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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.

   
  Cook County was created on January 15, 1831 and named after Daniel P. Cook, Member of Congress and the first Attorney from the State of Illinois.
   
     
     
     


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 2021

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 716 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:


Call for Nominations -- 2021 Unsung Heroine Award

Do you know a woman who, either in a professional or volunteer capacity, has made significant contributions to the wellbeing of their community?
Nominate them for the 2021 Unsung Heroine Award.  Link to nomination form:
https://bit.ly/CC2021UnsungHeroine

The nomination deadline: January 22, 2021.

View past 13th District honorees:  http://www.suffredin.org/general/?language=English&pageid=50


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


 

Important Coronavirus Information from the Centers for Disease Control

How Coronavirus spreads:

-Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
-Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

The best way to prevent illness:
-Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
-Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
-Stay home when you are sick.
-Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
-Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
-Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
-If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

Here are six reliable sources of up- to-date 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.

 

Local Municipality COVID- 19 responses. Check your local community by clicking on a link below:

Chicago 49th Ward

Chicago 50th Ward

City of Evanston

Village of Glencoe

Village of Glenview 

Village of Kenilworth

Village of Lincolnwood 

Village of Morton Grove 

New Trier Township

Village of Niles

Niles Township

Village of Skokie

Village of Wilmette 

Village of Winnetka


Emergency Warming Centers

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

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

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.

 

all news items

Cook County tenant protection ordinance primed for vote after fresh round of tweaks
Tuesday, January 26, 2021
The Daily Line

Landlords push back against Cook County renter protection proposal
Monday, January 25, 2021
Crain's Chicago Business

Some Illinois Teachers Are Getting Vaccinated Ahead of Schedule. Others Are Still Waiting.
Monday, January 25, 2021
WBEZ News

Cook County Launches COVID-19 Vaccine Website, 1st Mass Vaccination Site
Monday, January 25, 2021

COVID Vaccine Appointment Registration Website, Call Center Go Live For Suburban Cook
Monday, January 25, 2021
Journal and Topics Online

Cook County To Provide COVID Vaccine Update Today
Monday, January 25, 2021
Journal and Topics Online

Walgreens, Jewel-Osco, Walmart and Cook County now scheduling COVID-19 vaccine appointments
Monday, January 25, 2021
Chicago Tribune

Editorial: Cook County property taxes: We’re all paying our ‘fair share’
Monday, January 25, 2021
Chicago Tribune

Illinois’ seven-day positivity rate drops to 4.8% as state prepares to enter next phase of vaccine distribution plan
Sunday, January 24, 2021
Chicago Sun-Times

Seniors, shelters eager to get the COVID-19 vaccine as Illinois enters the next phase — but they hope the pace picks up
Sunday, January 24, 2021
Chicago Tribune

Coronavirus in Illinois updates: Here’s what happened Jan. 23-24 with COVID-19 in the Chicago area
Sunday, January 24, 2021
Chicago Tribune

Statewide coronavirus positivity rate dips below 5% for first time in 3 months as Chicago restaurants reopen
Saturday, January 23, 2021
Chicago Sun-Times

The Illinois National Guard’s latest mission: Help vaccinate Cook County from COVID-19
Saturday, January 23, 2021
Chicago Tribune

Chicago restaurants, some bars reopen to indoor dining
Saturday, January 23, 2021
Daily Herald

Indoor dining officially allowed back in Chicago, Cook County under COVID-19 restrictions, offering some restaurants ‘a breath of fresh air’
Saturday, January 23, 2021
Chicago Tribune

Take it from Gwen - get the vaccine
Saturday, January 23, 2021
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County’s plan to resume jury trials uncertain as coronavirus concerns persist
Friday, January 22, 2021
Chicago Tribune

In Illinois nursing homes, tens of thousands still waiting for COVID-19 vaccinations: ‘This is beyond an emergency’
Friday, January 22, 2021
Chicago Tribune

Old Des Plaines K Mart Could Become COVID Testing, Vaccinations Site; Oakton College Eyed For Vaccinations, Too
Friday, January 22, 2021
Journal and Topics Online

Patience urged as COVID-19 vaccinations open to millions in Illinois on Monday; limited indoor dining could resume in Chicago and suburban Cook County on Saturday
Friday, January 22, 2021
Chicago Tribune

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