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  Last year more people used the County's forest preserves than visited Yellowstone National Park.
   
     
     
     


Thank you for visiting my website. It is an honor and privilege to serve as the Cook County Board Commissioner and Forest Preserve District Board Commissioner for the 13th District which includes the following Cities and Villages: 49th & 50th Wards of the City of Chicago, the City of Evanston and the Villages of Glencoe, Glenview, Kenilworth, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Niles, Northfield, Skokie, Wilmette and Winnetka. 

Although our Cook County government has a low profile, it is a vast operation with many important responsibilities and an annual budget of $4.8 billion. It is responsible for operating our court system, jail, maintaining over 69,000 acres of forest preserves, and acting as a healthcare safety net through the operation of three hospitals and sixteen clinics.

The purpose of this site is to provide information on Cook County government and the Forest Preserve District of Cook County as well as links to other government resources. I regularly post news stories and information on County and Forest Preserve issues which may be of interest to you. Additionally, my legislative library contains up-to-date information on County and Forest Preserve legislation.

I encourage you to contact me with any questions or ideas you have regarding Cook County or the Forest Preserve District. I hope you find this site useful. Thank you for taking the time to visit.

Sincerely,

Larry Suffredin

August 2019

New Tier Township
Board of Review  
Property Tax Appeal Workshops

Thursday, August 15
New Trier Township Office
739 Elm St., Winnetka
6 p.m.

Wednesday, August 21
Winnetka Village Hall
Council Chambers
510 Green Bay Rd., Winnetka
6 p.m.

Sponsors
Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin
Cook County Board of Review Commissioner Dan Patlak
New Trier Assessor Jan Churchwell

Thursday, August 22
Wilmette Community Rec Center
3000 Glenview Rd., Wilmette
6:30 p.m.


Wednesday, August 28
Wilmette Library
1242 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette
6:30 p.m.

Sponsors
Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin
Cook County Board of Review Commissioner Michael Cabonargi
State Senators Laura Fine and Julie Morrison
State Representatives Robyn Gabel, Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz and Bob Morgan
New Trier Assessor Jan Churchwell

 

      

 Possible Senior Freeze Exemption Errors on 2018 Tax Bills payable August 1, 2019

The Assessor’s Office has noticed significant errors in tax calculations on Tax Bills with Senior Freeze Exemptions. If you feel your Tax Bill is incorrect because of a Senior Freeze error please follow the instructions from the Assessor’s Office by clicking here. The search is on the front page of the Assessor's website in the top blue box with the words 

"Click here to see if your PIN was affected".


If you did not receive your Senior Freeze Exemption on your tax bill, click here for information on how to correct this problem. 
 


Click here to read the 2019 Q2 quarterly report from the Cook County Inspector General.

 


 Suffredin welcomes summer interns

Earlier this summer, Com. Larry Suffredin welcomed Binh Duong and Sam Blin as his summer interns.  

“I am excited to have Binh and Sam in my office this summer,” said Suffredin. “They have already made significant contributions to the team.” 

Binh is entering her 2nd year as a Masters in Public Policy student at the University of Chicago Harris School. Before the University of Chicago, Binh worked on community development and economic mobility in the Boston nonprofit sector. Binh will assist Suffredin’s office with property tax appeal research and legislative drafting.  

Sam is a rising senior Northside College Preparatory High School and a Mikva Challenge Scholar. Sam’s interest in government arose after the 2016 election, especially around technology policy. Sam will assist Suffredin’s office with logistics and will oversee the 2019 Forest Preserve Survey. 

Binh and Sam are both are looking forward to learning more about County’s legislative process and constituent services.


 

Click here to read the Cook County Inspector General's Report on Cook County Health's unpaid expenses.

Click here to read Cook County Health's response.


       

Click here to read the Cook County Inspector General's quarterly report on the Prohibition of Discrimination and Harassment.


Click here to read two letters to Illinois House and Senate leaders, requesting that they increase the wages of Direct Support Professionals (DSPs).

Click here to read a similar letter from last year signed by the entire Cook County Board.


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First Mosquitoes With West Nile Virus Found On North Shore

Samples collected last week in Evanston, Glencoe, Glenview, Northbrook and Winnetka all tested positive for the virus, according to NSMAD.

 Click here to read the weekly report.


  

 Click here to see the Cook County Justice Advisory Council Grant Awardees.  



Thank You & Looking toward the New Term 

On December 3rd, I will begin my fifth term as a Cook County Commissioner and a Cook County Forest Preserve Commissioner. I am humbled by the 91,000 plus votes I received last Tuesday. This vote affirms my belief that the 13th District wants independent and firm leadership. During the last four years, I have fought to ensure County services are provided to all uniformly; and that all County taxes are fair and reasonable.

Thank you for your confidence in me.

The new Board I will serve on will be very different. It will have seven new members from every area of the County. It is a group of talented people with diverse and independent ideas on how to improve the County and the Forest Preserves.

I am excited about our potential.

In order for Cook County and the Forest Preserve District to move forward, it is crucial that an independent Board works with the President of the Board and other elected officials to improve the quality of life for our residents.

As a Board, we must take responsibility to develop plans that respect the taxpayers; deal with violence in our neighborhoods; strengthen health care; improve our Forest Preserves; and treat fairly our employees. To accomplish this, I suggest the following:

1. Keep our residents truthfully informed about all aspects of the County and Forest Preserves. Cook County government is often described as "stealth government "because few really know what we do and how we spend Tax dollars. We must become better known and understood.

