Larry SuffredinPhoto by Genie Lemieux, Evanston Photographic Studios

Larry Suffredin, a longtime resident of Evanston, formally announced on Feb. 26 that he is running for re-election as the Cook County Commissioner and Forest Preserve Commissioner for the 13th District representing the 49th and 50th wards of the City of Chicago, Evanston, Niles Township, and New Trier Township. 

Commissioner Suffredin said during his tenure on the Cook County Board he has “created an independent governance board and expanded the services provided by the Cook County Health and Hospital System; prohibited assault weapons in Cook County; protected the immigrant community through a Sanctuary County designation; increased the minimum wage; provided for mandatory sick leave; created unused pharmaceutical drop-off sites; and established an ‘Anti-Sexual Harassment’ reporting and training program.”

In addition, as a Commissioner of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, he said he “has passed ordinances that have protected the land owned by the Forest Preserve District and provided funding for the Brookfield Zoo and the Chicago Botanical Garden.”

Through budget amendments, he said he has insured that the County provides services for those going through home mortgage foreclosure, those who have suffered rape and sexual assault, those who need medical assistance, and those who are in the criminal justice system.

He has been endorsed by many organizations, including the Democratic Party of Evanston, the New Trier Democrats, Niles Township Democrats, and 49th Ward Democrats.

Commissioner Suffredin is on the executive committee of the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence. He is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago, BA, and Georgetown University Law Center, JD, and served in the U.S. Air Force.