Lakerise depicts a sun gently rising over the horizon, reflecting a line of trees along the edge of a lake shore. In the flag, the deep blue represents Lake Michigan. Reflected by the lake, a jagged green line of trees stands on the shoreline, symbolizing our vast forest preserves. The combined image of our lake and our forest preserves display our ongoing commitment to our environment. Above the preserve, where the trees come together to form a united peak, supported by the three peaks of health care, justice, and commerce, rises our morning sun. This sun represents us, the diverse people of Cook County who unite under one Lakerise.