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  Cook County is the second most populous county in the nation. It is the 19th largest government in the U.S.

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 $4.8 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.


Larry Suffredin

January 2020

Commissioner Suffredin's district office has moved to

2510 Green Bay Road in Evanston

Dear resident,

My district office has moved to 2510 Green Bay Road in Evanston.

The former location, 820 Davis St., is no longer my office.

Hours of operation for the new office are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday and by appointment on Fridays.

Free, but limited, parking is available in front of the 2510 Green Bay Rd. building. Free parking is also available on Lincoln St. and Harrison St. after 9 a.m.

My office can still be reached at 312-603-6383, 847-864-1209, or

The office is also accessible by public transportation:

  • Directly across the street from the Central St. Metra station
  • Less than one mile from the Central St. “El” station
  • Along the routes of CTA buses 201 and 206 and PACE bus 213


Larry Suffredin

Cook County Commissioner, 13th District

Attention Homeowners

Evanston homeowners may begin filing their appeals with the Assessor on February 20th

Rogers Park homeowners may begin filing their appeals with the Assessor on February 24th.

New Trier homeowners may begin filing their appeals with the Assessor on March 5th.

Prior recipients of the Senior Exemption will receive mail about their exemption status in January.

Prior recipients of the Senior Freeze Exemption will receive renewal forms in the mail in January. The Official Cook County deadline to file Senior Freeze applications is February 13, 2020.

Prior recipients of the Veterans with Disabilities, Persons with Disabilities, and Longtime Occupant Exemptions will receive renewal forms in the mail in the first week of February.

New homeowners who purchased their homes before January 1, 2019 will receive application forms in the mail in the first week of February.

The County will mail renewal applications for Disabled Persons and Disabled Veterans in early February.


Homeowners may click here to check status of their appeals at the Board of Review

To read the Niles Township Residential 2019 Assessment Narrative click here

To read the Niles Township Industrial/Commercial 2019 Assessment Narrative click here

To see an interactive map of Niles Township click here

Statement from Com. Larry Suffredin: A "NO" Vote for Cook County Forest Preserve 2020 Budget and a Renewed Call for a Referendum to Save Our Forest Preserves

On November 19, 2019, I voted against a maintenance 2020 Cook County Forest Preserve District Budget that failed to protect the work that has been done to protect our land. This budget is a third caretaker’s budget in a row that does not address the actual needs to protect our land resources and strengthen the commitment to the future. In the past 3 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.

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. These volunteers have called for us to put a referendum on the March 2020 ballot to increase property taxes to cover necessary expenses. After much discussion it became clear that there was not enough support on the Board to place such a referendum on the ballot. Our failure to act places the future of the Forest Preserve District in great jeopardy.

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 will never happen. The will of the voters will never be known.

For the last three years I have stated that the budgets were the best we can do; but we must do better. Now the simple need for more financial resources to protect and acquire land will be in the hands of the General Assembly which must grant us relief from tax caps.

This Budget is the fifth 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 five years to expanded land restoration and land acquisition. This budget fails to meet that vision.

The Budget maintains too low a level of support for the Chicago Botanic Garden and the Brookfield Zoo. This funding level does not allow them to adequately serve the public. 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. This budget will force us to take radical actions through increased fees to preserve the Garden and the Zoo. This action will limit our outreach to the poorer members of our community.

While a referendum was the best way for the Cook County Forest Preserve District to obtain the funds, we now need a miracle to allow future generations to enjoy the beauty of our land.

Finally, this budget shows that the attention of the Commissioners is much more focused on the County government and not on the Forest Preserve government. This is the time to consider separating the two governments and giving the Forest Preserves a separate governing board.

My No vote is my plea to find a miracle. 

A “Yes” Vote For the 2020 Cook County Budget

On November 21, 2019, I voted “yes” on the 2020 Cook County budget as a reasonable approach to protecting key services. There were no issues or controversies surrounding this budget.

For the second year, there are no tax increases included in this budget. This budget was crafted to maximize services and protect taxpayers from unfair taxation. It is also the result of serious budgeting decisions that have been made over the last three years that focused on cost savings.

The 2020 budget provides essential services with appropriate revenues including one-time revenues from a City of Chicago TIF surplus, and increased earned income from the Cook County Health and Hospital System and the CountyCare Insurance program for Medicaid recipients.

This budget allows our Cook County Health and Hospital System to meet changing patient needs through better planning by the Independent Board and better use of Public Health resources including continued funding of both Access to Care and the Children’s Advocacy Center.

The Cook County Chief Circuit Judge and Cook County State’s Attorney’s Offices are given additional staff to expand our pre-trial services and help reduce our overall costs of maintaining the criminal justice system. Both the Cook County Board of Review and Cook County Assessor are given additional staff positions that should increase the efficiency of the assessment process and give the public confidence in the fairness of their assessments. Many of these new jobs will generate revenue for future budgets.

This budget includes the $350 million extra pension payment the County established three years ago. Our pensions are among the most stable in Illinois, but they will continue to need this extra payment to stay strong. This payment protects our taxpayers from the pension shock other local governments are facing.

The County’s financial future is dependent on better planning and continued anticipation of changes needed to deliver more efficient services. To continue this type of budget for the future, the County Board will have to aggressively review the implementation of the budget and challenge County staff to perform more efficiently.


