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Upcoming Special Events in the Forest Preserves

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

December 18
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Solstice Sunrise Celebration at Cummings Square, River Forest 
Help us welcome the sunrise with a fire a live music as we approach the shortest day of the year!
December 20 – March 2
Every day, weather permitting
Cross-Country Ski Trails Opens at Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, Lemont
Trails will be opened and groomed as snow conditions permit. Sagawau Nordic is open daily, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. All skiers must obtain a free trail pass. Rentals available until 2 p.m. Equipment must be returned by 3:45 p.m. Call for exact opening date.
December 20
2:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m.
Christmas Concert at the Chicago Botanic Garden
Music make the holiday come alive! Celebrate with Christmas music and entertainment by Chicago Brass Band. Fee applies.
December 21
Hanukkah Concert at the Chicago Botanic Garden, 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
You can picture the latkes sizzling as the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band performs in the Alsdorf Auditorium! Fee applies.Snow Wonder at Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills, 1 p.m.
Snow is a wonder! Learn about this magical crystal and have some fun with snow-themed crafts. Registration required.

Winter Solstice Bonfire at Little Red Schoolhouse, Willow Springs, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Celebrate the shortest day of the year with a nature walk, bonfire and trimming of the wildlife tree. In-person registration is required, starting December 1; $3 per person.

December 22
12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Winter Breakout Adventures at Dan Ryan Woods Pavilion, Chicago
Don’t let the chilly weather bring you down! Embrace your time off from school and head outdoors! Youth and families are invited to join us for winter adventure and fun with activities like shelter building, GPS hikes, animal pelt station and winter-themed games. Come fore the day or just an hour! call (708)836-4042 ext 23 for details.

Property Tax Appeal Seminar

Northfield TWP Outreach Flyer Nov 17 2014 On Monday, November 17th, I will be co-hosting at property tax appeal seminar with Northfield Township Assessor Patricia Damisch at Northbrook Village Hall (1225 Cedar Lane). This free event, presented by Cook County Board of Review Commissioner Dan Patlak, will offer attendees the opportunity to learn how to appeal property tax assessments and fill out appeal forms for submission at the end of the event. Analysts from the Board of Review will be available to answer any questions. This promises to be a very informative event – I hope to see you there!


Connecting Cook County

ConPicture1necting Cook County is the long range transportation effort of the Cook County Department of Transportation & Highways. During November 2014, a MetroQuest Kiosk will be available at the Winnetka-Northfield Library (768 Oak Street) for residents to weigh in on transportation priorities!

Commissioner Goslin encourages everyone to take a hand in crafting the future of transportation in the county by using a kiosk or on the Connecting Cook County website.


Solar Chicago: Residential Solar Discount Program

Thinking about installing solar on your home but don’t know where to start or think it’s too expensive? Solar Chicago is here to help!

Cook County is partnering with the City of Chicago, World Wildlife Federation, Vote Solar, Environmental Law and Policy Center and others to help County residents anywhere in Cook County to simplify the process of researching solar installation options for their home. The program is launched with the goal of reducing the cost of residential solar electric systems and increasing their adoption throughout Cook County and neighboring communities.

Solar Chicago relies on two key elements:

1) Lower Cost: A discounted price (25% off) achieved by pooling the purchasing power of groups, and an additional incentive rebate that provides increasted savings as more people contract for solar electricity on their homes.

2) Smarter Decisions: A community outreach and education effort that engages municipal leaders like Cook County, local employers, community groups, homeowners, and grassroot volunteers.

Interested in learning more? Visit


New Senior (SR) and No Fee (NF) Vehicle Stickers

senior stickerThe Department of Revenue has implemented a new strategy for permanent vehicle stickers this year. Two new stickers have been created for taxpayer convenience purposes, SR permanent stickers for Seniors and NF permanent stickers for persons with disabilities and disabled veterans.

These two classes have been separated from the standard vehicle sticker to highlight their permanent nature and reduce the number of erroneous citations that are issued. In order to be in compliance, you MUST remove your old, existing permanent sticker and affix the NEW SR or NF sticker by 7/1/2014.

Please make sure to obtain your sticker before July 2, 2014. As of July 2, 2014 at $25 late fee will apply to the SR and NF Stickers. Stickers can be purchased with the mail-in renewal form, or at your local township office. SR and NF stickers cannot be purchased online.