Suffredin- Changing County Government  
 

Accountability
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.

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



Cook County spends $292,000 to assess feasibility of repairing Port of Chicago
It is one of 30 transportation improvement projects totaling $8.5 million.

Friday, September 25, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times
by Adam Mahoney

More than $290,000 will be funneled into the once forgotten Port of Chicago to assess the feasibility of doubling its railway capacity and repairing its freight facilities.

The port is one of 30 projects that received a total of $8.5 million through “Invest in Cook” grants awarded by the Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways.

The county’s investment leverages an additional nearly $18 million in federal, state and local funds for a total of $26.2 million to be used to help municipalities further their transportation projects, prioritizing transit, cycling and freight transportation projects.

Last year, members of the Illinois International Port District Board unanimously voted down a proposal to turn the Chicago port over to a private operator, opening the door for potential reinvestment into the district.

Since then, it has received a portion of a $35 million state appropriation for the state’s 19 ports and funds from the city’s Lake Calumet Industrial TIF District to pay for $3.48 million in rail and road improvements.

This most recent investment from the county would enable the port to hold 20 rail lines and more than 600 rail cars, while also prioritizing long-needed freight repairs.

Port director Clayton Harris III said the project can bring both economic and environmental benefits by expanding the port’s capacity to move goods and house port tenants, while simultaneously alleviating the need for high volumes of truck traffic on roadways.

The “Invest in Cook” grants help municipalities by covering the cost of planning, engineering, right-of-way acquisition and construction associated with transportation improvements.

Since its inception in 2017, $31.2 million in grants have been awarded to 128 projects throughout the county, with roughly 70 percent of the funding directed to projects in “low and moderate-income communities.”

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle says the program has been important in creating a more equitable and accessible county for all of its residents.

“We can’t all succeed until our most underserved residents have the same opportunities as the rest of us,” Preckwinkle said in a press release. “Creating equal access to transportation options should always be part of the conversation. Making investments to help residents traverse safely and more efficiently throughout the county has always been our top priority.”

Other notable projects include $500,000 awarded to Metra to meet disability standards at its 115th Street Morgan Park station; $420,000 to better accessibility in the south suburbs through a bike and pedestrian project; and $267,000 to improve sidewalks in Niles, Morton Grove and Skokie.



Recent Headlines

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle proposes raising Forest Preserves budget next year with rainy day funds
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Chicago Tribune

Delays leave suburban Cook voters wondering if their ballots will count
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

Illinois orders tighter restrictions on bars, restaurants and gatherings in several suburban counties as coronavirus positivity rates rise
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Chicago Tribune

Why some Cook County voters are still waiting for mail-in ballots
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Daily Herald

Editorial: Impact of COVID-19 emphasizes role of ACA in Cook County budgeting
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Daily Herald

Cook County tosses ‘lifeline’ to needy residents, opening housing voucher waiting list for first time since 2001
Monday, October 19, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

'COVID fatigue' blamed for second surge in coronavirus cases; Chicago health experts warn people not to let their guard down
Monday, October 19, 2020
WLS ABC 7 Eyewitness News

Coronavirus in Illinois updates: COVID-19 cases on the rise in long-term care facilities; applications open for relief fund for restaurant workers
Monday, October 19, 2020
Chicago Tribune

For first time in nearly 20 years, Cook County opens suburban housing voucher waitlist. At least 10K people already applied.
Monday, October 19, 2020
Chicago Tribune

Editorial: Preckwinkle balances the county’s COVID budget. Next up, Lightfoot.
Monday, October 19, 2020
Chicago Tribune

Gov. J.B. Pritzker blames President Trump and his allies for coronavirus spike in Illinois
Sunday, October 18, 2020
Chicago Tribune

County Board President Toni Preckwinkle outlines $6.9 billion budget plan: ‘This pandemic has dealt Cook County and its residents a catastrophic blow’
Friday, October 16, 2020
Chicago Tribune

Preckwinkle touts restorative justice in budget that slashes court, jail funding: ‘We cannot police our way out’
Friday, October 16, 2020
The Daily Line

‘We Are In a New Wave of COVID-19’: Pritzker
Friday, October 16, 2020
WTTW News

Everything You Need To Know About Voting Drop Boxes In Illinois
Friday, October 16, 2020
WBEZ News

Pritzker Extends Ban on Evictions for 7th Month
Friday, October 16, 2020
WTTW News

Pritzker to extend eviction moratorium another 30 days: ‘Nothing really has changed’
Friday, October 16, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

Record-high Illinois COVID-19 caseload, hospitalizations and positive test rate rising: ‘We are in a new wave
Friday, October 16, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

A Cook County budget built to ‘weather the storm’ — but the rain had better be moving on
Thursday, October 15, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

Layoffs, cutting vacant jobs all part of Preckwinkle’s $6.9 billion budget plan to ride out COVID-19 storm
Thursday, October 15, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

all news items

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