About Maria:

Twenty-two+ years ago, Maria Peterson with her husband, Ken, moved from Chicago with their three sons. They moved out here for the same reason many “city folk” do: less density, green space, and lower taxes.

A retired attorney, Maria volunteered as a mediator while attending Loyola University of Chicago. After graduating from The John Marshall School of Law, she practiced law at the U.S. Department of Labor, litigating workplace safety violations. Upon moving to North Barrington, Maria started her own business, FitCore, Inc to help those who needed continued strength training after being released from physical therapy, as well as personal training and small group exercise classes. Maria also served as a Board Member for the consumer watchdog group, Citizens Utility Board (CUB), as well as a Board Member of the State Employees Retirement System of Illinois. Maria was elected to one of the very first Local School Councils established in Chicago to promote parent, teacher and administrative communication and policy that served each individual school best.

Currently, Maria serves on the North Barrington Plan Commission and is a long-time member of Sierra Club and Citizens for Conservation.

Maria grew up in the western suburbs as an only child of hard-working, middle-class parents. Just like their three sons, both Maria and her husband attended public elementary and high schools. Maria loves to grow vegetables, and donates to the local food pantries. She and her husband continue to plant new trees on their property in their small part to keep Lake County green and healthy. They are also loving pet owners to three dogs and three cats.

“While this is my first run for a large-scale office (Lake County Board), I am thrilled that I can bring my skills of listening, mediation/negotiation, research & analysis, and advocacy to the table. I have always delved deeply into learning the subject at hand so that I can learn both sides of the issue, represent my client and/or constituent, and advocate for a favorable outcome.

There are many issues facing Lake County residents today – from increasing density, which in turn creates more traffic, flooding, pollution, and an additional tax burden on our residents because schools (which comprise 65% of Lake County Real Estate Taxes) must educate a higher population, and local governments must also serve a larger population via roads and other infrastructure.

As a County Board Member, I will advocate that we must think in terms of energy climate change, sustainable land use, water preservation, and “Green Jobs” for the economic and environmental health of Lake County and its residents.

The bottom line is, I love Lake County. While a lot has changed, I want to be proactive to conserve Lake County for this generation and the generations to come through Smart and Strategic decision making.”

What friends of Maria say about her:

Pat Quinn, Chicago

“I met Maria in 1989 – when both of us were running as candidates to serve on the Sayre Language Academy Local School Council.  Maria ran as a parent representative and won.  I remember that she connected well with the parents.  Listening to their concerns, finding balance on what the school administration and parents could do together, and advocating for better communication and smart solutions is what Maria thrived on.

In 1983, I spearheaded the creation of the Citizens Utility Board (CUB), now Illinois’ largest consumer group. After learning of Maria’s communication and analytical skills, I asked Maria if she would consider a run to serve as a board member. She ran and served as a CUB board member representing the 5th Congressional District, and fought to protect consumers from predatory pricing by the large utilities. 

Shortly after I was elected Illinois State Treasurer, I asked Maria to join my Chicago staff to set up a program to help families save money for the down payment of their first home.  Maria worked well with many classes of people and got the job done.

I would often send Maria as one of my surrogates to speak on my behalf.  I had full confidence in her because she was well-versed in all the issues.

I believe that Maria has the skills necessary to be an effective Lake County Board Member.  She is authentic and puts her heart and intelligence into matters.  She is honest and open, yet advises her audience that she needs to analyze the situation to ensure the best outcome for all.”

Steve Burgoon, Tower Lakes

“I have known Maria Peterson for 15 years.  I have gotten to know her as a devoted mother, wife, and business owner.  Over these years I have seen Maria nurture and grow her family and business. Maria has always been people-centric, focusing on the best interests of people in her life.  I have also seen her and her husband devote immense time and care for their property in North Barrington while growing and developing a larger personal vegetable garden.  The natural environment is important to Maria.  In October, Maria came to our Tower Lakes Drain Partnership meeting providing a brief talk of her commitment to environmental and watershed concerns in the surrounding area. Maria supports the grassroots efforts to identify, communicate, and resolve groundwater and stormwater issues affecting our area.  I have no doubt that Maria will be a vigilant fighter for clean air, clean water, and other environmentally specific concerns.”

Trudy Wehren, Lake Barrington

“Over the 20 plus years that I’ve known Maria Peterson, three traits describe her perfectly….

  • she has a passion for helping others
  • her gift of discernment steers problems and setbacks to good solutions
  • her internal GPS only knows the “high road”

Maria Peterson will serve all of us in Lake County admirably. She deserves our vote.”

Terryann Weber

“I first met Maria as a personal trainer almost 22 years ago. At that time I didn’t know she would become a great friend as well.

 Maria is incredible at whatever she does. A wife, mother homemaker. Educated as a lawyer, and also a yogi and personal trainer.

What makes her incredible??? She is extremely intelligent, kind, trustworthy, hard-working and research orientated. Example if I wasn’t positioned properly she would come back to me with several alternatives to adjust a movement so it would feel right. She has the personality that promotes trust in her and those around her. Also she has the ability to get you to do things you didn’t think were possible. Just the right amount of can do spirit.

Maria Peterson has always made me grateful that I put my trust in her.”

Edward H. Stone, Attorney at Law

“I have known Maria since 1986 when she began working for me as a law clerk. We have since remained good friends. There are many requisite details, including important deadlines, in running a Probate, Guardianship & Trust and Estate law practice, and Maria exhibited the ability, skill and intellect to pick up on all the nuances to the practice very quickly.

 I know Maria to be a person of high integrity, a great listener and an eminent advocate for those causes which she deems important and worthwhile in our society.

I had the utmost trust and confidence in Maria in her ability to diligently handle the administration of the estates, guardianships and trust of our clients. It did not matter whether our clients were wealthy or merely the everyday mom and dad. Maria knew how to meet and listen to each other carefully and with the utmost respect for each and every person.

We would discuss the strategy on how to handle certain cases and from there, Maria would handle the case, from filing, managing, and when possible, closing the estate, in a competent and professional manner.”

Nancy Mau

“I’ve known Maria for over 14 years. She started as a client and then became a friend. Maria loves her community and the environment and wants to do what’s best for future generations. When Maria puts her effort towards a goal, she’s focused and sees results. She would be a great asset for the Lake County Board.”