The Forest Preserves of Cook County recently acquired a 397-acre equestrian estate in Barrington Hills known as Horizon Farms, bringing its total land holdings to 69,123 acres.

Horizon Farms is the single largest tract purchased by the Forest Preserves in a single transaction since 1968.
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 2013, 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!

Disabled Veterans Exemption Expansion


Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed into a law a bill that would expand property tax breaks to severely wounded military veterans. Senate Bill 107 expands the existing multi-tiered set of exemptions from local property taxes for homeowners who have a service-connected injury, with a disability of at least 30 percent. Veterans with a disability of 30 to 49 percent, as certified by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, would receive a $2,500 annual exemption. Those with disabilities of between 50 to 69 percent would qualify for a $5,000 yearly exemption. And qualified homes of wounded veterans with a service-connected disability of at least 70 percent would be exempted from all property tax payments.

The law mandates that taxpayers granted an exemption under the new law must re-apply on an annual basis. The assessors or chief assessment officers for the Illinois counties where applicants live will determine the eligibility of residential property to receive the levels of tax relief implemented under the new law. [Click here to read the remainder of this news article]

While the Disabled Veterans Exemption is not a new exemption, this recent legislation increases the amount of Disabled Veterans Exemption savings and expands eligibility for the Exemption. Although the new law has an immediate effective date, the changes to the Disabled Veterans Exemption will not go into effect until the next tax year (Tax Year 2015, which begins on January 1, 2016).– The Cook County Assessor’s Office (CCAO) will have application forms ready for taxpayers beginning on January 1, 2016. These application forms will be made available on the CCAO website –


Emerald Ash Borer Tree Removal

The Forest Preserves of Cook County will be removing of trees impacted by the Emerald Ash Borer -trees to be removed have been marked with orange “Xs” throughout Cook County . Tree removal in the Skokie Division (Dundee Rd to Lake Ave, along the North Branch trail) has already begun, while tree removeal in the Deer Grove West area will begin mid-October.The Preserve will only be removing trees that pose a potential hazard for the general public and the visitors to both the Skokie Lagoons and Deer Grove.

For more information about these projects, and to track their progress, visit For more information on Emerald Ash Borer, visit If you are interested in learning more about Emerald Ash Borer, visit



Upcoming Special Events in the Forest Preserves

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

September 12 & 13
Saturday (10:00 a.m. – 5 p.m.) & Sunday (10:00 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
A River Thru History – Des Plaines Valley Rendezvous at Columbia Wood, Willow Springs
Look back 200 years to frontier life and enjoy food, music, crafts, reenactments, canoe races, games and more! Park free at UPS parking lot at Willow Springs Rd & 75th St and take the shuttle bus. Adult admission $10; family pass $25; senior (over 62) $5; free for kids under 6. Cash only. Check out
September 12
8:00 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Fishin’ Buddies Fall Fishing Derby at Wampum Lake, Thornton-Lansing
This annual family fishing derby is perfect for all skill levels! Register at
September 12
1:00 p.m.
Wildflower Walk at Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Take a guided walk through the prairie and enjoy the fall flowers! Instructor is Kim Ellson from U of I Extension.
September 17
5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Forest Jams: Steckman Studio at Cummings Square, River Forest
Enjoy the sounds of Outloud After-School Performers and Low End Theory! Jam with musicians and make your own instrument.
September 20 – 27
Sunday – Sunday
100 Years/100 Events: Celebrating the Forest Preserve’s 100th Anniversary
It’s here!! Check out the 100 Years/100 Events Activity Guide and website at There are bird walks, hikes, art projects, restoration work, bike rides, nature play activities, star gazing, campfires and much, much more! Don’t for get to come out for Cook County’s Largest Tree Hug on Sunday, September 27 at 3 p.m.!



Summer Food Service Program

The Summer Food Service Program provides free meals over the summer to kids less than 18 years of age in communities where more than 50% of the population is over the poverty line. At meal sites, children can receive a healthy meal in a safe place to eat and build friendship – many sites also offer educational activities and games. If you are interested in learning more about Summer Food Service Program sites in your area, visit


Stepping Up Initiative

At the May 20th Board meeting, I sponsored and passed the  “Stepping Up Initiative to Reduce the Number of People with Mental Illnesses in Jails”, supported by President Preckwinkle and Sherriff Dart.

Cook County takes pride in its responsibility to protect and enhance the health, welfare and safety of its residents in efficient and cost-effective ways; and has successfully reduced its total jail population by 20% since 2013; and is implementing creative approaches to best meet these goals.

Counties nationwide routinely provide treatment services to the estimated 2 million people with serious mental illnesses booked into jail each year. Without appropriate treatment and services, people with mental illnesses continue to cycle through the criminal justice system, often resulting in tragic outcomes for these individuals and their families. Adults with mental illnesses tend to stay longer in jail and upon release are at a higher risk of recidivism.

The initiative is a partnership with the National Association of Counties, the Council of State Governments Justice Center and the American Psychiatric Foundation, which will examine treatment and service capabilities in order to determine programs available to people with mental illnesses and co-occurring substance use disorders, to safely reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in jails.

To learn more about the initiative, visit



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Tuesday, September 8th

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