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February, 2014

Democratic Candidates for Cook County Board, District 4

NICHOLAS “NICK” SMITH Democratic candidate for COUNTY BOARD, DISTRICT 4 www.electnicksmith.com   Facebook: Nick Smith for County Commissioner, 4th District What do you consider to be the major issue(s) facing Cook County?  Cook County government is moving in the right direction. Many measures are already in place to better serve the residents of the County. For the past twenty years, I have worked in community and civic engagement. Working directly with residents and communities at large is the best way to gauge public interest and quite often public policy. As a Board Commissioner, I would propose legislation to restore funding to mental health treatment and facilities. Our communities are depleted of the necessary resources to provide adequate care for those suffering from mental challenges. There is a segment of our community, by no fault of their own, have fallen through the cracks of society and they are the mentally challenged. Among this group are returning soldiers wh ...

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Democratic Candidates for Cook County Board, District 5

TIMOTHY “TIM” PARKER Democratic candidate for COOK COUNTY COMMISSIONER, DISTRICT 5 www.electtimparker.org Facebook: Friends of Tim Parker What do you consider to be the major issue(s) facing Cook County?  Increasing taxes and no trauma center in the South suburbs. What will your number one priority be, if you are elected?  Bringing a trauma center back to the South suburbs and assisting small businesses. What avenues do you see for increasing business growth and economic development in the County?  Ensuring residents of the fifth district are employed. If elected, what will you do to support local farmers, including urban farmers and community gardeners in your district?  I would introduce an ordinance that would give businesses tax breaks for buying locally grown produce and by sponsoring a bi-weekly fifth district farmers market, where local farmers can showcase their products. What avenues do you see to reduce government spending and waste?  Perform j ...

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Democratic Candidate for Cook County Board, Distrct 7

JESUS G. GARCIA incumbent candidate for COOK COUNTY COMMISSIONER, DISTRICT 7                         www.jesusgarciacookcounty.com https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jesus-Chuy-Garcia-for-Cook-County-Commissioner-7th-District/171643441694 What do you consider to be the major issue(s) facing Cook County?  Economic development is the engine that drives our ability to provide Cook County residents with basic needs, i.e., jobs, advanced education and training, health, housing, and to clear paths to economic and social mobility. What will your number one priority be, if you are elected?  Economic development, and I currently chair the Board’s Real Estate and Economic Development Committee. What avenues do you see for increasing business growth and economic development in the County?  We need to leverage federally available incentives to grow, such as New Market Tax Credits, with supportive grants ...

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Democratic Candidate for Cook County Board, District 8

EDWIN REYES incumbent Democratic candidate for COOK COUNTY BOARD, DISTRICT 8 www.reyes2014.com Facebook: Reyes2014 Twitter:@EdwinReyes8 What do you consider to be the major issue(s) facing Cook County?  There are two major issues facing Cook County today, one is the overcrowding in the County jail and the other is the development of economic opportunity for residents of Cook County. What will your number one priority be, if elected?  Continue to work with President Preckwinkle and support her efforts to streamline the criminal justice system.  I strongly support President Preckwinkle’s efforts to take the lead in dealing with the problems at the County jail.  This will allow her and the Board to overcome the political stalemate that has paralyzed the system and overburdened taxpayers.  Under the President’s leadership, we will move to reduce overcrowding and help reduce cost by identifying those inmates who are only incarcerated because they are unable to make b ...

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Republican Candidate for Cook County Board, District 9

PETER SILVESTRI incumbent, Republican candidate for COOK COUNTY COMMISSIONER, DISTRICT 9 www.petersilvestri.com Facebook: Peter Silvestri What do you consider to be the major issue(s) facing Cook County?  Financing the current public health and safety without increasing taxes.  Completing reform of employee practices and the juvenile temporary detention administration so as to guarantee best practices and remove of federal court orders.  Controlling budgets and avoiding new taxes or increasing current taxes. What will your number one priority be, if you are elected?  See above. What avenues do you see for increasing business growth and economic development in the County? Consolidation of departments and boards needed to approve economic development (either wholly or in “process management”).  Creating a better budget/tax climate for business, including reduction of bureaucratic involvement. If elected, what will you do to support local farmers, including ur ...

