Saturday, March 28, 2009

Early Voting Ends Next Week

The final day for early voting in the April 7 election is Thursday, April 2 at the Village Hall, 1225 Waukegan Road. Hours are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 9 a.m. - noon on Saturdays. Find more information at VoterInfoNet

Friday, March 27, 2009

IL Tollway Amnesty Program Starts Now

The toll violation spring cleaning program is underway giving drivers who missed tolls an opportunity to wipe their records clean. By paying their tolls and a $20 penalty for each violation in full by June 30, drivers can save $50 of the original $70 surcharge on each fine. In addition, the suspension of violator’s driver’s licenses and vehicle registrations is being halted during the clemency period. Check with the official Tollway site to determine eligibility and other details.

The tollway stands to collect millions of dollars in unpaid tolls and fines, while waiving millions more in additional fines under the temporary, three-month break offered to toll cheats, officials said. Three months ago, the tollway finally caught up on a backlog in sending out 1.6 million violation notices that stretched up to several years. Over 13 months in 2006 and 2007, the tollway sent out no violation notices at all, causing fines to pile up for some drivers with faulty I-PASS transponders or other technical problems.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Find Your Illinois and Federal Legislators

Who is your Illinois State Senator and what District do you live in?
Chicago and suburban Cook County residents can identify the names and addresses for their Illinois state legislators by typing their address into the Civic Footprint database created by Chicago's non-profit Center for Neighborhood Technology. Illinois residents who do not live in Chicago or suburban Cook County, can go to the Illinois State Board of Elections to identify their Illinois State legislators.Federal legislators can found by typing in your Zip+4 postal code at Washington and local contact information for the Senators from the State of Illinois can be found at


Saturday, March 21, 2009

Earth Hour Coming Up!

Last year, more than 50 million people in 35 countries around the globe came together for Earth Hour -- this year, you can be a part of this global effort. The third annual Earth Hour is scheduled for Saturday, March 28. The goal is to reach more than one billion people in 1,000 cities worldwide. Join in! Switch off your lights for one hour at 8:30 p.m. For more information, log onto

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Local Job Fairs

Nothing is more challenging than looking for a job in a bad economy. Job fairs can be one way to talk directly to employers that are hiring.

For a list of job fairs in the Chicago area check out for specific job descriptions from firms looking to add employees.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Greening Your Copier

Working off the success of EPEAT's green computing standards, the U.S. EPA is helping to create environmental criteria for green copy machines and other imaging devices. The federal government has published guidelines to help choose the most environmentally friendly copiers. Environmentally Preferable Purchasing, or EPP, seeks the overall best value, taking into account price competitiveness, availability, regulatory requirements, performance, and environmental impact. An ENERGY STAR® feature in a typical medium- to high-speed copier can reduce that machine's annual electricity costs by as much as 60 percent. Think about going green with big purchases to help save the environment, save money and improve the efficiency of your business or home.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Waukegan Road Public Meeting March 19 at 7pm at the Glenview Police Station

News from the Village of Glenview:
"The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has programmed the resurfacing of Waukegan Road for 2011, and will design the work in 2010. The project goals are two-fold: to provide a short and long-term transportation plan with comprehensive solutions for this section of the Village." Village President Kerry Cummings appointed a Waukegan Road Committee to coordinate the project. Thursday, March 19 @ 7:00pm, the The Committee is looking for public input regarding :• Congestion hotspots• Intersection configurations • Potential redevelopment project impacts • Sidewalk/bike path locations• On-street parking• Lighting, landscaping, street furniture, signage• Possible landscaped median locations • Curb cut reductions • Cross access between properties. More information is available at

Friday, March 13, 2009

South Side Irish Parade

The 2009 South Side Irish St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be held on Sunday, March 15, 2009. The parade will step off from 104th & Western at noon sharp.

Since 1981, the official parade route has been from 103rd & Western to 115th & Western, and each year a Grand Marshall is chosen, often a charitable organization that is dedicated to children. Each year since 2004, the parade has also designated another organization as a Special Honoree, thus enabling the parade to highlight and honor two unique organizations per year.

The South Side Irish Parade Committee is happy to announce that the parade will be honoring the Muscular Dystrophy Association–Chicago Region as our 2009 South Side Irish Parade Grand Marshal. In addition to MDA, we will also be honoring the St. Baldrick’s Fox Chicago Schools Challenge as the 2009 South Side Irish Parade Special Honoree.

Please make plans to join us in our annual celebration of Faith, Family and Heritage on Sunday, March 15, 2009, where we will honor two wonderful organizations – the MDA – Chicago Region and the St. Baldrick’s Fox Schools News Challenge.

Welcome to Reference

Big Doings Ahead in the Spring! A Look Back at Groundbreaking in November

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Lincoln Art On Display in Glenview

A unique work of art will be on display at the Glenview History Center from March 15 to April 26.

Standing at 8 feet tall, this unique woodcarving of the Gettysburg Address was designed and carved by Manny Shellist, Bob Crampton and Paul Gotschewski of the Glenview Senior Center.

It is especially fitting to have the Gettysburg Address in the Farmhouse Museum, which was built in 1864 during Abraham Lincoln's second term as President of the United States.

Civil War re-enactors in costume will be on hand on March 15 and selected Sundays thereafter.

