Dear Friends, Family, and Supporters,

Although the Rights of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness were once deemed to be unalienable, elected officials of the Lake County Board have demonstrated that our citizens should not equally enjoy these rights.

Lake County elected leaders cast aside both transparency and the presumption of innocence until proven guilty at the last meeting available on video of the Financial and Administrative Committee. Two noteworthy discussions occur at 00:08:23 and 01:21:00.

The first discussion addresses a tax or fee applied unequally to people being arrested. The discussion makes clear that innocent working people will lose their cars if they cannot afford the arbitrary fee being added by Lake County when certain arrests are made. The presumption of innocence until proven guilty is set aside with a shrug and a vote where scruples would require too much energy.

The second discussion ends with another vote that hurts the community. The committee members voted to stop making video records of their meetings. Transparency in government allows us as voters to know what our leaders are doing on our behalf. . . like these bad acts.

We cannot demand better behavior or work by our county leaders if we cannot see what they are doing. With a $500 million budget, we can afford to maintain digital video of committee meetings on the Lake County website.

We deserve good government. We must demand better from Lake County.

         
Best regards,
A copy of our report filed with the State Board of Elections is available on the Board’s official website (www.elections.il.gov) or for purchase from the State Board of Elections, Springfield, Illinois.