Detention of Juveniles under 13

The Illinois Appellate Court yesterday ruled that a Cook County Ordinance I sponsored, which prohibited the incarceration of juveniles under 13 at the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center, exceeded our Home Rule powers and was unenforceable.

I am disappointed in the ruling and hope that the Cook County Public Defender will petition for leave to appeal to the Illinois Supreme Court.

The ordinance was intended to protect juveniles from the harm that incarceration at an early age does to a child’s future.

Click here to read the opinion.  

Temperatures are dropping.  Cook County has opened emergency warming centers. For details on countywide locations click here 

In Skokie the location is at Niles Township offices  5255 Lincoln Ave.
Skokie, IL 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. M-F

In Glenview there are three places the Glenview Public Library 1930 Glenview Road 9am to 9pm daily

Glenview Park Center 2400 Chestnut Ave  Park Center Front Desk Hours:
M-F 9 am - 7:30 pm Sat & Sun 9 am - 3 pm

Glenview Municipal Center 2500 East Lake Ave.

Skokie Public Library 5215 Oakton Street Skokie, IL

Monday - Friday, 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM Saturday, 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM Sunday, 12:00 Noon - 6:00 PM

Skokie Park District Devonshire Cultural Center 4400 Greenwood Ave.

Monday - Friday, 8:30 AM - 9:00 PM Saturday, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM Sunday, 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Skokie Park District Oakton Community Center 4701 Oakton Street

Monday - Friday, 8:30 AM - 8:00 PM Saturday, 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM Sunday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Skokie Park District Weber Leisure Center 9300 Weber Park Place

Monday - Friday, 5:00 AM - 10:00 PM Saturday & Sunday, 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM

*In extreme weather conditions the Circuit Court of Cook County may designate Skokie Courthouse as a 24 hour emergency warming or cooling center

Evanston: for details of where to go in Evanston click here

Rogers Park:

Warming Centers 9 am – 5 pm Monday through Friday

Warming Centers are not open on weekday holidays unless specifically indicated. Hours and days may be extended under extreme conditions. Also, other City facilities might be designated for warming purposes during off hours, That is why it is important to call 3-1-1 for information concerning Warming Center locations, especially during off hours and on weekday holidays)North Area 845 W. Wilson Ave.Chicago, IL 60640As a back up:Police Stations:24 District - 6464 N. ClarkChicago Public Library Northtown Library 6800 N. Western Avenue


Residents should always follow these tips during cold weather to keep themselves and their families safe:

  • Never use your oven for heat.
  • Never bring charcoal or gas grills indoors (they are a carbon monoxide hazard).
  • Make sure all portable heaters are unplugged when not in use.
  • Use electric space heaters with extreme caution – avoid placing them near curtains or other flammable materials and turn them off before going to bed.
  • Keep heat at adequate levels or leave faucets open with a slight drip to prevent pipes from freezing.
  • Keep moving. Your body generates its own heat when you engage in physical activities. 

Nov. 15 is Opening Day for Forest Preserves of Cook County Picnic and Special Event Permit Sales, 2020 Camping Reservations

Permits, reservations available online and in person for details click here

Click here to review the Cook County Health Strategic Plan

Click here to read Transforming Cook County Heath

Click here for the District 13 Resident Healthcare Guide


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Forest Preserves of Cook County Events and Programs – February 2020
Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Special to

Vacant For Decades, Cook County Hospital’s Transformation Into Hotel, Medical Offices Nearly Complete
Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Block Club Chicago

New voting machines will be installed in Chicago and Cook County polling places in time for early voting and the March 17 primary election, officials say
Monday, January 27, 2020
Chicago Tribune

Flashback: Secret experiments in a Cook County preserve aided atomic bomb efforts — and left nuclear waste behind
Friday, January 24, 2020
Chicago Tribune

Cook County ethics board approves reforms as member resigns in protest of President Toni Preckwinkle’s move to replace chair
Friday, January 24, 2020
Chicago Tribune

For property tax relief, reduce the cost of local government
Friday, January 24, 2020
Crain's Chicago Business

County's Board of Ethics takes aim at side gigs
Friday, January 24, 2020
Crain's Chicago Business

Cook County Health Needs A New CEO. Could Politics Get In The Way?
Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Search for new Cook County Health CEO expected to take about 6 months
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

Deadline for Senior Citizen Property Tax Deferral
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Special to

Kaegi: 'The embrace of a failed status quo makes no sense'
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Crain's Chicago Business

City Club of Chicago: Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
WGN Radio

Cook County Assessor Staying Below The Radar
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
WBBM Radio

Census hiring event Wednesday in Schaumburg
Monday, January 20, 2020
Daily Herald

Proposed health oversight shift not a ‘power grab,’ Cook County officials say
Thursday, January 16, 2020
Crain's Chicago Business

Cook County Cashes In On Legal Weed
Thursday, January 16, 2020

Cook County OKs 3% marijuana tax
Thursday, January 16, 2020
Crain's Chicago Business

Preckwinkle looks to claw back some oversight of Cook County Health
Thursday, January 16, 2020
Crain's Chicago Business

Pace Announces Public Hearings on Proposed North Shore Service Changes
Thursday, January 16, 2020
Special to

Pot taxes in Chicago could be as high as 41% by July as county moves forward with 3% levy
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

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