Thank you for your interest in learning about how I am representing you, your family, and neighbors on the Cook County Board of Commissioners.

My mission is to professionalize, modernize and privatize Cook County government while providing efficient, effective, economical and compassionate management of County business.

-Gregg Goslin

Commissioner Goslin is proud to report that in 2014, over $15 million in Cook County services was returned to the 14th District. Learn more by viewing our annual reports:
Money returned to the 14th District 14th District Office Expenses
Did you know the Forest Preserves of Cook County hosts an online volunteer coordination system through their website? Find internship, volunteer and learning opportunities on the District website.

Potential volunteers can now search for volunteer opportunities by zip code, region, date and more! You can also create your own profiles and can sign up for opportunities online. If you have time, skills and enthusiasm to give, get out into your Forest Preserves!

Northfield Township Property Tax Appeal Seminar

Northfield Township is open for property tax appeal from December 18 to January 16. Commissioner Goslin co-sponsoring two property tax appeal seminars  so residents of Northfield Township can learn how to appeal their property tax assessment. Cook County Board of Review Commissioner Dan Patlak will explain the appeals process and attendees will be able to fill out and submit appeal forms at the end of the event.

The first seminar will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 10 at Northbrook Village Hall (1225 Cedar Lane). The second seminar will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, January 15 at the Glenview Park District Park Center (2400 Chestnut Avenue).

 

Energy Efficiency Event

Interested in learning how to save money on your utility bills in the new year? The Cook County Department of Environment and Sustainability, along with CUB and Elevate Energy, is putting on an event for residents at the Palatine Public Library on Wednesday, January 10 from 7-8 p.m. Experts will be on hand to help attendees understand their utility bills, and identify ways to cut costs. Learn more here.

 

Upcoming Special Events in the Forest Preserves

Check out some of the great upcoming events in the Cook County Forest Preserves:

November 24 – January 7 Wonderland Express at Chicago Botanic Garden
A celebration of artistry, horticulture, engineering and imagination await at this holiday favorite! Inside, miniature trains pass through a garden filled with mini-replicas of beloved Chicago landmarks and sites all handcrafted from natural materials such as leaves, bark and moss. Fees apply.
December 28
Thursday
11:00 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Winter Breakout Adventures at Camp Sullivan, Oak Forest
Don’t let winter weather keep you inside! Get active and embrace your time off from school and head outdoors! Youth and families, join us for winter adventure and fun with activities like snowshoeing (conditions permitting), guided nature hikes, tracking, art making and games. Indoor climbing wall included. Warm up with a campfire and s’mores (weather permitting). Call (708)386-4042 for details.
December 30
Saturday
1:00 p.m.
New Year’s and Nature at Crabtree Nature Centerm Barrington Hills
Come learn about the history of the New Year holiday and its connections to nature. You may be inspired to create your own nature-themed resolution!
December 30
Saturday
1:30 p.m.
Living with Wildlife at Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Ever wondered what to do if you find a baby bird? or what to do about deer munching your garden? Come learn the basics of living with wildlife in our neighborhoods and the best practices for handling sticky situations.

 

 

Increased Exemption Savings for Homeowners and Seniors

Senate Bill 473 (Public Act 100-0401), crafted by assessor Joseph Berrios and supported by Senator Antonio Munoz and Representative Rober Martwick, was recently signed into law. This legislation, that received bipartisan support, will increase tax-saving exemption amounts for homeowners by increase the amount to be subtracted from a home’s Equalized Assessed Value (EAV) from $7,000 to $10,000. For the Senior Exemption, available to those 65 years of age and older, the amount subtracted from EAV increases from $5,000 to $8,000. Additionally, the eligibility for the Senior Freeze expands by increasing allowable total income from $55,000 to $65,000.

For more information, you can read the full article here. If you are interested in apply for an exemption, that will appear on your second installment tax bill, you can visit the Cook County Assessor’s website.

 

Sweetened Beverage Tax Repeal

The Cook County Board of Commissioners, in an overwhelming bi-partisan decision, voted October 11 to repeal the unpopular Sweetened Beverage Tax, effective December 1, 2017. I opposed the tax from the start and sponsored its repeal as the tax directly affects the 14th District and its businesses in a negative way, as residents could easily choose to purchase these items in a bordering county.
 
The repeal of the SBT leaves a $200 million gap in proposed budget FY18 budget. With no new revenues, the county must seriously take a look at the areas that can be streamlined while maintaining essential services. I have long said that county government should be balanced on the spending side, not the revenue side. I look forward to this exciting opportunity to work with my fellow board members to improve county efficiency.
 

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