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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

May 2022

Office Address
2510 Green Bay Road
Evanston 60201 
(847) 864-1209

Commissioner Suffredin's staff has returned to remotely staffing the office.  Staff can be reached via email: Mjordan@suffredin.org or by leaving voicemail at the office (847) 864-1209

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


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Attention Niles Township homeowners:

Niles Township is now open for assessment appeals at the Cook County Board of Review until May 31, 2022.  Board of Review Commissioner, Michael Cabonargi is hosting a free workshop entitled “How to Appeal Your Property Tax Assessment”

Wednesday May 18, 2022

at 6pm in the Skokie Public Library in the Radmacher Room.

5215 Oakton Street Skokie, Illinois for details click here

If you are unable to attend and would like help filing an assessment appeal you can schedule an appointment with Niles Township Assessor Scott Bagnall by clicking here or you can call our office to schedule a virtual appointment (847) 864 1209, requests for assistance must be submitted 24 hours prior to the May 31 2022 township closing.   

 

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


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.

Applications for Property Tax exemptions are now available. To read the Assessor’s press release about their new process click here


 

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  


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


COVID-19 Card 11 – NIH Director's Blog

COVID19

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

Cook County Current Vaccination Report

Here is Cook County’s bi-weekly report on vaccination distribution dated May 2,  2022. These reports are updated regularly. 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.

Individuals can make appointments at vaccine.cookcountyil.gov.

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 1,307 LIVES OF COOK COUNTY 13TH DISTRICT RESIDENTS WHO HAVE DIED FROM COVID-19 through March 1, 2022

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 March 1, 2022 COVID-19 has killed more than 5.96 million people worldwide, 951,000 people in the United States, 36,953 people in Illinois and 18,849 people in Cook County; and

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

WHEREAS, as of March 1, 2022 has killed 1,307 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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With Cook County probation units disbanded, tens of thousands of random curfew checks ended
Friday, May 13, 2022
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Cook County prosecutors told not to subpoena witnesses for trial preparation as office revamps policies
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Brookfield Zoo plans 2022 events from Ice Age Giants to Holiday Magic
Friday, May 13, 2022
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Ashna Arora and Jens Ludwig: Is electronic monitoring contributing to gun violence? Here’s a look at the data.
Wednesday, May 11, 2022
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Preckwinkle taps new leader for Cook County’s Department of Public Health
Wednesday, May 11, 2022
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Springtime in the preserves brings small, wonderful, and short-lived bursts of life
Tuesday, May 10, 2022
Special to suffredin.org

Why Cook County judges are approving subpoenas for court hearings that don’t exist — and why experts are raising flags
Monday, May 09, 2022
WBEZ News

Killing of 15-year-old tests a justice system strained by more arrests, fewer resources
Monday, May 09, 2022
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Why Cook County judges are approving subpoenas for court hearings that don’t exist — and why experts are raising flags
Monday, May 09, 2022
WBEZ News

Cook County program providing legal help for immigrants starts taking cases
Monday, May 09, 2022
Chicago Sun-Times

Moms in Cook County Jail read to their children for Mother’s Day: ‘I’m coming home soon’
Sunday, May 08, 2022
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Don’t threaten witnesses with jail time if they don’t talk to prosecutors before trial
Sunday, May 08, 2022
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Chicago outdoors: White opossum, giant channel catfish, cerulean warbler, caution on roads/turtles
Saturday, May 07, 2022
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Tom Dart, in an about-face, says he’ll comply with judge’s order banning furloughs for defendants on home confinement
Friday, May 06, 2022
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Officials recommend masks indoors, on public transit as COVID cases keep climbing
Friday, May 06, 2022
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Judge denies Kim Foxx’s bid to let inmate out early under new state law
Friday, May 06, 2022
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‘Have a safe trip to Danville’: judge soundly rejects resentencing bid backed by prosecutors and sends man back to prison
Friday, May 06, 2022
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