The League of Women Voters of the LaGrange Area supports the Forest Preserve referendum on the ballot for all Cook County residents in the November election. 

At a modest cost to taxpayers, the referendum will provide critical funds for the Cook County Forest Preserves to continue to provide benefits to us and all future generations. Voters will find the referendum at the end of the first of two ballots they will receive for the election.

The Cook County Forest Preserves are a gem that civic leaders over 100 years ago had the foresight to protect. Their value is measured in a multitude of ways. The benefits include providing an escape into nature from the urban bustle of life, helping to clean our air and preventing pollution, filtering and capturing water during the ever-increasing number and severity of storms to help mitigate local flooding, protecting wildlife and helping to restore native plants and supporting migratory birds with places to rest and nest.

The referendum will provide the necessary funds for the Forest Preserves to continue with restoration and infrastructure projects that provide jobs, particularly in historically underinvested communities.

The referendum asks for a small property tax increase that amounts to less than $1.66/month for the vast majority of Cook County homeowners. The money will secure foundational funding for the Cook County Forest Preserves.

The League of Women Voters of the La Grange Area encourages every Cook County voter to vote yes on the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Wildlife Habitat Protection Cook County Forest Preserve Referendum this November.

Lara Taylor and Michele Niccolai are co-presidents at the League of Women Voters of the La Grange Area.