Friday, January 29, 2010

Free Tax Help Available Nationwide

WASHINGTON — Nearly 12,000 free tax preparation sites will be open nationwide this year as the Internal Revenue Service continues to expand its partnerships with nonprofit and community organizations performing vital tax preparation services for low-income and elderly taxpayers.
The IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program offers free tax help to people who earn less than $49,000. The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) Program offers free tax help to taxpayers who are 60 and older. To locate the nearest VITA site, call 1-800-829-1040.
Taxpayers need to bring to the VITA/TCE sites the following items:
  • Photo identification

  • Valid Social Security cards for the taxpayer, spouse and dependents

  • Birth dates for primary, secondary and dependents on the tax return

  • Current year’s tax package, if received

  • Wage and earning statement(s) Form W-2, W-2G, 1099-R, from all employers

  • Interest and dividend statements from banks (Forms 1099)

  • A copy of last year’s federal and state returns, if available

  • Bank routing numbers and account numbers for direct deposit

  • Other relevant information about income and expenses

  • Total paid for day care

  • Day care provider's identifying number

Trained community volunteers can help eligible taxpayers with all special credits, such as the EITC, Child Tax Credit or Credit for the Elderly. Also, many sites have language specialists to assist people with limited English skills.
In addition to free tax return preparation assistance, most sites use free electronic filing. Individuals taking advantage of the e-file program will receive their refunds in half the time compared to returns filed on paper. Taxpayers who use e-file and direct deposit can receive their refund in as few as 10 days. This year, taxpayers also can use the refunds to purchase U.S. Savings Bonds.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

State of the Union Address

Image by Pete SouzaPresident Obama delivered his first State of the Union Address to a joint session of Congress last night, Wednesday, January 27, 2010. For a link to the official transcript of the Address or to watch the video click here. To read the Republican response, delivered by Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, click here.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Confused About Voting in the Illinois Primary Election?

Need to:
-Verify your voter registration?
-Find your polling place?
-See your sample ballot?
-Check your absentee ballot status?
For suburban Cook County go to and click on the "Elections-Suburban Cook County" tab at the top of the page. Chicago residents should go to
For information on the endorsement of judges by the various bar associations go to

Last Chance for Early Voting!

January 27 and 28 are the last days for early voting before the February 2nd Illinois Primary. The Cook County Clerk's office has provided a list of early voting locations and times in dozens of locations around suburban Cook County and downtown Chicago. To participate in early voting you must bring a valid photo ID (a current driver’s license, state-issued ID card or another government-issued ID with a photograph), and early voters must vote in person. However because early voting is conducted on touch screens that store every ballot style in the county, any voter in suburban Cook County can to vote at any of the listed locations before January 28. Your ballot will remain secret and securely stored until voting day. According to the U.S. Census, the most common reason people give for not voting is that they were too busy or had conflicting work or school schedules, so take advantage of early voting.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Haiti Relief Donations Qualify for Immediate Tax Relief

WASHINGTON — People who give to charities providing earthquake relief in Haiti can claim these donations on the tax return they are completing this season, according to the Internal Revenue Service.
Taxpayers who itemize deductions on their 2009 return qualify for this special tax relief provision, enacted Jan. 22. Only cash contributions made to these charities after Jan. 11, 2010, and before March 1, 2010, are eligible. This includes contributions made by text message, check, credit card or debit card.
The new law only applies to cash (as opposed to property) contributions. The contributions must be made specifically for the relief of victims in areas affected by the Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti. Taxpayers have the option of deducting these contributions on either their 2009 or 2010 returns, but not both.
To get a tax benefit, taxpayers must itemize their deductions on Schedule A. Those who claim the standard deduction, including all short-form filers, are not eligible.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Online Answers to Your Questions 24/7

We know that your questions are not limited to library business hours so we offer an online service where you can ask reference questions or get online search help any time you are at your computer. The Glenview Public Library participates in the Illinois Ask?Away project. Ask?Away is composed of a cooperative of Illinois libraries and is funded by participating libraries with support from the Illinois State Library. This customer service is available on our web site and will connect you with a librarian from your home library or one of the many librarians in the cooperative.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Mango Languages - Learn Online

The Glenview Public Library is pleased to announce a new online service available to library members through our web site: Mango Languages. This service gives you the opportunity to learn a new language or practice one you already know. More than 10 different languages are available including English for non-native speakers. Conversational lessons with audio, vocabulary reviews, and frequently used phrases can be accessed via a computer in the library or from your home with a Glenview Public Library card number.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

TV Debates of Statewide Primary Candidates

The Illinois League of Women Voters, along with ABC 7 and the Better Government Association, will host televised debates, featuring Democratic and Republican candidates for Governor and Senator. Each forum will be taped at 7:00 p.m. on the nights listed below and streamed live on the ABC 7 website. ABC 7 will also show it live on their digital channel (7.2, Comcast 217, Wide Open Web 219 and RCN 618) and again on the TV network channel 7 at 11:05 p.m. the same night each forum is taped.

Tues. Jan. 12, 2010 Democrats for Senator Wednesday
Jan. 13, 2010 Republicans for Governor Thursday
Jan. 14, 2010 Republicans for Senator Tuesday
Jan. 19, 2010 Democrats for Governor Tuesday

All forums will begin at 7 p.m. and last one hour. Unfortunately there is only room for representatives of the campaigns and the sponsoring organizations to attend the debates. They’re not open to the public.

The BGA is calling on voters and taxpayers to pay close attention to these debates and the follow-up analysis, and to make intelligent decisions when they vote on February 2.

Investment Newsletters for Library Users

Some think that the best investment tips are not found in the large publications like the Investors Business Daily and the Wall Street Journal but in the small more personal investment newsletters. The Glenview Public Library currently subscribes to the following investment newsletters in print:

Bob Carlson's Retirement Watch
Consumer Reports Money Advisor
Dow Theory Letters
Drip Investor
Hulbert Financial Digest
Kilinger Letter
Kiplinger Tax Letter
Kiplinger's Retirement Report
Mergent Equity Research Reports
Money Letter
Morningstar Fund Investor
Morningstar Stock Investor
Value Line Convertibles
Value Line Daily Options
Value Line Special Situations

The print editions are shelved on the Business Reference Table in the Peter Bury Room for your reading pleasure. Many of them are also available online through the GPL web site for home access by Glenview PL card holders. The library has electronic online access for library members and makes these publications available through the library web site. We also have online access to Morningstar, Value Line, and Standard and Poors NetAdvantage. Go to our web site and look under "Online Resources" for a full list of online subscriptions that your library subscribes to for your convenience. You might be surprised what your library has to offer for digital patrons.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Collection Highlight

On display in the Reference Services department now are books to help you plan your summer: gardening, summer camp information, and travel. Come by and have a look.

Happy New Year!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Business License Renewal Deadline Extended

If you haven't yet sent in your 2010 Business License and Registration Fee ($35-$40), you still have a few more weeks. The deadline for submission has been extended to Monday, February 1. Please note that after this date the fee will be $100. Questions? Contact the Village of Glenview Development Department at 847-904-4340.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Health Career Information Sessions at Oakton College January 11

Health Career Information sessions are being held Monday, January 11, at Oakton Community College, Des Plaines campus, at 1600 East Golf Road.

The Health Information Technology session will be at 1 p.m. in Room 2846.
The Nursing, Associate Degree, session is at 6 p.m. in Room 1604.
For more information call 847-635-1629.