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  The first blood bank in the world was established at Cook County Hospital by Dr. Bernard Fantus in 1937.

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

July 2019


       Senior Freeze Exemption Errors on 2018 Tax Bills payable August 1, 2019

The Assessor’s Office has noticed significant errors in tax calculations on Tax Bills with Senior Freeze Exemptions. If you feel your Tax Bill is incorrect because of a Senior Freeze error please follow the instructions from the Assessor’s Office by clicking here. The search is on the front page of the Assessor's website in the top blue box with the words "Click here to see if your PIN was affected".

If you did not receive your Senior Freeze Exemption on your tax bill, click here for information on how to correct this problem.

Attention Home Owners

The Cook County Board of Review is NOW OPEN for Evanston and Rogers Park through July 30.

Please call my office to help file your appeal or attend one of my seminars.


Wednesday, July 17: Devon Bank, located at 6445 N. Western Ave. in Chicago from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

Monday, July 22: Loyola Park Fieldhouse - Skyroom, located at 1230 W. Greenleaf Ave. in Chicago from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.


Thursday, July 18: Levy Center - Maple Room, located at 300 Dodge Ave. in Evanston from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Tuesday, July 23: Lorraine Morton Civic Center - Parasol Room, located at 2100 Ridge Ave. in Evanston from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. 


Cook County property tax bills, due August 1, 2019, have been mailed. Please contact my office for any exemption questions. 

Paying Your 2018 Real Estate Tax bill

Last week you received your Second Installment 2018 tax bill which is due August 1, 2019. The first thing you should do is check to see if all your entitled exemptions are properly credited to you. The key exemptions are Homeowner (you own property and live there); Senior Homeowner (you own property, live there and one of the owners is 65 years or older); and Senior Freeze ( you own property, live there, one of the owners is 65 years or older, your household income is $65,000. or less and you have filed a verified Senior Freeze application).

If any of these exemptions are missing or if you see another error on your tax bill do one of the following before paying the bill:

1.Call my Office at 847-834-1209 to schedule an appointment; or

2.Go to Assessor’s Office at the Skokie Courthouse (5600 Old Orchard Road, Skokie) or in the Chicago County Building (118 North Clark Street, Chicago) to request a corrected tax bill; or

3.If you live in Evanston visit the City Tax Advocate at 2100 Ridge Avenue, Evanston, 847-448-4311; if you live in New trier Township visit your Township Assessor, Jan Churchwell at 739 Elm Street, Winnetka, 847-446-8202; or if you live in Niles Township visit your Township Assessor Scott Bagnall, 5255 Lincoln Avenue, Skokie, 847-673-9300.

Bring your Driver’s License and a copy of the bill you received in the mail anytime you go to a meeting about your taxes.

Once you are satisfied that your exemptions are correct you can pay your bill to the Cook County Treasurer in one of the following ways:

1.Mail in the envelope provided;

2.Pay online;

3.Pay at any Chase Bank location;

4.Pay in person at Cook County Treasure’s Office, 118 North Clark Street, Chicago.

Larry Suffredin

Cook County Commissioner, 13th District

Click here to read the 2019 Q2 quarterly report from the Cook County Inspector General.


 Suffredin welcomes summer interns

Earlier this summer, Com. Larry Suffredin welcomed Binh Duong and Sam Blin as his summer interns.  

“I am excited to have Binh and Sam in my office this summer,” said Suffredin. “They have already made significant contributions to the team.” 

Binh is entering her 2nd year as a Masters in Public Policy student at the University of Chicago Harris School. Before the University of Chicago, Binh worked on community development and economic mobility in the Boston nonprofit sector. Binh will assist Suffredin’s office with property tax appeal research and legislative drafting.  

Sam is a rising senior Northside College Preparatory High School and a Mikva Challenge Scholar. Sam’s interest in government arose after the 2016 election, especially around technology policy. Sam will assist Suffredin’s office with logistics and will oversee the 2019 Forest Preserve Survey. 

Binh and Sam are both are looking forward to learning more about County’s legislative process and constituent services.


Click here to read the Cook County Inspector General's Report on Cook County Health's unpaid expenses.

Click here to read Cook County Health's response.


Click here to read the Cook County Inspector General's quarterly report on the Prohibition of Discrimination and Harassment.

Click here to read two letters to Illinois House and Senate leaders, requesting that they increase the wages of Direct Support Professionals (DSPs).

Click here to read a similar letter from last year signed by the entire Cook County Board.

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First Mosquitoes With West Nile Virus Found On North Shore

Samples collected last week in Evanston, Glencoe, Glenview, Northbrook and Winnetka all tested positive for the virus, according to NSMAD.

 Click here to read the weekly report.


 Click here to see the Cook County Justice Advisory Council Grant Awardees.  

Thank You & Looking toward the New Term 

On December 3rd, I will begin my fifth term as a Cook County Commissioner and a Cook County Forest Preserve Commissioner. I am humbled by the 91,000 plus votes I received last Tuesday. This vote affirms my belief that the 13th District wants independent and firm leadership. During the last four years, I have fought to ensure County services are provided to all uniformly; and that all County taxes are fair and reasonable.

Thank you for your confidence in me.

The new Board I will serve on will be very different. It will have seven new members from every area of the County. It is a group of talented people with diverse and independent ideas on how to improve the County and the Forest Preserves.

I am excited about our potential.

In order for Cook County and the Forest Preserve District to move forward, it is crucial that an independent Board works with the President of the Board and other elected officials to improve the quality of life for our residents.

