Meet Chuck Bartels


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Charles "Chuck" Bartels has been engaged in Lake County politics and public organizations for more than 30 years.  He was President of the Lake County Republican Federation and a member of its Board of Governors since 1987. He has also been a leader in Lake County bi-partisan organizations, public/private initiatives and charities serving as chairman, co-founder and/or spokesman for county-wide organizations including:

  • Lake County Partners for economic development
  • Lake County Transportation Alliance
  • College of Lake County Foundation
  • United Way of Lake County
  • Lake County Learns
  • Lake County’s Strategic Consensus Plan
  • Lake County Project Self Sufficiency

He has also served on the regional board of Catholic Charities, as co-chair of Carmel Catholic High School’s Carmel 2000 Capital Campaign, Lake County Education to Careers and Labor Availability, University Center of Lake County site search committee, Provena/St. Therese Hospital Medical Center and a number of business and professional associations.

Chuck has local, regional and global business experience and recently retired as head of Global Social Responsibility for ManpowerGroup, a Fortune 150 company. He was previously the CEO of Manpower’s Northeastern IL franchise, then the 9th largest employer in our area (Business Journal). A life-long learner, Chuck’s early career was as a Physics teacher and wrestling coach. He earned his Master’s degree from University of Illinois, Urbana - Champaign in 2008.

A resident of Lake County for 40 years, Chuck and his wife, Teresa Hall Bartels, have 5 grown sons and 9 grandchildren.