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REMOTE COMMITTEE AND BOARD MEETINGS

As we continue to follow state of Illinois requirements for open meetings and social distancing, the November 2 and November 5 Committees, and November 10 Board will meet via audio and video conference. Members of the public and media are encouraged to participate via audio and video conference. They may also attend in person at the first floor meeting room at the General Offices, 1899 Winchester Road, Libertyville, where the meeting will be shown live. However, in-person attendance at the General Offices will be limited to eight members of the public, including media, who will be allowed to attend on a first-come, first-served basis. SEE MEETING AGENDA FOR DETAILS, posted below not less than 48 hours prior to each meeting. Instructions on how to attend these meetings remotely are included with the meeting agenda.

Public comment will be accommodated at all meetings.


Board of Commissioners

A 21-member elected Board of Commissioners governs your Lake County Forest Preserves. They guide the agency's mission and approve all land acquisitions, restoration and improvement projects, educational and cultural programs, the annual budget and other administrative actions. View Board member compensation. These same officials also serve as County Board members, overseeing all other aspects of Lake County government.

MEET YOUR FOREST PRESERVE BOARD MEMBERS

Integrity | Accountability

Each elected member of our Board is committed to being open, transparent and accountable for their actions as they govern and make decisions on behalf of their constituents and for the sustainability of the Lake County Forest Preserves. They lead with integrity and professionalism as public servants to you and the land. If you have any questions about actions or decisions made by Board members, or if you would like to invite a member to speak to your community group, school or other organization, please contact them directly.

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Elected Officials | 2018–2020

President: Angelo D. Kyle, Waukegan (District 14)

Treasurer: Paul Frank, Highland Park (District 11)

Vice President: Julie Simpson, Vernon Hills (District 18)

Assistant Treasurer: Craig Taylor, Lake Zurich (District 19)

Officers of the Board & Executive Office

Executive Director: Alex Ty Kovach
Deputy Treasurer: Steve Neaman
Secretary: Julie Gragnani
Assistant Secretary: Maureen Shelton

 

Board and Committee Meetings

All of our meetings are open to the public. If you wish to address Board or Committee members you may do so at these meetings. Check the agenda below or call us at 847-367-6640 to verify meeting information, as times and locations occasionally change.

Need special accommodations? If you have a disability or require certain accommodations in order to observe or attend our meetings, or have questions regarding accessibility of our meeting facilities, please contact our Americans With Disabilities Coordinator, Mary Kann, by email, phone 847-968-3214 or mail: Lake County Forest Preserves, 1899 West Winchester Road, Libertyville IL 60048.

Can't make it to a Board meeting? Transparency is important to us, that's why we videotape our monthly meetings. Watch them live on Board meeting days, or view LCTV videos on demand. Meetings also air weekly on Lake County Television.

Board of Commissioners

Board meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 10 am or 15 minutes following the adjournment of the County of Lake Board meeting, unless otherwise posted. Meetings are held in the boardroom on the 10th floor of the County Building at 18 North County Street in Waukegan.

Committees

Each member of our Board serves on one or more standing committees, and may also be appointed by the president to special committees. These meetings are held monthly at our General Offices at 1899 West Winchester Road in Libertyville, unless otherwise noted

Standing Committees

Finance

Supervises all financial affairs and policies of the District, including bond issues; applications for grants; preparation of budgets, appropriations and tax levies; wage and job classification policies; compensation and benefit program; revisions to personnel policies; collective bargaining; insurance and safety; user fees; facility license and concession agreements; and encroachments. The committee also reviews fundraising strategies. The committee may not commit funds or incur liabilities except as approved or authorized by the Board.

Terry Wilke, Chair 
Paul Frank, Vice Chair 
Steve Carlson
Michael Danforth
Sandy Hart
Ann B. Maine
S. Michael Rummel
Julie Simpson
John Wasik 

Legislative

Considers and makes recommendations concerning the District’s legislative agenda, including preparation and recommendation and periodic reviews and discussions of legislative strategies.

