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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:

September 20
Saganashkee Slough Paddle, Lemont – 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Join our morning paddle as we tak e a look at the diverse habitats of this ares. Instruction provided. Call (708)771-1010 to reserve a spot.Archaeology Day at Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland – 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Join us for activities that promote a better understanding and appreciation of historic Native American culture. Enjoy archaeology displays, guided hikes, activities and crafts.

Family Campout at Pulaski Woods, Willow Springs
In partnership with the Chicago Park District, families can campout under the starts at Pulaski Woods and participate in fun outdoor activities like canoeing, archery, hiking and more! Tents and a campfire meal will be provided. Cook County families of up to 6 can register at: There is a $50 fee per family group.

September 20 & 21
Saturday & Sunday
Family Campout at Pulaski Woods, Willow Springs – 2:00 p.m. Saturday to 10:00 a.m. Sunday    
In partnership with the Chicago Park District, families can campout under the starts at Pulaski Woods and participate in fun outdoor activities like canoeing, archery, hiking and more! Tents and a campfire meal will be provided. Cook County families of up to 6 can register at: There is a $50 fee per family group.

Illinois Gourd Society Show & Sale, Chicago Botanic Garden – 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
See gourds of all shapes and sizes at this show and sale. This show includes themed and educational displays. Society members and growers will be on hand to answer questions and vendors will sell crafted gourds of all kinds in addition to dry gourds, seeds, tools and supplies.

September 21
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Art in Nature at the Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington
Watch artists as they paint along our trails! Listen to live music, view additional artwork fore sale and vote for your favorite artist. Adults and kids can learn to create unique artwork. Materials and instruction provided.
September 24
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Afterschool Outdoor Adventure: Tracking Nature, Dan Ryan Woods Pavilion
Calling all outdoor adventurers ages 7-12! Join us to investigate different habitats and look for native animal tracks! We’ll play games, hike and create own own track using a printmaking process. Call (708)771-1010 to reserve a spot.
September 26
7:00 p.m.
The Astronomer’s Night Sky at Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
View planets and other celestial wonders through a telescope (clear skies permitting). In the event of poor skies, an astronomy lectures and slideshow will be presented. Register by 9/24.

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.


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.


2014 Cook County Rabies Vaccination Clinics

A&R Dog

The Cook County Department of Animal and Rabies Control has released its 2014 schedule for Low-Cost Rabies Vaccination Clinics, which includes several locations in and around the 14th District.  These clinics offer affordable rabies vaccinations to Cook County residents–rabies vaccines cost $7 for one year or $21 for three years.  Pet owners can also have their pets micro-chipped for $10 (this does not include the national registration fee).

Locations that are closest to the 14th District include the following:

  • Tuesday, June 24th at Jewel (45 S. Plum Grove) in Palatine
  • Wednesday, July 9th at Morton Grove Community Center (6140 Dempster)
  • Wednesday, July 23rd at Oak Leaf Commons (1500 Lee Street) in Des Plaines
  • Tuesday, September 9th at Jewel (1340 Patriot Blvd) in Glenview
  • Tuesday, September 30th at Jewel (1485 Palatine Road) in Hoffman Estates
  • Wednesday, October 1st at Highway Building Garage 34 (1 Illinois Blvd) in Hoffman Estates

Events will be held from 10 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. and are weather-permitting.  A complete schedule can be downloaded from the Cook County Department of Animal and Rabies Control website.