Friday, July 29, 2011

Recycle Unwanted Drugs and Batteries

Head to Village Hall between 9 a.m. and noon next Friday, Aug. 5, to dispose of unwanted prescription drugs, used syringes and used batteries. Sponsored by the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC), those items will be accepted to ensure they don't end up in our water supply and are disposed of safely. Click here to learn how to bring in medications for disposal, and here for instructions on battery disposal.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Need to Contact Your Federal Representatives? makes it easy to contact your U.S. Senator, Representative in the U.S. House, the President and others. Locate and contact your representatives with a few clicks and let them know what you think. Besides online contact links, addresses and phone numbers are also provided.

As always, if you need help, call the Reference desk at 847-729-7500.

Monday, July 25, 2011

ComEd Offers Outage Alerts

Glenview customers of ComEd might be interested in a text messaging service offered to cell phone subscribers. ComEd has partnered with AGENT511 to provide text messages alerting subscribers of estimated restoration times and other outage information when ComEd service is impacted. ComEd does not charge customers for the notification, but message and data rates may apply. Subscribers to the service could receive up to seven outage alert messages per day.

To subscribe to the outage alert program, go to this website. To sign up, a full name, account number, cell phone number and wireless provider are needed.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

What Are Libraries Worth

Many are under the impression that in the Internet age libraries are less busy or just going out of style. Not true according to a recent gathering of statistics by

There are 12,804 McDonalds in the United States and an estimated 122,101 libraries.

Libraries are visited 1,504,861,000 times per year and 65% of those polled had visited a library at least once in the past year.

Reference librarians answer more than 7.2 million questions weekly or if standing single file in line the questioners would stretch from New York City to Juneau, Alaska.

Each day libraries circulate nearly 4 times as many items as Amazon handles. U.S. library cardholders outnumber Amazon customers 5 to 1.

For more information on libraries visit the American Library Association web site fact sheet on American libraries.

So what are libraries worth? Books, DVDs, audiobooks, Internet and wifi access, research and homework help, reading and literacy programs....all available for free with your library card....more valuable than ever.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Bicycle Safety-Not Just for Kids!

Did you know Illinois has Bicycle Rules of the Road that apply to all bicycle riders, children and adults? Some important rules remind riders that bicycle riders are subject to the same traffic laws that cars are. You need to ride in the same direction as cars and should be stopping at all stop signs and traffic lights.
One important caution:riders riding within a crosswalk are considered pedestrians and should not be riding against walk lights. Cars turning toward crosswalks will not be expecting you to proceed against a "don't walk" light. Check out the website for the Illinois Secretary of State for further bicycle rules and safety tips.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

When Do the New Legislative Districts Apply?

The simple answer: The new boundaries will apply to legislators elected in November 2012 and will remain the same boundaries until 2021.

More details: Every ten years following the census the Illinois General Assembly is charged with drawing new legislative district boundaries for both State General Assembly (State Senate and State Representative) and Federal Congressional (United States House of Representatives) legislative offices. The district boundaries are described in legislation which must be passed by the General Assembly and signed by the Governor, or approved by a supermajority vote of the General Assembly over the Governor's veto. During the Spring 2011 session, the General Assembly passed and the Governor signed legislation creating the new district boundaries. The congressional boundaries were contained in a separate bill. The new boundaries will apply to legislators elected in November 2012 and will remain the same boundaries until 2021.