News from the Reference Desk Category: Community

EPA Emissions Testing Notices

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Due to the budget crisis in Illinois, the Illinois EPA has suspended the mailing of emissions test notifications.  If you have plates expiring at the end of March 2016 you’ll be the first group of drivers who do not receive a mailed notification for the emissions test.

The EPA encourages drivers to get their emissions test done several weeks before the plate sticker expiration date, particularly should you need to have repairs done if you don’t pass the initial test.  You can have your emissions test done 4 months in advance of when your plates expire.  If your emissions test is not completed and in the system it can cause problems when renewing your plates or drivers license.

The Illinois Secretary of State has an online tool to determine whether your vehicle is due for an emissions test http://www.ilsos.gov/regstatus/

For further information please visit Illinois Environmental Protection Agency: Vehicle Emissions Testing Program

Vehicle Sticker Renewal Notices

motorcyclelgMany of you may have heard, but please be aware that the Secretary of State is no longer mailing out vehicle registration renewal notices due to the state budgetary issues.  The last group of paper notices was mailed out in early September for those who had stickers expiring in October. If your sticker expires in November or after that you won’t be getting your reminder in the mail.

There is an alternative though; you can sign up to get an e-mail notification when you need to renew your  license plate stickers.  You’ll need your registration ID and PIN. The link to the online notification sign-up is https://www.ilsos.gov/greenmail/

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Mount Prospect Entrepreneurs Initiative

There’s exciting news for the Mount Prospect business community in the formation of the Mount Prospect Entrepreneurs Initiative (MPEI). The MPEI is a new and comprehensive partnership between the Mount Prospect Chamber of Commerce, the Village of Mount Prospect, the Mount Prospect Downtown Merchants Association and the Mount Prospect Public Library.

For years, these organizations have collaborated and partnered on various programs and program series like Jump Start Your Business (aimed at small business owners) and the Entrepreneurs Cafe. But in 2016 this collaboration will move to the next level as existing projects, as well as several new ones still in development, are rebranded under the MPEI toward a more streamlined focus on providing support, education and inspiration for the local Mount Prospect business community. Joining forces as the MPEI allows individual partners to further embed themselves into the success and progress of Mount Prospect by sharing resources, ideas and effort toward a common goal, as well as strengthen each member’s role as a community partner with vital resources and opportunities for everyone to discover and utilize. Stay tuned!

Insurance Enrollment Assistance

It’s the time of year when many health insurance decisions must be made. If you need assistance in determining the best options, here’s some help:

Medicare Open Enrollment:

The Medicare Open Enrollment period began on Oct. 15 and runs until Dec. 7. The Illinois Dept. on Aging offers assistance through the department’s Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP.) Their counselors can explain the drug, health, and supplemental plans that are available. The nearest SHIP sites are at Arlington Heights Senior Center (847/253-5532) and Wheeling Township (847/259-7730.) For additional SHIP information, call 800/252-8966 or click here.

The Village of Mount Prospect Human Services Department also offers assistance for Medicare Part D (prescription drugs) enrollment. Call 847/870-5680 to set up an appointment.

Affordable Care Act Marketplace:

The enrollment period for uninsured people to sign up for coverage through the Illinois Marketplace runs from Nov. 15, 2014 to Feb. 15, 2015. If you want your insurance coverage to start on Jan. 1, 2015, you must enroll by Dec. 15, 2014.

The Library is offering several programs to assist those using the Illinois Marketplace. Representatives from Get Covered Illinois will present an overview program,” Affordable Care Act Update,” on Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. The Library will also host two enrollment events with trained navigators from Get Covered Illinois to provide assistance in navigating the site and signing up for insurance. The enrollment events are on Dec. 13, 2014, and Jan. 31, 2015,  from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. To schedule an appointment, call 847/392-8682 ext. 227. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Home Movie Day

Older photographs and home movies are rich treasures of family history. Have you been wanting to look at and preserve your older home movies? The Center for Home Movies has designated October as the month to do just that. Over 100 museums and film societies across the world are hosting special events where people can bring their films, view them with others, and get professional guidance about how to best preserve them.