CDBG and ESG Programs

From Cook County Bureau of Economic Development** Cook County Application Workshops for 2019 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Emergency Solutions Grant Programs are now Available  The 2019 CDBG applications and related materials are now available on the Cook County Bureau of Economic Development website. Materials for the ESG program will be published shortly. They

New Bid Preference

I was proud to co-sponsor this piece of legislation proposed by fellow Commissioner Larry Suffredin of District 13. With this new ordinance, businesses owned by people with disabilities will get a preference of 5% of Procurement Contracts. There is a certification process that includes determining that at least 51% of the business is owned, controlled,

New Pace Bus Policy: Route 208

From Pace Bus Website** Beginning Sunday, March 3, 2019, Pace Route 208 – Golf Road will operate under a Posted Stops Only policy. Buses on this route will stop to pick up and drop off passengers only at bus stop signs with the Pace logo and route number. On most routes, Pace customers can currently board a

Upcoming Assessor website changes

From Journal & Topics** New Commissioner Works With County Assessor To Make Website Easier To Use Changes suggested by Cook County Commissioner Kevin Morrison (D-15th) to make information on tax assessments easier to find on the Cook County Assessor’s website were implemented at the end of January. Officials with the assessors office promise more short

Water Crisis Collaboration

From Journal & Topics*** Community Works To Get Water Flowing At Blackhawk Estates Water flow has almost totally returned to Blackhawk Estates mobile home park in unincorporated Des Plaines following park-wide water access issues caused by sub-zero temperatures. Last week, residents went to local lawmakers for help following days without water or seeing sediment-filled water

Daily Herald Article

From the Daily Herald*** Cook County assessor website offers more tax information “Cook County Commissioner Kevin Morrison and Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi have jointly announced changes to the assessor’s website,, which will make it easier for taxpayers to access neighborhood-level data about comparable properties in their area. These changes will make it easier to review

Public Hearing Held

**From the Windy City Times** Trans military item to be heard Feb. 19 2019-02-09 A public hearing involving a resolution about President Trump’s anti-transgender military ban is slated to go before the Cook County Commissioners on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 1:30 p.m. at 118 N. Clark St. Recently elected—and openly gay—Cook County Commissioner Kevin Morrison

India Republic Day Celebration

FIA celebrates Indian Republic Day & 10th anniversary The Federation of Indian Associations of Chicago hosted a grand celebration of Indian Republic Day on January 26 at Waterford Banquet in Elmhurst, a south side suburb of Chicago, bringing gratitude and cheer on this somber occasion. It was also a great kickoff event for the 10th

Water Crisis near Des Plaines

Hundreds of people at a mobile home park near Des Plaines, an unincorporated part of Cook County, said they haven’t had water for a week. The area is dealing with a water crisis, due in part, to last week’s polar vortex. The area gets water from a well, which froze during the recent cold snap.

Illinois considers Tobacco 21

On the heels of Cook County raising age to purchase tobacco to 21, Springfield legislators are looking to also pass a similar law statewide. We congratulate fellow Cook County Commissioners Scott Britton and Larry Suffredin on sponsoring this important legislation. Please check out more on this in the Journal & Topics article.