118 N. Clark Street, Room 801
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone Number
(312) 603-6423
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To empower all Cook County veterans who have served in a branch of the military through workshops, newsletters and access to a network of outreach services; allowing them to leverage their knowledge and achieve a better quality of life for themselves and their families.


  • Outreach to Cook County employees who are veterans to provide veteran assistance through resources of federal, state, county and other local agencies.
  • Resource clearinghouse to assist veterans, dependents and survivors with veteran assistance health benefits, educational benefits, retirement benefits, housing assistance and home loans.
  • Connect with service providers to help veterans to find jobs.
  • Identify veteran concerns to provide proper resources.

2018 Cook County Employee Veterans Recognition

2018 Cook County Employee Veterans Recognition

About the Director

Bill Browne is the Director for the Cook County Department of Veteran Affairs.

In his role, Bill serves as Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle's designee before veterans assistance groups and organizations. He was chosen by President Preckwinkle to lead Cook County’s first Department of Veterans Affairs under the Bureau of Administration.

Bill is responsible for formulating policies, programs and legislation on behalf of the Cook County President regarding veterans' assistance and related matters. He is responsible for maintaining working relationships with city, state, federal and nonprofit veterans organizations, and being a resource to ensure that qualified veterans from throughout Cook County can obtain assistance if needed.

Bill works with veterans organizations and individual veterans to supply information on Cook County resources available to them through a number of County offices, including the Assessor, Recorder of Deeds, veterans court, Veterans Assistance Commission and the Chicago-Cook County Workforce partnership. Additionally, he provides resources to veterans in the areas of education, and housing and assistance for the homeless veterans throughout Cook County.

He is affiliated with a number of organizations which serve veterans, including the Secretary of State Veterans’ Advisory Council, Illinois Joining Forces, the VFW and American Legion.

Bill is an honorably discharged veteran of the United States Air Force.