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Quentin Road Study

The Department of Highways and Transportation has re-initiated the Quentin Road Study, and aims to complete this study by 2017. The focus of this study centers around how to best address the deterioration of the road, and how to best strike a balance between safety, capacity demands and the adjacent environmental resources. DOTH is interested in your feedback! You can send your thoughts, ideas and general comments to or mail in the public comment form.

For a more information on the project, or to download the public comment form, visit


Forest Preserve Land Acquisition in Palatine

At the December 2015 Forest Preserves of Cook County board meeting, the purchase of 2.4 acres adjacent to Deer Grove East was approved.

This purchase brings the total acres of forest preserve land to 69,317 acres. Continue reading “Forest Preserve Land Acquisition in Palatine” »


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



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