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Mark A. Symonds for Lake County Coroner

Because Every Life Tells a Story

- I will conduct thorough death investigations utilizing proven techniques. 

To preserve human dignity, I will ensure that the accurate cause of death is listed on the death certificate: including suicide, mental illness, drug related homicide, and/or medical conditions. This provides law enforcement the opportunity to target drug traffickers, protect communities, and prevent future harm to the community. It also allows outside healthcare agencies to designate funds to help prevent the leading causes of death.

- I will promote informed communities to help prevent avoidable deaths.

The community should be informed and therefore able to decrease the number of avoidable deaths. As coroner, I will come alongside law enforcement, health care providers, first responders, and community servants to keep illegal drugs and suppliers out of Lake County. I will also encourage volunteers to come together to provide necessary services to those impacted by an unexpected loss. Together we can decrease overdoses, fentanyl on the streets, and provide a safe community for our children to grow in.

- I will responsibly use our resources to provide accurate & timely results.

Proper use of resources will help provide answers to families & loved ones who are waiting for closure. Resources include equipment, people, monies and even cadaver dogs. I will provide effective communication of delicate information to compassionately bridge the gap between science and humanity. 

As your Lake County coroner, I promise to uphold the highest standards of integrity, transparency, and service.  

I am asking for your vote on Nov. 5, 2024. Whether you use a mail in ballot, vote early, or vote at the precinct vote for Mark A. Symonds for Lake County Coroner. At the bottom of the page, click on "Endorsements" to read community endorsements, or click on "Yard Signs" for our campaign materials, or click on "Donate" to help us reach every voter: Just $30 will help us reach over 200 voters! 

Vote for Mark!

  • Educational Background: I am a licensed funeral director with over 30 years of experience. I have an associate degree in Mortuary Science from Chicago City Wide and have run a family funeral service for all of my adult life (in addition to having grown up living above a funeral home). 
  • Expertise: I have been collaborating with law enforcement, public officials and the medical community for over 30 years to contribute to accurate causes of death and safe communities. 
  • Compassion and Communication: My ability to connect with grieving families and communicate complex information effectively sets me apart. I understand the delicate balance between empathy and professionalism and can bridge the gap between science and human caring.
  • Together, we can honor lives, learn from tragedies, and build a safer future.

When you vote in the General Election on November 5, 2024, vote for

Mark A. Symonds, for Lake County Coroner.

On April 23, 2024, I had the opportunity to be on a local podcast, K9 for veterans with Michael Tellerino.

You can watch our conversation at


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