Sam Yingling is a native of central Lake County and lives in Grayslake. 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.

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 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 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 home in Round Lake Beach, the small railroad town that his grandparents knew had boomed with development.


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