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February is National Spay and Neuter Month

February is National Spay and Neuter Month! Cook County has partnered with private veterinarians to offer discounts of up to $40 per procedure throughout the month. No coupons needed – simply ask your vet for the Cook County discount. Pet owners must be Cook County residents and pets must be up to date on rabies shots.

Additionally, The Anti-Cruelty Society is also offering low cost spay/neuter surgeries: cats for $30, dogs for $130, and pit bull and pit bull mix dogs for $60.

For more information can be found here.


Be a Pollworker March 20th!

The Cook County Clerk’s office is hiring community members to serve in suburban polling places and make it possible for their neighbors to cast their ballots and be heard during the March 20th gubernatorial primary election.

There are two positions available: Election Judge or Equipment Manager. Both Election Judges and Equipment Managers 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 the additional responsibility, Equipment Managers receive more training and get higher pay. Election Judges earn $190, Equipment Managers earn $340. 

Interested? Learn more and apply online at

work or call 312.603.0970.


Upcoming Special Events in the Forest Preserves

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

February 10 – March 25
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Asai in Bloom: The Orchid Show at Chicago Botanic Garden
With more than 10,000 vibrant orchids, all blooming at once, this year’s Orchid Show will evoke the beauty and serenity of Asia. Fee applies. New: open until 8 p.m. on Thursdays (a cash bar will be available).
February 9
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Sweetheart Night Hike at Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Sweethearts are invited to enjoy the Nature Center at their leisure. Enjoy a casual bite to eat, hike a short trail, sit by a campfire, roast marshmellow orenjoy the exhibits inside. Register by 2/5. Ages 21 & up. Limit 40. $20/couple.
February 10 (6:30 p.m) & February 11 (11 a.m.)
Saturday & Sunday
Valentine’s Dinner & Brunch at Brookfield Zoo
Celebrate Valentine’s Day in a unique way with a cocktail reception and dinner or champagne brunch at Brookfield Zoo. For reservations, visit
February 10
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Surf the White Winter Wave at Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, Lemont
Don’t let the weather get you down! Join the fun as we take a Polynesian spin on winter by skiing the “frozen wave” or winter storms leave in their wake. After skiing, relax and enjoy surfing videos and live updates on surfing conditions from Oahu’s North Shore. Dress up and win a prize! Event will take place if ski trails are open!



Invest in Cook 2018

Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways has announced a second round of the “Invest in Cook” program. Local governments, regional transportation authorities, transit agencies, natural resource or public land agencies, and any other local or regional governmental entity with responsibility for transportation or recreational trails within Cook County are invited to submit a proposal through March 16, 2018 at 5 p.m.

Applicants are invited to attended two scheduled workshops for guidance as it relates to the application process:

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

1:00-3:00 p.m.

County Building

118 North Clark Street, on the 4th Floor in Room 4A


Thursday, February 1, 2018

2:00-4:00 p.m.

George Dunne County Office Building,

69 West Washington, on the 22nd Floor in Room 22A

Additional information can be found here.


Northfield Township Property Tax Appeal Seminar

Northfield Township is open for property tax appeal from December 18 to January 16. Commissioner Goslin co-sponsoring two property tax appeal seminars  so residents of Northfield Township can learn how to appeal their property tax assessment. Cook County Board of Review Commissioner Dan Patlak will explain the appeals process and attendees will be able to fill out and submit appeal forms at the end of the event.

The first seminar will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 10 at Northbrook Village Hall (1225 Cedar Lane). The second seminar will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, January 15 at the Glenview Park District Park Center (2400 Chestnut Avenue).