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!

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.

 

Upcoming Special Events in the Forest Preserves

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

April 28
Saturday
1:30 p.m.
Zen Garden Relaxation at Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Enjoy a mindful walk through nature to open up the sense; benefiting the body and the mind. After the walk, we will create a Zen Garden using natural materials to add balance and flow in our lives. Ages 10 & up. Limit 15.
April 29
Sunday
1:30 p.m.
What’s in Bloom? at River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Enjoy a walk to observe and learn about our blooming native ephemeral wildflowers.
May 4
Friday
5:00 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Painting by the Pond – Spring Edition at Rolling Knolls, Elgin
Explored nature through painting! Instructor-led session creating a Georgia O’Keefe-inspired painting of spring ephemeral flowers using a large tree slice as your canvas. All materials provided. Ages 21 & up. BYOB (no glass). $20 per person. Payment required upon registration, (708)386-4042.
May 5
Saturday
6:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.
The Big Sit! At River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Help us count the birds that live here! Registration preferred at least 2 days prior.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Cook County Strategic Plan Survey

Cook County is building a strategic plan and would like your feedback. Residents are invited to participate in a brief, anonymous survey that will aide in identifying priorities for the next four years.

 

Senior Citizen and Senior Freeze Exemption Extension

The deadline to apply for the Senior Citizen and Senior Freeze exemptions has been extended to March 30, 2018. The initial deadline was February 7, but was later extended to March 2. The new March 30 deadline will give seniors extra time to return their forms. Applications must be postmarked by March 30 to be considered on time. They can also be submitted in person to the Assessor’s office.

Requirements for the Senior Citizen Exemption:

  • been born prior to or in the year 1952,
  • owned the property, or have a lease or contract which makes them responsible for the real estate taxes, and
  • used the property as a principal place of residence

Requirements for the the Senior Freeze Exemption:

  • been born prior to or in the year 1952,
  • a total household income of $65,000 or less for [income] Tax Year 2016,
  • owned the property or had a legal, equitable or leasehold interest in the property on January 1, 2016 and January 1, 2017,
  • used the property as a principal place of residence as of January 1, 2016 and January 1, 2017, and
  • been responsible for the payment of 2016 and 2017 property taxes.

 

 

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