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Genealogy in Time

 

Genealogy has been a popular topic on the Web since its early days.  In recent years many more companies are making genealogical resources available online.  Genealogy In Time is an online magazine that reports on this aspect of the Web.  Its editors have recently published a list of the top 100 genealogy websites based on usage; visit this site to find out what sites are most popular as well an analysis of the current state of genealogy. 

Anne Shaughnessy, Genealogy Reference Librarian

By Patricia Smolin on January 23, 2013 Categories: Genealogy

Benefit Access Program (formerly Circuit Breaker)

The Circuit Breaker Property Tax Relief Grant and Illinos Cares Rx is no longer being funded, effective July 1, 2012. However, a few benefits are still being offered:

  • Seniors Free Transit Ride
  • The Persons with Disabilities Free Transit Ride
  • Secretary of State License Plate Discount

You must submit a Benefit Access Application online only. Paper applications are not available or accepted.

For more info, follow link to Illlinois Department on Aging or contact the Senior HelpLine at 800-252-8966, 1-888-206-1327 (TTY).

 

By julie collins on January 18, 2013 Categories: Seniors

Film “Lincoln” sparks visits to Springfield, IL

Box office success of Steven Spielberg’s new film Lincoln, starring Daniel Day-Lewis, has boosted public interest in the life of Abraham Lincoln, and visits to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield, IL

If you were drawn to the film, you may want to visit the Illinois Digital Archives collection of Lincoln documents from the State Library and the Illinois State Archives.

 

By Patricia Smolin on January 10, 2013 Categories: Genealogy, History

Salary Surveys

Want to know what others in your field may be earning?  There is always salary.com, but there is also some specific detail available thru the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  BLS Wage Data provides occupation, compensation, industry, geographic, and other demophraphic figures which can be very helpful in setting and negotiating salaries.

By Patricia Smolin on December 21, 2012 Categories: Economic, Employment, Jobs

The New SBA Patriot Express Loan & VA Mortgage Loan Financing Just For Veterans

SCORE, Village Bank & Trust, Harper College, Robert Morris University and SALUTE, Inc. have partnered to create an informational seminar on Veterans financing. The presentation will feature topics on home financing as well as small business loans. Discussion will include the Patriot Express Loan for new or expanding businesses. Dinner will be provided.

Please call or RSVP online
Date: Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Event Phone: (847) 870-6020

Meadow Club
2950 West Golf Road
Rolling Meadows IL 60008

By Patricia Smolin on November 9, 2012 Categories: Business, Veterans

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

Illinois Veterans History Project

The Illinois Veterans History Project was launched by Secretary of State Jesse White to create a permanent record of the names and stories of Illinois war veterans and civilians who served our state and country during war, so that their contributions will be not be forgotten.

To participate in the Illinois Veterans History Project, veterans or their family members can obtain an Illinois Patriots Information Forms online, at driver services facilities or public libraries throught Illinois.

Veterans or their family members can complete this form and share their remembrances on the back or on a separate sheet of paper. Those who participate will receive an Official Certificate of Appreciation for their participation in this project.

By Patricia Smolin on October 26, 2012 Categories: Veterans

IDES is holding a Healthcare & Healthcare Technology Hiring Event

IDES is holding a Healthcare & Healthcare Technology Hiring Event tomorrow.

WHEN:           Thursday, October 25, 2012
TIME:             10:00 until 11:00 Veterans
                         11:00 until 2:00 Open to the General Public
WHERE:        723 West Algonquin Rd, Arlington Hts, Illinois

 LivHome, Skokie
Positions: Caregivers, CNA’s and Personal Assistants

VNA Health Care, Aurora
Positions: Systems Administrator, Information Technology Help Desk, and EMR Form & Template Developer

SeniorBridge, Northfield
Positions: CNA’s and Health Aides

Addus Healthcare, Inc., Palatine
Positions: Payroll Specialist, Database Developer, Registered Nurse, Physical Therapist and Occupational Therapist

Freedom Home Care, Highland Park
Positions: CNA’s and Caregivers

Alexian Brothers Health Systems, Elk Grove
Positions: CNA’s, PCT and Administrative Positions

Clearbrook, Arlington Heights
Positions: Rehab Aids, Mental Development Trainers and Residential Counselors

Home Instead, Elk Grove Village
Positions: CNA’s and Residential Counselors

By Patricia Smolin on October 24, 2012 Categories: Employment, Jobs

Furnace and Central A/C Reviews

A pricey appliance purchase deserves some consumer research and a furnace investment is no exception. Consumer Reports hasn’t reviewed individial models since 2000, but it does provide descriptions of the top sellers.

Another site, FurnaceCompare gives details of brand models and customer feedback in very organized listings.

The most recent reviews of central a/c brands are noted in the Consumer Reports May 2012 issue.                                                                                              

And the Library’s access to ChicagoCheckbook is also useful when learning more about heating/cooling contractors. Please let us know if you need help using this or any of our subscription databases.

 

By Patricia Smolin on October 23, 2012 Categories: Consumer

Senior Job Seekers

AARP has a new employment site,  workreimagined.org. You can log into it through your LinkedIn ID. It lists job openings from organizations with a commitment to hire older workers.

On a related note, MPPL is hosting a session on Tuesday 11/20/12 at 1:30p:

What the Senior Candidate Has to Offer: Wisdom, loyalty, experience – are you making the most of your marketable qualities as a mature job seeker? Bob Podgorski of St. Hubert Job and Networking Ministry will offer tips for presenting your skills and experiences as a senior candidate to a potential employer. Please register online or by calling 847-253-5675.

By Patricia Smolin on October 11, 2012 Categories: Employment, Jobs, Seniors