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


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  Cook County Hospital fills more outpatient prescriptions every day than are filled at 26 Walgreen's drug store combined.

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

November 2019


Detention of Juveniles under 13

The Illinois Appellate Court yesterday ruled that a Cook County Ordinance I sponsored, which prohibited the incarceration of juveniles under 13 at the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center, exceeded our Home Rule powers and was unenforceable.

I am disappointed in the ruling and hope that the Cook County Public Defender will petition for leave to appeal to the Illinois Supreme Court.

The ordinance was intended to protect juveniles from the harm that incarceration at an early age does to a child’s future.

Click here to read the opinion.  

Temperatures are dropping.  Cook County has opened emergency warming centers. For details on countywide locations click here 

In Skokie the location is at Niles Township offices  5255 Lincoln Ave.
Skokie, IL 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. M-F

In Glenview there are three places the Glenview Public Library 1930 Glenview Road 9am to 9pm daily

Glenview Park Center 2400 Chestnut Ave  Park Center Front Desk Hours:
M-F 9 am - 7:30 pm Sat & Sun 9 am - 3 pm

Glenview Municipal Center 2500 East Lake Ave.

Skokie Public Library 5215 Oakton Street Skokie, IL

Monday - Friday, 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM Saturday, 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM Sunday, 12:00 Noon - 6:00 PM

Skokie Park District Devonshire Cultural Center 4400 Greenwood Ave.

Monday - Friday, 8:30 AM - 9:00 PM Saturday, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM Sunday, 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Skokie Park District Oakton Community Center 4701 Oakton Street

Monday - Friday, 8:30 AM - 8:00 PM Saturday, 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM Sunday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Skokie Park District Weber Leisure Center 9300 Weber Park Place

Monday - Friday, 5:00 AM - 10:00 PM Saturday & Sunday, 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM

*In extreme weather conditions the Circuit Court of Cook County may designate Skokie Courthouse as a 24 hour emergency warming or cooling center

Residents should always follow these tips during cold weather to keep themselves and their families safe:

  • Never use your oven for heat.
  • Never bring charcoal or gas grills indoors (they are a carbon monoxide hazard).
  • Make sure all portable heaters are unplugged when not in use.
  • Use electric space heaters with extreme caution – avoid placing them near curtains or other flammable materials and turn them off before going to bed.
  • Keep heat at adequate levels or leave faucets open with a slight drip to prevent pipes from freezing.
  • Keep moving. Your body generates its own heat when you engage in physical activities. 

 Perkins Woods Workday (located at 2353 Ewing)

On December 7, there will be a workday to clear out young buckthorn, and also to cut young ash from the center of the woods.

This project is in preparation for a May workday planting shrubs.

Please contact Libby Hill if you would like to participate at

Additional details can be found here

Nov. 15 is Opening Day for Forest Preserves of Cook County Picnic and Special Event Permit Sales, 2020 Camping Reservations

Permits, reservations available online and in person for details click here

Attention Homeowners

Click here to check status of your appeal at the Board Of Review

Click here to see the powerpoint from the Niles tax appeal workshop

To read the Niles Township Residential 2019 Assessment Narrative click here

To read the Niles Township Industrial/Commercial 2019 Assessment Narrative click here

To see an interactive map of Niles Township click here

Click here to review the Cook County Health Strategic Plan

Click here to read Transforming Cook County Heath


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COMMENTARY: Fritz Kaegi: Benefits of property tax assessment reform are showing in Cook County
Friday, November 15, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Cook County forest preserve picnic, camping permits for 2020 season to go on sale Nov. 15
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Chicago’s public defender plans to ask Illinois Supreme Court to reverse decision that permits holding preteens in custody despite county ordinance
Monday, November 11, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Clerk Yarbrough touts ‘method to her madness,’ says hiring criticism ‘is purely personal’
Saturday, November 09, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Nonprofit hospitals forced to defend hundreds of millions in property tax breaks
Friday, November 08, 2019
Crain's Chicago Business

Cook County Land Bank must serve neighborhoods, not City Hall insiders
Friday, November 08, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

After judge’s dismissal, Skokie appeals federal lawsuit over Evanston water rates
Friday, November 08, 2019
Chicago Tribune

2 teens in DCFS care were shackled and handcuffed during drive from a youth shelter: ‘Totally unacceptable,’ agency says
Friday, November 08, 2019
Chicago Tribune

The lifelong damage we do in Cook County when we jail kids as young as 10
Thursday, November 07, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Unfair assessments lawsuit dismissed after assessor makes changes — full reform called a ‘years-long process’
Thursday, November 07, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Editorial: Watch out, Cook County land bank. The public could foreclose — on you.
Thursday, November 07, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Niles raises property tax about $21 per average household
Wednesday, November 06, 2019
Pioneer Press

Nov. 15 is Opening Day for Forest Preserves of Cook County Picnic and Special Event Permit Sales, 2020 Camping Reservations
Wednesday, November 06, 2019
Special to

$8M grant program aims to expand Cook County animal shelter space
Tuesday, November 05, 2019
ABC EyeWitness News

Even as Illinois court permits detaining pre-teens, across U.S. fewer youth being held
Monday, November 04, 2019
Injustice Watch

Cook County OK’d insider deal for Ald. Carrie Austin’s top aide
Monday, November 04, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

A progressive measure intended to keep preteens out of Cook County jails was effectively struck down by an appellate court
Monday, November 04, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Cook County Health CEO Calls on Other Hospitals to Increase Charity Care
Friday, November 01, 2019

Labrador retriever sworn in at Cook County state’s attorney’s office. Yes, really.
Thursday, October 31, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Cook County sheriff wants chief judge to take over electronic monitoring of suspects, citing the records of those released
Thursday, October 31, 2019
Chicago Tribune

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