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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!


Senior Citizen & Senior Freeze Exemptions

Attention all senior citizens! The application deadline for the Senior Citizen Exemption and the Senior Freeze Exemption have been extended to March 1, 2017. A more detailed explanation of the extension can be found here. You can also download the Senior Citizen Exemption form or the Senior Freeze Exemption form.


Veterans Day Celebration at Brookfield Zoo

Honor the brave women and men who have proudly servbrookfield-zoo-posted our nation at Brookfield Zoo’s
Veterans Day Celebration! Taking place on Friday, November 11 at the Discovery Center from 11 -2, the celebration will include a display of Military Memorabilia, a performance by the Legacy Girls and much more. Admission to the zoo will be FREE for all guests, though parking fees still apply. Visit for more!