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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

November 2020

Office Address
2510 Green Bay Road
Evanston 60201

Note:  Due to the pandemic, staff are working remotely.


  

RESOLUTIONS PASSED BY THE COUNTY BOARD HONORING THE 595 LIVES OF COOK COUNTY 13TH DISTRICT RESIDENTS WHO HAVE DIED FROM COVID-19 through September 13, 2020.

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 June 10, 2020, COVID-19 had killed more than 400,000 worldwide, 115,000 in the United States, 5,900 in Illinois and 4,000 in Cook County; and 

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

WHEREAS, as of June 10, 2020 COVID-19 had killed 445 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:

A "YES" Vote for Cook County Forest Preserve 2021 Pandemic Budget and a Renewed Call for a Referendum to Save Our Forest Preserves

On November 17, 2020, I voted for a pandemic maintenance 2021 Cook County Forest Preserve District Budget because it is the best, we can do in this COVID world. The reality is that all our revenue sources have been adversely affected by COVID and the recession. This budget does the best that can be done to use reserve funding and excellent management to let the District survive to live another year.

A year ago, I voted No on the 2020 budget because it failed to protect the work that had been done to restore our land and had no long-range plan. I had hoped the voters would pass a tax referendum during either the 2020 General Primary or the 2020 General Election. Unfortunately, there was not the will on the Forest Preserve Board to put the issue on the ballot. Therefore, the voters were denied an opportunity to set a positive financial course for the District.

This budget is the fourth caretaker’s budget which does not address the actual needs to protect our land resources and strengthen the commitment to the future. In the past 4 years I have called for a referendum to give our voters a voice to increase real estate tax funding to do three things: 1. Approve funds to expand restoration services on our land; 2. Acquire additional land while some still exists; and 3. Increase our subsidies to the Brookfield Zoo and the Chicago Botanic Garden. Without the referendum we are stuck with limited revenues and no vision for the future.

Our Forest Preserves land survives because of the thousands of hours that our volunteers give to protect our vast and diverse holdings. We all owe these dedicated volunteer workers a thank you for their service.

As a Non-Home Rule unit of local government, the Forest Preserve District can only raise funds through property taxes, fees, or any other authorization the Illinois General Assembly may grant. Tax cap limits on non-home rule units of governments have crippled the Forest Preserve District’s ability to keep up with inflation. In addition, unfunded mandates from the State have put a pension burden on the District as well as limited our ability to properly protect the land.

A referendum would have given the voters the right to decide what level of taxation would have been appropriate. The referendum campaign would have highlighted the stormwater protection our lands provide all, the carbon reduction our trees and other vegetation provide to improve our air quality and the recreational and educational opportunities the land offers. Unfortunately, the positive discussion this campaign would have raised never happen.

Now the 2021 budget is the best we can do because of the limitation COVID has given us.

This Budget is the sixth to have input from the Conservation Council whose role is to help us create a clear vision for the future. The Council has called for the last six years to expanded land restoration and land acquisition. COVID will not allow for this vision.

The Budget maintains the current level of support for the Chicago Botanic Garden and the Brookfield Zoo. This funding level does not allow them to adequately serve the public. Before COVID millions of people visit and learn about conservation and the environment from these two jewels that anchor our outreach and educational programming. Neither the Garden nor the Zoo can continue their level of excellence without increased funding. Last year’s budget forced us to increase fees to help the Garden and the Zoo survive.

Finally, this budget is the best we can do in the COVID/recession world we find ourselves. Next year I look forward to a firm commitment for a referendum and a COVID free budget.


The annual Cook County Commission on Women's Issues Public Hearing will be held virtually on Thursday, November 19 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Topic: Domestic Violence During the Pandemic: How Cook County is Responding

Panelists:

  • Danielle Parisi Ruffato – Director of Emergency Services, Ascend Justice
  • Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer (10th District)
  • Stephanie Patterson – Executive Director, Connections for Abused Women and their Children (CAWC)
  • Amanda Pyron – Executive Director, The Network

 To sign up for this virtual event click here

The Housing Authority of Cook County

has opened the Housing Choice Voucher waitlist click here for details.

www.thehacc.org  
175 W. Jackson Blvd.
Suite 350
Chicago, IL 60604
312.663.5447
  


For details on the Cook County Community Recovery Initiative: Cash and Utility Assistance

click here for job training and placement and for financial relief click here


Annually Commissioner Suffredin returns dollars to the general fund. Amounts returned to the general fund in previous years are:

2019- $62,951
2018- $45,311
2017- $15,039
2016- $33,292
2015 - $37,184
2014 - $15,187
2013 - $19,817
2012 –$40,994 


New Trier Township is open for appeals at the Cook County Board of Review until December 1. 

You may file an online appeal here, contact the New Trier township assessor at (847) 466-8200 click here or call our office for assistance 847 864-1209 or mjordan@suffredin.org

 

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Cook County’s 2017 bail reform didn’t result in more violent crime, Loyola study find
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Cook County commissioners approve $14 million settlement in lawsuit alleging indecent behavior by inmates to public defenders, hostile work environment
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Wednesday, November 18, 2020
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Wednesday, November 18, 2020
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Wednesday, November 18, 2020
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Wednesday, November 18, 2020
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8th Cook County jail detainee dies from complications of COVID-19
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
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Tuesday, November 17, 2020
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Tuesday, November 17, 2020
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Preckwinkle, commissioners signal support for Forest Preserves tax hike referendum
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
The Daily Line

Evanston stay-at-home advisory goes into effect
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Daily Northwestern

COVID-19 and the Courts: 5 Cook County Judges Test Positive This Month
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
WTTW News

Gov. J.B. Pritzker expected to lower capacity for retail shops and shut down casinos in latest effort to slow COVID-19 surge
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
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Monday, November 16, 2020
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Monday, November 16, 2020
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