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.”