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FPD Land Acquisition in Barrington Hills

The Forest Preserves of Cook County Board of Commissioners approved a request to purchase a 24-acre parcel of land in Barrington Hills located at 165 Algonquin Road.  The parcel will provide a greenway connection from the Forest Preserve’s Spring Lake Preserve, one of the Forest Preserve’s finest natural area properties, to the 400-acre Horizon Farms property, acquired in 2014.

“As outlined in our Land Acquisition Plan, making purchases near existing parcels of Forest Preserve property benefits the plants and wildlife in the surrounding area,” said Forest Preserves of Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle. “Natural connections to larger areas act as buffers between developed areas and the habitats we are trying to protect.”

Forest Preserve land includes some of the most diverse habitats in Cook County such as forests, wetlands, prairies and savannas.

“Even adding smaller pieces of land to our holdings are important to our overall portfolio,” said General Superintendent Arnold Randall. “We’ve worked to identify properties in close proximity to our current natural areas in order to fill in the gaps in our current holdings.”

The board’s approval grants the FPCC the authority to purchase the parcel for $2.15 million. The money will come from the FPCC’s Real Estate Acquisition Fund which is appropriated with General Operating Funds. In 2012, the sale of General Obligation Bonds provided an additional $27 million earmarked for Land Acquisition.

Once this and other recent acquisitions are final, the District’s total land holdings will be 69,337 acres. Under the leadership of President Preckwinkle, the FPCC has increased its efforts to buy land, adding 1,060 acres since 2011, including this property and other recently approved acquisitions. Land Acquisition is one of the goals of the Next Century Conservation Plan, commissioned by President Preckwinkle, which aims to expand the Forest Preserve footprint to 90,000 acres over the next 25 years.


Cook County & FPD Job Opportunities

For a list of Cook County jobs, answers to questions, and to apply, visit To apply for any of the jobs listed below, visit

PositionRemarksDepartmentApplication PeriodStatusSalary
Volunteer Program SpecialistInternal/ExternalPermits, Concessions and Volunteer ResourcesJune 29, 2015 - July 12, 2015Full-Time$43,801/Yearly
Volunteer Program CoodinatorInternal/ExternalPermits, Concessions and Volunteer ResourcesJune 29, 2015 - July 12, 2015Full-Time$50,482/Yearly
Tractor MechanicInternal/ExternalFacilities and FleetJuly 6, 2015 - July 19, 2015Full-TIme$65,354/Yearly

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 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…/current-public-hea…/measles