Ensuring the Public Trust
We are committed to open and transparent government and work continually to provide access to financial information and proceedings of our Board of Commissioners so you can feel confident about our careful stewardship of your tax dollars.
To allow for effective public oversight of our data, a comprehensive source of frequently requested financial information is provided on this webpage. Here you'll find information and links to our 18-month budget, expenditures, audits and financial reports, administrative data, Board actions, and vendor contracts. If you don't see what you're looking for, simply email us your request.
Your Tax Money: How Each Dollar is Spent
We receive most of our funding through property taxes. Fees, other charges, grants, gifts, and donations make up the balance. We understand that it's your tax money and we are responsible and accountable for how each dollar is spent.
18-Month Budget: July 1, 2018–December 31, 2019
We're In Transition!
Instead of a standard 12-month budget, we have shifted to an 18-month budget which will allow us to transition away from a July 1–June 30 split fiscal year to a January 1–December 31 calendar fiscal year. Making the shift to a calendar year cycle provides for better tax revenue forecasting and budget planning for program activities and construction projects. The budget covers 18 months of expenditures from July 1, 2018, through December 31, 2019, that total $112,646,415, an increase of $20,917,636 (22.8 percent) over the previous year, which accounts for the additional six months necessary to make the transition to a calendar year cycle. Our first calendar year budget will begin January 2020.
Budget Programs and Capital Expenditures
Below is a graph that breaks down our 18-month budget so you can see the distribution of funds for the period July 1, 2018, through December 31, 2019. Though accounted for in the graph, it's important to note that our golf courses are operated as enterprise funds, which means revenues from the courses cover their associated operating, maintenance and development costs. There is no direct tax levy to support golf operations.
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. Meet the Board, view meetings, agendas and minutes »
Our full-time, part-time and temporary employees are organized into seven work groups. We are also compliant with Public Act 97-0609 for total compensation data.
Doing Business With Us
Each year, we purchase millions of dollars of goods and services from a variety of contractors, vendors and businesses to help us complete large preserve and trail construction projects, implement land management efforts, acquire equipment and perform professional services. View our current bids and proposals »
The Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) allows you to access public records you may not find on our website. We maintain a comprehensive set of procedures, instructions and forms for requesting records in accordance with our FOIA rules and regulations. Request public records »