From the monthly archives:

October, 2016

Hot Issues in Agriculture: Cook County Sugary Beverage Tax

Cook County Sugary Beverage Tax Cook County Commissioners are considering a tax that would be imposed on non-– alcoholic beverages containing sugar including sports drinks, juices, please, and sodas sold in Cook County. The proposal is to tax these beverages sold at a rate of one penny per ounce.  The purpose of the tax will be to help close the budget deficit that the Cook County Board anticipates estimated at $174 million.  The argument has also been made that the tax will cause people to purchase less of these products in exchange for healthier alternatives. The proposed tax is projected to generate $74 million in the first year and 150 million in the next full budget year. There are approximately 68 ounces in a 2 liter soda container which would result in a 68 cent increase at the register in Cook County businesses.  These beverages are also subject to local and state sales tax. The non – alcoholic beverage industry plays a significant economic impact in Cook County and the s ...

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Fall Faces of Farming

More than 97% of all farms in Illinois are family owned and operated.  Goebbert's family farm and farmstand, South Barrington 

Faces of Cook County Family Farming

Faces of Farming

Faces of Cook County Farming

Winners named at the Giant Pumpkin, Local Honey, Dessert & Decorating Contests held Saturday!

Thank you to Puckerville Farms in Lemont for hosting the 16th annual Giant Pumpkin Contest & Activities!  Here are this years winners:


Giant Pumpkin - Adult Division        Giant Pumpkin - Youth Division Local Honey Contest Winner
1st place: Roger Freeman 511 pounds 1st place:  John Piecuch, Jr - 101 lbs 1st Place:  Mike Davies

Pumpkin -Dessert 1st Place Winner:  Maricela Rivera
12-16 Years Youth Decorating  7-11 Years Decorating  0-6 Years Decorating

Thank you to all who came out in the weather and enjoyed this long standing Fall event!

Candidate Survey: Barbara McGowan, Candidate for MWRD

Candidate Name BARBARA MCGOWAN Candidate for Commissioner, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago Website Address None Facebook Page BARBARA MCGOWAN What do you consider to be the major issue(s) as it pertains to the office you are seeking? The major issue for me as an incumbent Commissioner of the MWRD is to continue our efforts to fund and complete the entire TARP Program which includes the completion of all phases of the McCook Reservoirs to elevate flooding for the citizens of Cook County, and conjun ...

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Faces of Farming

Candidate Survey: Diane Shapiro, Candidate for Cook County Circuit Court

What do you consider to be the major issue(s) as it pertains to the office you are seeking? The major issues in the office of the Cook County Circuit Court Clerk are an antiquated computerized system which has not been modernized significantly in over 20 years, despite federal court general orders 09-014 signed by Judge James Holderman in June of 2009 and 14-0024 in  signed by Judge Ruben Castillo in October of 2014 ordering the modernization of the computerized system. Official court files often are lost or mislaid and contents thereof are sometimes missing. Over 120 appeals now pending are on hold due to the files not being able to be found, according to what I have been informed, and nobody seems to be held accountable for these problems. Management does not seem to be attentive to the many other problems including when a fine or fee is paid in one computer system it is not recognized in any other one. In 2016, I ...

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Candidate Survey: Mariyana Spyropoulos, Incumbent Candidate for MWRD

What do you consider to be the major issue(s) as it pertains to the office you are seeking? The major issue facing the MWRD is the issue of Stormwater Management. As weather patterns indicate we will face more intense rain events and 40% of Cook County has non-permeable surfaces, the area faces challenges to prevent flooding because the water has nowhere to go. The Deep Tunnel project has helped lessen flooding, but investing in our aging infrastructure combined with the use of green infrastructure are necessary to further reduce flooding events. What will your number one priority be, if you are elected? My number one priority will be to continue to have the MWRD meet its mission. Our mission is to protect our water environment. We are doing that by reducing nutrient runoff. Investing in our infrastructure will also create ...

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