September 6, 2011
Contact: Michael Carbone
District 46 School Board member, small business owner Michael
Carbone announces candidacy for County Board district 16
Cites record of service and commitment to fiscal responsibility
ROUND LAKE, IL – Today Community Consolidated School District 46 Board member Michael Carbone
announced his candidacy for the Republican ticket for 16th district for Lake County Board. Carbone, a
small business owner, pointed to his record of fiscal responsibility and government transparency on the
D46 school board as well as his long history of service in the Round Lake and Grayslake communities as
his qualifications for office.
“I have given a lot to this community, and I’m raising my family in this district,” said Carbone “I want my
children to grow up in a healthy, vibrant area, and we need a county that understands how to create an
environment that fosters economic growth and prosperity, and I believe I can help deliver on this for the
people of Lake County.”
Carbone cited job growth, property taxes and government transparency as his reasons for running for
“As a small business owner, I understand the importance of creating jobs for families in Lake County
and how that spurs economic growth in our community,” Carbone said. “In my business I’ve helped
hundreds of families in the Round Lake and Grayslake communities appeal their property taxes and save
thousands of dollars so they can keep their homes.”
“Families in the 16th County Board district need to be fairly represented, and they deserve a voice on the
Board who will speak for them, I understand all of these issues, and I’m running to make sure that the
constituents will be heard loud and clear.”
Carbone ran and won election as a write-in candidate for school board in the spring of 2009, citing his
concerns over increasing property taxes and lack of transparency for the district’s budget, operations and
teacher contract negotiations.
On the school board Carbone championed efforts to make the district more transparent, including making
the district’s check register available online as well as creating a citizen Finance Committee to ensure
parents have a voice in the way tax dollars are spent.
“Government should work for the people, from creating tax incentives to attract potential employers to
streamlining services and building relationships between local governments and their state and federal
legislators,” Carbone said.
“I have a proven record of working hard for the community, and my neighbors know I’m going to make
sure they have a voice in their government.”
Carbone is a 1991 graduate of Antioch High School, and he received his Bachelor of Arts degree from
Columbia College of Chicago. He is a real estate broker, tax appeal consultant and small business owner of 7 years.
He and his wife Kelly have four children and live in Round Lake.