Jennifer Clark, Chair
Julie Simpson, Vice Chair 
Marah Altenberg
Dick Barr
Judy Martini
Linda Pedersen
Jessica Vealitzek 

Operations

Reviews and makes recommendations concerning operational affairs and policies of the District, including all general regulations pertaining to the operation, maintenance, programming and promotion of all District properties; the use of District facilities, programs and services; and the conservation of District lands, waters, flora and fauna. 

Jessica Vealitzek, Chair 
Bill Durkin, Vice Chair 
Mary Ross Cunningham
Ann B. Maine
S. Michael Rummel
Craig Taylor
Terry Wilke 

Planning

Studies and reviews potential land acquisition sites, and, where appropriate, obtains appraisals, surveys, environmental reports, title reports, and other acquisition information; recommends acquisition of sites to the Board; reviews, provides direction to staff regarding, and recommending approval of any agreement proposed by an owner of property adjacent to the District's property.

Sends any plan or use that would (i) have a significant impact on District land or other District plans or uses, or (ii) involve a new use of such land, to all standing committees so that they have an opportunity, within a 120-day time period, to review the potential impacts. If the committee votes to recommend the approval of such plan or use after review has been provided, the plan or use will be implemented only after it has been prioritized and funded as part of the annual budget policies review, budget ordinance, and appropriation ordinance process. 

John Wasik, Chair 
Julie Simpson, Vice Chair 
Marah Altenberg
Dick Barr
Jennifer Clark
Diane Hewitt
Judy Martini
Linda Pedersen
Jessica Vealitzek 

Rules

Considers all proposed new rules and amendments to the Board's Rules of Order and Operational Procedure, and makes recommendations to the Board of Commissioners for adoption.

Bill Durkin, Chair
Terry Wilke, Vice Chair
Marah Altenberg
Jennifer Clark
Mary Ross Cunningham
Judy Martini
Craig Taylor
Jessica Vealitzek
John Wasik

Special Committees

Diversity and Cultural Awareness

Meets as needed to discuss topics related to diversity and cultural awareness.

Julie Simpson, Chair 
Mary Ross Cunningham, Vice Chair 
Marah Altenberg
Jennifer Clark
Jessica Vealitzek 

Ethics

Meets as needed to review the existing ordinance regulating ethical conduct and political activity by elected officials and employees, and recommends revisions to the Board of Commissioners.

Jennifer Clark, Chair 
Paul Frank, Vice Chair 
Bill Durkin
Judy Martini
Jessica Vealitzek 

Strategic Planning Steering

Special appointment by the President in June 2019, for the purpose of guiding the strategic planning process. The committee will meet as needed during this process, which is expected to last approximately eight months.

President Angelo Kyle, Chair
John Wasik, Vice Chair
Jennifer Clark
Paul Frank
Ann B. Maine
Jessica Vealitzek

 


 

Outside Board Members and Liasons

Illinois Association of Park Districts
Judy Martini, Liaison

Lake Michigan Watershed Ecosystem Partnership
Paul Frank, Representative

Latino Coalition
Mary Ross Cunningham, Representative

Preservation Foundation of the Lake County Forest Preserves Board of Directors
Paul Frank
S. Michael Rummel

Preservation Foundation of the Lake County Forest Preserves Members
Angelo D. Kyle
Marah Altenberg
Bill Durkin
Paul Frank
Ann B. Maine
Jessica Vealitzek
John Wasik
Terry Wilke

Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) Board Liaison
Marah Altenberg

Legal Appointments

Corporate Counsel and Parliamentarian
Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella

Outside Ethics Advisor 
John B. Murphey, Partner
Rosenthal, Murphey, Coblentz & Donahue
30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 1624
Chicago, IL 60602
312-541-1070
jmurphey@rmcj.com

Agendas and Minutes

We invite you to attend our public meetings and to actively engage in our order of business.

