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!

FY2019 Preliminary Forecast

To kick off the budget process, President Preckwinkle has released the FY2019 Preliminary Forecast based on departmental requests as well as estimated collected revenues. Additionally, mid-year budget hearings were held to track individual departments’ progress in meeting their FY2018 goals. You are invited to look through the preliminary forecast here.

 

Upcoming Special Events in the Forest Preserves

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

August 11
Saturday
9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Upper Des Plaines Paddle & Clean-Up at Dam No. 1 Woods, Wheeling
Join in clean-up efforts as we paddle along the river, learn about aquatic life, and why it is important to keep our rivers clean. Tools provided. All ages. Registration required.
August 11 & 12
Saturday & Sunday
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Kite Festival at Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe
Enjoy soaring stunt-kite performances set to music by members of the Chicago Fire Kite Team and members of the Kite Society of Wisconsin and Illinois. The festival takes place in the meadow west of Evening Island. Visitors can walk there or take the free tram. Ice cream, beverages and many lunch options will be available for purchase on-site.
August 18
Saturday
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Hummingbird Fest at Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, Lemont
Join us for activities, viewing and demos of how the birds are banded for tracking and research purposes.
August 22
Wednesday
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
River Kayaking 101 at Trailside Museum, River Forest
Instruction provided prior to a short paddle along the Des Plaines River to Maywood Grove. Perfect for new kayakers! Registration required – call (312)533-5751.

 

 

May Forest Preserve Meeting Update

At May’s Forest Preserve meeting, Commissioner Goslin, who chairs its Finance Committee, facilitated a discussion about community partnerships and the impact of dedicated volunteers on both budget issues and the scope of conservation efforts.

 

One great example of these partnerships is this wagon, researched and built as an Eagle Scout project. This talented young man and his team donated the wagon

to the Sand Ridge Nature Center, helping their efforts to depict the lifestyles of the early 19th Century Illinois.

 

Silver Star Service Banner 2018

Cook County Veterans Affairs would like to invite Armed Forces personnel, who have served honorably both past and present, to participate in the Silver Star Banner Program. Initiated in 2008, this event serves to recognized the services members and veterans of the United State Armed Forces who have been wounded or become ill while serving in a war zone. Silver Star Banner recipients and their families will be honored at the Cook County Board Meeting at the June 5th Cook County Board Meeting.

To apply, service members must meet the following requirements:  Any Armed Forces personnel either currently serving honorably or those who have served honorably from ANY war, who having served in a war zone, has been wounded by enemy action or who have been injured or contracted a serious illness that could be rated at least 10 percent disabled by the Department of Veterans Affairs.  All wounds, injuries or illnesses must have originated in a war zone, including: Purple Heart recipients, victims of friendly fire, injured in a war zone, and those who suffer from PTS, TBI, Agent Orange Effects and Gulf War Syndrome.

Do you or someone you know qualify? Fill out an application here.

 

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs.

March 23rd’s Chicago Tribune editorial about Cook County’s ill-conceived changes to the 6b financial incentive program is spot on – and the reason I vehemently fought against it. As the editorial notes, the onerous requirements destroy the effectiveness of this program, especially in a border district like ours. The 14th District borders Lake County, is minutes from McHenry County and 24 minutes from the Wisconsin boarder. This program, as originally drafted, allows us to be competitive. The full text for ordinance amendment 18-1604, as well as the vote record, can be found here.

 

 

 

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Wednesday, September 12th
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Tuesday, September 11th
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