Lake County Board votes to shrink from 21 to 19 seats

 
Daily Herald report
Updated 10/12/2021 3:45 PM

The size of the Lake County Board will drop from 21 seats to 19 seats beginning with the 2022 election.

The county board Tuesday approved a resolution setting its size and related aspects required as part of the reapportionment process undertaken every 10 years based on updated census data.

 

The resolution, approved 20-0 with Julie Simpson of Vernon Hills voting 'present', also upholds current practices: each district will have a single elected member; the board chair will be elected by board members; and compensation will continue to be an annual salary.

Reducing the number of districts was advanced as slightly increasing the potential for minority representation on the board. Tuesday's action was a precursor to redrawing district boundaries, which must be completed by Dec. 31.

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