Jennifer Banek Is the New Lake County Coroner
Jennifer Banek was officially sworn in as Lake County Coroner on Tuesday, Dec. 1, by 19th Judicial Circuit Chief Judge Diane Winter.
Afterward, Coroner Banek joined her new team at the Coroner’s Office once her deputies were sworn in by County Clerk Robin O’Connor.
The election results have been certified by the Lake County Clerk, with a final tally of 171,586 votes for Jennifer Banek to 152,069 votes for incumbent Howard Cooper.
The margin of victory was 53.02% to 46.98%. Election results may be viewed here.
"My victory would not have been possible without the support of my hardworking supporters," Jennifer said. "I thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything.
"I am honored to serve the people of Lake County and can’t wait to get started, she added.
Jennifer Banek, of Green Oaks, is a certified registered nurse anesthetist—also called a nurse anesthesiologist. Before being elected Coroner, she provided anesthesia to patients in Illinois and Wisconsin in preparation for surgery.
She also provided professional guidance/leadership for 225 certified registered nurse anesthetists through the Illinois Association of Nurse Anesthetists.
“As a Captain in the Army Reserve, a Cook Memorial Library District Trustee, and a volunteer for many community and professional organizations, I am passionate about serving,” Banek says. “The Coroner position brings together my medical training and interest in serving our community.”
Conducting death investigations is a major part of the Coroner’s job.
Army Captain Jennifer Banek returned in January 2020 from her Middle East deployment at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar.
During her deployment, she provided anesthesia to soldiers before surgery.
Please Recycle Campaign Signs
Banek for Coroner yard signs can be dropped off (with metal frames removed) at the Lake County Waste Management facility at 30869 N. Route 83 in Grayslake.
The lightweight plastic signs that fit over a frame—like some of the Biden-Harris signs—go elsewhere. Recycle them with your plastic bags at various grocery stores.