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Employers no longer can ask for past salary information

Governor JB Pritzker has signed into law an amendment to the Illinois Equal Pay Act that bans employers and employment agencies from asking about applicants’ past wage and compensation histories or using such information to screen candidates for a job. The new law takes effect on September 29, 2019. The idea behind the new prohibition is to help break a cycle where predominantly female and minority workers have received lower pay for performing the same or similar work as male and non-minority workers. Employers are more likely to perpetuate this situation if they base the new employees’ pay on what they had previously earned.

Employers can be penalized for asking the applicant or the applicant’s current or former employers for wage or salary history. The prohibition does not apply if a job applicant’s salary history is a matter of public record or if the applicant is a current employee applying with the same employer. If an applicant voluntarily provides wage or salary history, the employer has not violated the law and would not be penalized. This information, however, is not to be used to make a hiring decision or to determine the applicant’s salary. Likewise, the new law does not prohibit an employer from asking an applicant what they desire to make at the new position. Department of Labor staff also are available to answer questions from both employers and employees on the new law and can be reached on DOL’s Equal Pay Act Hotline: 866-372-4365.

New and Forthcoming Nonfiction – August 2019

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Almost every day new books arrive at the Library to be processed and then placed on the shelf or in your hands. Take a look at some of the books that have arrived most recently at the Library. Ask for more titles at the Research Services Desk!

New in Life Study

The War for Kindness: Building Empathy in a Fractured World book cover Here is Real Magic: A Magician's Search for Wonder in the Modern World book cover Do It Scared: Finding the Courage to Face your Fears, Overcome Adversity, and Create a Life You Love book cover

The War for Kindness: Building Empathy in a Fractured World by Jamil Zaki

Here is Real Magic: A Magician’s Search for Wonder in the Modern World by Nate Staniforth

Do It Scared: Finding the Courage to Face Your Fears, Overcome Adversity, and Create a Life You Love by Ruth Soukup

New in True Crime

Star Spangled Scandal: Sex, Murder, and the Trial that Changed America book cover Sawney Bean: Dissecting the Legend of the Scottish Cannibal book cover Unsolved Murders: True Crime Cases Uncovered book cover

Star Spangled Scandal: Sex, Murder, and the Trial that Changed America by Chris DeRose

Sawney Bean: Dissecting the Legend of the Scottish Cannibal by Blaine L. Pardoe

Unsolved Murders: True Crime Cases Uncovered by Amber Hunt and Emily G. Thompson

New in Hollywood

Hollywood: Her Story, An Illustrated History of Women and the Movies book cover Finding Zsa Zsa: The Gabors Behind the Legend book cover Becoming Superman: My Journey from Poverty to Hollywood book cover

Hollywood: Her Story, An Illustrated History of Women and the Movies by Jill Tietjen

Finding Zsa Zsa: The Gabors Behind the Legend by Sam Staggs

Becoming Superman: My Journey From Poverty to Hollywood by J. Michael Straczynski

New in Crafts

First Time Jewelry Making: The Absolute Beginner's Guide book cover Gingermelon's Embroidered Animals: Heirloom Animal Dolls to Sew, Embellish, and Treasure book cover Basketweaving for Beginners: 20 Contemporary and Classic Projects Using Natural Cane

First Time Jewelry Making: The Absolute Beginner’s Guide by Tammy Powley

Gingermelon’s Embroidered Animals: Heirloom Animal Dolls to Sew, Embellish and Treasure by Shelly Down

Basketweaving for Beginners: 20 Contemporary and Classic Basketweaving Projects using Natural Cane by Sylvie Begot

Public Library Association and Capital One Offer Tools to Increase Financial Well-Being

The Public Library Association (PLA) and American Library Association (ALA) are working with  to bring innovative financial well-being resources to public libraries across the U.S. Through this project, PLA and ALA will help public libraries nationwide learn about Capital One’s , which teaches consumers basic mobile banking skills. Ready, Set, Bank is designed specifically for older adults, and offers numerous, unbranded videos to guide learners through every step of the process, with overviews and step-by-step tutorials to help them manage their finances online — regardless of where they bank. The curriculum is also available in Spanish, through .

Help Coming for Wrongly Inflated Tax Bills

According to an article in the July 6, 2019 Daily Herald, a “miscalculation” of the senior freeze property tax discount by the Cook County assessor’s mainframe computer artificially inflated thousands of tax bills for low-income homeowners in Wheeling Township.  The problem was isolated mainly to Wheeling Township seniors but a few errors were also discovered in other townships.

The Cook County Assessor’s office is issuing certificates of error to the affected homeowners. These bills will replace the ones issued by the Cook County treasurer’s office earlier this month. 3200 properties were reported to Wheeling Township Assessor Jerry Sadler but he also found about 100 other homeowners affected who were not on the list.

Those seniors eligible for the discount are encouraged to carefully check their bills. If you have questions, please contact the Wheeling Township Assessor’s office by telephone at 847-259-1515 or by email at taxpayerassistance@wheelingtownship.com. The assessor’s office will review your information.

New and Forthcoming Nonfiction – July 2019

New Books
Almost every day new books arrive at the Library to be processed and then placed on the shelf or in your hands. Take a look at some of the books that have arrived most recently at the Library. Ask for more titles at the Research Services Desk!

New in Baseball

Ballpark: Baseball in the American City book cover Full Count: The Education of a Pitcher Mantle: The Best There Ever Was book cover

Ballpark: Baseball in the American City by Paul Goldberger

Full Count: The Education of a Pitcher by David Cone

Mantle: The Best There Ever Was by Tony Castro

Coffee Table Books

The Travel Atlas: The Ultimate Atlas for Globetrotters book cover Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again book cover The Splendor of Birds: Art and Photographs from National Geographic book cover

The Travel Atlas: The Ultimate Atlas for Globtrotters by Lonely Planet

Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again by Donna De Salvo

The Splendor of Birds: Art and Photographs from National Geographic by Catherine Herbert Howell

Get Outside!

Walking: One Step at a Time book cover How to Camp in the Woods: A Complete Guide to Finding, Outfitting, and Enjoying Your Adventure in the Great Outdoors book cover Gather at the River: 25 Authors on Fishing book cover

Walking: One Step at a Time by Erling Kagge

How to Camp in the Woods: A Complete Guide to Finding, Outfitting, and Enjoying Your Adventure in the Great Outdoors by Devon Fredericksen

Gather at the River: 25 Authors on Fishing edited by David Joy and Eric Rickstad

New in American History

The City-State of Boston: The Rise and Fall of an Atlantic Power, 1630-1865 book cover Armies of Deliverance: A New History of the Civil War book cover Fault Lines: A History of the United States since 1974 book cover

The City-State of Boston: The Rise and Fall of an Atlantic Power, 1630-1865 by Mark Peterson

Armies of Deliverance: A New History of the Civil War by Elizabeth R. Varon

Fault Lines: A History of the United States Since 1974 by Kevin M. Kruse and Julian E. Zelizer