News from the Reference Desk Category: Community

Mount Prospect Senior Opportunities Survey

illustration of a paper form with a pencilThe Mount Prospect Village Human Services Department is looking for input from older adults in the community about expanding activities, programming, and events in the Farley Community Room. Results from a 2019 focus group indicated that seniors would like to have a place to gather in the community. The department has created a survey for seniors to offer feedback and specify the activities they would like to see offered. The Human Services staff would appreciate your participation.  Print copies of the survey are available at the Village and at the Mount Prospect Public Library. To access the survey online, please click here.

Upcoming webinars and community resource for job seekers

Illinois WorkNet American Job Center logoThe North Suburban Cook County American Job Center is a valuable local resource for any residents affected by job loss. One of over 3,000 federally-funded American Job Centers in the nation, the center offers free services to job seekers: assistance with resumes, mastering interviews, connecting with job training and more.

Did you know: volunteer experiences can boost your job search! As an active job seeker, volunteering can offer an opportunity to develop new skills and bolster your interviewing confidence. The North Suburban Cook County American Job Center regularly recruits volunteers, and often finds that job seekers who volunteer their time to the center find themselves landed in a meaningful employment more quickly.

Though the center is currently closed to the public, virtual services are available. Upcoming webinars feature such as working with recruiters, virtual networking, and identifying transferable skills. Webinar registration is available through their monthly evening calendar. 

Connect with all of their available job seeker services.

Vaccination Information

The topic of Covid-19 vaccinations is a challenging one. It is not yet known when vaccinations will be available for most residents of the Mount Prospect area.  Here is what we know so far:

  1. 1. The Cook County Department of Public is in charge of everything to do with vaccines in our area–how it is distributed, where and to whom.

2.  Further information as it becomes available can be found on the department’s website. Other ways to contact the department with questions or concerns are via Twitter #COVID19; by calling the new @CookCoHealth hotline at 708-836-4755 or by emailing the department at

Driver Services Facilities Closed until Jan. 5, 2021

Jesse White Extends Closure of Driver Services Facilities until Jan. 5, 2021

Driver’s licenses and ID card expirations are extended until June 1, 2021; Online renewals have been expanded to reduce facility visits for in-person services; Select facilities open to serve new drivers and CDL applicants only

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White is announcing that Driver Services facilities statewide will remain closed for in-person transactions until Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. White is reminding the public that expirations for driver’s licenses and ID cards have been extended until June 1, 2021.

Expanded Online Services
White also has expanded online services for the public, which they can take advantage of by visiting Some of these services include:

• Renewing a license plate sticker;
• Renewing a valid driver’s license for qualifying drivers;
• Renewing a valid ID card for those age 22-64 (seniors 65 and older have free, non-expiring IDs);
• Obtaining a driver record abstract;
• Filing Business Services documents, such as incorporations and annual reports; and
• Customers with issues involving administrative hearings may contact

Select Facilities Open to Serve New Drivers ONLY
In addition, White announced that the following facilities will be open for new drivers ONLY:

Bradley, 1111 Blatt St.; Charleston, 1010 E. St.; Chicago North, 5401 N. Elston Ave; Chicago South, 9901 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.; Danville/Tilton, #5 Southgate; DeKalb, 1360 Oakwood St.;  Marion, 1905 Rendleman St.; Mascoutah, 9221 Beller Dr.; Moline/Silvis, 2001 Fifth St., Ste. #10; Olney, 1302 S. West St.; Peoria, 3311 N. Sterling Ave., #12; Princeton, 225 Backbone Rd. East; Quincy, 2512 Locust St.; Rantoul, 421 S. Murray Rd.; Rockford, 4734 Baxter Rd.; Salem, 1375 W. Whittaker St.; and Springfield, 2701 S. Dirksen Pkwy.

Chicago North and Chicago South facilities will be open for new drivers only Tuesday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The other facilities listed above will operate under normal hours.

Select Facilities Open to Serve CDL Applicants ONLY
White also reiterated that 18 CDL facilities remain open for CDL written and road exams. These CDL facilities include:

Bradley, 1111 Blatt St.; Charleston, 1010 E. St.; Danville/Tilton, #5 Southgate; DeKalb, 1360 Oakwood St.; Elk Grove Village, 650 Roppolo Dr.; Marion, 1905 Rendleman St.; Mascoutah, 9221 Beller Dr.; Moline/Silvis, 2001 Fifth St., Ste. #10; Olney, 1302 S. West St.; Peoria, 3311 N. Sterling Ave., #12; Princeton, 225 Backbone Rd. East; Quincy, 2512 Locust St.; Rantoul, 421 S. Murray Rd.; Rockford, 4734 Baxter Rd.; Salem, 1375 W. Whittaker St.; South Holland, 41 W. 162nd St.; Springfield, 2701 S. Dirksen Pkwy.; and West Chicago, 1280 Powis Rd.

“Commercial truck drivers provide essential services by ensuring goods can be transported safely and efficiently throughout the state and country during this pandemic,” White said.

CDL driving tests are by appointment only by calling 217-785-3013.

Seven Facilities Offering Drive-thru Services for License Plate Stickers
Lastly, White again reminded the public that seven facilities will continue offering drive-thru services for license plate sticker transactions ONLY. These facilities were selected due to the configuration of the buildings that allowed for drive-through transactions. The seven drive-through facilities are: Chicago North, 5401 N. Elston Ave.; Chicago South, 9901 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.; Chicago West, 5301 W. Lexington St.; Danville/Tilton, #5 Southgate; Macomb, 466 Deer Rd.; Rockford-Central, 3720 E. State St.; and Springfield, Dirksen 2701 S. Dirksen Parkway.

Expanded Online Renewals for Driver’s Licenses and ID Cards
In an effort to reduce future facility visits for in-person service, White has expanded online renewals for driver’s licenses and ID cards. Not everyone qualifies, particularly those who are required to pass a written or road test. For qualifying drivers, if the driver’s license or ID card expired between Feb. 1, 2020, through Jan. 31, 2021, then the individual will receive a letter this month with a unique PIN needed to renew online. If the driver’s license or ID card expires after Feb. 1, 2021, the individual will receive the PIN letter approximately 90 days before the expiration date. For more information on determining whether an individual qualifies for online renewal, visit and click on “Read more on how to renew your driver’s license or ID card online” near the top of the main page.

Thousands of customers have already taken advantage of the expanded driver’s license and ID card online renewal program, which results in fewer customers waiting in person at Driver Services facilities once they reopen.

“As the health and safety of employees and the public are paramount, we decided to extend the closure of Driver Services facilities until Jan 5, 2021, due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic,” said White. “Unfortunately, face-to-face transactions potentially increase the further spread of the virus, and protecting the health and safety of our residents is my top priority. We have extended expiration dates to assist people during this difficult time. We are also offering services to CDL holders and new drivers at select facilities. In addition, I am encouraging customers to consider using online services that are available for many office transactions.”

All other Secretary of State departments are open to serve the public. Check for more information.

Mount Prospect Christmas Tree Lighting

cartoon Christmass tree decorated with bells and stars, and presents under the treeThere will be many things that are different about the upcoming holiday season. But there will still be Christmas trees and lights to enjoy! Mount Prospect will celebrate its tree-lighting virtually. You can view the ceremony on YouTube via the village’s Facebook page.