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:  

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.

West Nile Threat Remains High
Mosquitoes infected with West Nile virus are increasing

Thursday, July 21, 2005
Cook County Dept. of Public Health

Media contact, Kitty Loewy, 708-492-2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                         

Don’t be complacent about prevention. “Now is the time to be wearing repellent, limiting your hours outside in the evening when mosquito activity is heaviest and making sure there is no standing water on your property,” said John H. Stroger, Jr., President of the Board of Cook County Commissioners.

President Stroger and the Cook County Department of Public Health are hoping the public gets that message. “It may seem as though there are few mosquitoes biting this season, but, our surveillance shows that the mosquitoes that transmit West Nile virus are out there,” said CCDPH chief operating officer, Stephen A. Martin, Jr., Ph.D, M.P.H.

According to the surveillance done by the Mosquito Abatement Districts of Cook County (MAD’s) and CCDPH, almost 120 positive culex mosquito samples have been identified as carriers of WNV.  During mosquito season, May through October, the health department and the MADS routinely survey areas with mosquito traps to determine the presence of WNV.
The culex mosquito, also known as the house mosquito, thrives in both urban and suburban environments. The female mosquitoes lay their eggs in buckets, tin cans, tires, storm drains, catch basins, unused swimming pools or birdbaths which hold stagnant water. Eventually the larvae develop into adults capable of spreading the virus.

“It is important that residents do not become complacent.  The number of West Nile virus positive birds and mosquito pools are increasing throughout the County.  During periods of low rainfall and high temperatures, such as what we are seeing now, the life cycle of the house mosquito is accelerated. Heat drives the process,” added Dr. Martin.

In addition to the positive mosquito samples, six birds in suburban Cook County have tested positive for the virus, out of twenty-five submitted.

WNV is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito that has picked up the virus by feeding on an infected bird.  Most people with the virus have no clinical symptoms of illness, but some may become ill three to 14 days after the bite of an infected mosquito. Symptoms may include fever, headache and body aches.

Anyone who develops symptoms such as high fever, confusion, muscle weakness, severe headaches or stiff neck should see a doctor immediately. These symptoms may indicate meningitis or encephalitis, two potentially life-threatening illnesses. Diagnosis is made through a blood test, but no specific medication exists to treat or cure the disease.

Follow these suggestions to avoid being bitten:
• Never allow mosquitoes to breed. Check around the outside of your home for containers that could hold water. Empty the water regularly or make sure the container is covered.
• Apply mosquito repellent containing 10 – 30% DEET primarily to clothing.  This year, in addition to DEET, the CDC is recommending products containing picaridin and lemon of eucalyptus. Both have proven to be effective mosquito repellents. Always follow the directions on the container.                                                
• Limit time outdoors when mosquito activity is heaviest (dusk through dawn).
• Keep skin covered if outdoors between dusk and dawn. Wear long-sleeved shirts, pants and socks.
WNV was first detected in birds in Cook County during September of 2001. Human illness in Illinois occurred in the summer of 2002, sickening 884 people statewide and causing 64 deaths, 38 of them in Chicago and suburban Cook County. In the summers of 2003 and 2004, a total of 28 people fell ill in suburban Cook County, with two deaths reported. However, 2003 and 2004 were unusually cool summers that slowed the development of the house mosquito.
For more WNV prevention information or to report a dead bird or animal, call CCDPH at 708-492-2650, or visit these sites:                                                                                                                      
The Illinois Department of Public Health has established a toll-free information line on WNV: 866-369-9710.



Recent Headlines

Judge: Labor unions don't owe non-union state workers refunds, despite unconstitutional fees
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Cook County record

Recovery Behind Bars: Cook County Jail’s Opioid Treatment Program
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Medill Reports

The language of justice: Court interpreters fight for client rights and their rights in Cook County
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Medill Reports

Cook County General Hospital's $90-Million Redevelopment Saves a Chicago Icon
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Engineering News Rec ord

Preckwinkle sends out harassment survey to staff after harassment controversy in her office
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Illinois Land Title Association Granted Summary Judgment in Case against Cook County Recorder of Deeds
Sunday, March 17, 2019
Illinois State Bar Association

Grand Jury Indicts Debt Collector of Bribing Cook County Clerk Dorothy Brown
Friday, March 15, 2019
WBBM Chicago

Indictment: Cook County's hired debt collector charged with bribing county officials to secure county contract
Friday, March 15, 2019
Cook County record

Karen Chavers Honored as 2019 Unsung Heroine
Thursday, March 14, 2019
Special to

Pappas to announce deadline for Cook County property owners to pay late taxes
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Courts Cause Confusion For Woman Trying To Resolve Her Case
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
CBS Chicago

Census changes raise fears of Illinois undercounting
Monday, March 11, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County Sheriff Warns of Apple Phone Scam
Monday, March 11, 2019

Caller poses as Apple to get victims personal info in scam targeting Cook County residents
Monday, March 11, 2019
WGN Chicago

Should Young Adults Be Sent To Juvenile Courts?
Sunday, March 10, 2019
NPR Radio

Cook County Jail hires 2nd consecutive mental health professional as warden
Wednesday, March 06, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Lawsuit: Sheriff jailed dozens because of faulty electronic monitoring devices
Monday, March 04, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Woman dies while in custody at Cook County Jail
Sunday, March 03, 2019
Fox 32

City considers landmarking old Cook County Hospital
Friday, March 01, 2019
Gazette Chicago

Judge: State constitution doesn't force Cook County to spend $250M more on roads, transport projects
Thursday, February 28, 2019
Cook County Rrecord

all news items

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