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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 cookcountyclerk.com/judges 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!

 

Upcoming Special Events in the Forest Preserves

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

February 11 – March 26
Daily
10:00 a.m. & 4:00 p.m.
The Orchid Show at the  Regenstein Center, Chicago Botanic Garden
More than 10,000 orchids will fill the Galleries and Greenhouses of the Regenstein Center, interspersed
with displays that provide little-known facts about this fascinating plant. This year’s Show, “Orchids in
Vogue” looks at the influence orchids have had on popular culture – in fashion, media, connoisseurship,
design, and more. Fee applies.
March 18
Saturday
1:30 p.m.
Powerwalk the Greenway at Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Get out and get activie with a naturalist by exploring remnant prairies and savannas along the Burnham Greenway Trail. Meet out the Green Lake Aquatic Center (1100 River Oaks Drive, Calumet City).
March 19 & 25
Sunday & Saturday
1:00 p.m.
Signs of Spring at Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, Lemont
Observe how plants and animals respond to longer days as spring invites birds to sing and plants to bloom.
March 19
Sunday
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
45th Annual Maple Syrup Festival at River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Celebreate the arrival of spring with a special day of activities including crafts, games, tree tapping, and maple syrup history with syrup samples to taste.

 

 

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.