As a Board, we must take responsibility to develop plans that respect the taxpayers; deal with violence in our neighborhoods; strengthen health care; improve our Forest Preserves; and treat fairly our employees. To accomplish this, I suggest the following:

1. Keep our residents truthfully informed about all aspects of the County and Forest Preserves. Cook County government is often described as "stealth government "because few really know what we do and how we spend Tax dollars. We must become better known and understood.

2. Take responsibility for the operating budgets of the County and Forest Preserve by explaining the actual cost of:

a. Running the largest local government public hospital and clinic system in Illinois with over 1 million patient appointments and visits a year;

b. Funding the largest court system in the United States with more cases filed and disposed of each year than most states;

c. Running the largest single site jail in Illinois with nearly 10,000 daily pre-trial detainees;

d. Funding the government for 5.25 million people in the second largest county in the United States;

e. Running fair elections in suburban Cook County for over 2.5 million people;

f. Recording birth and death certificates and property records;

g. Assessing the value for tax purposes of over 1.8 million parcels of real estate;

h. Collecting real estate taxes to fund all municipalities and local governments in Cook County;

i. Maintaining 1,474 miles of highway, 130 bridges and 332 traffic signals;

j. Paying our pension and salary obligations to over 21,000 employees and retirees; and

k. Maintaining 70,000 acres of Forest Preserves.

3. Making our responsibilities as Cook County Forest Preserve Commissioners a priority. We recently celebrated our 100th year as a Forest Preserve District by creating a Century Conservation Council of leading environmental volunteers. We must help implement their conservation priorities for today and the next 100 years. We have a responsibility to preserve and protect our land before passing it to future generations.

Finally, and most importantly, the fair and legal solution to our future budgets means working with the State to solve funding priorities for infrastructure and pension obligations. Solving our structural budget obligations will help us properly provide resources for all other operations.

This new Cook County Board has the talent to solve all our problems and to make our citizens proud. I am looking forward to starting the new term.

Thank you for re-electing me.

Larry Suffredin, 13th District



Remarks of Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin at Karen Chavers’ funeral on August 31, 2018 at St. Felicitas Church, Chicago, Illinois.


Karen Chavers, where do you start? Karen was the leader of our team and the moral compass for many social justice initiatives.


We met many years ago at St. Mary’s Church in Evanston. Karen was the women involved in everything worthwhile in town. She had a clear sense of justice and fairness and was always leading people to a better future.


She had the flair and excitement of New Orleans and the serious determination of the Chicago Southside’s struggle for justice. She knew everyone and all thought of her as their best friend.


To her mother, Thyra Clark and her family, thank you for helping to mold this fighter for justice and for sharing her with us.


After my election 16 years ago, I was fortunate to have her become my co-worker in the 13th District Cook County Board Office. She established a standard of care for our constituents and an outstanding outreach effort on housing, healthcare, jobs, education and life issues. She helped thousands of people at the 820 Davis office deal with many hard and difficult life matters.


Her request for personal privacy during her illness was hard for many friends who wanted to embrace her and tell her how much she meant to them and how she changed their lives. I hope that the cards, videos and photos people sent helped her through this final struggle and let her know how much she was loved and how successful her life had been.


There are many people who want to be a source of Hope and Change to others but never achieve that goal.


Karen was the good and faithful servant who was both Hope and Change for those she met. I am privileged to have worked alongside her. Rest in the knowledge that your life was well lived.


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Friday, July 19, 2019
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Top Forest Preserve cop quits after burying ticket of county pol’s pal who asked ‘Do you know who I am?’
Friday, July 19, 2019
Chicago Tribune

EDITORIAL: ‘Do you know who I am?’ Not yet, but we sure know your type
Friday, July 19, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County Commissioner Luis Arroyo says he got a friend’s parking ticket voided
Friday, July 19, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago-Area Cooling Centers Offer Residents Chance to Beat the Heat
Thursday, July 18, 2019
NBC 5 Chicago

Editorial: ‘Do you know who I am?’ Not yet, but the people of Cook County deserve to find out.
Thursday, July 18, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Top Forest Preserve cop quits after burying ticket of county pol’s pal who asked ‘Do you know who I am?
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago’s top cop ‘must stop misleading the public’ about violence, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle says in heated letter to Mayor Lori Lightfoot
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Chicago Tribune

‘Do you know who I am?’ Investigators say Cook County commissioner pressed cops to scrap ally’s $250 parking ticket
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Higher Assessments Hit North Suburban Commercial Property Owners
Thursday, July 11, 2019
Evanston Patch

How did an inmate get a loaded gun into Cook County Jail?
Thursday, July 11, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Check exemptions, file an appeal: What you can do to fight your Cook County property tax bill
Thursday, July 11, 2019
WGN Chicago

’A lack of mental health services has plagued Chicago for decades’: Holy Cross Hospital expanding to fill that void on the Southwest Side
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Chicago Tribune

How To Appeal Your Cook County Property Tax Assessment
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
CBS Chicago

County Commission Hopes to Increase 2020 Census Participation
Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Cook County Property Tax Bills: Where Does Your Money Go?
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
CBS Chicago

Construction Begins on New Cook County Health Center
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Daily Herald

Seniors Receive Inflated Property Tax Bills By Mistake
Tuesday, July 09, 2019
WBBM Radio

Cubs co-owner Todd Ricketts’ property tax appeal under investigation after Tribune finds assessment problem
Tuesday, July 09, 2019
Chicago Tribune

North suburban landlords slapped with big assessment hikes
Monday, July 08, 2019
Crain's Chicago Business

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