Voting by Mail
Any registered voter can vote by mail. You do not need a reason.
Regardless of how you apply, the signature on your ballot will be compared against the signature in your voter file before your ballot is counted.
If you receive a ballot by mail but decide you want to early vote or vote on Election Day in person, you must bring your mail ballot with you to be voided. Otherwise, you will have to fill out a provisional ballot (after completing a provisional-ballot affidavit), which may or may not be counted after the election.
Click the button below to be directed to the Cook County Clerk's website for information on voter registration, voting by mail, early voting locations and hours, working on election day, and more.
Click the button below to be directed to the Chicago Board of Elections' website detailing information on voter registration, voting by mail, early voting locations and hours, and more.
Cook County Board of Review Commissioner Dan Patlak will be holding multiple property assessment appeal webinars for taxpayers seeking to appeal their 2020 property tax assessments. The webinars include a presentation explaining the appeal procedure at the Board of Review. Analysts will be available online via chat to answer specific questions and concerns. This event is free to the public, and there is no fee to appeal at the Board of Review.
The webinars are co-sponsored by Cook County Commissioner Peter Silvestri and Niles Township Assessor Scott Bagnall.
The hour-long webinars will be held on:
Thursday, October 22
11:00 a.m. & 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 29
11:00 a.m. & 6:00 p.m.
It's best to identify your area of interest and check the forest preserve map below indicating what is open and when.
Here are a few key updates:
We have all sacrificed to help stop the spread and flatten the curve. With the gradual reopening, our numbers are understandably creeping up. Now is NOT the time to let our guard down. Wearing masks and practicing social distancing is still required. We can handle that, and we must if we want to see Phase 5. For updated COVID-19 information, please visit the websites below.
Governor Pritzker has authorized Illinois to begin following Phase 4 Guidelines. Health and fitness providers, day camps, film production, museums, and others are among the industries with new guidelines.
Some of the minimum guidelines that are uniform across all businesses, industries, and nonprofits within the state include:
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act provides for free COVID-19 testing and related office visits for those who need it, including reimbursement for the uninsured. There are a number of requirements so check with your provider for details.
Cook County’s Bureau of Economic Development has launched The Community Recovery Fund as part of the Community Recovery Initiative. This loan fund offers one-time, zero-interest loans of up to $20,000 for small businesses and $10,000 for independent contractors in suburban Cook County. Loans will be administered by the Chicago Community Loan Fund and provided by a network of community lenders.
To apply, businesses and independent contractors in suburban Cook County must meet these requirements:
To learn more about the initiative and sign up for updates for when the application period opens,
Brookfield Zoo is offering a limited reopening (all indoor spaces remain closed) with new guidelines, including reserved timed entry and parking. No tickets will be sold on site. Food, beverage, and gift shop transactions must be via credit/debit card.
Cook County is responsible for providing essential services in the areas of public safety, public health, the court system, elections, tax assessment and appeals, recording deeds, and managing forest preserves. As an independent-minded member of the Board, I have worked hard to combine fiscal responsibility with social awareness. I am honored to serve the people of the 9th district, which includes: portions of the far northwest side of Chicago; Park Ridge, River Forest, Elmwood Park, Harwood Heights, Mount Prospect, Norridge, River Grove, Rosemont, and Schiller Park; portions of Arlington Heights, Melrose Park, Morton Grove, Niles, and Prospect Heights; and unincorporated Norwood Park, Maine, and Wheeling Townships.
The Cook County Clerk's office and website can guide you through how to obtain birth and death certificates, marriage and domestic partner licenses, notary commissions, and much more.
Yes, I want to stay up-to-date on Cook County news, 9th District tax seminars, and more.