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for Clean Air, Clean Water, and Wildlife in Cook County
 On Election Day, November 8th, Cook County voters will have the opportunity to vote yes to protect clean water sources, air quality, and wildlife for our residents to enjoy for generations to come. 
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Why Vote YES for Clean Air, Clean Water, and Wildlife in Cook County

 The forest preserves of Cook County are an integral part of our community and contribute to our quality of life. Our forest preserves play an important role in helping to protect water and air quality, as well as habitat for wildlife. They give residents of all ages a place to explore nature, be active and healthy, and provide job and scholarship opportunities in communities throughout the county. 
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Cleaner air and
less pollution

This measure will protect and restore the natural areas that make air cleaner to breathe in the Cook County area, reducing health complications such as asthma.

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Cleaner water sources
and less flooding

 Forest preserves filter storm and rainwater, keeping pollution from entering our waterways and reducing the risk of flooding from heavy rainfall in communities across the area. 

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Protection for local
wildlife and habitat

 When land and water is conserved, native wildlife thrive. 

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 This measure would invest in restoration and stewardship, helping restore 30,000 acres of forest preserve land to good health. 

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Jobs for
our communities

 Approval of this measure will create and sustain thousands of jobs and lead to more opportunities for county residents. 

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Since 1914, the Forest Preserves of Cook County have been an integral part of our community and contribute to our quality of life.


acres of public land


of all land in Cook County


of residents live within five miles of a Forest Preserve


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Threatened and Endangered Species Depend on the
Forest Preserves

About the Ballot Question

On November 8th, 2022, voters will get a historic opportunity to protect our water sources, air quality, and wildlife habitats by approving a property tax increase of 0.025%. That amounts to less than $1.66/month for the vast majority of homeowners – such a small price to protect, restore, and expand our forest preserves, ensuring cleaner air and drinking water and reducing flooding. 

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Coalition Members & Supporters

Vote YES for Clean Air, Clean Water, and Wildlife is a broad and diverse coalition formed to encourage Cook County residents to Vote Yes this November to protect our local environment and expand public land. The coalition is comprised of environmental, labor, civic, business, and faith organizations across Cook County.
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How to Cast Your Ballot

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Vote Early:

In-person early voting for all registered Cook County voters will take place October 24 – November 7, 2022.
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Vote By Mail:

Mail ballot applications for the November Election will be accepted starting August 10, 2022. Ballots must be postmarked by Election Day to be counted.

All registered suburban Cook County voters with a driver’s license, state ID, or social security number may request a mail ballot using an online or paper application.

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Vote on Election Day:

Election Day is Tuesday, November 8th. Registered Cook County voters can only vote in their home precinct on Election Day.

If you’re registered in suburban Cook County, find your polling place here. If you’re registered in the City of Chicago, find your polling place here.

Residents who are not registered to vote may register and cast a ballot on Election Day thanks to same-day registration and voting. Those who wish to register on Election Day must present two qualifying forms of ID.

For more information, please visit:
Cook County Clerk’s Office
Chicago Board of Elections

In the News

A small amount of extra money will help the forest preserves bloomSeptember 27, 2022
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Chicago Tribune Editorial board
Editorial: The Cook County Forest Preserve District wants a tax hike. Here’s why voters should say yes.
October 4, 2022
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Daily southtown
Column: Here’s why south suburban voters should support Cook County Forest Preserves referendum
October 11, 2022
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