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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.


Larry Suffredin

September 2020




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:

Cook County Announces Launch of Cook County COVID-19 Recovery Small Business Assistance Program.

The program will offer advising for small businesses in Cook County and grants for small businesses in suburban Cook County.

The program is offering three types of relief:

·Group webinars

·Cook County / Chicago Business Advising Program

·$10,000 Grants for small businesses in suburban Cook County

·Applications are open now and will close on October 6, 2020

·Find eligibility and applications here: 

Rogers Park Assessment Appeal Assistance

Deadline: October 13

Appeal Assistance via Zoom & Drive-thru

Rogers Park residents can appeal their 2020 assessments to the Cook County Board of Review from now until Tuesday, October 13.

As a reminder, the 2020 assessment is used to calculate the tax bill residents will receive in July 2021 and does not affect the property tax bill received in July 2020.

This year Rogers Park residents can receive an informational overview on the Board of Review appeal process via Zoom and submit their appeal during an outdoor "drive-thru" event.

Appeal Overviews (via Zoom)

here to sign up for one of the below Zoom sessions:

* Tuesday, September 29 at 5 p.m.

* Thursday, October 1 at 1 p.m.

The Zoom appeal overviews will allow residents to learn more about how to appeal through the Board of Review in addition to answering any procedural questions.

Drive-Thru Appeals

Devon Bank parking lot (6445 N. Western Ave. in Chicago) on
Wednesday, September 30 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The drive-thru event will allow residents to fill out an appeal without leaving their cars. Upon entering the Devon Bank parking lot, residents will receive an appeal from a Board of Review employee that residents can fill out and return immediately. Residents who have questions can also ask the Board of Review employees at this time. Residents are encouraged to bring their own pen and flat surface, like a clipboard or magazine, to write on, although pens and clipboards will be provided. Residents must wear masks when interacting with the Board of Review staff.

Commissioner Suffredin's office will not be taking in-person appointments, but will continue to help people via phone and email. If you cannot attend the drive-thru and want to appeal or have any questions, you can call Commissioner Suffredin's office at 847-864-1209 or email

Residents can also visit the Board of Review website at

As a reminder, the deadline for Rogers Park residents to appeal to the Board of Review is Tuesday, October 13

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:

Payment Options

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

3. Pay at any Chase Bank location 


 Cook County COVID-19 Response Plan: From Rapid Response to Equitable Recovery

For details click here and 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: 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

2) Governor JB Pritzker For additional information from the Governor click here.

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.

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

Chicago 49th Ward

Chicago 50th Ward

City of Evanston COVID19

Village of Glencoe

Village of Glenview

Village of Kenilworth

Village of Lincolnwood

Village of Morton Grove

New Tier Township (Resident Services such as Financial and Food Pantry)

Village of Niles

Niles Township (food Panty and other resident supports)

Village of Skokie

Village of Wilmette

Village of Winnetka


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.

To read a policy paper from the Cook County Conservation & Policy Council entitled  Moving Towards Racial Equity in the Forest Preserves of Cook County click here

How to make a face mask:

How to make a mask out of a sock 


NSMAD Weekly Report Click here to read the most recent report here


The North Shore Mosquito Abatement District has found the first West Nile virus positive mosquitoes to occur in our traps in Northbrook this year.

A batch of mosquitoes, collected on July 29, 2020, from an NSMAD trap in Northbrook, tested positive for West Nile virus in our lab on July 30.

WNV positive batches of mosquitoes have also been found in NSMAD traps in Evanston, Glencoe, Glenview/Golf, Kenilworth, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Niles, Northfield, Skokie, Wilmette and Winnetka. Please visit our websiteto see the most current test results.

While the risk of being infected with West Nile virus is low at this time, the NSMAD recommends that residents take personal protection measures to minimize mosquito bites including using insect repellent, wearing loose fitting clothing and avoiding peak mosquito feeding times during the hours around dawn and dusk. Residents are urged to examine their property and eliminate any items that can hold water, particularly smaller items that may be easily overlooked.

Remember, if it can hold water, it can breed mosquitoes.



Commissioner Suffredin's district office has moved to 2510 Green Bay Road in Evanston

Dear resident,

My district office has moved to 2510 Green Bay Road in Evanston.

The former location, 820 Davis St., is no longer my office.

Hours of operation for the new office are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday and by appointment on Fridays.

Free, but limited, parking is available in front of the 2510 Green Bay Rd. building. Free parking is also available on Lincoln St. and Harrison St. after 9 a.m.

My office can still be reached at 312-603-6383, 847-864-1209, or

The office is also accessible by public transportation:

-Directly across the street from the Central St. Metra station

-Less than one mile from the Central St. “El” station

-Along the routes of CTA buses 201 and 206 and PACE bus 213


Larry Suffredin

Cook County Commissioner, 13th District 


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