A RESOLUTION PASSED BY THE COUNTY BOARD HONORING THE LIVES OF COOK COUNTY 13TH DISTRICT RESIDENTS WHO HAVE DIED FROM COVID-19,
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:
13th District Virtual Town Hall with President Toni Preckwinkle and
Commissioner Larry Suffredin
As we all struggle with these challenging times, we must not lose sight of equity issues for all our constituents. We are beginning the 2021 Budget process and are looking with an equity lens towards spending our resources fairly and making our community better prepared for the future.
We hosted a Virtual Town Hall meeting to discuss the need for equity in mental health, substance abuse, food insecurity and restorative justice services on July 21st.
For additional details click here To watch a video of the Town Hall click here
The panel for the event was:
- Denise Barreto, Cook County’s new Director of Equity.
- Ann Fisher Raney, from Turning Point to discuss mental health resources.
- Marilyn Pagan Banks, from A Just Harvest to discuss food insecurity and community stability.
-Maureen McDonnell, from Peer Services to discuss substance abuse resources.
- Charles Hardwick, from Howard Area Community Center to discuss restorative justice resources.
Homeowners to receive final installment of 2019 property tax bills starting July 1
Click here to watch a video message from Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas.
Starting July 1, Cook County taxpayers will receive their 2019 final installment tax bill in the mail. (Cook County collects 2019 taxes in 2020)
Commissioner Larry Suffredin is offering to assist any homeowner understand the exemptions that they are entitled to and to help homeowners file for an exemption if it does not appear on their tax bill.
“For many, this year’s bill will be a tax increase from their 2018 bill,” said Suffredin. “We will help any homeowner get the exemptions they are entitled to.”
Final installment property tax payments are due by August 3, but if a resident pays by October 1 there will be no interest or penalties added to the tax amount. After October 1, taxes are subject to interest and penalties and could be subject to the tax sale of the property. For this reason, it is important to pay before October 1.
At this time, homeowners cannot appeal their assessment. But they can review the bill for correctness.
When they receive their bill in the mail, all homeowners should first check to ensure their entitled exemptions are properly credited to them. Exemptions are at the bottom left part of the tax bill.
The key exemptions are:
1. Homeowner: the homeowner owns the property and lives there;
2. Senior Homeowner: the homeowner owns the property and lives there, and was born in 1954 or before;
3. Senior Freeze: the homeowner owns the property and lives there, the homeowner was born in 1954 or before, and the homeowner's 2018 household income was $65,000 or less.
Options to Correct Tax Bill
Homeowners who have missing exemptions or an error in their tax bill should do one of the following before paying the bill:
Once a homeowner is satisfied that their exemptions are correct, they can safely pay their bill to the Cook County Treasurer in one of the following ways:
1. Mail a check using the envelope provided
2. Pay online cookcountytreasurer.com
3. Pay at any Chase Bank location
Cook County COVID-19 Response Plan: From Rapid Response to Equitable Recovery
For details click here
Contact Tracing Job Opportunity
The Cook County Department of Public Health recently announced that it will be hiring 400 contact tracers to help with the work of preventing the spread of coronavirus. Priority will be given to hiring people from the community who are culturally competent and multi-lingual. Emphasis will also be placed on reaching communities hardest hit by the virus. While they have not established the formal application process, interested people can indicate their interest at the Cook County Department of Public Health Website: https://www.cookcountypublichealth.org/communicable-diseases/covid-19/contact-tracing/. When you get to the page, scroll to the bottom where you will find a link titled “IDPH Contact Tracing Interest Form.” Use that link to indicate your interest. Persons and organizations expressing interest will be contacted when applications for the position are on-line and hiring begins.
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
2) Governor JB Pritzker https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/coronavirus/Pages/default.aspx For additional information from the Governor click here.
3) Cook County Department of Public Health https://www.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://maps.cookcountyil.gov/medexamcovid19/
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 https://www.49thward.org/coronavirus-information
Chicago 50th Ward http://50thwardchicago.com/
City of Evanston COVID19 https://www.cityofevanston.org/government/departments/health-human-services/coronavirus-disease
Village of Glencoe https://www.villageofglencoe.org/
Village of Glenview https://www.glenview.il.us/Pages/Default.aspx
Village of Kenilworth https://www.vok.org/AlertCenter.aspx
Village of Lincolnwood https://www.lincolnwoodil.org/our-community/coronavirus/
Village of Morton Grove https://www.mortongroveil.org/covid19/
New Tier Township (Resident Services such as Financial and Food Pantry) https://www.newtriertownship.com/31/Resident-Services
Village of Niles https://www.vniles.com/AlertCenter.aspx
Niles Township (food Panty and other resident supports)https://nilestownshipgov.com
Village of Skokie https://www.skokie.org/1017/COVID-19
Village of Wilmette https://www.wilmette.com/village-managers-office/covid-19-information-response-and-resources/covid-19-general-information/
Village of Winnetka https://www.villageofwinnetka.org/civicalerts.aspx?aid=16
As of June 25, the Forest Preserves of Cook County has made changes to its operations and visitor guidelines based on Illinois’ move into Phase 4. click here
Prepare for your visit by reviewing information related to your destination or activity, along with our visitor precautions and guidelines. A limited number of bathrooms will be open starting on July 9. Please plan and time your visit accordingly.