News from the Research Desk

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2020 Mid-year Legislative Update for Seniors

Would you like to learn more about how local, Cook County, state and federal officials are assisting senior members of our community during this challenging time? You may like to attend a Zoom discussion and legislative update meeting session hosted by AgeOptions and local senior service agencies. Please see the official invitation.

The North Suburban Session is scheduled for Wednesday, July 29th, 2020 from 8:30 am to 9:30 am.  Registration is not required.   Here is the login information:
Zoom access link:
Or, dial in via the phone: 1-312-626-6799 (Chicago)
Meeting ID: 977 1224 6886
Password: 938391
Find your local call-in number:



Asclepias Tuberosa aka Butterfly Weed

One beneficial perennial plant that every home gardener should consider growing is Butterfly Weed (Asclepias Tuberosa). Besides being a native Illinois plant, Butterfly Weed  provides larval food for Monarchs and its nectar is enjoyed by honeybees other species of butterflies as well.

On top of all that, Butterfly Weed (also called milkweed, a term applied to all Asclepias species) is attractive in the garden and is easy to grow if it is planted in the right spot. It likes lots of sun and drier soil conditions, and like many natives, it is drought resistant. Butterfly Weed emerges later in the spring, so gardeners should be careful when doing early clean-ups in the garden so as to not disturb its seasonal development.

Check out this 2017 informative article from the Illinois Extension: Butterfly Weed – Perennial Plant of the Year.

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program

Each year, the Village of Mount Prospect receives an allocation of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). CDBG funds are intended to create viable communities by providing decent housing, a suitable living environment and expanded economic opportunities for low- and moderate-income residents.

The Village has two CDBG documents available for a public review period from June 29 – July 6, 2020. Hard copies of the plans are available in the Community Development Department, on the 2nd floor of Village Hall, and virtually through the links below. Comments may be submitted to the Community Development Department by phone at (847) 818-5328 or by email to

Draft 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan / 2020 Action Plan

The Consolidated Plan is a comprehensive five-year planning document that identifies the overall housing and community development needs of the village, outlines available programs and resources, and establishes a strategy for prioritizing and addressing these needs. The goals of the Consolidated Plan are to provide decent housing, a suitable living environment, and expanded economic opportunities to benefit low and moderate-income residents. The 2020 Action Plan includes the projects and the funding allocations for the program year running from October 1, 2020 through September 30, 2021.

Draft Substantial Amendments to 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan / 2019 Action Plan

On April 2, 2020, the Village of Mount Prospect was notified that it will receive a special allocation of Community Development Block Grant funds (CDBG-CV) to be used to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the Coronavirus. This special allocation was authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) signed into law on March 27, 2020. These funds are available for use during Program Year (PY) 2019 and 2020 and must be expended by September 30, 2022. To obtain CDBG-CV funding for PY 2019, the Village must submit Substantial Amendments to HUD for both the 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan and the 2019 Action Plan.

For more information on the CDBG program, please visit the Village’s CDBG webpage.

New Web Resource: Science Reference Center

To meet the needs of curious learners, Mount Prospect Public Library now subscribes to Science Reference Center which contains full text articles from hundreds of science magazines, journals, reference books and a vast collection of images.

  • More than 210 full-text science periodicals
  • More than 770 full-text science reference books
  • More than a dozen full-text science encyclopedias
  • More than 810 full-text science essays
  • More than 4,000 full-text, full-length biographies of scientists
  • More than 300,000 high-quality images, including stunning images of landscapes, plants, animals, rock formations, fungi and more
  • Dozens of science animations
  • More than 580 science videos
  • Lesson plans