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A Letter from the President, Toni Preckwinkle

Monday, October 04, 2021
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A Letter from the President

This month, Cook County will present the FY22 Budget and an update to our American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding and distribution. I look forward updating residents on our budget priorities and how we will invest in our communities over the next several years.

I urge residents to get the COVID-19 vaccine if they have not already and Cook County Health will continue to communicate updates on the vaccine, such as expanded approval for children or information on booster shots.

Please share widely that applications for Cook County’s new round of Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA 2) are now open for suburban Cook County residents. If you are looking for rental assistance in other regions of the County, please visit for updates and details.


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Toni Preckwinkle
President, Cook County Board of Commissioners

Recent News

Cook County Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA 2)


Applications opened today for a second Cook County Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERA 2) with new federal funding. The program is designed to provide emergency rental assistance to suburban Cook County residents who are at risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability during the COVID-19 pandemic. Both renters and landlords may apply.

Apply at or visit for more information.

Racial Equity Week Roundup


Thank you to everyone who participated in Cook County’s third annual Racial Equity Week, which was held September 13-17, 2021. In case you missed it, please be sure to read President Preckwinkle’s Op-ed in the Chicago Tribune on this year's theme, "Imagine. Intersect. Act." You can also find Maudlyne Ihejirika's interview with President Preckwinkle and the Director of Equity and Inclusion, Denise Barreto, in the Chicago Sun-Times.

Many of the week’s virtual events were recorded and are available in this Racial Equity Week 2021 Playlist on Cook County’s YouTube Channel.

Happy Hispanic Heritage Month


Happy Hispanic Heritage Month! Commemorated September 15-October 15, this month celebrates the culture, diversity, and contributions of Hispanic and Latinx Americans. Stay tuned throughout the month to learn from Cook County employees about who inspires them and what this month means to them.

Updates to Cook County vaccination sites


This month, Cook County Health launched new ad campaign centered around the trust that people have in their doctors. The theme of trust runs through multilingual campaign materials, including television and print ads and social media ads.

Along with the new ad campaign, Cook County officials discussed hyperlocal efforts to reach residents and a partnership with WGCI radio to award $1,000 to 10 residents who are vaccinated. Any resident who uploads a picture of themselves getting vaccinated — but NOT their vaccination card — to is automatically entered. One weekly winner will be chosen for 10 consecutive weeks.Cook County Health (CCH) offers free COVID-19 vaccinations at all of its community health centers and hospitals to any individual age 12 and older. No insurance needed. Walk-ins are welcome at all locations between 8:30 am – 4:00 pm Monday through Friday. For complete details, including Saturday hours, or to make an appointment call 833-308-1988 or visit

Need a ride to a vaccination site? Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) launched its “Destination: Vaccination” program, which will provide free rides to many vaccination locations throughout suburban Cook County in partnership with Kaizen Health. The program is open to suburban Cook County residents, as well as Chicago residents who wish to utilize a CCH location within the city. Kaizen can provide vehicles to accommodate residents who use wheelchairs or those who require child seats. Call 833-308-1988 to request a ride.

Roadmap to Recovery: American Rescue Plan Act

Cook County is currently planning how to spend $1 billion in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding. The planning framework reflects core County principles, including a focus on making progress toward racial equity throughout the County, the need for increased capacity within the County to support timely design, implementation, community engagement and compliance reporting of the programs created through ARPA funding, and support for local governments.

We received over 10,000 responses on our community engagement survey and are in the process of analyzing the data to inform our process. Stay tuned for President Preckwinkle’s budget address this week for further ARPA updates. Visit for more information.

Cook County presents Project Rainbow

Project Rainbow

In case you missed it, Cook County recently announced Project Rainbow, a new initiative that aims to address learning loss magnified by COVID-19 with creation of free early childhood and family programming through the County TV station and a new mobile app. Through this initiative, Cook County and its Project Rainbow partners will produce new video content, or repurpose existing informative and educational content, to be used by children and families. To broaden the scope of the initiative’s possibilities, future Cook County initiatives and programming involving children, families, or the arts will now be recognized by the County as Project Rainbow initiatives.

As the content library builds over time, Project Rainbow programming will air on Cook County’s cable channel (channel 22/900 on Comcast) at 10 a.m. and repeat at 4 p.m.

For more information on Project Rainbow please visit

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