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February is National Spay and Neuter Month

February is National Spay and Neuter Month! Cook County has partnered with private veterinarians to offer discounts of up to $40 per procedure throughout the month. No coupons needed – simply ask your vet for the Cook County discount. Pet owners must be Cook County residents and pets must be up to date on rabies shots.

Additionally, The Anti-Cruelty Society is also offering low cost spay/neuter surgeries: cats for $30, dogs for $130, and pit bull and pit bull mix dogs for $60.

For more information can be found here.


Be a Pollworker March 20th!

The Cook County Clerk’s office is hiring community members to serve in suburban polling places and make it possible for their neighbors to cast their ballots and be heard during the March 20th gubernatorial primary election.

There are two positions available: Election Judge or Equipment Manager. Both Election Judges and Equipment Managers assist voters and ensure the polling place is running smoothly. Equipment Managers are also responsible for setting up and maintaining the voting equipment. Due to the additional responsibility, Equipment Managers receive more training and get higher pay. Election Judges earn $190, Equipment Managers earn $340. 

Interested? Learn more and apply online at

work or call 312.603.0970.


Invest in Cook 2018

Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways has announced a second round of the “Invest in Cook” program. Local governments, regional transportation authorities, transit agencies, natural resource or public land agencies, and any other local or regional governmental entity with responsibility for transportation or recreational trails within Cook County are invited to submit a proposal through March 16, 2018 at 5 p.m.

Applicants are invited to attended two scheduled workshops for guidance as it relates to the application process:

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

1:00-3:00 p.m.

County Building

118 North Clark Street, on the 4th Floor in Room 4A


Thursday, February 1, 2018

2:00-4:00 p.m.

George Dunne County Office Building,

69 West Washington, on the 22nd Floor in Room 22A

Additional information can be found here.


Northfield Township Property Tax Appeal Seminar

Northfield Township is open for property tax appeal from December 18 to January 16. Commissioner Goslin co-sponsoring two property tax appeal seminars  so residents of Northfield 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 the end of the event.

The first seminar will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 10 at Northbrook Village Hall (1225 Cedar Lane). The second seminar will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, January 15 at the Glenview Park District Park Center (2400 Chestnut Avenue).


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.