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Lauren Fleming is running for the Lake County Board in District 13, which includes Lake Bluff and parts of Gages Lake, Gurnee, North Chicago, Waukegan, Wildwood, and Libertyville.

 

Lauren is the founder of a fundraising and development company that raises money for non-profits and charities, raising millions of dollars for organizations that support service members, veterans, and their families, increases access to quality education, scholarships for underprivileged children, and advances innovations on the forefront of environmental conservation.

 

Lauren was born and raised on a small farm in rural east Texas, and began her career in healthcare, working with behavioral health patients, special needs children, and their families. Since then, she has led large teams in the public and private sectors, developing public policy, creating strategic PR campaigns, managing multi-million-dollar organizations, and fundraising for various causes and missions.

 

Before starting a business at the age of 33, Lauren served as Chief of Staff at the Illinois Department on Aging, leading a staff responsible for the deployment of over $1 Billion in the state’s Medicaid funds to seniors and other Medicaid-eligible individuals.  In her time there, she worked to improve and reform the Community Care Program, which allowed all seniors in Illinois to age with dignity at home while maintaining their independence rather than being committed to long-term nursing facilities.

 

Prior to that Lauren served in the Illinois Comptroller’s Office as a Director of Local Government under Comptrollers Judy Baar Topinka and Leslie Munger, where she oversaw the financial reporting requirements of more than 8,000 local governments in Illinois. During that time, she led the charge to audit governments that misappropriated public funds and worked with the FBI to investigate public corruption.

 

Lauren previously worked as the Legislative Aide to a state Senator in Lake County where she worked diligently behind the scenes building bipartisan coalitions and support for initiatives and legislation. Lauren partnered with area high school students to pass a law for the safe disposal of prescription drugs and fight the growing opioid epidemic and led the charge to expand the Safe Haven Law for abandoned babies to be safely surrendered to police and fire departments in Illinois.

 

She has served as a trustee on the Zion-Benton Public Library Board, overseeing an operating budget of $3 million and providing services to children in the Beach Park, Winthrop Harbor and Zion communities. As a trustee, Lauren advocated for efficiencies in the budget and voted against property tax increases every year, without sacrificing essential library services.

 

Lauren is a volunteer with the Northern Illinois Food Bank, the First Tee of Greater Chicago, the Salvation Army of Waukegan, and the Boys and Girls Club of Lake County. She was selected for American Enterprise Institutes’ Leadership Network in 2016, which advances the cause of free markets to improve the quality of life for those in poverty and on the fringes of society. She also previously worked with special needs children and their families in AmeriCorps National Service.

 

Lauren studied Government Analytics at Johns Hopkins University and holds a B.S. in Public Relations and Business from the University of Texas at Tyler. She lives in Gurnee, Illinois, and enjoys a solid round of golf, a thoughtful book, a good meal, and time with her Labrador retriever, Madison.

 

Record and Accomplishments

  • Started her own company and in two years, grew it into a successful business that provides fundraising and development support to nonprofits, particularly for military veterans, scholarships for low-income students, and financial support to other charities.

 

  • Worked with area Lake County high school students in 2011 to pass a law for the safe disposal of prescription drugs and fight the growing opioid epidemic.

 

  • In 2018, Lauren worked in the Department of Economic Opportunity to partner with economic development agencies and more than 500 businesses statewide to keep employers in Illinois through the state’s business retention and expansion program.

 

  • In the Comptroller’s Office, Lauren led the charge to audit governments that misappropriated public funds and worked with the FBI to investigate public corruption.

 

  • As a Zion-Benton Library Board trustee, Lauren voted against property tax increases every year and advocated for budget efficiencies while maintaining quality services.

 

  • As Chief of Staff at the Illinois Department on Aging, Lauren worked to ensure every senior in Illinois has access to quality, affordable in-home care, allowing seniors to age at home rather than in nursing facilities.

 

  • After the devastating effects of COVID-19, Lauren won the fight in Lake County for property tax payment relief for all small businesses.

 

  • Lauren pushed for essential workers in Lake County’s Latino community to get access to free masks, gloves, and sanitary work conditions to stop the spread of COVID-19.

 

  • In 2011, Lauren worked to expand the Safe Haven Law for abandoned babies to be safely surrendered to police and fire departments in Illinois.

 

  • In 2020, Lauren pushed for funding for additional air testing for ethylene oxide (EtO) in Lake County around the facilities and warehouses that emit the carcinogen into our air.