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  • Karen Hailpern of unincorporated Cook County talks Tuesday morning about how she and others are placing signs around Montessori School of North Hoffman and handing out fliers about the owner’s plans to add another location at a site picketers don’t approve of.

    Residents picket Montessori School planning new siteApr 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    Residents of an unincorporated neighborhood between Hoffman Estates, Inverness and South Barrington picketed outside Montessori School of North Hoffman Tuesday to protest plans for construction of an associated school at the intersection of Ela Road and Hickory Lane. Bob Bacon, president of the Highland Woods Neighborhood Association, said traffic safety was a top concern about the Cook County-approved plan.

  • Trout fishing opens Saturday in Cook CountyApr 1, 2014 12:00 AM
    The trout fishing season in the Forest Preserves of Cook County starts at dawn Saturday, April 5. Catchable-sized rainbow trout are being stocked this week into Axehead Lake, Belleau Lake, Horsetail Lake and, new this year, Green Lake.

  • Foul play not suspected in Rosemont-area deathMar 25, 2014 12:00 AM
    Authorities say they do not suspect foul play in the death of a man found Monday morning in a forest preserve near Rosemont. The Cook County medical examiner’s office conducted an autopsy Tuesday, but said a final determination on cause of death will not come until further tests are conducted.

  • The sun rises over the frozen pond of Crabtree Nature Center near South Barrington.

    Get set for spring with activities in the Cook County forest preservesFeb 26, 2014 12:00 AM
    Getting a little tired of winter? The Cook County Forest Preserve District has scheduled spring activities, starting in March, all over the county.

  • Preckwinkle accepts new forest preserves plan Jan 24, 2014 12:00 AM
    Forest Preserves of Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle Friday formally accepted the “Next Century Conservation Plan” for the preserves. The plan was created by a blue-ribbon commission of local leaders appointed by Preckwinkle in 2013 as part of the forest preserves’ centennial anniversary celebration.

  • The Harry Semrow Golf Driving Range in Des Plaines is one of two sites being proposed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for a flood storage reservoir, part of a larger flood control plan along the Des Plaines River.

    Des Plaines driving range eyed for flood reservoirJan 23, 2014 12:00 AM
    Golfers at the Harry Semrow Golf Driving Range in Des Plaines could soon be launching golf balls onto an open field that doubles as a reservoir during local flooding. The driving range, a 37-acre site at Golf and Rand roads, was identified by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as a possible location for a reservoir as one alternative to constructing a reservoir at historic Didier Farms near Lincolnshire.

  • Photo Meet-ups at Cook County forest preserves Jan 13, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Forest Preserves of Cook County is hosting its second year of Photo Meet-ups designed for photographers of all skill levels, from beginners to experts. Each event will take place at 10 a.m. on the fourth Saturday of each month at one of the forest preserves’ nature centers.

  •  A bridle path crosses Route 62 near Bateman Road from the Cook County Forest Preserve in Barrington Hills. The body of a 37-year-old Wauconda man was found in the area Christmas Day. Foul play is not suspected.

    Foul play not suspected in forest preserve death Dec 26, 2013 12:00 AM
    Foul play is not suspected in the death of a 37-year-old Wauconda man whose body was found in a forest preserve near Barrington Hills on Christmas Day, according to Cook County sheriff’s police. The man was confirmed to be the same as one who went missing Monday after last being seen at a Carpentersville bar.

  • Cook County forest preserve permits available Jan. 2 Dec 16, 2013 12:00 AM
    The Forest Preserves of Cook County will begin selling 2014 picnic permits online and in-person beginning at 8 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 2. In-person sales will take place from 8 a.m. — 4 p.m. at the district’s general headquarters, 536 N. Harlem Ave., River Forest.

  •  Busse Woods is a popular destination spot for activities, including the annual MS Walk, shown here.

    Cook County 2014 picnic permits to be available online Dec 16, 2013 12:00 AM
    The Forest Preserves of Cook County will begin selling 2014 picnic permits online and in-person on Thursday, Jan. 2. New this year is an online permitting system, called ActiveNet, which allows residents to apply online for a variety of permits, including family and corporate picnics, walkathons and more.

