Recovery.gov and Stimuluswatch.org are recently launched websites designed to inform citizens as to the progress of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act signed by President Obama on February 17, 2009. Recovery.gov was created by the Obama adminstration in an effort to educate the public and be transparent and accountable about where and how the funds are dispersed and used. Stimulus.org is from the U.S. Conference of Mayors and "was built to to help the new administration keep its pledge and to hold public officials to account. We do this by allowing you, citizens around the country with local knowledge about the proposed projects in your city, to find, discuss and rate those projects."
News from the Reference Desk
Beginning on Monday, November 3, Illinois consumers meeting certain requirements will be able to apply to the federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). This season, Illinois will have twice as many funds available to assist low-income households with paying for winter heating costs. For further information and instructions on how to apply, check out: LIHEAPIllinois.
The 2008 Illinois school report card has recently been released. The Chicago Tribune has created a search engine for easy access to specfic public school information: 2008 Illinois School Report Card. Included in the database are: demographic profiles, passing rates on the Illinois Standards Achievement Test, the Prairie State Achievement Exam and the Illinois Alternate Assessment exam, as well as average ACT scores.
The first question on the November 4 ballot is whether Illinois voters agree or not if the Illinois Constitution should be rewritten. To help make an informed decision, here are a few web places to find useful information: League of Women Voter’s Illinois, Illinois Issues Blog and a Pro-Con article from Illinois Issues.
The Chicago Bar Association (CBA) and the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) both provide information/recommendations to assist with making informed choices concerning judicial retention on election day, November 4. Here are links to the respective guides: CBA and ISBA. Also the Chicago Tribune has published their Choices for Judges and Vote for Judges.org has useful information to assist with judicial evaluations.
Early voting in Illinois begins on October 13 and runs through October 30. Voters can cast their ballots early without having to state a reason, but an application must be completed. A valid form of identification will be requested by an election official; these include a current driver’s license, state-issued ID card or another government-issued ID with a photograph. There are 44 early voting sites in Cook County: http://www.voterinfonet.com/sub/early_voting.asp, with the closest site located at Des Plaines City Hall, 1420 Miner St. Voters who participate in Early Voting must vote in person. Voters who cannot make it to their polling place on Election Day and can provide a valid reason or excuse under the law may vote absentee by mail or in person, for specifics: http://www.voterinfonet.com/sub/absentee.asp. Laws governing absentee voting have not changed as a result of Early Voting. For more information on early voting: http://www.voterinfonet.com/sub/early_voting.asp.
It’s summer driving season, and with rising gas prices, it’s even more important to avoid heavy construction zones on our roads. The Illinois Department of Transportation has a map that details all current road construction in the state to assist in route planning. Go to: http://www.gettingaroundillinois.com/default.aspx?ql=const
UPDATE: The intersection of Emerson St. and Busse Ave. is now open.
Beginning Monday, May 19, 2008, the intersection of Emerson St. and Busse Ave. will be closed due to the ongoing street resurfacing program and will remain closed for 2-3 weeks. The library and village hall including the parking garage will be accessible via Central Road for the duration. Additionally, the Chase Bank parking lot and all parking lots behind the buildings on Emerson St. as well as most of the on-street parking will remain accessible. For further information, please contact Joel Michalik at the Mount Prospect Public Works Department, 847 870 5640.