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Become a Forest Preserve Holiday Volunteer

By at December 1, 2012 | 9:32 am | 0 Comment

Become a Forest Preserve Holiday Volunteer

We often think of the holiday season as a time for giving-to our families, our friends and our larger communities. But what about giving back to the earth? The tallgrass prairies and savannas of Cook County are rarer and more threatened than the tropical rainforests. After nearly two centuries of urban development and farming in the region, they've been reduced to a more...

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2012 Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony

By at November 30, 2012 | 1:32 pm | 0 Comment

2012 Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, the Commissioners, Agency heads and Bureau chiefs all gathered in the lobby of 118 N . Clark St. to light the Cook County Holiday Tree.  The event was hosted by Robert Jordan of WLS-TV Channel 7. Click on the image above to view the entire more...

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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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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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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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Cook County Seeking Tech Talent as it Looks to Upgrade

By at October 30, 2012 | 5:08 pm | 1 Comments

Cook County Seeking Tech Talent as it Looks to Upgrade

Originally published in the October 30, 2012 edition of Blacklinereview.com Just like the ’80s blockbuster hit movie, Back to the Future, Cook County is looking back in time to see what it needs to progress forward. Currently, the technology serving the millions of county residents is, literally, trapped in time. And, while the rest of the world marches forward more...

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Attend the Cook County Women’s Commission Event, “Incarcerated Females: Breaking the Cycle,” October 18, 2012

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

Attend the Cook County Women’s Commission Event, “Incarcerated Females: Breaking the Cycle,” October 18, 2012

Join the Commission on Women’s Issues as we explore the frustrating and often dangerous cycle that women and girls find themselves in when they encounter our criminal justice system.  In order to break the cycle, we must first understand the cycle. How It Begins: What circumstances lead women/girls to engage in the behavior for which they are either detained or more...

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Cook County Sheriff Kicks Off “Jail Guitar Doors” Program

By at October 16, 2012 | 2:08 pm | 0 Comment

Cook County Sheriff Kicks Off “Jail Guitar Doors” Program

Originally published Thursday, October 11, at the Cook County Sheriff website: On Thursday, October 11, the Cook County Sheriff's Office kicked off the new "Jail Guitar Doors" program at Division 11.  The program will offer an eight‐week guitar lesson program for inmates. Jail Guitar Doors was founded by Billy Bragg in 2007 to honor the life of The Clash more...

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Cook County’s Provident Hospital Recognizes National Mammography Month

By at October 16, 2012 | 1:59 pm | 0 Comment

Cook County’s Provident Hospital Recognizes National Mammography Month

Originally published Friday, October 12, on the Cook County Health and Hospitals System website: Cook County Health and Hospitals System officials announced Friday, October 12th,  that in honor of National Mammography Month, Provident Hospital of Cook County will offer free mammography screenings to the first 50 women who preferably have never had a more...

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Artificial Aquatic Habitats

By at October 16, 2012 | 1:51 pm | 0 Comment

Artificial Aquatic Habitats

Originally published Thursday October 11, at the  Forest Preserve District of Cook County website: Did you know all of the Forest Preserve District’s fishing lakes are man-made? Many of our lakes began as borrow pits (enormous holes left behind after land is excavated) for road and highway construction—not the ideal location for fish, wildlife or plant life. more...

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