Friday, March 28, 2014

IRS Warns of New Email Phishing Scheme Falsely Claiming to be from the Taxpayer Advocate Service


The Internal Revenue Service warns consumers to be on the lookout for a new email phishing scam. The emails appear to be from the IRS Taxpayer Advocate Service and include a bogus case number.
 
The fake emails may include the following message: “Your reported 2013 income is flagged for review due to a document processing error. Your case has been forwarded to the Taxpayer Advocate Service for resolution assistance. To avoid delays processing your 2013 filing contact the Taxpayer Advocate Service for resolution assistance.”

Recipients are directed to click on links that supposedly provide information about the "advocate" assigned to their case or that let them "review reported income." The links lead to web pages that solicit personal information.

Taxpayers who get these messages should not respond to the email or click on the links. Instead, they should forward the scam emails to the IRS at phishing@irs.gov. For more information, visit the IRS's ReportPhishing web page.

The Taxpayer Advocate Service is a legitimate IRS organization that helps taxpayers resolve federal tax issues that have not been resolved through the normal IRS channels. The IRS, including TAS, does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email, texting or any social media.

 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

National Medal of Honor Day March 25


nat'l day calendarNATIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR DAY

In 1990, the United States Congress designated March 25th, of each year, as National Medal of Honor Day, a day that is dedicated to all Medal of Honor recipients.
It was on March 25, 1863 when the first Medals of Honor were presented. Secretary of War, Edwin Stanton presented Medals of Honor (Army) to six members of ”Andrews Raiders” for their volunteering and participation during an American Civil War raid in April of 1862.
Created in 1861, the Medal of Honor is the United States of America’s highest military honor. It is awarded only to US military personnel, by the President of the United States in the name of Congress, for personal acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty.
There are three versions of the Medal of Honor, one for the Army, one for the Navy and one for the Air Force, with personnel of the Marine Corps and the Coast Guard receiving the Navy version.
Since its creation, there have been 3, 468 Medals of Honor awarded to the country’s soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and coast guardsmen.

Monday, March 24, 2014

How to Make the Most of Your 401(k)--Morningstar Webinar


Money Smart Week® is just around the corner.  Are you ready?  During April 5-12, organizations around the country will be educating individuals on a variety of personal finance topics.  Morningstar will host an event on Monday, April 7th, at 5:30 PM Central.  Morningstar’s Christine Benz and Adam Zoll will discuss how to make the most of your 401(k), 403(b) or 457, and help you evaluate your company’s retirement plan to select the right investments.  If you’re in the Chicago area, you can come watch it live!
 
Free Event:      Make the Most of Your 401(k)
Hosted By:      Christine Benz and Adam Zoll
When:              Monday, April 7th, 5:30 PM Central Time
Where:             Morningstar HQ, 22 W. Washington St., Chicago, IL 60602
RSVP:             http://www.morningstar.com/goto/msw2014
RSVP by April 1st.  The event is limited to 75 people, so please register early.
 
You may also view the session from home.  Morningstar will stream the event live from this link.
In addition to the April 7th program, Morningstar is offering a special Money Smart Week® online training session for Morningstar Investment Research Center database users on Friday, April 11th, at 12 PM Central.  Log in to the training session here.  The focus is on navigating the database using the screening and portfolio analysis tools, and where to find helpful information.
 
 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

First Day of Spring TODAY March 20



Celebrate the first day of spring by learning about the spring equinox and the rotation of the earth from one of the Glenview Public Library's electronic resources, Today's Science: 


Or maybe you are dreading spring as the start of allergy season because you are a pollen sufferer?  Learn more about allergies and your health with Health Source Consumer Edition.



If you want to learn more about alternative health resources there is a special online resource called Alt Health Watch that focuses on complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health care and wellness.


If you look forward to spring as a time to plant your garden, or update the landscaping, then check out our online subscription to Consumer Reports to find the best new lawn mower or gas grill for your patio.


If you need to find a good cleaning service to do that spring cleaning for you, check out the ratings for housecleaning services in Chicago Consumer Checkbook, an independent, non-profit consumer organization that evaluates the quality and prices of local service firms and stores providing ratings and reviews for consumers.


All of these online resources are available from the 24 Hour Library on the Glenview Public Library's eResearch page.  Login for free when you visit the library or from your home computer by using your Glenview Public Library barcode number to access these wonderful online resources provided to Glenview Public Library members.

