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  • Preckwinkle accepts new forest preserves plan Jan 24, 2014 4:07 PM
    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.

     
  • Des Plaines driving range eyed for flood reservoir Jan 23, 2014 12:18 PM
    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 4:26 PM
    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.

     
  • Foul play not suspected in forest preserve death Dec 26, 2013 6:19 PM
    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 2014 picnic permits to be available online Dec 16, 2013 2:09 PM
    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 forest preserve permits available Jan. 2 Dec 16, 2013 4:32 PM
    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.

     
  • Cook County passes $179 million forest preserve budget Dec 3, 2013 6:23 PM
    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 7:53 PM
    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.

     
  • Elk Grove family gets closure from opening of bike bridge Nov 22, 2013 9:08 PM
    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.

     
  • Editorial: Actions must align with forest preserve mission Nov 15, 2013 5:00 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 7:06 PM
    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 4:36 PM
    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 9:42 PM
    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 4:37 PM
    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.

     
  • Eagle Scout candidate builds fish cribs for forest preserve lakes Oct 21, 2013 1:19 PM
    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.

     
  • Cook Forest Preserve District not raising user fees Oct 17, 2013 2:01 PM
    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.

     
  • Cook County preserves trout season begins Oct. 19 Oct 10, 2013 11:26 AM
    The Forest Preserves of Cook County fall trout fishing season starts at dawn Saturday, Oct. 19, but fishing will be banned next week in preparation for the day. Catchable-sized rainbow trout (½–1 pound) will be stocked into Axehead Lake, Belleau Lake, Horsetail Lake, and, new this year, Busse Reservoir North Pool.

     
  • Vote for favorite photos in Forest Preserve of Cook County contest Oct 2, 2013 12:58 PM
    The Forest Preserves of Cook County is holding its second annual public photo contest. The winning photographs will be featured in the 2014 Forest Preserves of Cook County Wall Calendar and in an exhibition in the Cook County building in downtown Chicago and suburban courthouses.

     
  • Art meets nature Sunday at Crabtree preserve in Barrington Hills Sep 25, 2013 3:33 PM
    The tradition of plein air painting, or painting in the outdoors directly from the landscape, goes back centuries. Celebrate both local landscape and artistic talent at Art in Nature, hosted by Crabtree Nature Center Barrington Hills 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29.

     
  • American Indian Pow Wow celebrates culture at Busse Woods Sep 15, 2013 12:06 AM
    As the last remaining founder of the American Indian Center of Chicago, Susan Power welcomed a crowd of several thousand at Saturday's 60th Annual American Indian Center Pow Wow in Busse Wood Forest Preserve in Elk Grove. Power has been to every one.

     
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