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

   
 

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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 $6 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

January 2022

Office Address
2510 Green Bay Road
Evanston 60201

(847) 864-1209

Note: Due to the pandemic and the uptick in positivity rates in the region, staff will be working remotely until further notice. Staff can be reached via email: Mjordan@suffredin.org or by leaving voicemail.

  To read Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin's Statement on Completing Current Elected Term at County and Forest Preserve click here  

Clipart house images free clipart images 3Attn New Trier Township Homeowners:

New Trier Township is now open for assessment appeals at the Cook County Board of Review until February 1, 2022. New Trier homeowners may file an online appeal with the Board of Review by clicking here https://appeals.cookcountyboardofreview.com/

You may also reach out to the New Trier Assessor's office at (847) 446-8200.

Deputy Assessor Leonard Shifflett is available Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. to assist you. The office is working remotely, so you can leave a voicemail or send an email to lshifflett@newtriertownship.com

Commissioner Suffredin’s office is also scheduling telephone appointments Monday-Friday from 8 to 5 (847) 864-1209. For those who have already submitted a “prefile” with the Board of Review and wish to have assistance finding comparable properties to supplement their prefiled appeal they can either use the Cook County Tax portal (https://www.cookcountypropertyinfo.com/) or call our office for assistance.

The Board of Review will host a workshop for New Trier homeowners on Tuesday, January 25th at 6pm,  for details click  hereYou may sign up for this workshop up to one hour before the scheduled event by clicking


Homeowners: Find out Which Property Tax Exemptions Automatically

Renew this Year

In response to COVID-19, the Cook County Assessor’s Office will continue the automatic renewal of the Senior Freeze, Veterans with Disabilities, and Persons with Disabilities Exemptions; the Homeowner and Senior Exemptions, will continue to auto-renew every year.  For details click here

If a homeowner received any of these five exemptions last year (tax year 2020), they do not need to reapply this year (tax year 2021).
To verify which exemptions were received last year, homeowners can visit the Cook County Property Tax Portal at cookcountypropertyinfo.com, enter their PIN and look under the exemption tab.


 

COOK COUNTY POLICY ROADMAP

Over the last four years, Cook County has invested hundreds of millions of dollars into communities to address root causes of violence, catalyze community development, and modernize aging infrastructure. Cook County's Policy Roadmap has guided this work with racial equity at its core. The goal is to foster communities that are healthy, vital, safe and thriving, sustainable, smart and open.

13th District County Spending 

To see county dollars spent in the 13th district and highlights from FY2017 to FY2021 click here

“Roadmap for Spending County ARPA Funds

To read the recently developed Roadmap to Recovery: Cook County’s American Rescue Plan 2021 Performance Report click here. To read the Board of Commissioners Budget Briefing on ARPA click here


  

2022 Unsung Heroine Award Call for Nominations

The Cook County Commission on Women’s Issues hosts an annual award ceremony recognizing 18 women from across Cook County for their vital contributions to their communities, families, and professions. Awards will be presented at an event in March during Women's History Month. Nominate a deserving 13th District woman for recognition for the contributions she has made to the community that have thus far gone unrecognized. Elected officials are not eligible for consideration. For additional details on the commission click here

Nomination form: https://forms.office.com/g/hzhhquzEYy

Deadline: January 27, 2022

Past 13th District Unsung Heroines: http://suffredin.org/general/?language=English&pageid=50


FYI: Nov. 15 is Opening Day for Forest Preserves of Cook County 2022 Picnic and Special Event Permits and Camping Reservations for details click here


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By Chicago Sun Times Editorial Board Jan 3, 2022, 7:44pm CST

Keep up the fight against anti-vaccine nonsense

Whether twisted facts or outright falsehoods, vaccine misinformation has already done enough damage among the skeptical.

On Monday, new proof-of-vaccination requirements for patrons of indoor dining, fitness and certain entertainment venues in Chicago and Cook County went into effect — and let’s hope the new mandate pushes more of the unvaccinated to get their shots and boosters.

It’s the best way to protect everyone as our state’s positivity rate — the measure of how quickly COVID-19 is spreading — reaches an alarming 17.9%, double the rate a week ago.

It’s also the best way to take the strain off hospitals and health care workers now being hit with a deluge of largely-unvaccinated COVID-19 patients. One example: Advocate Aurora Health had 1,426 COVID-19 patients in its network of hospitals on Sunday — double the number 30 days ago — and the patient count rose to 1,491 on Monday.

Among these patients, 92% were unvaccinated, including those had only received one dose or were due for a booster. “The situation is growing more challenging by the day,” said Mary Beth Kingston, Advocate Aurora’s chief nursing officer.

Clearly, this is the time to do everything possible to encourage holdouts to finally get their shot.

This is no time for vaccine misinformation — either twisted facts or outright falsehoods — that has already done enough damage among the skeptical. Yet on Saturday, there was Chicago Fraternal Order of Police President John Catanzara in a YouTube video, announcing he had tested positive for COVID-19 and then spouting dangerously inaccurate anti-vaccine nonsense.

“This vaccine is not a vaccine. It is a COVID treatment at best,” said Catanzara. “Far too many people who are vaccinated are getting the virus for it to be called a vaccine. That needs to stop.”