The Glenview History Center is extremely fortunate to be one of the locations chosen for this exhibit, which has also been displayed at the Thompson Center in Chicago, and later this year will be at locations in Springfield, including the Old State Capital.

Visit the Glenview History Center, 1121 Waukegan Road On March 15, 22, 29 and April 5 (closed Easter Sunday, April 12), 19, 26. For information, call 847-729-2235.


Monday, March 9, 2009

Stimulus Package Scam Warning

The economic stimulus package was only recently signed by President Obama, but already there are numerous con artists on the Internet trying to lure people with promises of free government cash. As the economy has gotten worse, reports of scams to the Federal Trade Commission and the Better Business Bureau have intensified.

A simple Google search will reveal dozens of web sites that offer to help the unsuspecting apply for free government money. The stimulus package has given these scammers a new hook. Scam and fraud artists are just trying to steal personal information, or angling for you to wire them cash. There are other businesses that are less than legitimate, though maybe not illegal. Some of these sites look like blogs with regular people talking about the free money they received from the government. Other fraudulent sites promise a free subscription trial or government lists that can wind up as a monthly charge on your credit card costing you 1000s of dollars.

Remember that the United States government does not charge people to apply for a grant, and you shouldn't pay money for a list of government grants.
Real, free information about the stimulus can be found on the government site If you get an email saying that you are eligible for stimulus money or asking you to verify bank account information, you could become a victim.

If you think you have already fallen victim, check your credit card bills for unauthorized charges and report the scam to the FTC. You can go to or call 1-877-FTC-HELP. (1-877-382-4357.)

Village of Glenview--Upcoming Rain Event

As Village of Glenview residents are aware, nearly three inches of rain fell in the area over the weekend. Although water levels in the river branches have been receding all day, they do remain higher than normal -- with up to an additional inch and a half forecasted for tonight and tomorrow.

We need your help! If you spot a blocked street storm water inlet grate, please let the Village know by calling the Police Department's non-emergency number, (847) 729-5000. In an emergency, of course, call 9-1-1.

The Public Works Service Center, 1333 Shermer Road (Shermer and East Lake), will have approximately 300 sandbags available for pickup between 6 and 9 p.m. this evening. Loose sand and bags will also be available. The Public Works Department will continue to monitor the situation.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Breaking News

Be the first on your block to know what just happened in the Chicago Metropolitan Area!

Chicago Breaking News covers breaking stories by local news sources in Chicago and surrounding suburbs. News appears on this site within a few minutes of happening.
Locations for the latest stories are shown on an interactive map.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

More About Time

Our government provides websites showing the correct time of day by time zone, a world time zone map , information about moon phases, rising and setting data for specific dates and locations, exact time the seasons begin, and the appearance of the moon today. There are also an almanac of upcoming astronomical events, an information center about topics in astronomy, and a collection of Time Exhibits.

It's always a good time to think about time!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Spring Forward This Weekend

Daylight Saving Time starts this Sunday, March 8, 2009, at 2:00 a.m. Don't forget to set your clocks ahead one hour before you go to bed Saturday night. In August 2005, Congress passed an energy bill that included extending Daylight Saving Time by about a month. Since 2007, DST starts the second Sunday of March and ends on the first Sunday of November. Click here for more information.

IRS Has $1.3 Billion for People Who Have Not Filed a 2005 Tax Return

WASHINGTON — Unclaimed refunds totaling approximately $1.3 billion are awaiting over a million people who did not file a federal income tax return for 2005, the Internal Revenue Service announced today. However, to collect the money, a return for 2005 must be filed with the IRS no later than Wednesday, April 15, 2009.

Especially in these tough economic times, people should not lose out on money that is rightfully theirs," said IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman. “People should check their records, especially if they had taxes withheld from their paychecks but were not required to file a tax return. They may be leaving money on the table, including valuable tax credits that can mean even more money in their pockets."

The IRS estimates that half of those who could claim refunds for tax year 2005 would receive more than $581. Some individuals may not have filed because they had too little income to require filing a tax return even though they had taxes withheld from their wages or made quarterly estimated payments. In cases where a return was not filed, the law provides most taxpayers with a three-year window of opportunity for claiming a refund. If no return is filed to claim the refund within three years, the money becomes property of the U.S. Treasury. For 2005 returns, the window closes on April 15, 2009. The law requires that the return be properly addressed, postmarked and mailed by that date. There is no penalty assessed by the IRS for filing a late return qualifying for a refund.

The IRS reminds taxpayers seeking a 2005 refund that their checks will be held if they have not filed tax returns for 2006 or 2007. In addition, the refund will be applied to any amounts still owed to the IRS and may be used to satisfy unpaid child support or past due federal debts such as student loans.

By failing to file a return, individuals stand to lose more than refunds of taxes withheld or paid during 2005. Many low-income workers may not have claimed the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Generally, unmarried individuals qualified for the EITC if in 2005 they earned less than $35,263 and had more than one qualifying child living with them, earned less than $31,030 with one qualifying child, or earned less than $11,750 and had no qualifying child. Limits are slightly higher for married individuals filing jointly.

Current and prior year tax forms and instructions are available on the Forms and Publications web page of or by calling 1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676). Information about the Earned Income Tax Credit and how to claim it is also available on Taxpayers who need help also can call the toll-free IRS help line at 1-800-829-1040.