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Sign Up to be Poll Worker

The Cook County Clerk’s office is in need of poll workers to serve voters in the community for the March 15th Presidential Primary!Poll Worker Having a broad spectrum of community members working together to serve voters in local polling places is a critical part of the democratic process.

There are two positions available: Election Judge or Equipment Manager. Both assist voters and ensure the polling place is running smoothly. Equipment Managers have greater responsibility for setting up and maintaining the voting equipment. Due to the additional responsibility, Equipment Managers receive more training and higher pay.  Election Judges earn $175. Equipment Managers earn $325. 

You can learn more and apply online at cookcountyclerk.com/judges or call 312.603.0970. There is also a video on our website outlining the positions. Bilingual judges are always needed and there are also positions available for college and high school students.

 

Disabled Veterans Exemption Expansion

UPDATE 1/19/2016: Per the Cook County Asessor’s Office, applications for the Disabled Veterans Homeowner Exemption will be available at www.cookcountyassessor.com/exemptions.aspx beginning January 27th as well as by mail. Veterans completely exempt from property taxes (those at least 70% disabled) might received a bill in February with a balance due in March. For the group that is completely exempt but still receives a bill, the overpayment will be refunded in full this summer.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed into a law a bill that would expand property tax breaks to severely wounded military veterans. Senate Bill 107 expands the existing multi-tiered set of exemptions from local property taxes for homeowners who have a service-connected injury, with a disability of at least 30 percent. Veterans with a disability of 30 to 49 percent, as certified by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, would receive a $2,500 annual exemption. Those with disabilities of between 50 to 69 percent would qualify for a $5,000 yearly exemption. And qualified homes of wounded veterans with a service-connected disability of at least 70 percent would be exempted from all property tax payments.

The law mandates that taxpayers granted an exemption under the new law must re-apply on an annual basis. The assessors or chief assessment officers for the Illinois counties where applicants live will determine the eligibility of residential property to receive the levels of tax relief implemented under the new law. [Click here to read the remainder of this news article]

While the Disabled Veterans Exemption is not a new exemption, this recent legislation increases the amount of Disabled Veterans Exemption savings and expands eligibility for the Exemption. Although the new law has an immediate effective date, the changes to the Disabled Veterans Exemption will not go into effect until the next tax year (Tax Year 2015, which begins on January 1, 2016).– The Cook County Assessor’s Office (CCAO) will have application forms ready for taxpayers beginning on January 1, 2016. These application forms will be made available on the CCAO website – http://www.cookcountyassessor.com/exemptions.aspx

 

Upcoming Special Events in the Forest Preserves

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

January – March 7
Daily
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Cross-Country Ski Trails Open at Sagawau Nordic, Lemont
Trails will be opened and groomed as snow conditions permit. All skiers must obtain a free trail pass. Rentals available until 2 pm. Rental equipment must be returned by 3:45 pm. Rental rates: $15 for individuals, $10 for seniors, $40 for family. Must be at least 18 years old or accompanied by guardian to rent skis. Equipment is for use at Sagawau only.
January – March 6
Saturdays & Sundays
9:30 a.m.
Beginner Cross-Country Ski Lession at Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, Lemont
Learn to ski with a professional instructor. Lessons cover the basic skills of flatland skiing and getting up and down easy hills. Ages 12 & up. First come, first served. Limit 12. Reservations not accepted. Please arrive by 9 am for registration and equipment fitting. $20/person.
January 11 – May 23
Mondays
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Story Time in the Lenhardt Library, Chicago Botanic Garden
Stories and activities for children ages 2 to 4, accompanied by a caregiver. Free.
February 12
Friday
7:00 p.m.
Love is in the Air at Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Romance is in the air for all kinds of animals! Learn more, and then go for a night hike on snowshoes (conditions permitting) and enjoy cocoa by the fire. Adults only. Registration required.
February 13
Saturday
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Birch Leggings and the Birkie at Sagawau Environmental Learning Center
Bring out your wooden skis and wool knickers! Learn the history of the Birkebeiner Ski Race and how it became the greatest ski race.

 

 

2016 Unsung Heroine Award

Each year the Cook County Commission on Women’s Issues sponsors the “Unsung Heroine” Award, honoring women throughout the county for whose contributions to their communities have quietly and without much recognition made a positive difference. Held during Women’s History Month to showcase the vital role of women locally, honorees will be recognized at a morning reception on March 3.

The selection of these heroines is being made on a district basis to ensure that women from each area of the County will be recognized for their contributions to their communities. Nominees must be a resident of the County Board district from which they are nominated.  Linda Fleming is chairing the 14th District selection process.

Represented by Commissioner Gregg Goslin, the 14thCounty Board district includes Inverness, Palatine, Rolling Meadows, Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Wheeling, Northbrook, Glenview, Northfield, and Golf. Click here to download a nomination form.

 

Quentin Road Study

The Department of Highways and Transportation has re-initiated the Quentin Road Study, and aims to complete this study by 2017. The focus of this study centers around how to best address the deterioration of the road, and how to best strike a balance between safety, capacity demands and the adjacent environmental resources. DOTH is interested in your feedback! You can send your thoughts, ideas and general comments to Quentin.Road@cookcountyil.gov or mail in the public comment form.

For a more information on the project, or to download the public comment form, visit http://www.cookcountyil.gov/department-of-transportation-and-highways/projects/.