News from the Research Desk

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What’s FRED?

What is FRED? Short for Federal Reserve Economic Data, FRED is an online database consisting of more than 55,000 economic data time series from 45 national, international, public, and private sources.

FRED, created in 1990 and maintained by Research Department at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, combines data with a tools that help us understand and display economic data.

The categories that can be searched include: Money, Banking & Finance; Population, Employment & Labor Markets; Production & Business Activity; Price Indexes; International and Regional Data.

Be Safe on the Roads: IDOT YouTube

The Illinois Department of Transportation launched a new YouTube video series this week aptly called “On The Move.”

IDOT says videos will be produced on an ongoing basis and allow Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider to keep Illinois citizens up to date on state transportation issues.

“This video series is an opportunity for me to provide further details on several imperative topics here at IDOT and also to elaborate on what we are working on to help keep you, the motorist, informed” said Schneider in a press release. “I look forward to discussing new projects and initiatives as well as letting you know how you can help us keep our roads safe.”

The inaugural video of the series concentrates on traffic safety. Schneider gives the lowdown on those digital billboard displays which keep a running total of the number of traffic fatalities which have occurred on roads within the state and then spends some time passing on some solid traffic safety tips.

The Kid’s Pantry

The Kid’s Pantry is a non-for-profit organization that takes in donations of children’s items and donates them back out to the community.  Everything is given free of charge.  They are currently open year round on Wednesdays from 10am-2pm and Fridays from 10-11am.  They are located at 400 E. Gregory St., Mount Prospect, IL (224-715-4466).

They also have semi-annual giveaways in the spring and fall where all stock is set up in the gym.  They invite the community through multiple media outlets and word of mouth to come on a Friday evening and all day Saturday and receive what they need for free.

The Kid’s Pantry was started by two stay-at-home moms who have a passion for kids and the community.  Through the help of their church, they have been able to keep expanding, and to collect more items. Please visit them at their location, by email  (thekidspantry@gmail.com) or on Facebook to learn more about receiving from their collection or to offer donations.

1940 Census Now Searchable by Name

The 1940 Census was made available to the public in April 2012 by the National Archives. At first it could only be searched using street addresses. With the help of scores of volunteers who indexed millions of names, it is now possible to search the 1940 Census by name. The Census is available at www.familysearch.org for free. It is also available for free at www.ancestry.com through 2013. If you need assistance using this resource, please contact the Reference Department.