The Cook County Board paid
tribute Tuesday to the late Carl Hansen, who died Feb. 2 after serving
32 years as a county commissioner from Mount Prospect.
"Carl represented what was best in representative government," said Commissioner Peter Silvestri of Elmwood Park.
"He was a voice for the suburbs at a time when the
suburbs were developing," Evanston Democratic Commissioner Larry
Suffredin said, "and without that voice the suburbs would have been
"He was the glue that held the Northwest suburbs
together," added Bartlett Republican Commissioner Timothy Schneider,
who replaced Hansen as 15th District commissioner.
He called Hansen "a fiscal conservative" and "a
taxpayer watchdog" and announced that he'll present a proposal at the
Forest Preserve Board meeting Wednesday to dedicate a portion of the
Poplar Creek Forest Preserve near Hoffman Estates to Hansen, after
Hansen had worked to prevent that area from being used as a landfill
during his term in office.
Hansen, a commissioner from 1974 to 2006, was the
second-longest serving county board member after the late board
President John Stroger.