  • Cook County passes $179 million forest preserve budget Dec 3, 2013 12:00 AM
    The Cook County Board unanimously approved a $179 million 2014 budget for its forest preserves Wednesday that includes $7 million for construction, development and capital improvements, and funding for a new transportation program to provide more county residents, particularly those from Chicago, access to the Brookfield Zoo. “This budget achieves our critical goals of protecting the diversity of plants and animals that depend on the preserves, and introducing new educational and recreational opportunities for County residents,” board President Toni Preckwinkle said

  • Guilty verdict in torture-murder case Nov 22, 2013 12:00 AM
    A Waukegan man was found guilty Friday in a 2011 torture and murder case. Jose Horta, 21, of the 300 block of Edison Court, had been charged with first-degree murder in the death of David Campbell, 27, of Waukegan.

  •  Bicyclists make their way across a new $2.7 million overpass after it was formally dedicated on Friday.

    Elk Grove family gets closure from opening of bike bridge Nov 22, 2013 12:00 AM
    46-year-old Rosaleen Waters of Elk Grove Village was struck and killed by a vehicle in May as she crossed busy Higgins Road near the Elk Grove-Schaumburg border. Now her family members say they have some closure with the opening of a new overpass that connects the northern and southern portions of the Busse Woods trail. “For me, it’s a happy day,” her husband Tony Waters said.

  •  Bird watchers hike near Nelson Lake/Dick Young Forest Preserve in Batavia.

    Editorial: Actions must align with forest preserve missionNov 15, 2013 12:00 AM
    Kane County forest officials should ensure their actions align with the district's mission, a Daily Herald editorial says.

  • Cook County to have more summer jobs in forest preserves Nov 6, 2013 12:00 AM
    Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Commissioner Bridget Gainer have pledged another $100,000 in the 2014 budget to provide summer jobs in the forest preserves. “Providing teenagers with summer jobs will enhance their development and give them productive ways to spend their time,” Preckwinkle said.

  • New restrooms coming to some Cook County forest preserves Nov 5, 2013 12:00 AM
    Installation has begun on the first of 10 new permanent toilet buildings for the Forest Preserves of Cook County. The restroom at the Bremen Grove Forest Preserve in south suburban Oak Forest is expected to open in mid-November. The remaining nine facilities will be installed in spring 2014.

  • Cook forest preserve engineer charged in kickback plot Oct 31, 2013 12:00 AM
    A former Cook County Forest Preserve District engineer faces federal bribery charges for, prosecutors say, accepting $10,000 in kickbacks for work performed at two district facilities.

  • County wants feedback on Rolling Knolls development plan Oct 30, 2013 12:00 AM
    The Forest Preserves of Cook County will be hosting a community open houses for Rolling Knolls 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 2, in the Rolling Knolls parking lot at 11N260 Rohrssen Road in Elgin. The meeting is to solicit comments on recently released site master plans prepared by architectural and engineering consultants.

  •  Cameron Sato, in the royal blue T-shirt, with friends who helped him build fish cribs that Cameron later installed at Axehead Lake and Belleau Lake in Des Plaines as part of an Eagle Scout project. The cribs give smaller, growing fish protection from larger predators.

    Eagle Scout candidate builds fish cribs for forest preserve lakes Oct 18, 2013 12:00 AM
    Fishermen who flocked to Axehead Lake in Park Ridge for the start of trout fishing season on Saturday found some new hot spots where the recently stocked fish gathered: fish cribs installed by a Mount Prospect Eagle Scout candidate. Cameron Sato, a Hersey High School freshman, worked with Jim Phillips, a fisheries biologist with the Cook County Forest Preserve District, to design his project.

  • Fees will not increase in the coming year at Cook County forest preserves like Busse Woods.

    Cook Forest Preserve District not raising user fees Oct 17, 2013 12:00 AM
    Cook County Forest Preserve officials unveiled a $179 million operating budget Thursday that calls for no user fee increases, no bump in the property tax levy and nine new full-time positions.

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