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Cook County picnic permits open Jan. 2

Updated: February 1, 2013 6:09AM

Cook County: Forest Preserve Picnic permits available Jan. 2

The Forest Preserve District of Cook County will begin selling 2013 picnic permits online and in-person on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013. In-person sales will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Forest Preserve District of Cook County General Headquarters, 536 N. Harlem Avenue, River Forest, Illinois. Regular hours are Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. New this year are extend peak hours. From April through September, the permit office will be Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 a.m.—6:30 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m.—1 p.m. Online sales will also open at 8 a.m. Jan. 2 at and will remain open available 24 hours a day.

A Picnic Permit must be obtained by groups of 25 or more. Only two picnic permits per person or organization are allowed per year. Permit prices vary based on the size of the group and the amenities available at the grove. Permits for groups larger than 399 people must be purchased in-person at the River Forest General Headquarters location. The Forest Preserve District of Cook County sold 8,446 permits in 2012 (up from 8,122 permits in 2011.) Some 12 percent are sold on the first day. More than 1 million people participated in permitted picnics held at Forest Preserve District groves in 2012.

Elgin: Farnham issues reminder on heat assistance available

State Representative Keith Farnham (D-Elgin) reminds Kane County residents that the application period for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Winter Heating Program is open. LIHEAP provides grants to low-income households to assist in paying gas and/or electric bills. Income restrictions vary based on size of household; for example, a family of four must not exceed a monthly income of $2,794. For information call Community Contacts, Inc. at (847) 697-4400.

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