Vote Yes: Clean Air, Clean Water & Wildlife

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A Vote for Clean Air, Clean Water, and Wildlife on November 8 is Also a Vote of Support for Brookfield Zoo!

When Cook County voters go to the polls on November 8th, they will have a rare opportunity to support the Forest Preserves of Cook County and protect clean water sources, air quality, and wildlife for residents to enjoy for generations to come. A referendum on the ballot will ask voters to approve a 0.025 percent increase in property taxes—less than $1.66 a month for the vast majority of homeowners— to support the Forest Preserves.

The Forest Preserves of Cook County and the Chicago Zoological Society are long-time partners. A portion of the funds generated by the referendum will help maintain and revitalize infrastructure at Brookfield Zoo, including some buildings that are over 100 years old.

The Forest Preserves are an integral part of our community and contribute to our quality of life. Their green spaces provide residents of all ages a place to explore nature and be active and healthy. Visitors can enjoy over 350 miles of trails for hiking and biking, six nature centers with free programing, and recreational activities like camping and fishing.

In the last two years, visits to the Forest Preserves of Cook County almost doubled, with more than 100 million visits each year. Now they need your help. If you live in Cook County, please consider voting “Yes” on the referendum on November 8th. Whether or not you live in Cook County, you can urge friends and relatives residing in Cook County to consider doing so as well.

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