Suffredin- An Advocate for All of Us  
 

Accountability
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:  
   
 
 

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

   
 

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

   
  Cook County has the largest unified trial court system in the world, disposing over 6 million cases in 1990 alone.
   
     
     
     



Cook forest preserve district looking at borrowing to buy more land

Wednesday, April 04, 2012
Chicago Tribune
by John Byrne

The Cook County Forest Preserve District moved ahead today with a plan to borrow up to $70 million to buy more land and make repairs to buildings and picnic enclosures.

The massive new fund would be created by using $4 million in existing annual capital money to cover the cost of new bonds, Forest Preserve superintendent Arnold Randall said.

Property taxes will not be increased to cover the cost, Randall said.

Cook County commissioners, who double as the forest preserve board, agreed to advance the plan for further consideration, but not before debating whether borrowing money is the best course of action.

“We're trying to challenge our financial team to go beyond the box besides just debt issuance,” said Commissioner Elizabeth “Liz” Doody Gorman, R-Orland Park. “Because when you're going to issue $70 (million) to $75 million worth of bonds, you're going to end up paying anywhere upward from $110 to $120 million to pay it back.”

The district hopes to boost the pot of new money for acquisitions and construction to over $100 million by refinancing existing loans to reduce interest payments, Randall said.

“We're proposing as part of this new money that we would spend approximately 25 percent of that, or $25 million, towards land acquisition, which is a main mission of ours right now,” Randall told reporters after the meeting.

The county also is considering using the funding to help pay for renovations at Brookfield Zoo and the Chicago Botanic Gardens, according to a district news release.

Also Wednesday, the Forest Preserve board approved tighter controls to the resident watchmen program.

The decades-old program, which provides housing in the forest preserves for county employees who are then supposed to keep an eye on things and report illegal activity, came under fire last year when one of the watchmen was charged with growing marijuana on forest preserve property.

Under the new standards, the county will conduct annual inspections of the 40 residences where the watchmen live, and the Forest Preserve superintendent will report to commissioners about the watchmen’s qualifications and activities.

The watchmen also will pay slightly more in rent to live in the on-site houses.


Recent Headlines

Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas on unclaimed property tax exemptions: ” Most seniors didn’t know that they could get it.”
Friday, July 19, 2019
WGN Chicago

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

The story behind those commercial assessment hikes everyone's mad about
Friday, July 19, 2019
Crain's Chicago Business

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

IG: Cook County needs revamp on sexual harassment outside of work following allegations against Preckwinkle ex-chief of staff
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

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

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
WTTW News

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

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

all news items

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