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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 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.


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 –


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.


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