|Address||21870 W. Washington St |
Round Lake Beach, Illinois 60030, United States
|| July 04, 1980
Jan 10, 2021 01:13am
|Info||Sam Yingling is a native of central Lake County and lives in Round Lake Beach. A third generation resident of the area, he is deeply rooted in the community and has committed his life to fighting for its economic and social prosperity. |
Sam’s grandparents settled in Wildwood and Grayslake in the early 1950’s. Like many American’s of that era, Sam’s grandparents worked hard and, with an interest in seeing their children achieve a better life, established roots in the community. A spirit of responsibility and civic engagement was instilled in Sam from a young age.
As a child, most of Sam’s time away from school was spent helping at a family restaurant his grandfather and parents started in 1972 In Round Lake Beach. Along with his sister and brother, Sam was expected to contribute to the restaurants’ success -- working while serving the patrons of the restaurant became a way-of-life. In this setting, Sam learned that everyone is entitled to respect and equal treatment. He also learned the meaning of service and that hard work and a positive attitude could make a difference in people’s lives.
Sam attended DePaul University, studying Public Policy and Administration and Metropolitan Land Use (Urban Planning), interests that were cultivated by the dramatic shifts in demographics, population, and development in central Lake County. After graduating, Sam decided to buy a house in Round Lake Beach; the small railroad town that his grandparent’s knew had boomed with development. Understanding both the opportunities and problems this change created, this is where Sam belonged.
Sam went into real-estate and started a local advertising company. Like his father, who served on the local school board and was involved in numerous civic organizations, Sam became involved with the Round Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and local government. He rolled-up his sleeves and fought for needed infrastructure, like improved water delivery and sensible zoning that met the long-term needs and environmental impact of the community. At this point, Sam became a board member on Mano A Mano Family Resource Center, an organization committed to improving the lives of the immigrant population, and the Round Lake Beach Cultural and Civic Center Foundation.
Frustrated with Avon Township’s sedentary approach to important issues, Sam decided to challenge a decades-old administration. Avon Township was maximizing their property tax levies, amassing unneeded cash and assets, and paying bloated salaries to its elected officials. Sam ran on a platform that would reverse these practices. Like everything he had done, Sam fought hard and won.
As Avon Township Supervisor, Sam ushered in a new era of government accountability and responsiveness. As promised, Sam began returning over $25,000 of pay raises put in place by the previous administration, has lowered the taxes every year he has been in office, and reduced Avon Township’s operating expenses by over 22%. By putting the people first, Sam streamlined operations, expanded services, and generated surpluses to be applied to further tax reductions. Sam’s disciplined and creative approach to serving his constituents lead to the creation of the Avon Township Foundation, a public/private initiative that, among other things, founded a community garden that supplies fresh produce to Avon Township’s food pantry and, in cooperation with the College of Lake County, teaches nutrition and self-sufficiency to residents on a limited budget.
Sam’s conviction to reducing local taxes and optimizing government efficiencies has made him one of the State’s leading advocates on these issues. Along with the help of the Illinois Independent Coalition for Smaller Government, Sam has fought in Springfield for reform to local government and changes to the Illinois’ antiquated Township Code.