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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.

 

Upcoming Special Events in the Forest Preserves

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

November 1
Saturdays
1:30 p.m.
Campfire Foods 101 at the Little Red Schoolhouse, Willow Springs
Spark your taste buds and learn how to cook over a campfire! Food will be provided. $3 per person, registration required.
November 1
Saturday
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Family Night Out: Stars, Stories and S’Mores at Eggers Grove, Chicago

Bring the family and enjoy and evening in the forest! We’ll have a fire, storytelling, snacks and other nature activities. We’ll also be celebrating Day of the Dead!
November 7-9
Friday – Sunday
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Fine Art of Fiber at the Chicago Botanic Garden
This event is the area’s oldest and largest fiber arts showcase and includes a boutique, fashion show, demonstrations and exhibitions.
November 15
Saturday
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Green Holiday DIY at Cummings Square, River Forest
Learn to green up your holiday gift giving, wrapping and decorating. We’ll have supplies on hand, but bring any old items you’d like to transform into something new!
November 16
Sunday
1:00 p.m.
Mammals: Ice Age to Late 1800s at the Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills

Mammoths, caribou, bears and horses: learn more about mammals of our past.
 

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 www.mygroupenergy.com/solarchicago

 

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.

 

Commissioner Goslin Supports Puppy Mill Ban

Commissioner Goslin strongly supports the county’s efforts to ban puppy mills.  The original legislation that was passed did so with minimal discussion, and was not sent to committee. Proposed ordinances are traditionally sent to committee to ensure there is time for debate and to make sure the best possible ordinance has been crafted.

After the puppy mill ban was approved, Commissioner Goslin’s office met with veterinary groups to see if there was any way to strengthen the ordinance and not simply drive all sales of puppies online, where it is more difficult to regulate.  He sponsored an amendment, which was sent to committee, and following further discussions, he is no longer supporting that amendment.

It is the process of sending items to committee that allows for productive conversations to be had before action is taken on an item.