Aaron Lawlor was elected Chairman of the Lake County Board this morning in a special meeting. I wasn't able to make it in person, but I watched the news feed on the Lake County website. Russell Lissau of the Daily Herald covers it here.
I wish Aaron the very best with the challenges ahead -- not only does Lawlor need to manage the business of the county and keep its triple AAA bond rating, we need to defend against losing jobs from competition across the border in Wisconsin, when our own state increasingly seems hostile to business.
On the political side, Aaron is going to have to defend Republican dominance of the Board, as the GOP majority has been slipping over the past decade. 2014 will once again be a tough year for the GOP, so the campaign starts today, folks.