (Republican)

  • Chris Lauzen, running for Kane County Board Chairman

    Chris Lauzen, running for Kane County Board Chairman

Updated 2/5/2016 10:17 AM

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Office sought:

Kane County Board Chairman

Age: 63

Family: Married to wife, Sarah, for 34 years with four sons:

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USMC Capt Ted (Sarah, daughter

Caroline) Lauzen, a Marine Corps


Elliot Lauzen, investment banking

analyst, New York City

US Navy Lt Hans Lauzen, assigned to

Pentagon, Washington, DC

Rob Lauzen, investment banking

analyst, New York City

Occupation: Kane County Board Chairman

Education: MBA, Harvard Business School, Boston, MA

CPA, University of Illinois

BS with Honors in Management Science/English, Duke University, Durham, NC

Civic involvement: Geneva Lions Club, Compassion Foundation Board of Directors, Holy Angels School Committee, Fox Valley Maoris Rugby Team, Heart of Illinois POW/MIA Assn, Sons of the American Legion, Illinois Republican National Hispanic Assembly

Elected offices held: Kane County Board Chairman, Elected: 2012

Illinois State Senator, 25th District, Elected: 2002, 2006, 2010

Illinois State Senator, 21st District, Elected: 1992, 1996, 2000


I served on:

Senate Revenue Committee

Senate Appropriations Committees

Senate Pension and Investments


Senate Legislative Audit


Illinois Economic and Fiscal


Kane County Public Building

Commission, approx. 1988-1992

Questions & Answers

Do you support the push to keep the county's tax levy frozen? How long is it realistic for that freeze to remain in place?

Of course we should continue to push to keep county property tax levies frozen.

This is the clearest contrast between my opponent and me. You can vote for the former chief legal advisor to the Board who was paid more than $540,000 while he was at least partially responsible for raising your property taxes by 50%, or me at zero increase over five years.

As Chairman, my Board service of diligent fiscal oversight and strong long-range planning has kept the property tax levy frozen saving taxpayers millions of dollars.

Freezing property tax levies requires political will, cooperation, self-discipline and accountability.

What are your views on county elected officials accepting campaign contributions from companies and people who do business with the county?

Elected officials should limit their acceptance of campaign contributions from companies that receive contracts and financial proceeds from the county.

I have established self-imposed campaign contribution limits from companies and individuals who receive contracts and financial proceeds from the county; comply with all Kane County ordinances regarding disclosures; and, adhere to stringent Illinois campaign disclosure laws for all contributions.

Do you support continued funding and the idea for Kane County Connects? If so, where should that funding come from?

I agree with the unanimous County Board opinion/vote that Kane County Connects should continue to be supported from current sources.

We are the 5th largest county in the 5th largest state in the country with 1,300 employees, 523,000 constituents, and a $250,000,000 budget. To suggest that we should not spend .036 of one penny of our budget dollars to communicate with all stakeholders is merely bad "political theater" at campaign time.

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What role does the chairman have in setting the tone for relationships with other county elected officials and offices, particularly in regard to the establishment and maintenance of the budgets for the elected offices?

The Board and Chairman have total responsibility to taxpayers for budget performance, but only limited authority to enforce agreements because of elected countywide officials' "internal control" statutes.

All (but one) departments and agencies have worked cooperatively to live within their budgets to freeze the property tax levy.

However, the Coroner has demonstrated that an elected official can tell the Board anything, even sign a three-year specific budgeted amount agreement, then spend on whatever he decides, and the Board basically has to pay the bills.

Therefore, the voters have the ultimate fiscal authority to discipline and replace anyone who consistently overspends.

Please list any elected office you have ever run for and what the result of that election was. Have you ever been appointed to fill an unexpired term?

1992 State Senate €" won Primary, won General

1996 State Senate €" won Primary, won General

1998 State Comptroller €" won Primary, lost General

2000 State Senate €" won Primary, won General

2002 State Senate €" won Primary, won General

2006 State Senate €" won Primary, won General

2008 US Congress €" lost Primary

2010 State Senate €" won Primary, won General

2012 Kane County Board Chairman €" won Primary, won General

I have never been appointed to fill an unexpired term.

What other issues, if any, are important to you as a candidate for this office?

I am proud of progress that has been made by the Board and our staff by working together. It's always easy to criticize.

Kane County services are recognized regionally, statewide and nationally. County Board leadership is bipartisan, gender and race balanced. We have opened financial, appointment, and communications information to the public.

Four years ago, I promised to do my best to freeze the property tax levy, foster management best practices, and treat people as respectfully as possible. I have kept those commitments.

I have brought accountability and transparency to Kane County financial affairs through innovation, hardwork, teamspirit, and taxpayer-first-mentality.

Please name one current leader who most inspires you.

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What is the biggest lesson you learned at home growing up?

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If life gave you one do-over, what would you spend it on?

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What was your favorite subject in school and how did it help you in later life?

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If you could give your children only one piece of advice, what would it be?

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