Meet Sam Yingling
Meet Sam Yingling
Sam Yingling is a native of central Lake County and has been engaged with the community his entire life. A third-generation resident of the area, Sam is deeply rooted in the community and has committed his life to fighting for its economic and social prosperity. He was the first elected LGBTQ+ member of the General Assembly outside of Chicago and lives in Grayslake with his husband and three children.
As a child, most of Sam’s time away from school was spent helping at his family’s restaurant that his grandfather and parents started in 1972 in Wildwood and Round Lake Beach. Along with his sister and brother, Sam was expected to contribute to the restaurant’s success. In this setting, Sam learned that everyone deserves respect and equal treatment. He also learned the meaning of service and that hard work and a positive attitude could make a difference in peoples’ lives.
Sam is committed to making sure that government can better serve its citizens. As Avon Township Supervisor, he cut the township’s budget and tax levies by over 20% while protecting important services. As Chairman of the Government Consolidation Committee, She continued to fight in Springfield to consolidate the many layers of local government that provide duplicative services and drive up property taxes.
Sam also supported education funding reform legislation that helped bring millions of dollars in additional state funds to local school districts. The legislation also establishes a way forward for local school districts to lower their property tax levies.
Most recently, Sam is fighting to make the Lake County Assessor an elected position to hold the office accountable to taxpayers. Recently, locally elected township assessors held the line on property tax assessments, but when those property tax assessments went to the Lake County Assessor for finalization, assessments were increased, instead of remaining the same. Making the Lake County Assessor an elected position will bring transparency and accountability to an abusive and out-of-control property tax system that is forcing people out of their homes and out of the state.
Sam continues to work on many other important issues affecting the community, including serving on the state heroin task force to develop a legislative plan to address the addiction epidemic. Additionally, Sam is fighting to make healthcare more affordable and accessible. He helped pass legislation that would prevent insurers in Illinois from denying coverage based on pre-existing conditions and voted to hold the line on basic medications like insulin.
Sam is committed to fighting climate change and was the co-sponsor of the Clean Energy Job Acts (CEJA), which will move the state of Illinois to a carbon-free future by 2045. He served as the chief negotiator in securing critical financing to assist the City of Zion to compensate them for the nuclear waste left behind by the Exelon Company after it closed the nuclear power plant in Zion- a challenge that no one has been able to solve for two decades. He achieved this by working with the Lake County House Delegation and building consensus in the Illinois House of Representatives.