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Energy Efficiency Event

Interested in learning how to save money on your utility bills in the new year? The Cook County Department of Environment and Sustainability, along with CUB and Elevate Energy, is putting on an event for residents at the Palatine Public Library on Wednesday, January 10 from 7-8 p.m. Experts will be on hand to help attendees understand their utility bills, and identify ways to cut costs. Learn more here.


Increased Exemption Savings for Homeowners and Seniors

Senate Bill 473 (Public Act 100-0401), crafted by assessor Joseph Berrios and supported by Senator Antonio Munoz and Representative Rober Martwick, was recently signed into law. This legislation, that received bipartisan support, will increase tax-saving exemption amounts for homeowners by increase the amount to be subtracted from a home’s Equalized Assessed Value (EAV) from $7,000 to $10,000. For the Senior Exemption, available to those 65 years of age and older, the amount subtracted from EAV increases from $5,000 to $8,000. Additionally, the eligibility for the Senior Freeze expands by increasing allowable total income from $55,000 to $65,000.

For more information, you can read the full article here. If you are interested in apply for an exemption, that will appear on your second installment tax bill, you can visit the Cook County Assessor’s website.


Sweetened Beverage Tax Repeal

The Cook County Board of Commissioners, in an overwhelming bi-partisan decision, voted October 11 to repeal the unpopular Sweetened Beverage Tax, effective December 1, 2017. I opposed the tax from the start and sponsored its repeal as the tax directly affects the 14th District and its businesses in a negative way, as residents could easily choose to purchase these items in a bordering county.
The repeal of the SBT leaves a $200 million gap in proposed budget FY18 budget. With no new revenues, the county must seriously take a look at the areas that can be streamlined while maintaining essential services. I have long said that county government should be balanced on the spending side, not the revenue side. I look forward to this exciting opportunity to work with my fellow board members to improve county efficiency.

Property Tax Appeal Seminar for Palatine Township

Palatine Township is open for property tax appeal from August 1 to August 31. Commissioner Goslin co-sponsoring a property tax appeal seminar with Palatine Township Assessor Terry Kelly and State Representative Tom Morrison so residents of Palatine Township can learn how to appeal their property tax assessment. Cook County Board of Review Commissioner Dan Patlak will explain the appeals process and attendees will be able to fill out and submit appeal forms at th end of the event.

The seminar will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 1st at the Holiday Inn in Rolling Meadows – 3405 Algonquin Rd.


Summer Meals Program

Did you know that for every 100 children who eat a meal as part of the Nation School Lunch Program, only 14 receive a meal during the summer months here in Illinois? The Summer Meals program, funded by the USDA, is open to children 18 and under at no cost.  To find the Summer Meals site nearest to you, visit