Earned Income Tax Credit

EITC, Earned Income Tax Credit, is a benefit for working people who have low to moderate income. A tax credit means more money in your pocket. It reduces the amount of tax you owe and may also give you a refund.  Watch this video from the IRS for details.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

St Patrick's Day for Language Lovers




Do you speak Irish? For language lovers, St. Patrick’s Day isn’t just about green beer, pub crawls, and parades – although we love that stuff, too. Named after St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, the holiday first appeared in Britain in the mid-1700s, when many Irish immigrants called it home. St. Patrick was a priest who, among other things, is said to have used a shamrock to teach the Christian trinity to the Irish. Lo and behold, the holiday’s loyalty to the shamrock persists today, along with a larger celebration of all the Irish culture and traditions that we know and love. Why not raise a green glass to the language and culture behind the holiday? Mango Languages offers a quick and easy guide to celebrating the Irish language right this year, consider this your four leaf clover by learning phrases, culture, and conversation with an Irish language course . It’s a fresh, practical, and flat out fun way to earn your own pot of gold this St. Patrick’s Day. Mango Languages teaches you practical stuff you can put to use during your celebrations: introduce yourself, share fun facts, order drinks, and more. And you can keep the luck of the Irish with you wherever you go by accessing the course on the go with our Mango mobile apps – even at the bar. So update your green gear and Kiss me, I speak Irish!
Mango Languages is free to Glenview Public Library card holders from the library's web site and offers 52 languages and 16 ESL courses from Angielski dla polskich rozmówców (English for Polish Speakers), Inglés para hispanoparlantes (English for Spanish Speakers), and Mango Korean English(English for Korean Speakers). 
Login from home with your Glenview Public Library card number or visit the library with your head phones to start learning today. 

Friday, March 14, 2014

National Pi Day Today

National Pi Day (3.14) celebrates Pi, a mathematical concept and a number that never ends. What will you do on Pi Day?

Visit our Today's Science online resource to learn more about the Greek letter Pi, mathematics or Buckyballs.

Or maybe you are not interested in mathematics but would rather have a piece of pie?  Check out another of our online resources ReferenceUSA to find bakeries that sell pie.

Or maybe you want a job selling pie?  Use our online resource Job Now to help you find a employment. 
All of these wonderful online resources are available to Glenview Public Library card holders from our  24 Hour Library on our web page.  Enter your GPL library card number to access these free online resources from home.
 
 

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Early Voting Last Day March 15


Last day for early voting in the Illinois 2014 primary election is March 15.  For detailed information visit the Cook County Clerk's web site at http://www.cookcountyclerk.com/elections/earlyvoting/Pages/default.aspx  for details.

For the March 18, 2014 Gubernatorial Primary Election, Early Voting will take place March 3 - March 15. Click here to view a map of the Early Voting locations.

No more excuses    

Voters do not need to provide an excuse or reason why they cannot make it to the polls on Election Day. You need only to fill out an application at the Early Voting site.

Bring photo ID

State law requires early voters to display valid photo identification to an election official before receiving a ballot to vote early. Valid forms of ID include: a current driver’s license, state-issued ID card, university/college ID or another government-issued ID with a photograph.

Voting equipment 

Early Voting is conducted on touch screens that store every ballot style in the county, permitting any voter in suburban Cook to vote at any location.

Ballot secrecy    

Your ballot will remain secret and securely stored.  

Early Voting records

The names of the early voters are available to the public and are updated each day during Early Voting. Please call (312) 603-0900 for early voting information.

In-person voting only

Voters who participate in Early Voting must vote in person.     

Monday, March 10, 2014

Key Ingredients for Successful Retirement Portfolios--Morningstar Webinar


Learning the importance of sound financial strategies today can help you feel prepared for retirement. That’s why Morningstar® Investment Research Center is offering you the opportunity to take part in a complimentary, live online event with Christine Benz, Morningstar’s director of personal finance.

On March 27 at 7:30 p.m. (Central Time), Christine will talk about the key components of retiree portfolios today and some model ‘bucket’ portfolios. She’ll close the session by answering questions from the audience. Register today.

This event is the first installment of a four-part series of live web sessions on investment topics hosted by Morningstar’s financial experts. You have full access to the series as part of the Glenview Public Library’s Morningstar Investment Research Center subscription.

Schedule of Events
March 27
Retirement Portfolio with Christine Benz

June 19
Dividend Paying Stocks with Josh Peters, editor of DividendInvestor newsletter

Sept. 24
Financing a College Education with Adam Zoll, assistant editor of Morningstar.com
 
Dec. 11
Give Your Portfolio a Checkup with Christine Benz