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!

Upcoming Special Events in the Forest Preserves

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

April 17 – April 19
Friday – Sunday
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Antiques, Garden & Design Show, Chicago Botanic Garden
The Show, formerly known as the Antiquest & Garden Fair, presents approximately 100 of the finest exhibitors from around the United States, Africa, and Europe will offer antiques, jewelry, fine art, gardening books and tools, seeds, containers, books and much more. Fee applies.
April 16
Thursday
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Third Thursdays: Creative Reuse 101: Printmaking at Cummings Square, River Forest
Learn basic printmaking techniques using found materials. Adults & families with children ages 5 & up. Registration encouraged.
April 18
Saturday
Earth Day Celebration and Preserves Clean Up at Kickapoo Woods, Riverdale (9 a.m. – 1 p.m.)
Clean up the preserves in the morning, and then celebrate with fun nature activities!Earth Day at Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.)
Celebrate plants at our Earth Day celebration! Earn your green thumb by joining fun and interactive activities that focus on plants and gardening.

Earth Day & Nature Play at Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills (12 p.m. – 3 p.m.)
Catch, craft, climb! Enjoy special Earth Day family activities in our three-acre nature play area.

April 19
Sunday
Garden Plant Selection at Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, Lemont (9 a.m.)
Incorporate native plants into your garden plan! Many native are perennial, returning year after year. Learn how to choose the right plants for your garden.Geo-caching 101 at River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook (12:00 p.m. – 2 p.m.)
Learn about and participate in this technology-inspired scavenger hunt. Check out a GPS unit or bring your own! Supplies are limited. This is a drop-in program.
April 25
Saturday
Earth Day at Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland (10:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m.)
Join us for a day set aside as a reminder to be good stewards of our planet! Activities include hikes, puppet shows, crafts and Earth Day jeopardy!Arbor Day Celebration at LaBagh Woods, Chicago (12:00 p.m. – 4 p.m.)
Enjoy tree planting, a kids’ tree climb, tree-caching and ID, scavenger hunts, art projects and more. There will also be a short ceremony celebrating Forest Preserve Memorial tree and bench donors.

Earth Day Woodland Walk, Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest (1 p.m.)
Take a guided walk to view the many wonders of our earth in the springtime woods! Register by 4/23.

 

Cook County & FPD Job Opportunities

For a list of Cook County jobs, answers to questions, and to apply, visit http://www.cookcountyil.gov/current-job-listings/. To apply for any of the jobs listed below, visit http://fpdcc.com/about/jobs/.

PositionRemarksDepartmentApplication PeriodStatusSalary
Seasonal Lifeguard IInternal/ExternalConservation & Experimental ProgrammingApril 6, 2015 - April 19, 2015Seasonal$12/Hourly
Administrative Assistant IVInternal/ExternalFacilities & FleetApril 13, 2015 - April 26, 2015Seasonal$54,043/Hourly

 

Call for 14th District Poll Workers

The Cook County Clerk’s office needs additional community members to serve as north suburban poll workers for the April 7th Consolidated Election! Poll workers are paid $175 or $325 based on the position they choose. For more information, visit cookcountyclerk.com/judges or call (312) 603-0970 to learn more and submit an application.

 

Unsung Heroine Award

From left to right: Northfield Township Supervisor Jill Brickman, Pat Peterson, Commissioner Goslin

Please join me in congratulating District 14’s 2015 Unsung Heroine Award Recipient Pat Peterson! Pat is a long-time Northbrook resident. She is a retired Chicago Public School teacher, active in her community and a Northfield Township Food Pantry volunteer for seven years. Pat performs her volunteer duties – which include sorting donations, stocking shelves and assisting clients – with a smile and warmth. Pat is dedicated to the Pantry, always showing up for her shift and supporting various fundraisers.

Pat shares her commitment to serving her community with her grandkids, often bringing them to volunteer with her. In her spare time, Pat and her husband enjoy taking cruises.

The 14th District couldn’t prodivde this much-needed assistance to our neighbors in need without Pat’s hard work and dedication to strengthening the community. We are thankful to Northfield Township supervisor Jill Brickman and the entire Township staff for nominating Pat! We are also grateful for our Cook County Women’s Commissioner Linda Fleming for her guidance.

 

 

Measles Update

CCDPH continues to investigate measles in suburban Cook County. At this time, the overall risk of getting measles is low and transmission is not widespread. For the latest update, visit www.cookcountypublichealth.org/…/current-public-hea…/measles

 

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