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Silver Star Banner Program

Cook County Veterans Affairs would like to invite Armed Forces personnel, who have served honorably both past and present, to participate in the Silver Star Banner Program. Initiated in 2008, this event serves to recognized the services members and veterans of the United State Armed Forces who have been wounded or become ill while serving in a war zone. Silver Star Banner recipients and their families will be honored at the Cook County Board Meeting on Tuesday, June 6, 2017.


Applicants who served honorably in ANY war and have been wounded by enemy action, have been injured, or have contracted a serious illness that could be rated at least 10 percent disabled by the Department of Veterans Affairs are eligible to participate in the Silver Star Banner Program. All wounds, injuries or illnesses must have originated in a war zone. Examples include Purple Heart recipients, victims of friendly fire, and those who suffer from PTS, TBI, Agent Orange Effects and Gulf War Syndrome.

The request form (which can be found at, must be signed and returned to the Cook County Veterans Affairs office no later than Tuesday, May 16, 2017.


Museum Adventure Pass

Did you know that you can visit cultural destinations and museums – including Brookfield Zoo and the Chicago Botanic Garden – for a free or reduced rate any day of the year by simply checking out a pass at your local library? You can find a list of libraries and museums participating in the Museum Adventure Pass program here. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to explore the region!


Tax Year 2015 Annual Tax Sale

Cook County’s 2015 annual tax sale will begin Monday, April 3rd, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. Please take a moment to visit the Treasurer’s website to verify that you are up to date on all tax payments. If you do find that your taxes are delinquent, all taxes and interest must be paid in full to avoid the sale.

This change is a result of Public Act 98-1101- passed in Springfield in 2014 – that incrementally shortens the tax redemption period.


Be A Poll Worker April 4th!

The Cook County Clerk’s office is hiring north suburban voters to serve as poll workers during the April 4, 2017 Consolidated Election. It’s a unique opportunity to support local democracy, meet and serve your neighbors and learn about the election process.

Two positions are available: Election Judge or Equipment Manager. Election Judges and Equipment Managers both 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 their additional responsibility, Equipment Managers receive more training and higher pay. Election Judges earn $190; new Equipment Managers earn $340. 

To learn more and apply online visit or call 312.603.0970.


Explore Your Forest Preserves: North Branch Trail Extension

At last week’s Forest Preserve District board meeting, I had the opportunity to tour the most recent extension of the North Branch Trail. Officially opened in September of 2016, the first phase of expansion includes a direct connection to the existing 18-mile North Branch Bicycle Trail, a 10 foot wide asphalt trail and two new bridges. With this new extension, the North Branch Trail totals 18 miles (a map can be found here). In total, the Forest Preserves offer over 300 miles of trails to be explored in Cook County. Download any of the trail maps and start exploring!