Thank you for electing me to serve as your Lake Villa Township Supervisor for another term. We have accomplished much over the past eight years and I feel privileged to be able to serve our community for another four years. As supervisor I have worked hard to be fiscally responsible, expand services, improve cooperation and improve the quality of like in our community.
We have expanded our food pantry and other programs for our citizens in need. We established Lake Villa Township Charities a recognized 501 (c) 3 charity for the purpose of expanding services without utilizing taxpayer’s dollars. We now provide a host of expanded new programs to help our neighbors.
I was glad to host the Lake Villa Township Job Fair attended by hundreds of our neighbors looking for jobs or better jobs. The Job Fair offered job training and employment opportunities from dozens of area employees.
We have expanded out active recreational land. Through many partnerships and over $1 million in grants we have seen the Township’s recreational land grow from 20 acres to over 80 acres. By opening Tiny’s Park we expanded the football fields from a shared football/baseball field to a dedicated football complex. We have also expanded our baseball fields from two Township fields to seven full-size baseball fields as well as two T-ball fields.
I am very proud of our acquisition and development of the former Gavin North school site into our West Campus facility. The 200,000 sq ft. facility gives us a gymnasium and ample room for residents and community groups to use.
We have added services that our senior citizens want, need, and deserve. We established the Township Transit, a destination-based transportation system. Township Transit has been a great success and will be expanded in a partnership with PACE and others. It provides an expanded destination-based transportation system in Lake Villa Township as well as Grant, Antioch, and Avon Township.
We are currently planning the expansion of our 45 acre Dering Park property which will provide three new regulation soccer fields, nature trails, a youth camp area, and a pedestrian/bicycle trail. This will also be part of our comprehensive trail system throughout the township.
Everything that we accomplished has been done by working with individuals and organizations within our community. I am grateful for the opportunity to continue that work as we build a stronger community.
Daniel B. Venturi