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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

August 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:


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:

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


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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