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!

Upcoming Special Events in the Forest Preserves

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

June 25
Saturday
7:30 p.m.
Pollinator Friendly Gardening at Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Learn how to make your garden a haven for pollinators and ensure taht bees, butterflies, insects and birds have all they need to flourish. Instructor Kim Ellson, UI Extension. Registration required.
June 25
Saturday
Noon – 4:00 p.m.
Swallow Cliff Pavilion Grand Opening/Wellness in the Woods at Swallow Cliff Stairs
Celebrate our grand opening! Enjoy both the physical and mental health benefits of spending time in nature. Participate in a relaxing yoga session or an energetic circuit training series. Get tips on nutrition to supplement a healthy lifestyle. Call (312)415-2970 for more information.
June 28
Tuesday
6:30 p.m.
Films in the Forest “The Martian” at Caldwell Woods
Join us for “The Martian!” During a mission to Mars, astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead, but has survived and finds himself strated and alone on the hostile planet. Pack a picnic dinner and enjoy and evening of fun and entertainment at scenic preserve venues. For more information, call (312)415-2970 or email experience.nature@cookcountyil.gov.
July 3
Sunday
1:30 p.m.
American Raptors at River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Visit our nation symbol, the bald eagle, and discover the unique characteristics that help our native birds of prey survive.

 

 

Lake Cook Road Reconstruction

Lake Cook Road reconstruction, from Raupp Boulevard to Hastings Lane, is slated for construction 2018-2019 and has a total program cost of $52 million. hwyCnstrctnHorseA few of the improvements will include widening the street from 2 to 3 lanes, dual left turn lanes, and installation of bike paths, sidewalks and noise abatement walls.

View the entire presentation from the TMA Annual Highway Construction Meeting here.

 

Sign Up to be Poll Worker

The Cook County Clerk’s office is in need of poll workers to serve voters in the community for the March 15th Presidential Primary!Poll Worker Having a broad spectrum of community members working together to serve voters in local polling places is a critical part of the democratic process.

There are two positions available: Election Judge or Equipment Manager. Both assist voters and ensure the polling place is running smoothly. Equipment Managers have greater responsibility for setting up and maintaining the voting equipment. Due to the additional responsibility, Equipment Managers receive more training and higher pay.  Election Judges earn $175. Equipment Managers earn $325. 

You can learn more and apply online at cookcountyclerk.com/judges or call 312.603.0970. There is also a video on our website outlining the positions. Bilingual judges are always needed and there are also positions available for college and high school students.

 

Disabled Veterans Exemption Expansion

UPDATE 1/19/2016: Per the Cook County Asessor’s Office, applications for the Disabled Veterans Homeowner Exemption will be available at www.cookcountyassessor.com/exemptions.aspx beginning January 27th as well as by mail. Veterans completely exempt from property taxes (those at least 70% disabled) might received a bill in February with a balance due in March. For the group that is completely exempt but still receives a bill, the overpayment will be refunded in full this summer.

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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 – http://www.cookcountyassessor.com/exemptions.aspx

 

2016 Unsung Heroine Award

Each year the Cook County Commission on Women’s Issues sponsors the “Unsung Heroine” Award, honoring women throughout the county for whose contributions to their communities have quietly and without much recognition made a positive difference. Held during Women’s History Month to showcase the vital role of women locally, honorees will be recognized at a morning reception on March 3.

The selection of these heroines is being made on a district basis to ensure that women from each area of the County will be recognized for their contributions to their communities. Nominees must be a resident of the County Board district from which they are nominated.  Linda Fleming is chairing the 14th District selection process.

Represented by Commissioner Gregg Goslin, the 14thCounty Board district includes Inverness, Palatine, Rolling Meadows, Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Wheeling, Northbrook, Glenview, Northfield, and Golf. Click here to download a nomination form.

 

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