Suffredin- Changing County Government  

Forest Preserves
Public Safety
Cook County Budget
Forest Pres. Budget
Property Tax Appeal
Health & Hospitals
Land Bank Authority
Policy Resolutions
Unsung Heroine


  Office phone numbers:  

Search current and proposed Cook County Legislation in Larry's exclusive legislative library.


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

  The Cook County Law Library is the second largest County law library in the nation.

Letter to the Editor: Protecting land

Saturday, October 03, 2009
Chicago Tribune

In direct contrast to the spirit of this year's Burnham Plan Centennial, the Forest Preserve District of Cook County is negotiating an agreement that would allow Hinsdale to control 26 acres of our preserves for its own purposes. The district has accomplished a great deal since it was established in 1914 to acquire and protect the "emerald necklace" of natural areas that Daniel Burnham envisioned around the county.

Its mission is to preserve these 68,000 acres for the public.

Hinsdale wants to transform part of our preserves at Bemis Woods South, west of the Tri-State Tollway, into a village park for its own large-scale recreation events, festivals and concerts.

The Forest Preserve District of Cook County would both undermine its core mission and violate its own land-policy ordinance by allowing Hinsdale to control and manage the preserves for its conflicting park district and municipal purposes.

By carving out a piece of the preserves for Hinsdale, the district would set a dangerous precedent, opening up all protected land to those who would rather appropriate our preserves than plan and purchase land for the specific needs of their residents.

The goals of local governments should be to increase the overall amount of land for people to enjoy recreation and wildlife.

The district was created to safeguard our preserves. It is a coveted treasure to be enjoyed by residents and visitors to our county that should never be used as a land bank.

In the spirit of Daniel Burnham, Openlands sincerely hopes that the Board of the Forest Preserve District will honor this legacy and vote no to Hinsdale's proposal at its upcoming meeting on Wednesday.
<!--[if !supportLineBreakNewLine]-->

-- Gerald W. Adelmann, executive director, Openlands, Chicago

Recent Headlines

Preteens out of detention before trial under new ordinance
Friday, September 14, 2018
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

Cook County Board bars detention of youth under 13 years old
Thursday, September 13, 2018
Injustice Watch

Preteens accused of crimes won't be locked up at Cook County juvenile center
Thursday, September 13, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times

Slowik: Cook County offers residents last chance to comment on strategic plan
Thursday, September 13, 2018
Daily Southtown

Settlement over Cook County's 2007 decision to cut inmates' dental care will cost nearly $5.3 million
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Anti-patronage Shakman pact requiring federal oversight of Cook County hiring, firing to end
Friday, August 31, 2018
Chicago Tribune

1st District upholds merit board in firing of deputy
Thursday, August 30, 2018
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

Neighborhood program helps Cook County residents buy homes
Sunday, August 26, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times

Judge upholds Cook County firearm, ammunition taxes
Thursday, August 23, 2018
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

Editorial: E-filing should make Cook County courts more accessible. It doesn't
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Cook County tax incentive could pave way for Wingstop, Dunkin' Donuts on Elgin's Summit Street
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Editorial: What happened to the elk?
Friday, August 10, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Wells Fargo to offer $15,000 grants to potential Cook County homebuyers
Thursday, August 09, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Suit alleges Cook County detainees secretly monitored in bathrooms in holding cells at courthouses
Wednesday, August 08, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Half the elk at Busse Woods died last year, and officials arenít sure why
Tuesday, August 07, 2018
Chicago Tribune

A letter from Dr. Jay Shannon regarding gun violence and Stroger Hospital
Tuesday, August 07, 2018
Special to

As Evanston adapts to minimum wage hike, nearby towns say they have no plan to join in
Tuesday, August 07, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Lawsuit could blast a $250 million hole in county budget
Monday, August 06, 2018
Crain's Chicago Business

Pappas: Automatic refunds of $19.5 million going to 53,000 homeowners because of property tax cuts
Monday, August 06, 2018
Special to

Thousands of Cook County homeowners to receive property tax refunds
Monday, August 06, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times

all news items

Paid for by Larry Suffredin and not at taxpayer expense. A Haymarket Production.