Transparency & Fact Check Portal




The Village of Lake Zurich values clear, direct and honest communication. We also strive to provide exceptional public service. It is with these goals in mind that the Village created this one-stop site through which information about the Village's business can be navigated.

1.  Elected & Administrative Officials

The Village website contains contact information, including name, phone number, and an electronic contact method for elected officials, the Village Manager, and the head administrator for each Village department.

 Office of the Mayor  
 Village Board of Trustees  
 Village Clerk 
 
 Village Manager  
 Police Chief 
 Fire Chief
 Finance Director
Community Development Director
Assistant Village Manager
Recreation Director
Human Resources
 Public Works Director
 
  


2.  Meeting Information

The Village website includes notices and agendas, as available, for all future public meetings of the Village Board and other commissions and committees, along with board packets and minutes.  The Village calendar includes the tentative dates of all Village Board meetings.  Meeting dates may be changed and meetings may be cancelled, subject to the requirements of the Open Meetings Act.

 

 Agendas & Minutes     Village Board Packets     Meeting Calendar     Annual Schedule of Meetings 2023

3.  Village Benchmarks E-Newsletter

Benchmarks is the official Lake Zurich e-newsletter that replaced the traditional paper copy of Newsline in July 2013.  Previous editions of Benchmarks are archived and available below.
 
 Benchmarks Archives


5.  National Community Survey Results

Results of the 2023 National Community Survey (NCS) have been compiled by researchers at the National Research Center. 630 residents provided opinions between July 10th and August 21st on Lake Zurich quality of life and local government services and performance. This is a 21% response rate, which is an average response rate and slightly lower than the 26% response rate achieved in 2021 (which was higher than average). 

Read the complete survey document

6.  Public Survey Comments

A Strategic Goal of Lake Zurich is to encourage collaborative solutions and participation through informed citizen participation in the policy process.  The Village continuously engages citizens on specific policy decisions to help shape the long-term direction of our community.  Below are the shared results and public comments received on various surveys: 
      
Route 53/120 Extension - February 2015
Storm Water Management - April 2015 
National Citizen Survey - Summer 2015
Paulus Park Concepts - June 2015
Village Manager Recruitment - October 2015
Cummings Property Development Proposal - December 2015
K-Mart Redevelopment Concept - January 2016
Termax Expansion - March 2016
Secretary of State Proposal - April 2016
 At Your Door Recycling Program - November 2016  
        
Community Vision - May 2017

       Community Vision 2 - June 2017

       Life Time Fitness Proposal - August 2017

       Life Time Fitness Revised Proposal - March 2018       

       Shoot Point Blank Firearms Store - July 2018

       Downtown Microbrewery & Thornton's Gas Station - September 2018

       Chase Bank Outlot Creation - September 2018

       Tobacco 21 Initiative - November 2018

       Comprehensive Plan - December 2018

       Draft Comprehensive Plan Comments - February 2019

       Farmer's Market 2019 Season Feedback - September 2019

       Recreational Cannabis Establishments - September 2019

       Dogs in the Park - September 2019

       Breezewald Playground Selection - December 2019

       Alpine Fest Feedback - March 2020

       Recreational Cannabis Establishments - September 2020

       Early Childhood Parks and Rec Programs - March 2021  

       Rock the Block - September 2021

       Farmers Market - October 2021

       Miracle on Main Street - December 2021

       Rock the Block - September 2022

  Miracle on Main Street - December 2022


7.  General Statistics

  

 Here is some general information on the Village, which is intended to provide historical context on the growth of the community over the years, as well as recent progress and accomplishments that are featured in the 2014 annual report and the Village's five year strategic plan.

