Richard R.  Boykin
Cook County Commissioner,
1st District
"The Conviction to Lead.
The Commitment to Serve."

January 8, 2017

You may have seen in the news this week that President-elect Donald Trump Tweeted that he will provide resources to Chicago to fight violence if Mayor Rahm Emanuel requests it. 
I was happy to be joined by a few young constituents at my Hope Friday breakfast recently. I'm hosting another breakfast to discuss County priorities for this year on January 21st. All are welcome, young and old!

So I wrote a letter to both the mayor and Board President Toni Preckwinkle pleading with them to make that formal request. To be clear, that request would not involve calling in the National Guard. It would, however, call on the president-elect to work with local officials to find ways to truly invest in the endangered communities plagued by violence here. It would also mobilize federal law enforcement to work with Chicago police to solve and fight crime.

We must do everything possible to stop the carnage before 2017 gets even worse than last year.

At the start of each year, I always like to make time to hear from my constituents about what the County's priorities should be. The County deals primarily with public safety, public health, and, of course, taxes. I want to make sure the votes I cast and the policies I drive are what's important to my District.

So I hope you will join me for breakfast and a discussion on County priorities on Saturday January 21st at 9:30 am. We'll meet at Christ the King High School, 5088 W. Jackson. It is open to all ages.

Finally, the Forest Preserves Board meets Tuesday January 17th at 11 am. The Board of Commissioners meets Wednesday January 18th at 11 am. Both meetings will be in the Board room on the fifth floor of the County Building, 118 N. Clark. Both are open to the public as we are handling your business!

Get Involved!
Cook County Government Needs You! 

"Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve."               
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
This week's First District Constituent Spotlight in on the Forest Park Review. Though technically not a constituent, the Review does a lot of good work for many of my constitutents!

The Forest Park Review turns 100 this year. That's 100 years of truly local coverage, keeping Forest Park residents in the know about what goes on in their town.

Please consider joining our team by serving on one of the following task forces:
  • Criminal Justice Advisory Task Force
  • Economic Development Advisory Task Force
  • Education Advisory Task Force
  • Environmental Advisory Task Force
  • Faith-based and Community Partnerships Task Force
  • Mental Health Advisory Task Force
  • Parenting Advisory Task Force
  • Housing Advisory Task Force
These task forces advise me as Cook County Commissioner of the 1st District on a wide range of issues that affect the public welfare. Each group plays a vital role in promoting efficient, effective, transparent and honest government. For many, serving on a task force is one of the most rewarding experiences of their lives.
To get involved by learning more and applying for membership, please contact my office at (312) 603-4566 or 

Let's work together to make the 1st District great!

Contact Us!
I love hearing from my constituents and encourage you to contact me and my staff any time with questions, concerns and feedback!
118 N. Clark Street
Suite 567
Chicago, Illinois 60602
Phone: (312) 603-4566
Fax: (312) 603-3696
District Office:
7221 Madison Street
Forest Park, Illinois 60130
I remain honored to serve as your Cook County Commissioner and am committed to representing your interests in county government.