Suffredin- Changing County Government  

Forest Preserves
Public Safety
Cook County Budget
Forest Pres. Budget
Property Tax Appeal
Health & Hospitals
Land Bank Authority
Policy Resolutions
Unsung Heroine


  Office phone numbers:  

The Cook County Code of Ordinances are the current laws of Cook County.


Search current and proposed Cook County Legislation in Larry's exclusive legislative library.

  The Chicago Board of Trade and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange trade 60% of the world futures contracts.

Forest Preserves Approves Land Acquisition in Orland Township
Purchase completes Tampier Lake Greenway

Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Special to

The Board of Commissioners of the Forest Preserves of Cook County (FPCC) today approved the request to purchase a 1.6-acre parcel of land in unincorporated Cook County near Orland Park. The parcel is located at 13541 South 110th Ave. The property will bring the total acres of Forest Preserve land to more than 69,318 acres. In total, the FPCC manages nearly 70,000 acres of protected land.

“One of the goals of the Next Century Conservation Plan is to expand the total footprint of the Forest Preserves, enabling us to protect open land and ensure native plants and wildlife can thrive,” said Toni Preckwinkle, President of the Forest Preserves of Cook County. “Each parcel of land we acquire is important as we work toward that goal.”

The Next Century Conservation Plan, commissioned by President Preckwinkle in 2013, calls for the FPCC to expand the Forest Preserves over the next 25 years. In addition to advancing that goal, the parcel acquisition will complete the Tampier Lake Greenway.

“This parcel completes the Tampier Lake Greenway, closing an in-holding gap between Tampier Lake and McGinnis Slough,” said Arnold Randall, General Superintendent of the FPCC. “By acquiring this parcel, we are able to prevent future development and protect the land as habitat for a variety of native flora and fauna.”

Tampier Lake is a popular location for boating and fishing, and offers visitors three miles of shoreline and three different access areas. Tampier Lake is also a popular nesting site for a variety of birds, including dickcissels, bobolinks, grasshopper and savannah sparrows and white-eyed and Bell’s vireos. McGinnis Slough is a shallow, 300-acre body of water that offers visitors the opportunity to spot a variety of migratory waterfowl and shorebirds.

Today’s Board approval grants the FPCC the authority to purchase the parcel for $285,000. The money will come from the FPCC’s Land Acquisition Fund.

To learn more about the Forest Preserves of Cook County, visit

Recent Headlines

Glencoe District 35 increases property tax levy by 4.45%
Sunday, December 08, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Niles Township Property Tax Appeal Workshops Offered In Skokie
Friday, December 06, 2019

Want to pay your property taxes early? Here's how.
Wednesday, December 04, 2019
Crain's Chicago Business

Column: Twitter exchange with Cook County assessor sums up outrage and exodus: Tax hikes are paying for debt, not services.
Tuesday, December 03, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Niles taxing bodies, including schools, set to share $3.4 million surplus of TIF district funds
Tuesday, December 03, 2019
Pioneer Press

Unknown tale: Father George Clements’s role in Cook County court reform
Monday, December 02, 2019
Injustice Watch

State panel faces Dec. 31 deadline for property tax relief recommendations
Monday, December 02, 2019
Chicago Tribune

A drop in people, a $1 billion rise in property taxes
Monday, December 02, 2019
Daily Herald

In tents and under bridges, a new Cook County sheriff’s office program helps hard-to-reach drug users
Sunday, December 01, 2019
Chicago Tribune

No pay-to-play in the Cook County assessor's office
Wednesday, November 27, 2019
Crain's Chicago Business

Dorothy Brown’s office debuts upgrade to criminal court computers to wide ridicule
Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Chicago Tribune

What's happening to Chicago's safety-net hospitals?
Monday, November 25, 2019
Crain's Chicago Business

Cook County Health CEO ousted by board
Friday, November 22, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County OKs suburban infrastructure funding
Friday, November 22, 2019
Daily Herald

Cook County Health CEO out at the end of 2019 after hospital system opts against renewing his contract
Friday, November 22, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Cook County Board greenlights 2020 budget
Thursday, November 21, 2019
Crain's Chicago Business

Former friary to ‘revert to its natural state’ under Cook County Forest Preserve District
Thursday, November 21, 2019
Daily Southtown

Federal Prosecutors to Participate in ‘Project Guardian’ to Target Chicago Gun Crime
Thursday, November 21, 2019

Opportunity for small developers, and distressed neighborhoods: The Cook County Land Bank Authority celebrates 500th property rehab
Thursday, November 21, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Cook County Board approves $6.2 billion budget for 2020, without increases in taxes or fees
Thursday, November 21, 2019
Chicago Tribune

all news items

Paid for by Larry Suffredin and not at taxpayer expense. A Haymarket Production.