Cook County Partners with Rebuilding Together to Renovate Two Homes in Chicago Heights

More than 1,900 Chicago-area homes have been renovated through the program since its inception in 1991

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle toured two renovated and repaired homes in south suburban Chicago Heights as part of “Rebuilding Together,” an annual initiative designed to assist elderly, disabled and low-income residents in Cook County.

The work was completed by the skilled tradespeople from the County’s Departments of Facilities Management and Transportation and Highways as well as private sector partners. This is the 31st year Cook County has participated in this initiative.

Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago partners annually with Cook County to improve the homes, making them safer by implementing security and accessibility upgrades such as new railings, doorknobs and grab bars. Other home improvements include painting, bathroom upgrades, carpet replacement and landscaping.

“I am grateful to all the Cook County employees and other volunteers who gave their time and expertise to help two of our neighbors,” said President Preckwinkle, who serves as honorary chair of Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago. “We are pleased to help these women, who have been so impactful in their communities and families, to have a safe and accessible space to live.”

The County contributed $65,000 to Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago this year through its Community Development Block Grant program. The County sponsored two home renovation and repair projects this year. More than 1,900 Chicago-area homes have been renovated through the program since its inception in 1991.

“Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago is proud to partner with Cook County, which has been a consistent and valued supporter for the past 31 years,” said Wanda Ramirez, executive director of Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago. “We greatly appreciate the continuing participation of Cook County employees who donate their time, energy and skills for the benefit of others, and for the wonderful leadership of President Toni Preckwinkle for serving as an honorary chair of this organization and supporting our annual event.”

In addition to County employees, tradesmen from unions across the County assisted in repairing the County-sponsored homes, including Bricklayers Local 21, IBEW Electricians Local 134, Carpenters Local 13, Painters District Council 14 and Plumbers Local 130.

Along with painters, carpenters, tinsmiths and electricians from Cook County’s Department of Facilities Management, sponsors of home repairs in Chicago Heights include F.H. Paschen, Ashlaur Construction, AGAE Contractors, Inc. and Old Veteran Construction, Inc.

Additional information about Rebuilding Together of Metro Chicago and its programs is available by visiting