As one Northwestern University doctor bluntly said, “He doesn’t know what he’s talking about.”

But really, Catanzara’s nonsense is beside the point. His uninformed pronouncements are just one example of the rampant misinformation that continues to fuel this pandemic even though safe and highly effective vaccines are free and widely available.

Some of the intransigent are now doubling down on their refusal: Among unvaccinated adults, only 12% said the news of the Omicron variant made them more likely to get the shot, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation survey.

Stubbornness cannot be allowed to prevail. As a nation, we’re racking up 300,000 new infections every day. Hospitalizations — and it’s worth repeating, over and over, that hospitalizations are overwhelmingly among the unvaccinated — are rising too.

If proof-of-vaccination mandates can help reverse that trend, bring them on.

Send letters to letters@suntimes.com


Cook County Department of Public Health

Cook County Health has a website with new COVID FAQs added weekly

Click here to submit your COVID questions and get factual answers from public health experts. Sign up and you will receive a weekly email notification when FAQs have been updated. Click here to read a current list of questions and answers.

To read the most recent edition of the Cook County Department of Public Health's  HEALTH ALERT NETWORK click here


COVID-19 Card 11 – NIH Director's Blog

COVID19

January 3, 2021:  Click here to read the Cook County Department of Public Health Covid19 mitigation order.  

Effective January 3, 2022:

Cook County will be implementing a COVID-19 vaccination mandate for customers of indoor settings where food or drink are served for on-premises consumption, like restaurants, bars, and entertainment venues, and in fitness facilities.

 

Got a cold? Get a COVID-19 test. University of Chicago expert explains the do’s and don’ts of testing during omicron. Click here for details.

TESTING INFO

Click here for a working list of testing sites. This list will be updated as information becomes available.

If you have misplaced your card, click here to access your immunization record

August 23, 2021: The Cook County Department of Public Health has issued an indoor mask requirement. Click here for a press release and here for further details from the Cook County Department of Public Health *This order requires masking in public indoor settings regardless of vaccination status.

 

Vaccination Virtual Town Hall 

On February 2, there was a virtual Town Hall Meeting on the vaccine. To watch this event click here. To read the frequently asked questions from the event click here. To view the slides from the event click here. 

Individuals can still make appointments at vaccine.cookcountyil.gov or by calling 833-308-1988, Monday – Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Visit cookcountyhealth.org/covid19-vaccine-sites/ for updated hours of operation.

Vaccine Information

Cook County is open to statewide residents

All Cook County Sites are open to all Illinois residents. The State is supplying increased vaccinations.

Cook County Vaccination Report

Here is Cook County’s bi-weekly report on vaccination distribution dated January 10, 2022. These reports are updated bi-weekly. Past reports can be found here. This report does not include Evanston, Skokie and Chicago as these municipalities have their own independent health departments.  Here is the Cook County Vaccine Equity Report.

Other vaccination sites

In addition, you can request reservations at the following sites:

  • If you live in suburban Cook County (and do not live in Evanston and Skokie) click here
  • If you live in Chicago, click here.
  • If you live in Evanston, click here.
  • If you live in Skokie, click here.

In addition, you can register for a vaccine appointment at these private pharmacies:

Walgreens Walmart CVS Mariano’s

Here are six reliable sources of up- to-date COVID information:

1) The Centers for Disease Control https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

2) Illinois Governor JB Pritzker https://coronavirus.illinois.gov/s/

3) Cook County Department of Public Health https://cookcountypublichealth.org/

4) Cook County Forest Preserves https://fpdcc.com/coronavirus-disease-covid-19-events-locations-precautions/

5) Social Vulnerability Index across different areas of Cook County https://maps.cookcountyil.gov/svi/

6) COVID-19-related fatalities by location, time, age, gender and race/ethnicity https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/vsrr/covid_weekly/index.htm

Cook County has text system and hotline to provide COVID-19 updates “AlertCook,” offers subscribers a direct line of communication to receive updates from Cook County Government related to public health alerts and emergency management. Send a text, "AlertCook," to 888-777 to opt-in and receive the latest COVID-19 alerts and information. Normal texting rates may apply.

Cook County Department of Public Health has a COVID-19 hotline and email address for the general public to receive answers to frequently asked questions. The hotline number: 708-633-3319 and email address, ccdph.COVID19@cookcountyhhs.org, will be staffed between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. 


 RESOLUTIONS PASSED BY THE COUNTY BOARD HONORING THE 1,079 LIVES OF COOK COUNTY 13TH DISTRICT RESIDENTS WHO HAVE DIED FROM COVID-19 through

IN MEMORIAM

WHEREAS, Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a deadly infectious disease that has swept across our county, state, nation and world; and

WHEREAS, anyone can contract COVID-19, regardless of race, color, sex, age, religion, disability, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, or gender identity; and

WHEREAS, as of December 31, 2021, COVID-19 has killed more than 5.47 million people worldwide, 831,000 people in the United States, 31,416 people in Illinois and 12,686 people in Cook County; and

WHEREAS, each of the departed leave family, friends and communities in mourning; and

WHEREAS, as of December 31, 2021 COVID-19 has killed 1,149 residents who lived in the 13th District of Cook County; and

WHEREAS, Almighty God in His infinite wisdom has called the below 13th District residents from our midst:

 


 

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