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Cook County Low-Cost Rabies Clinic

Cook County is offering low cost rabies clinics throughout the county, beginning on May 30th. There are two clinics scheduled in the 14th District:
Palatine on Tuesday, June 13 at Jewel (45 S. Plum Grove) and Glenview on Wednesday, September 13 at Jewel-Osco (1340 Patriot Blvd). The clinics will be run from 10 a.m – 2:45 p.m. Rabies vaccinations will be $7 for one year and $21 for 3 years. Cats and ferrets are welcome, too! For more information, visit


Union Trades Career Information Fair

Prairie State College is hosting a Union Trades Career Information Fair Wednesday, June 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.! Learn how union trades – such as bricklaying, carpentry, roofing, pipefitting and electrical work – can help you pursue a new career. The event is  free and open to the public. For more information, contact Esther Pacheco at (708) 709-3503 or


Upcoming Special Events in the Forest Preserves

Check out some of the great upcoming events in the Cook County Forest Preserves:

May 6 – September 17
10:00 a.m. & 5:00 p.m.
Dinos and Dragons at Brookfield Zoo
Brookfield Zoo’s summer Dinos & Dragons exhibit will feature 17 animatronic creatures, including the Stegosasaurus, Apatosaurus, Tyrannosaurus rex, and Chinese dragon. Zoo-goers can also get up-close view of live reptiles, including a 6-foot-long Komodo dragon! The exhibit will feature hands-on activities, as well as a dinosaur dissection lab, dino dig boxes, and an excavation site.
May 20 & 21
Saturday & Sunday
9:00 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Malott Japanese Garden Children’s Festival and Midwest Bonsai Society’s Spring Show at Chicago Botanic Garden
Come pay homage to the tradition of children’s festivals in Japan with activities including storytelling and crafts project such as making kimono paper dolls and origami samurai helmets. In addition, visitors can also enjoy demonstrations and workshops and shop for bonsai and bonsai supplies. Free, but registration is required for bonsai workshops.
May 21
1:00 p.m.
Garlic Mustard Pull at Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Help us improve the quality of our woodlands by removing this invasive species to give native plants space to flourish. Adults and children 7 & up. Sturdy shoes, gloves, long sleeves and long pants recommended.
May 24
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Camping 101 at Camp Shabbona, Calumet City
Camping 101 is a hands-on workshop series designed to teach basic camping skills. Learn tent set-up, campfire cooking, camping fun, dressing for camping, camping etiquette and more! No registration required. Free!



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.


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.