The Cook County Board will hold a public hearing in May on whether to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day. They will vote in June.
All of Cook County and Cook County Forest Preserve lands were Native lands before colonizers arrived. The 65,000 Native residents of Cook County today aren’t asking that everyone leave, but they are asking for recognition, and deserve honoring their presence here.
If you are a constituent of one of the 11 districts listed below who have commissioners that are currently “maybe” or “no,” please phone them and log your call here: bit.ly/IPDCallLog.
Most of Des Plaines is in district 17, with some areas in district 9. Find your Cook County district: https://maps.cookcountyil.gov/commissionerdistricts
|Cook County Commissioner (Indigenous Peoples Day “maybe” or “no” votes)||District||Phone #|
|Dennis Deer||2nd||(773) 722-0140|
|Stanley Moore||4th||(773) 783-2412|
|Deborah Sims||5th||(708) 371-4251|
|Donna Miller||6th||(312) 603-4216|
|Luis Arroyo Jr||8th||(312) 603-8530|
|Peter Silvestri||9th||(773) 444-0346|
|Bridget Gainer||10th||(773) 561-1010|
|John Daley||11th||(312) 603-4400|
|Larry Suffredin||13th||(847) 864-1209|
|Frank Aguilar||16th||(312) 603-4735|
|Sean Morrison||17th||(708) 603-1336|
Sample script: “As a constituent in district [#], I strongly support changing Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day (File #21-0565) and the reading of a Land Acknowledgement at monthly Board meetings. I am counting on my Commissioner’s vote in favor of Indigenous Peoples’ Day (File #21-0565) and the Land Acknowledgement Resolution (File #21-0597).”
Please log your call here (takes approximately 1 minute): bit.ly/IPDCallLog
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