News from the Research Desk

News from the Research Desk Blog

Appointment required for some DMV services

Many services at local DMV’s, including Des Plaines and Schaumburg, now require an advance appointment. In order to cope with COVID-19 backlogs, the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office announced procedure changes for some services. 

At some facilities, make an appointment in advance for:
*Behind-the-wheel road tests
*Applying for or renewing REAL IDs
*Applying for standard Driver’s License/Identification Card. 

For some services, a visit to the DMV can be avoided by completing the transaction online, including:
*Driver’s License/Identification Card Renewal (if eligible)
*Duplicate driver’s license or State ID
*License plate renewal or replacement. 

To make an appointment or to access online services, visit: To make an appointment over the phone, call the appointment helpline at 844-817-4649. 


Free DMV Permit Practice Tests

You can take free permit driving tests for car or motorcycle through our web resources page with our new site, Driving Test Prep. These are multiple choice questions and you can see the results immediately. Also available are practice tests for the CDL (commercial driver’s licence). This is an excellent resource for new drivers but also a great way to test your knowledge even if you’ve been driving for decades.

Career Panel

Please join ISACA’s foundation, One In Tech, for a cybersecurity career panel for kids ages 8-13 on Tuesday, 31 August (6:00-7:30 pm CT). A panel of cybersecurity experts will be on hand to share their career paths and answer questions; this is a great opportunity to introduce cybersecurity to the next generation of tech users and professionals.  Register for the career panel to learn from leaders in cybersecurity:

Westlaw Training Webinars

Westlaw is offering two webinars for library patrons. These are not library programs so signing up is not done through our calendar but through the links in this blog post.

Westlaw for Library Patron 
If you want to learn how to make the most of Westlaw, this session is for you. The trainer will review the fundamental features that are available for library users. Learn how to pull up a case/statute by citation or name. You will learn the basic search techniques and how to verify if cases and statues are good law using KeyCite.
Date: Friday, August 27
Time: 9 AM
Click here to register.

Practical Law
Learn how to get quickly oriented on less familiar topics in the law. Practical Law on Westlaw is the perfect starting point. In this course you will learn to navigate the Practical Law platform, and the uses for the different resource types.
Date: Tuesday, August 25
Time: 10:30 AM
Click here to register.


Helpful websites for renters facing eviction

Eviction Help Illinois is a new program that offers free legal help for Illinois residents facing potential eviction and landlords not represented by a lawyer.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Look-Up Tool: This tool connects people with local programs that may help with rent and utilities.

The Rental Assistance Program – Although the Illinois Rental Payment Program (ILRPP) is closed and not currently accepting new applications, there is more funding coming. This site will have information on both DHS and IHDA rent programs.  

For assistance accessing these resources, please contact the Research Desk.