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Democratic Candidate for Cook County Board, District 13

LARRY SUFFREDIN incumbent, Democratic candidate for COOK COUNTY COMMISSIONER, DISTRICT 13          www.suffredin.org                     What do you consider to be the major issue(s) facing Cook County?  1.  Reducing the jail population and making trials fairer and faster.  2.  Continuing to make our healthcare system better financed and more accessible to citizens.  3.  Separating the Forest Preserve District of Cook County Board from the Cook County Board.  4.  Developing programs to appreciate the diversity of Cook County among its people and their professions, especially those who work in our food growing and processing industries. What will your number one priority be, if you are elected?  Continuing to provide fair and accessible services to all citizens of Cook County. What avenues do you see for increasing business growth and economic developm ...

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Candidates for Cook County Board, District 17

ELIZABETH “LIZ” DOODY GORMAN incumbent, Republican candidate for COOK COUNTY BOARD, DISTRICT 17 District Website:  www.lizgorman.com Campaign Website:  www.lizfor17.com Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/#!/commissionergorman Twitter:  @CookCounty17th What do you consider to be the major issue(s) facing Cook County?  The annual cost of Cook County government, the long term fiscal health of Cook County and the financial burden placed upon taxpayers and businesses are the major issues facing Cook County.  The economic indicators for our local region and the state of Illinois are not good. Our residents and businesses have reached a saturation point with high taxes, fees and regulations.  We, as government officials, must break this negative trend if we’re going to:  get our fiscal house in order for both the short term and long term;  restore confidence in our business community to locate, grow and create jobs here, and relieve the high tax ...

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Candidates for Cook County Assessor

JOSEPH “JOE” BERRIOS incumbent, Democratic candidate for COOK COUNTY ASSESSOR What do you consider to be the major issue(s) facing Cook County?  The top issue facing Cook County is economic development and job growth. My administration is focused on supporting investment in neighborhoods in-need and I am pushing for legislation to offer greater affordable housing opportunities for low-income families. What will you number one priority be, if you are elected?  Since taking office as the Cook County Assessor, my number one priority has been to set fair and accurate values for all parcels of property in Cook County to ensure that all residents and businesses pay their fair share. What steps can be taken to improve the County’s tax administration process?  To improve the tax administration process during my first term, our office closed the assessment cycle on-time for the first time in 34 years and has continued to do so each year. The accelerated assessment cycles have ...

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Democratic Candidates for Cook County Sheriff

SYLVESTER BAKER Democratic candidate for COOK COUNTY SHERIFF www.Bakerforchange.com What do you consider to be the major issue(s) as it pertains to the office you are seeking facing Cook County?  Public safety countywide; fiscal responsibility; youth programs; and training to reduce recidivism for detainees. What will your number one priority be, if you are elected?  The implementation of a countywide policing strategy and police certification for all sworn officers. What avenues exist to improve prisoner re-entry into the workforce?  I will partner with community colleges to establish re-entry, rehabilitation, educational, and job training programs. If elected, what will you do to support local farmers, including urban farmers and community gardeners?  I will have a liaison assigned to the farmers and gardeners.  I will keep the lines of communication open.  I will assist more frequent coverage of the area (beat patrol cars). What steps can be taken to improve ...

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CCFB Volunteer Leaders Participating in the Agricultural Leaders of Tomorrow Program

Cook County Farm Bureau has two volunteer leaders (Jim Bloomstrand and Karen Biernacki) that are participating in the Agricultural Leaders of Tomorrow program which provides these leaders expanded knowledge about agriculture, global issues, communication skills, and new insights on leadership traits that can be put into practice.

Front (l-r):

Jon Sellenrick, Bloomington

Jim Bloomstrand, Hoffman Estates

Aimee Chandler, Onarga

Brenna Hildenbrand, Thawville

Sarah Hastings, Sidney

Karen Biernacki, Tinley Park

Back (l-r):

Kurt Schobert, Yorkville

Adam Bane, Arrowsmith

Sarah Peters, LeRoy

Dan Herriott, Sidney

Clinton Charles, Ashkum

Scott Zumwalt, Sheldon

This photo was taken in Springfield on February 6 on the Senate floor of the General Assembly.