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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:

May 24 – September 1
Butterflies & Blooms at the Chicago Botanic Garden
Visitors can immerse themselves in a habitat filled with hundreds of live butterflies.  This exhibition is filled with species native to North and South America, Asia and Africa, as well as those native to Illinois.  Ticket Fee Applies.
July 26 & 27
Saturday & Sunday
11:00am – 4:00pm
Herb Garden Weekend at the Chicago Botanic Gardens
Season your weekend with displays, demonstrations, tours and kids’ activities about growing and using a variety of kitchen garden herbs! Vendors will be on-site selling herbal products.
July 26
Nature’s Table at the Little Red School House, Willow Springs
With a little imagination, you can turn common plants into something tasty. Sample a beverage, appetizer, main dish and dessert. We’ll take a hike afterwards! Ages 13 & up, registration required.
July 27
Bike the Trails at River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Bring your off-road bike for a leisurely trek through the forest preserves with one of our naturalists! Helmet required, water bottle recommended.
July 31
Films in the Forest at Green Lake Aquatic Center, Calumet City
Watch “The Hunger Games” on Thursday, July 31! Pre activities begin at 6:30pm and the movie will begin at dusk. Rated PG-13.

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.


Unsung Heroine Award

In observance of Women’s History Month, the Cook County Commission on Women’s Issues honors remarkable women for vital contributions to their communities.

We are proud to announce Courtney Renwick as the 2014 recipient of the Cook County Unsung Heroine Award for the 14th District. Courtney has served her community through local organizations including the Palatine Opportunity Center and Elk Grove Township Youth Services. Continue reading “Unsung Heroine Award” »