In advance of our meetings, we post notices and agendas below. Agendas include links to resolutions, ordinances and other supporting documents. In accordance with state law, we also post meeting notices and agendas at our General Offices in Libertyville. Following our meetings, we post minutes and Board meeting videos. Search below for archived meeting documents.

* NOTE: Videos may not open in Safari browser or from some mobile devices or tablets.

Month:
Year:
Category:
Results: 60 Records found.

Date Meeting Time Categories Meeting Name Attachments
06/22/2020 09:00 AM Steering Committee 6-22-20 Strategic Planning Steering Committee Agenda
06/09/2020 10:00 AM Board of Commissioners Regular June Board Meeting Agenda
Minute
06/09/2020 10:00 AM Board of Commissioners SPECIAL BOARD MEETING - immediately following adjournment of Regular Board meeting. Attendance will be by audio and visual means only. See Agenda for Declaration and Notice of Special Meeting. Agenda
Minute
06/04/2020 01:00 PM Finance Committee MEETING CANCELED
06/01/2020 08:30 AM Finance Committee
Operations Committee
Planning Committee
JOINT COMMITTEE MEETING Agenda
Minute
05/12/2020 10:00 AM Board of Commissioners Regular May 2020 Board Meeting Agenda
Minute
05/12/2020 10:00 AM Board of Commissioners SPECIAL BOARD MEETING - immediately following adjournment of Regular Board meeting. Attendance will be by audio and visual means only. See agenda for Declaration and Notice of Special Meeting Agenda
Minute
05/07/2020 01:00 PM Finance Committee Finance Committee 5-7-2020 Agenda
Minute
05/04/2020 01:00 PM Planning Committee Planning Committee 5-4-2020 Agenda
Minute
05/04/2020 11:00 AM Legislative Committee MEETING CANCELED
05/04/2020 09:00 AM Operations Committee Operations Committee 5-4-2020 Agenda
Minute
04/07/2020 10:00 AM Board of Commissioners RESCHEDULED Regular April 2020 Board Meeting; see agenda for details on location and start time. Attendance will be by audio and visual means only. See agenda for details. Agenda
Minute
04/07/2020 10:00 AM Board of Commissioners SPECIAL BOARD MEETING - immediately following adjournment of Regular Board meeting. Attendance will be by audio and visual means only. See agenda for details. Agenda
Minute
04/06/2020 01:00 PM Planning Committee Meeting attendance will be by audio and visual means only. See agenda for details. Agenda
Minute
04/06/2020 11:00 AM Finance Committee RESCHEDULED from April 9, 2020 Meeting attendance will be by audio and visual means only. See agenda for details. Agenda
Minute
04/06/2020 11:00 AM Committee of the Whole MEETING CANCELED
04/06/2020 09:00 AM Operations Committee Meeting attendance will be by audio and visual means only. See agenda for details. Agenda
Minute
03/10/2020 10:00 AM Board of Commissioners Regular March 2020 Board Meeting Agenda
Video
Minute
03/09/2020 11:00 AM Steering Committee 3-9-20 Strategic Planning Steering Committee Agenda
Minute
03/05/2020 01:00 PM Finance Committee Finance Committee 3-5-2020 Agenda
Minute
03/02/2020 01:00 PM Planning Committee Planning Committee 3-2-2020 Agenda
Minute
03/02/2020 11:00 AM Legislative Committee Legislative Committee 3-2-2020 Agenda
03/02/2020 09:00 AM Operations Committee Operations Committee 3-2-2020 Agenda
Minute
02/11/2020 10:00 AM Board of Commissioners Regular February 2020 Board Meeting Agenda
Video
Minute
02/06/2020 01:00 PM Finance Committee Finance Committee 2-6-2020 Agenda
Minute
Results: 60 Records found.

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AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT (ADA)

Need special accommodations? If you have a disability or require certain accommodations in order to observe or attend our meetings, programs or events, or have questions regarding accessibility of our facilities, please email or call our Americans With Disabilities Act coordinator at 847-968-3214.


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