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Feb. 21, 2013: Community Resource Fair, Arlington Heights, IL

 The Illinois workNet Center will host a Resource Fair with organizations including:

–  the Anixter Center North, Catholic Charities, CEDA, Chicago Federation of Labor, Department of Rehabilitation Services, Disabilityworks, District 214, Frisbie Senior Center Des Plaines, Jewish Vocational Services, Journey, The Road Home, My Free Taxes, Safer Foundation, The Harbour, Inc.

The IDESis co-sponsoring this Resource Fair. This program is open to the general public.

“We are hosting this Resource Fair to meet the critical community needs by offering access to important services,”said Lisa Maentz, Associate Director Business and Career Services, Inc. Maentz added,“We feel it is especially important to provide access to these services under one roof .” To view participating organizations, visit workNet.

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, February 21, 2013

WHO: Major resource agencies providing community support services access.

WHAT: Services include emergency/transitional shelter, Veteran’s Outreach, disability support, tax filing information, employment/job placement, re-entry support and more.

WHERE: IDES/Illinois workNet Center, 723 W. Algonquin Road, Arlington Heights, IL

By Patricia Smolin on February 15, 2013 Categories: Community, Economic, Housing, Taxes

Cook County Property Tax Portal

The Cook County Property Tax Portal is the result of collaboration among the elected officials who take part in the property tax system. The portal consolidates information and delivers Cook County taxpayers a one-stop customer service website.

Information is gathered from data provided by both the Cook County Treasurer and the Cook County Assessor.

By Patricia Smolin on October 30, 2012 Categories: Housing, Taxes

Apartment Hunting

Searching for a new place in Chicago or nearby suburbs? Here are some sites you may want to try for a rental or apartment finding service:

Apartment People

Apartment Finder

Apartment Guide

Chicago Apartment Hunter

By Patricia Smolin on June 20, 2012 Categories: Housing, Rent

Wait List For One Bedroom Units In Cook County To Open Mar. 27

According to The Journal & Topics Newspapers, the city of Des Plaines Health and Human Services Division has received notification that the Housing Authority of the County of Cook’s Public Housing Wait Lists for one bedroom units will open Mar. 27 at the certain Elderly and/or Disabled Designated Developments, including the Henrich House in Des Plaines. Please click here for the list of these sites.

Forms and instructions for the wait list for section 8 or subsidized housing be found here:

By Patricia Smolin on March 30, 2012 Categories: Housing

Home Repair and Remodeling: Know Your Consumer Rights on 5/11/11

The Village of Mount Prospect is hosting a seminar on the Illinois Home Repair and Remodeling Act. The hour-long seminar, titled “Home Repair and Remodeling: Know Your Consumer Rights,” will be presented by the Office of the Attorney General Lisa Madigan-State of Illinois and will be held on May 11, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at the Mount Prospect Village Hall, 50 S. Emerson Street, Mount Prospect.

The seminar will focus on the Home Repair Remodeling Act and will review the resources that the Attorney General’s office provides on the topic.  Information will include:

How to avoid home repair scams
Tips for finding a contractor What a contract should include
Protecting yourself during the project
What to do if you are the victim of a home repair scam

Attendance is limited so RSVP by May 5, 2011 to or 847-818-5289.
Additional Links from Office of the Attorney General Lisa Madigan-State of Illinois:

Home Repair and Construction
Home Repair: Know Your Consumer Rights
Home Repair and Remodeling Act (effective January 1, 2000)

By MPPL on April 20, 2011 Categories: Consumer, Housing

Northern Cook County Community Resource and Job Fair tomorrow 10/20/10

Tomorrow is the Northern Cook County Community Resource and Job Fair at the Forest View Educational Center from 11a-3p.  Meet with local employers and learn about assistance with: Healthcare, Employment, Food, Housing, Credit, Financial Planning, Utilities, Domestic Violence, and Other Supportive Community Services.

By MPPL on October 19, 2010 Categories: Employment, Finance, Health, Housing, Jobs, Rent

Mortgage Relief Project

There will be an area meeting held at Fenton High School in Bensenville from 9 AM to 1 PM on Saturday August 28.  Please share this information.  The mortgage Relief Project will be providing local homeowners with free housing counseling and information on saving troubled homes.  For more information or to register for this event call toll free 1-800-532-8785, please visit  Additional information is also noted on this flyer: Download Bensenville MRP Flyer.

By MPPL on August 17, 2010 Categories: Housing

More Mortgage/Housing Events

Neighborhood Assistance Corp. of America, a nonprofit counseling agency certified by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, will meet with homeowners seeking loan modifications from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Sunday 5/16 at McCormick Place.

Separately, Chase is conducting a homeowner-assistance event through Sunday 5/16 for its customers and those of EMC Mortgage Corp. and Washington Mutual. It will be conducted at Navy Pier's Festival Hall from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day.

By MPPL on May 13, 2010 Categories: Housing

Mortgage Relief Project: Free Housing Counseling 5/15/10 in Glendale Heights

Governor Quinn’s Mortgage Relief Project visiting Glendale Heights (DuPage County) on May 15th to help stem number of area foreclosures

Free housing counseling will be available from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, May 15, 2010, at the Glendale Heights Village Hall, 300 Civic Center Plaza. The free workshops will offer helpful advice about mortgage refinancing, foreclosure prevention, legal rights, credit counseling and avoiding scam artists. Homeowners can also obtain private, one-on-one housing counseling with HUD-certified counselors. Be sure to bring your latest mortgage documents (bills, statements, notices, etc.), two most recent paystubs, and your state ID or driver’s license. For an itemized list of all the documents that you would need to complete a full application for a loan modification, go to Mortgage Relief Project Document Checklist.

To make an appointment with a counselor or for more information, call IDFPR’s consumer hotline at (800) 532-8785.

By MPPL on May 11, 2010 Categories: Housing

Northwest Suburbs Community Resources Fair

Northwest Suburbs Community Resources Fair

Thursday, May 20, 2010 at 4-7p

Location: Harper College, Wojcik Center

Find help and get assistance about:

Healthcare, employment, food, housing, credit, financial planning, utilities, domestic violence, and other supportive community services

Free parking/free entry

Contact mfaheem@worknetncc.comfor more info or call (847) 437-9425

By MPPL on April 26, 2010 Categories: Employment, Housing, Jobs