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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:

November 1
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 21
7:00 p.m.
Owl Prowl at River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook

We’ll take a hike in the forest in sear of local owls! Afterwards, warm up inside with some snacks and hot chocolate. Register by Wednesday, November 19.
November 23
42nd Annual Settlers’ Day at Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Celebrate our heritage by stepping back into America’s past. Don’t miss costumed living-history demonstrations, hikes, crafts and an imaginary wagon train adventure! Admission is free, though donations of nonperishable food or money to benefit a local food depository will be gratefully accepted.

Prairie Planting at Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington, 1:00 p.m.
Sow the seeds of history during this hands-on program! Hats, gloves, sturdy shoes, long pants and long-sleeved shirts recommended.

November 28 – January 1
Friday – Sunday
Wonderland Express at the Chicago Botanic Garden
This annual Garden holiday event includes trains winding past replicas of famous Chicago buildings and landmarks, beautiful horticultural displays and hundreds of thousands of twinkling LED lights! Ticket fee applies.
November 29
1:00 p.m.
Attracting Birds at Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, Lemont

Feeding the birds is a great way to attract winter residents to your yard! Learn how to provide a refuge for birds with proper landscaping and placement of bird feeders.

Property Tax Appeal Seminar

Northfield TWP Outreach Flyer Nov 17 2014 On Monday, November 17th, I will be co-hosting at property tax appeal seminar with Northfield Township Assessor Patricia Damisch at Northbrook Village Hall (1225 Cedar Lane). This free event, presented by Cook County Board of Review Commissioner Dan Patlak, will offer attendees the opportunity to learn how to appeal property tax assessments and fill out appeal forms for submission at the end of the event. Analysts from the Board of Review will be available to answer any questions. This promises to be a very informative event – I hope to see you there!


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.


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.