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The Cook County Code of Ordinances are the current laws of Cook County.


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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 $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.


Larry Suffredin

October 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: 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  

To listen to Alex Nitkin's Cloutcast interview of Commissioner Suffredin on the Daily Line podcast click here

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North Shore Mosquito Abatement District

The North Shore Mosquito Abatement District (NSMAD) is a local government agency responsible for controlling the regional mosquito population in order to reduce the risk of disease from mosquito borne illness and minimize the negative impact mosquitoes have on the quality of life. Please visit to report standing water that has remained for at least five days, report unusual biting mosquito activity or contact us with other questions.

Mosquito season is almost over. Here is the most recent report dated September 17, 2022 to September 23, 2022

Here is the report dated September 10, 2022 to September 16, 2022.

 Here is the report, dated September 3, 2022 to September 9, 2022.   

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At a press conference on September 14th, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle publicly announced the landmark Cook County Promise Guaranteed Income Pilot. This is the largest publicly funded guaranteed income program in the US. The County will provide $500 monthly unrestricted cash payments to 3,250 households for two years, beginning in December 2022. The application window will be open October 6th – October 21st and recipients will be selected by lottery.

Applicants should visit  and sign up for the e-mail list to receive more information and be notified when the application opens on October 6th.

Here is some additional information:

An estimated 36% of all Cook County households are eligible for the Promise Guaranteed Income Pilot. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older, a resident of Cook County, have a household income under 250% of the Federal Poverty Level, and not be participating in any other guaranteed income pilots. The pilot is open to all regardless of citizenship and we do not ask for citizenship or immigration status as part of the application.

Application Window
The Pilot application will be open from October 6th to October 21st.  
 The material will be available in 11 languages
We encourage you to:
sign up for the newsletter at to get more information about how and when to apply

Webinars for CBOs and Applicants 
In the coming weeks Cook County will host two webinars to help organizations and applicants better understand and navigate the application process. Please follow the links below to join:
Promise Pilot Application Webinar for CBOs – Wednesday, September 28th at 1:00pm
Community-based organizations will learn more about the Promise Pilot application and how they can help their community members apply.

Promise Pilot Application Webinar for Applicants – The week of October 10th Cook County  will host a webinar for residents during the week of October 10th for details click here



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.

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

Cook County Current Vaccination Report on COVID and Monkey Pox

Here is Cook County’s report on vaccination distribution dated October 3, 2022.  Cook County Health has issues an update on Monkey Pox you can read about it here .  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

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

2) Illinois Governor JB Pritzker

3) Cook County Department of Public Health

4) Cook County Forest Preserves

5) Social Vulnerability Index across different areas of Cook County

6) COVID-19-related fatalities by location, time, age, gender and race/ethnicity

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,, will be staffed between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. 



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 2, 2022 COVID-19 has killed more than 6.32 million people worldwide, 1.01 people in the United States, 38,188 people in Illinois and 14,991 people in Cook County; and

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

WHEREAS, as of June 2, 2022 has killed 1,313 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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Editorial: The Cook County Forest Preserve District wants a tax hike. Here’s why voters should say yes.
Tuesday, October 04, 2022
Chicago Tribune

System News: A newsletter from Cook County Health
Saturday, October 01, 2022
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When Can I Visit The Chicago Botanic Garden For Free?
Saturday, October 01, 2022
NBC 5 Chicago

COVID-19 update as of Sept. 29: Evanston and Cook County rated ‘low’ risk
Saturday, October 01, 2022
Evanston RoundTable

3,000 acres will be added to forest preserve if Cook County voters OK tax hike, officials say
Friday, September 30, 2022
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County’s delayed tax bills creating home sale headaches
Friday, September 30, 2022
Crain's Chicago Business

Cook County Announces $71 Millon Source Grow Grant Program to Help Historically Excluded Small Businesses in Pandemic Recovery
Friday, September 30, 2022
Special to

What Would Ron Swanson Think? Nick Offerman Makes Pitch for Cook County Forest Preserve Tax Levy Hike
Thursday, September 29, 2022

Group brings details of Chicago's racist housing history to light
Thursday, September 29, 2022
Crain's Chicago Business

Cook County Board axes wheel tax. Drivers will start saving next summer
Wednesday, September 28, 2022
The Daily Line

A small amount of extra money will help the forest preserves bloom
Wednesday, September 28, 2022
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County forest preserves pitch a property tax hike to voters
Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Enough with committees. Chief Judge Evans must take action to improve Cook County juvenile jail.
Tuesday, September 27, 2022
Chicago Sun-Times

You'll likely get your property tax bill this year—but only barely
Monday, September 26, 2022
Crain's Chicago Business

Cook County tax bills on pace to arrive ‘by end of 2022’
Monday, September 26, 2022
Chicago Sun-Times

20 trails where Chicago-area hikers can enjoy nature, peace before winter sets in
Saturday, September 24, 2022
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County repeals its wheel tax, following moves by some suburbs to end vehicle sticker fees
Friday, September 23, 2022
Chicago Tribune

Forest Preserves of Cook County Prepares for Fall 2022 Trout Fishing Season
Friday, September 23, 2022
Special to

Chicago, Cook County back to low COVID risk
Thursday, September 22, 2022
Crain's Chicago Business

Cook County eliminates wheel tax
Thursday, September 22, 2022
Chicago Sun-Times

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