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Lake County United

Who We Are

Lake County United is a non-profit, non-partisan organization of civil society institutions: Churches, synagogues, mosques, civic and labor groups. Formed in April of 2003 our member organizations commit both dues and leaders (based on their size) to work for a just society through active citizenship. Our membership is growing and is open to all who share our goals.

As a broad based citizens organization we build relationships across Lake County, identify community concerns and needs and work together as a united power for human dignity, social justice and the greater good. In particular we encourage conversation across religious, ethnic, economic, generational, and political lines believing that it is possible to create a shared vision for the county. And we are realists about power: The ability to translate the hopes and interests of our members into action and results.

Lake County United Updates

A site, developer, blue print and finances have been established for a 40 unit housing complex in Mundelein. All of the units will be affordable and a portion will be designed for those with physical or mental disability.

In October Lake County United Leaders joined United Power in a meeting with Governor Quinn to discussed expanding affordable housing across the state, including increasing the capital budget for housing from $140 Million to $250 Million.

Our health care team completed their work with county health department which included conducting a survey on health issues in our institutions. After collecting over 1,700 surveys our data led us to find that a significant number of individuals and families are specifically impacted by mental health.

Our health care team is now doing research on access to mental health and plans to put together a presentation for our member institution. This will be an opportunity for people to talk about how their family or someone they know is impacted by this issue. The hope is to slowly begin to remove the shame associated with mental health and to gain the support that is necessary to take concrete action - including alternatives to jail and hospital, which have become the primary placement for mentally ill.

As many of you know, Waukegan to College (W2C) emerged out of LCU and is now its own organization serving over 75 kids and continually expanding. In addition to serving kids, they are teaching parents leadership skill through LCU and getting organized to address larger education related issues.

On October 26th the Waukegan Action Team of Lake Count United hosted a candidate forum with over 180 people attending along with congressional, state representatives, sheriff and county board candidates. Each candidate committed to work with Lake County United on a issues related to immigration, jobs, mental health, and education and to meet with us within the first 90 days, if elected.

Staff Changes: In May Amy Lawless Ayala took the position of Lead Organizer (Interim, part-time) and on Nov 1 Lindsay Crawford was hired as the associate organizer.