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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. 

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

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

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

Most people do not expect to need the services of a coroner. Therefore, voting for a coroner may not seem like a priority. Having grown up living above a funeral home, I know all to well that death comes at the least opportune moments and the necessity of taking time to properly honor a life lived while the world keeps spinning. 

I don't want you need to a coroner. Yet if you or a loved one should have a unexpected death, a coroner will be involved. By voting for Mark A. Symonds for Lake County Coroner, you are ensuring that your coroner is well prepared, committed to meticulous accuracy, proven to wisely use resources, able to professionally communicate to everyone involved while maintaining empathy and honoring the life story. I am also committed to an informed community so that together we can help prevent avoidable deaths.

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, you can click on "Endorsements" to read what community members are saying. You can get involved by clicking on "Yard Signs" or by donating so we can reach every voter. 

Our home growing up was above a funeral home. I learned as a small child that death is unexpected, it happens at the least opportune moment, and death impacts an entire community. Beyond the technical aspects of death investigations, I will honor the lives of the departed by uncovering their narratives—their joys, struggles, and contributions. Every individual deserves to be remembered, and I will ensure that their stories are heard, even the story told in death. 

As a funeral director with over 30 years of experience, I will continue to facilitate healthy dialogue with medical professionals, law enforcement, Lake County officials and the community.

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.
  • Expertise: I am a licensed funeral director & small business owner. I possess the necessary skills to fulfill this critical role.
  • 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.
  • 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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