Suffredin- For a Better Cook County  

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 was created on January 15, 1831 and named after Daniel P. Cook, Member of Congress and the first Attorney from the State of Illinois.

WYCC doc celebrates the Forest Preserves’ centennial

Friday, May 06, 2016
Reel Chicago
by Ruth L Ratny

TheCook County Forest Preserves’ open spaces, streams, prairies, birds, animals and more will be available for television audiences to enjoy when the documentary celebrating its centennial premieres May 15 onWYCC/20 at 7 p.m.

The one-hour doc, “Chicago’s True Nature: The Forest Preserves of Cook County,” was produced byWYCC/20PBSChicago with Judith McCray’sJuneteenth Productionsbegan for a $184,000 budget provided by Cook County.

The project began in April 2014 with a conversation over lunch about the Forest Preserves’ upcoming 100th anniversary between the Forest Preserves’ executive producer Mary Pat Dailey CrossANDWYCC’s Director of Revenue and Development Shaunese Teamer.

Discussions continued until October whenWYCCwas given the greenlight and broughtTVdocumentary specialist McCray aboard. Production began in February, 2015 and was completed last month.

Juneteenth’s blended crew ofWYCCand freelancers filmed in five different quadrants of the Forest Preserves’ 69,000 acres of open space, McCray says, “to demonstrate the ways people are aware and unaware of the abundance of nature and its bio-diversity of birds, plants, animals and insects.

“Like a lot of Cook County residents,” she says, “my team and I had no idea of the science and restoration that goes on in the Forest Preserves. Their biologists are the forerunners in keeping us safe, by checking animals and insects to prevent disease from moving into the general population.”

The documentary’s premiere at theIMAXtheatre last Wednesday was attended by County Board President Toni Preckwinkle; Forest Preserve District of Cook County General Superintendent Arnold Randall; several Cook County Commissioners and the producers.

A special screening for Forest Preserves’ employees will be held Friday at Brookfield Zoo. Encore broadcasts onWYCCon May 16, May 21 and May 22.

Credits: Juneteenth’s McCray and Heidi Zersen wrote and produced and Zersen directed. Supervising producer, Shelley Spencer.DPwas doc specialist Jamin Townsley of Detroit; videographer, Felix Mendez, additional videography Mitch Nasser, John Dewey, Darryl Miller, Erasmo Rivera and Greg Burnett.

Editor, Eryn Walanka contributing editor Marilyn Joy; motion graphics, Dave Pellenz. Audio technicians, Alan Chow and Brian Peyrot; associate producers Mina Adibpour , Carla Nichamin, Eva Green and Megan Etlinger.

Kymberli Colbourne narrated.

Recent Headlines

Measles Exposure Reported in Chicago
Monday, May 20, 2019

News from the Cook County Health System
Friday, May 17, 2019
Special to

Cook County Health Recognizes Mental Health Awareness Month
Thursday, May 16, 2019
Daily Herald

Skokie plans for road improvements near Edens Expressway: 'It’s desperately needed'
Thursday, May 16, 2019
Skokie Review

5 Chicago hospitals earn D grades for patient safety in new report, Northwestern slips to a B
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: Backward Glances
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

Cook County Eliminated Its Gang Database, But Advocates Say Harm Continues
Wednesday, May 15, 2019

New Cook County Housing Authority Proposal Targets the 'Missing Middle'
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Evanston RoundTable

Census Citizenship Question Could Hurt Citizens, Noncitizens Alike
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
WBEZ Chicago Public Radio

News from Friends of the Forest Preserves
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Special to

Cook County commissioners get earful about soon-to-be-destroyed gang database
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Detainee dies days after suicide attempt at Cook County jail
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Curious City How Chicago Women Created The World’s First Juvenile Justice System
Monday, May 13, 2019
WBEZ Chicago Public Radio

Cook County report: Sharp drop in jail population, but crime did not jump
Friday, May 10, 2019
Injustice Watch

Will Cook County be home to the next big measles outbreak? Researchers think so.
Friday, May 10, 2019
Chicago Tribune

May is Prime Time for Birding in the Forest Preserves of Cook County
Thursday, May 09, 2019
Special to

More Babies Are Illegally Abandoned Than Turned Over Through Illinois’ Safe Haven Law In Cook County
Thursday, May 09, 2019
CBS Chicago

Empty businesses may lose county tax incentives
Wednesday, May 08, 2019
Homewood-Flossmoor Chronicle

As new DCFS report highlights failures, Cook County guardian says 'inept' child welfare agency is ‘not doing its job ... at every level’
Tuesday, May 07, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Cook County passes bill to stop discrimination against tenant applicants
Tuesday, May 07, 2019
Chicago Crusader

all news items

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