Bill Gentes is the Executive Director of the Lake County Underage Drinking and Drug Prevention Task Force and the Lake County Opioid Initiative. Bill has worked at numerous international non-profits in the Chicagoland area for 30 years.
The Task Force has focused for 13 years on underage drinking, prescription drug abuse and marijuana issues. The Task Force was the leader in passage of the aggressive statewide social host law that became law in 2013, as well as numerous state laws in 2014, 2015 and 2017. The Task Force is the leader in the Midwest in the disposal of prescription drugs for law enforcement, with some innovative programs.
The Lake County Opioid Initiative is a 7-year-old organization that has won national awards for its fight against this epidemic here in Lake County. Some of our programs have been adopted as national models. Our coalition has nearly 175 different organizations that participate in the coalition ranging from those in recovery, law enforcement, treatment providers, the Lake County Health Department, elected officials, the legal system amongst just a few.
The Task Force won the 2013 Cutting Edge award from the Lake County Municipal League for exceptional municipal programs for its countywide prescription drug network. Bill was the recipient of the 2014 CADCA National Advocate of the Year for his work with federal and state officials. The Task Force was also awarded the Presentation of Year at the 2016 National CADCA Conference. Recently the Lake County Opioid Initiative won the 2019 Innovation Now Addiction Policy Forum for the A Way Out program.
He is a former two term Mayor of Round Lake, Illinois, a community of 18,000 people. Prior to his election as Mayor, Mr. Gentes served three terms as Trustee for the Round Lake Area Library District and was Chairman of the Round Lake Planning and Zoning Commission for 5 years. Currently he is a Trustee of the Lake County Regional Board of Education. He is a 1983 graduate of the University of Texas-- Rio Grande Valley, where he graduated with a double major in History and English Literature.