2. Take responsibility for the operating budgets of the County and Forest Preserve by explaining the actual cost of:

a. Running the largest local government public hospital and clinic system in Illinois with over 1 million patient appointments and visits a year;

b. Funding the largest court system in the United States with more cases filed and disposed of each year than most states;

c. Running the largest single site jail in Illinois with nearly 10,000 daily pre-trial detainees;

d. Funding the government for 5.25 million people in the second largest county in the United States;

e. Running fair elections in suburban Cook County for over 2.5 million people;

f. Recording birth and death certificates and property records;

g. Assessing the value for tax purposes of over 1.8 million parcels of real estate;

h. Collecting real estate taxes to fund all municipalities and local governments in Cook County;

i. Maintaining 1,474 miles of highway, 130 bridges and 332 traffic signals;

j. Paying our pension and salary obligations to over 21,000 employees and retirees; and

k. Maintaining 70,000 acres of Forest Preserves.

3. Making our responsibilities as Cook County Forest Preserve Commissioners a priority. We recently celebrated our 100th year as a Forest Preserve District by creating a Century Conservation Council of leading environmental volunteers. We must help implement their conservation priorities for today and the next 100 years. We have a responsibility to preserve and protect our land before passing it to future generations.

Finally, and most importantly, the fair and legal solution to our future budgets means working with the State to solve funding priorities for infrastructure and pension obligations. Solving our structural budget obligations will help us properly provide resources for all other operations.

This new Cook County Board has the talent to solve all our problems and to make our citizens proud. I am looking forward to starting the new term.

Thank you for re-electing me.

Larry Suffredin, 13th District


IN MEMORIAM:  

KAREN R. CHAVERS

Remarks of Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin at Karen Chavers’ funeral on August 31, 2018 at St. Felicitas Church, Chicago, Illinois.

 

Karen Chavers, where do you start? Karen was the leader of our team and the moral compass for many social justice initiatives.

 

We met many years ago at St. Mary’s Church in Evanston. Karen was the women involved in everything worthwhile in town. She had a clear sense of justice and fairness and was always leading people to a better future.

 

She had the flair and excitement of New Orleans and the serious determination of the Chicago Southside’s struggle for justice. She knew everyone and all thought of her as their best friend.

 

To her mother, Thyra Clark and her family, thank you for helping to mold this fighter for justice and for sharing her with us.

 

After my election 16 years ago, I was fortunate to have her become my co-worker in the 13th District Cook County Board Office. She established a standard of care for our constituents and an outstanding outreach effort on housing, healthcare, jobs, education and life issues. She helped thousands of people at the 820 Davis office deal with many hard and difficult life matters.

 

Her request for personal privacy during her illness was hard for many friends who wanted to embrace her and tell her how much she meant to them and how she changed their lives. I hope that the cards, videos and photos people sent helped her through this final struggle and let her know how much she was loved and how successful her life had been.

 

There are many people who want to be a source of Hope and Change to others but never achieve that goal.

 

Karen was the good and faithful servant who was both Hope and Change for those she met. I am privileged to have worked alongside her. Rest in the knowledge that your life was well lived.


 

all news items

Cook County Land Bank Authority Announces Opening of Registration to Give Away a Free Home
Tuesday, August 13, 2019
The Chicago Crusader

NEW ILLINOIS LAW ENDS $120 FEE TO CLEAR FALSE CRIMINAL RECORDS IN COOK COUNTY
Friday, August 09, 2019
Illinois Policy

Top Cook County Jail chess players take on the world
Wednesday, August 07, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Public defender takes shots at Chicago Police gun offender webpage
Wednesday, August 07, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Commentary: Data alone won’t stop Chicago gun violence; Cook County needs a public ‘Violence Reduction Dashboard’
Wednesday, August 07, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Cook County Jail detainees take on inmates around the world in online chess tournament
Tuesday, August 06, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Here’s What You Need To Know About The Ongoing Bail Debate In Chicago
Monday, August 05, 2019
WBEZ Chicago Public Radio

Cook County Jail hosts international chess tournament
Monday, August 05, 2019
WGN Chicago

Cook County TIFs generate $1.2 billion
Thursday, August 01, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Changes coming to Cook County assessor’s office
Thursday, August 01, 2019
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

Cook County property taxes are due today, Aug. 1.
Thursday, August 01, 2019
Special to suffredin.org

Forest Preserves of Cook County Celebrate Dan Ryan Woods Investments
Thursday, August 01, 2019
Chicago Defender

In Chicago, TIF Revenues Soaring
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
WTTW News

A controversial tax subsidy program will generate a record $1.2 billion in revenue. Here’s what the number means for Chicago.
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Group to rally in support of Kim Foxx as challengers emerge
Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Crain's Chicago Business

Report: Incarceration Rates Drop Nearly 20% Under Kim Foxx
Monday, July 29, 2019
WTTW Chicago

Lightfoot blames bond court reform for gun violence
Thursday, July 25, 2019
Chicago Reporter

Cook County Health Hires Audit Firm To Review Scathing Inspector General Report
Thursday, July 25, 2019
WBEZ News

Former County Commissioner Shocked Animal Abuser Registry He Worked To Create Was Never Used
Thursday, July 25, 2019
CBS Chicago

No one on County Board sharing Arroyo’s view of inspector general
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

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