Suffredin- Changing County Government  
 

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 is the second most populous county in the nation. It is the 19th largest government in the U.S.
   
     
     
     



13-year-old Eli Coustan is helping Illinoisans find vaccination appointments with his website ILVaccine.org

Thursday, April 01, 2021
Chicago Tribune
by Darcel Rockett

Talking to Eli Coustan about his website ILVaccine.org makes you wonder what you were doing at age 13.

Eli found out about the difficulty people were having booking COVID-19 vaccination appointments after he helped his grandparents. Putting his programming skills to work, his website aims to make the process easier.

 

Launched in February, the site lists information about locations across Illinois that are offering COVID-19 vaccinations, including availability and eligibility information. As of Wednesday, Eli said the site had reached 14,600 unique visitors.

“It needs to be easy for people to get appointments. If you’re an essential worker, especially a front-line essential worker, you don’t have the time to be in all the Facebook groups monitoring everything,” he said. “You have time to check a few things every day, maybe. At the very beginning, I saw how hard it was firsthand. … When they release (appointments), nobody knows. And if you’re not at the right place at the right time, you’re not going to get it. So that’s why I created it.”

Eli’s site has been referenced by many since its inception, including Illinois Senate Republican leader Dan McConchie, U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky and the American Medical Association’s daily COVID-19 briefing in recent days.

He’s always improving the site, from making it available in Spanish to adding accessibility tools (bigger text, contrasting colors). Eli keeps the site updated with the help of volunteers.

PAID POST

Ask the Experts: COVID-19 Vaccine Recap

Watch Ask the Experts and learn the facts about the COVID-19 vaccine.

SEE MORE

Sponsored Content by Advocate Aurora Health

He squeezes in work on the site while doing his schoolwork remotely. This is the eighth grader’s last year at Haven Middle School before he starts high school in the fall.

His father, Charles Coustan, said the site is a little bit of a 24/7 obsession with Eli. He thinks Eli easily spends 40-plus hours on it per week.

“With the limited availability of other diversions during the pandemic, if he’s going to be stuck at home, at least he’s making a difference,” he said. “This has been an incredible growing experience for him to build the website, but also manage volunteers and think through some of these issues about the broader context of vaccines, public health and access.”

Eli Coustan's difficulty booking his grandparents' COVID-19 vaccination appointments led him to create ILVaccine.org, a site that lists vaccination availability, eligibility and location information across Illinois. The 13-year-old manages the site in between his remote learning.
Eli Coustan's difficulty booking his grandparents' COVID-19 vaccination appointments led him to create ILVaccine.org, a site that lists vaccination availability, eligibility and location information across Illinois. The 13-year-old manages the site in between his remote learning. (Ash-har Quraishi)

Eli said he recognized there is an issue with people going to underserved neighborhoods and getting vaccines there. He made it a point to put a line at the top of the site: “Some areas are struggling to get their residents vaccinated, so please be conscious of booking in neighborhoods you don’t usually visit.”

“I can’t tell people what to and what not to do, but I just people to be cognizant of it,” he said. “That’s been at the very top of the website for quite a while.”

And to think Eli went from programming his own virtual bar mitzvah site to this. He said he would love to chat with Mayor Lori Lightfoot or Gov. J.B. Pritzker to get his site on more local COVID-19 assistance pages, but until then, he’ll keep working on adding more providers to his page.

When asked if he could lend his services to Illinois’ Department of Motor Vehicle sites, in helping book appointments more efficiently, he laughed.

“The state is welcome to reach out, but I would much rather help them with their COVID-19 vaccine location site. “If anybody from the state or city of Chicago is interested, please shoot me an email through the website.”

Darcel Rockett

Darcel Rockett

Chicago Tribune
CONTACT

Darcel Rockett is a writer and curious soul — the latter informing the former. Her curious nature has led her to write for news organizations in London, the Virgin Islands, Los Angeles and Phoenix. Currently, she writes lifestyle pieces for the Chicago Tribune, where she’s served as a digital editor and features reporter for a decade.


Recent Headlines

How Long Does Protection From COVID-19 Vaccines Last?
Thursday, April 22, 2021
WTTW News

Coronavirus in Illinois updates: Here’s what’s happening Thursday with COVID-19 in the Chicago area
Thursday, April 22, 2021
Chicago Tribune

J&J’s R&R ending? Johnson & Johnson shots to resume in Cook County after feds’ OK: ‘We will continue to offer it as an option’
Thursday, April 22, 2021
Chicago Sun-Times

Death of Cook County Jail detainee probed
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Chicago Tribune

Matteson, Tinley Park mass COVID-19 vaccination sites start accepting walk-in appointments as racial equity numbers lag
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Chicago Tribune

Cook County offering walk-in COVID-19 vaccinations at 2 sites
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Chicago Sun-Times

J&J’s R&R ending? Johnson & Johnson shots to resume in Cook County after feds’ OK: ‘We will continue to offer it as an option’
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County to Pilot Walk-In Vaccine Availability
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Special to suffredin.org

Newly Released Suburban Cook County Data Shows Who’s Getting Vaccinated
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
WTTW News

AgeOptions and partners vaccinate older adults
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Special to suffredin.org

Special E- Glenview Newlsetter April 21, 2021
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Special to suffredin.org

These Spring Beauties a Sign of Cook County Forest Preserves’ Blossoming Restoration Plan
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
WTTW News

Officials see ‘real signs of progress’ as some COVID-19 metrics improve in Illinois
Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Chicago Tribune

Some Illinois hospitals are filling up as COVID-19 cases surge, making ICU beds in tight supply
Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Chicago Tribune

Massive supply imbalance fueled by vaccine hesitancy: Illinois’ latest struggles with COVID-19 mass vaccination
Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Chicago Tribune

Cook County Health to Release Approximately 10,000 First-Dose Appointments Today at Noon
Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Special to suffredin.org

How the pandemic produced a surprising silver lining in the fight against homelessness
Monday, April 19, 2021
Chicago Tribune

Coronavirus live blog, April 18, 2021: More than 8 million COVID-19 vaccine shots have now gone into arms of Illinoisans
Sunday, April 18, 2021
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook, collar counties receive high, improving marks in latest state health rankings
Saturday, April 17, 2021
Daily Herald

Morton Grove's Muslim Community Center hosts Cook County COVID vaccination clinic; nearly 2K receive first dose during Ramadan
Saturday, April 17, 2021
WLS ABC 7 Eyewitness News

all news items

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