Assessment Notice – Is Your Assessement Fair?

If you’ve received your current property assessment notice, you should know two things that you can act upon to potentially lower your taxes:

1) You can easily appeal the valuation online HERE if you think it’s too high.
2) You can correct errors on the property description directly with your assessor.

Appealing and correcting errors can possibly lower your property taxes — especially if your valuation comes down — since your final tax bill is based on it. You can file an appeal online HERE. Online appeals take minutes, so file as soon as possible. They are free, although most taxpayers don’t file them.

Note: You only have about a month to file an appeal after receiving the assessment notice. If you miss the appeal window, you must wait another year to appeal. For a helpful video, go HERE.

Why should every property owner do this? Because the assessment process can be inaccurate and unfair. I appeal every year and have been working on tax fairness for more than a decade as co-founder of the non-partisan Citizens Action Project of Lake County. We’ve helped thousands save money on their sky-high property taxes.

Although we at CAP wrote and passed a law that mandated greater transparency on assessment and appeals, there’s more work that needs to be done at the County Board level to bring about a higher level of accountability. That’s why I’m running for Lake County Board and circulating my TAXPAYER BILL OF RIGHTS. It calls for fairness in assessments, appeals and spending.

Electing board members who understand the right questions to ask will provide the vital oversight to make the tax system understandable and accountable.

Join hundreds of Lake County residents by signing and sharing the TAXPAYER BILL OF RIGHTS with your Lake County family, friends and neighbors as we strive to hold the Lake County Board accountable and keep our taxes under control.

We’ll submit our petition to the County Board in November to show them that Lake County taxpayers are demanding fairness and accountability. Join us to make a difference!


IBEW Local 150 Endorsement – 100% Renewable Energy by 2035

I am proud to have received the endorsement of the IBEW Local 150. Thanks! Electricians are the ground force of our transition to renewable energy. I want to see the Lake County government get 100% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2035. The IBEW is instrumental in getting us there. They have a certification program for solar energy installers and an excellent apprenticeship program. Let’s get wired and Green Lake County!

National Voter Registration Day

National Voter Registration Day is a celebration of democracy. People accross the country are encouraged to register to vote, update their voter registration, and even request a ballot by mail.

Check out Voter Registration page HERE.

Spread the word by sharing this post with your family, friends and neigbhors.

If you are interested in supporting our people powered campaign, VOLUNTEER or DONATE.





I Support Family Farms

Delicious, locally grown carrots from Radical Root Organic Farm in Libertyville, IL. This family farm launched in 2013 as an incubator at the Farm Business Development Center in Grayslake, IL.

Thanks to the Lake County Farm Bureau for interviewing me Tuesday.  As your county board member, I would work steadfastly to preserve and protect family farms.

Family farms are not only an important part of Lake County’s past, but an essential part of its future. We need a sustained commitment at the county, state and national levels to strengthening and developing the next generation of family farmers. I look forward to advancing this conversation.

If you are interested in supporting my campaign, volunteer or donate.


How Your College Student Can Vote In This Election

Most college students want to vote but wait until the last minute. Then, daunted by the process, they don’t.

If you are a student who wants to vote, or someone who wants to make sure their student’s voice is heard this November, then the links below will make that happen.

This is a two step process:

1. Register to Vote online (already registered, jump to item 2).  Online registration HERE.

2. Request a ballot by mail (via the temporarily absent student enrollment form).

Print and mail your temporarily absent student enrollment form HERE.

For more general information on voting, check out our Voter-FAQ page HERE.

Email this page to students by copying and pasting this link VOTE FROM COLLEGE

Don’t live in Lake County, check out Campus Vote Smart HERE.

The future is yours, vote on it.


Thank You Sierra Club for Endorsing John Wasik For Lake County Board

I’m delighted to have my candidacy for Lake County Board endorsed by the Sierra Club.

As your Lake County Board (District 6) representative, I will work towards a renewable energy, infrastructure and stewardship plan that will shift the county towards 100% clean power.

It not only makes ethical and ecological sense, it makes sound economic sense to conserve resources and lower operating costs. This plan will create good paying jobs and a healthier environment for our families.

Lake County is ideally positioned to take a leadership role in renewable energy, conservation, environmental education and job creation. We can not only drastically lower our carbon footprint, a Green Lake County can set an example for the rest of the country — and future generations.

Our quest to protect the health of our environment starts with the will of the people.  With your support, we can “green” Lake County.  Will you help us?