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The Forest Preserve is Going Hyperspectral

By at November 30, 2012 | 12:18 pm | 1 Comments

The Forest Preserve is Going Hyperspectral

Originally appeared in the November 29, 2012 edition of the Cook County Forest Preserve's website Wetlands are lands that are wet for at least part of the year. They provide critical feeding, resting and breeding habitat to many kinds of waterfowl, amphibians and reptiles, fish, small mammals and dragonflies. Thanks to a collaboration between the Forest Preserve more...

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President Preckwinkle Welcomes Delegation from Nanchang, China and talks about Economic Development

By at November 28, 2012 | 8:40 am | 0 Comment

President Preckwinkle Welcomes Delegation from Nanchang, China and talks about Economic Development

Originally published on the Commit to Cook website, November 27, 2012 On November 20, President Preckwinkle welcomed a delegation of 25 high-level government officials from Nanchang, China, hosted by WorldChicago, who were  interested in gaining knowledge on economnic development and energy in the United States. The meeting, held at 69 W. Washington, 35th Floor, more...

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Project Underway in Oak Park for Affordable Housing

By at November 27, 2012 | 8:47 am | 0 Comment

Project Underway in Oak Park for Affordable Housing

Originally appeared in the November 19, 2012 edition of Commit to Cook The Interfaith Housing Development Corporation, along with the Village of Oak Park, and the Cook County Bureau of Economic Development  gathered with others in the community to start the rehabilitation of 820-832 West Madison, Oak Park to affordable housing.  Formerly used for industrial purposes, more...

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Cook County Launches DUI Memorial Program

By at November 19, 2012 | 4:00 pm | 1 Comments

Cook County Launches DUI Memorial Program

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle today announced the launch a program that will let families purchase a memorial marker near the site of a DUI fatality to commemorate the loss of a loved one. Under the new DUI Memorial Program, families can acquire the marker online for fatal DUI crashes on or after January 1, 1990 on highways under the jurisdiction of the more...

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Chicago and Cook County Receive $47 Million to Protect the Public and Critical Infrastructures

By at November 16, 2012 | 3:00 pm | 0 Comment

Chicago and Cook County Receive $47 Million to Protect the Public and Critical Infrastructures

The Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC), the Department of Homeland Security Emergency Management (DHSEM) and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) received $47 million in Homeland Security Grant Funding to continue the development, training and allocation of resources for securing the public and critical infrastructure in the event more...

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Collaboration and Cooperation Result in Improved Safety at Jack Hile Middle School in Oak Forest

By at November 14, 2012 | 3:04 pm | 1 Comments

Collaboration and Cooperation Result in Improved Safety at Jack Hile Middle School in Oak Forest

After student Alex Fitzgerald was struck by a car on 151st Street near the school last April, the Cook County Highway Department moved swiftly to make the area safer. A new traffic signal was installed at the school exit, and the county partnered with the City of Oak Forest to construct a safer crosswalk for students. Brighter street lights were also installed to light more...

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The Cook County Health & Hospitals System (CCHHS) 1115 Medicaid Waiver—What is CountyCare?

By at November 13, 2012 | 3:28 pm | 12 Comments

The Cook County Health & Hospitals System (CCHHS) 1115 Medicaid Waiver—What is CountyCare?

Originally appeared in the November 8, 2012 edition of IllinoisHealthMatters.org Last month the Cook County Health & Hospitals System received word from the Federal Centers for Medicaid and Medicare that their request for an 1115 Waiver to the Illinois Medicaid system had been conditionally approved, pending the State of Illinois officially accepting the “terms more...

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Cook County Designates November As Child Support Awareness Month

By at November 2, 2012 | 1:29 pm | 6 Comments

Cook County Designates November As Child Support Awareness Month

The Cook County Board of Commissioners has designated November as Child Support Awareness Month, part of an educational campaign to highlight the free services available to families seeking child support. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said the campaign’s goal is to encourage custodial parents to use the no-cost IV-D Child Support Services Program more...

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Get your flu vaccine, today!

By at October 31, 2012 | 1:57 pm | 0 Comment

Get your flu vaccine, today!

Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) officials remind residents that everyone six months of age and older should get a flu vaccine. Vaccine is available at your local pharmacy, family doctor and grocery stores throughout suburban Cook County.  The 2012-2013 flu vaccine will protect against the three influenza viruses that research indicates will be most more...

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Cook County lands $100 million federal waiver

By at October 29, 2012 | 11:41 am | 0 Comment

Cook County lands $100 million federal waiver

Originally published in the October 29, 2012 edition of Crain's Chicago Business Cook County hit a $100 million jackpot over the weekend. In a little noticed but crucial decision announced Friday night, the federal government signed off on a request by county board President Toni Preckwinkle to enroll 114,000 low-income people a year early in the Medicaid more...

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