  

2014-2019 Village Strategic Plan

  

2022 State of the Village 

2021 State of the Village

2020 State of the Village

2019 State of the Village

2018 State of the Village

2017 State of the Village

2015 State of the Village

2014 State of the Village
  
Population Growth (from US Census)
      2020 - 19,759
      2010 - 19,631
      2000 - 18,104
      1990 - 14,947
      1980 - 8,225
      1970 - 4,082
      1960 - 3,458
      1950 - 850
      1940 - 421
      1930 - 368
 
Village Infrastructure
        Streets - 79 miles (158 street miles)
        Sidewalk - 21 miles 
        Water Main - 113 miles
        Sewer Main - 93 miles
        Storm Drain - 80 miles
        Parkland - 232 acres
 
Fiscal Information
1980                      1990                        2000                           2010                        2019
          
         Total Assessed            $78,435,017         $279,124,562           $478,645,862           $898,034,255       $910,754,750
          Value 
 
      General Governmental   $1,990,737           $7,067,569              $16,131,302              $27,450,313         $34,278,332
          Expenditures
 
      Property Tax Levy           $1,011,027          $2,855,444                $5,628,875               $7,214,819           $9,524,126
     
Village Employees (Full-Time Equivalents)

   2011                    2013                            2015                        2021

    170                      160                              160                          157

     

*Here is the breakdown of the 157 FTE's at the Village in 2021:


            11 in Finance, Technology, and Admin (Village Hall)

             3 in Parks & Rec

              5 in Community Development 

             31 in Public Works

             52 in Police

             55 in Fire

8.  Public Records, Bid Results, Ordinances & Resolutions

 
The Village website includes full disclosure on bid results since 2015, as well as Ordinance and Resolutions since 2013. 
If you are seeking information that you cannot locate on this Transparency Portal, you may submit a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

The website includes the name, address, phone number, and an electronic contact method for FOIA officers, along with the address, phone number, and electronic submission method for FOIA requests.  The website also includes the FOIA process response time and any fees charged by the Village in connection with FOIA requests and responses.
 
Freedom of Information Act Requests                                    Recent Bid Results

Ordinances                                                                              Resolutions

9. Budgets


The Village website includes the detailed budget for the current year, along with the detailed budgets for several prior years.
 
Budget Information

10.  Financial Audits


The Village website includes the Village's comprehensive annual financial reports (CAFR's) for the past several years. It also includes the current 5-Year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP).
 
Comprehensive Annual Financial Report and Capital Improvement Plan

11.  Expenditures


The Village website includes the Village's semi-monthly warrant register and contains expenditures to every individual and third-party vendor - including name of payee, description of expenditure, and amount of expenditure - for the past five years.  It also includes the annual treasurer's report and a summary of vendor payments in excess of $2,500 and several other financial statements.
  
Warrant Reports
 
Annual Treasurer's Reports

12.  Village Departments Monthly Information Reports


 All Village operating and support departments release a monthly information report that highlights accomplishments, challenges, and outcomes.  These public documents are included in Village Board meeting packets.  They are used to highlight data metrics to identify operational trends and facilitate informed decision making.

Department Monthly Information Reports

13.  Employee Compensation and Benefits

 

The Village values and understands the importance of attracting and retaining a professional workforce in order to meet the service demands of residents and businesses.  To remain competitive, the Village maintains an Employee Compensation Plan for each position, with the exception of unionized personnel, whose compensation is governed by collective bargaining agreements.  An itemized compensation report and annual leave allotment for all employees is available below and is updated at the end of each calendar year, in accordance with Public Act 97-0609.  Health insurance plans are also disclosed below.

Compensation and Insurance Plans    

Village Manager Employment Contract (2018)

14.  Contracts


The Village website includes third-party vendor contracts over $20,000, collective bargaining agreements with unions representing Village employees, and directions with where and how to submit a project bid or proposal.  Proprietary proposals will not be placed on the website.
 
 Union Contracts
 
Vendor Contracts
        2022
        2021
        2020
        2019
        2018
        2017
        2016
        2015
        2014
        2013
        2012
        2011
        2010
  
Bids and Proposals 

15.  Lobbying
 

The Village Board and Village Manager's Office closely monitor legislation at the local, state and federal levels to stay abreast of issues that may affect the community.  The Village President is the official spokesperson of the Village in all political and legislative affairs. While the Village has no direct lobbying contracts, the Village is a dues-paying member of several associations that may conduct legislative advocacy initiatives at the state and federal levels. 
 
Active memberships to these organizations are listed for the sake of transparency and available right here.