I recently had the misfortune of performing what I thought was the rather simple task of recording a deed in the City of Chicago. In order to accomplish this transfer of private property, I had to visit no less than four government offices spread out over an eight block area. Each office charged a fee or tax and at least ten people were needed to complete different phases of the task. This rampant inefficiency and money grabbing does not occur here in Lake County. For the most part, our County officials and employees are competent, pleasant and efficient. Tasks that take hours in other counties take minutes here. Costs are significantly lower here too. While no operation is perfect, we should be grateful that the government here in Lake County does a much better job serving the taxpayers than they do in other nearby counties.