Well, the holidays are over and it’s the start of another year–and another opportunity to reevaluate your financial life and practices, woo-hoo! The good news is that it just got a lot easier, thanks to all the wonderful resources and tools available at Smart About Money (SAM). Smart About Money is one of the many programs of the National Endowment for Financial Education®. NEFE® is an independent, nonprofit foundation committed to educating Americans on a broad range of financial topics and empowering them to make positive and sound decisions to reach their financial goals. They offer tips, strategies and information on diverse topics like crisis and fraud, saving and investing, spending and borrowing, housing and transportation, taxes and more.
Click through and take a look at some of the tools like the Life Values Quiz, designed to help you better understand how and why you make financial decisions. Knowing your own habits and patterns is the first step to making positive changes in your financial life!
The Cook County Property Tax Portal is the result of collaboration among the elected officials who take part in the property tax system. The portal consolidates information and delivers Cook County taxpayers a one-stop customer service website.
Information is gathered from data provided by both the Cook County Treasurer and the Cook County Assessor.
Searching for a new place in Chicago or nearby suburbs? Here are some sites you may want to try for a rental or apartment finding service:
Chicago Apartment Hunter
The Village of Mount Prospect is hosting a seminar on the Illinois Home Repair and Remodeling Act. The hour-long seminar, titled “Home Repair and Remodeling: Know Your Consumer Rights,” will be presented by the Office of the Attorney General Lisa Madigan-State of Illinois and will be held on May 11, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at the Mount Prospect Village Hall, 50 S. Emerson Street, Mount Prospect.
The seminar will focus on the Home Repair Remodeling Act and will review the resources that the Attorney General’s office provides on the topic. Information will include:
How to avoid home repair scams
Tips for finding a contractor What a contract should include
Protecting yourself during the project
What to do if you are the victim of a home repair scam
Attendance is limited so RSVP by May 5, 2011 to firstname.lastname@example.org or 847-818-5289.
Additional Links from Office of the Attorney General Lisa Madigan-State of Illinois:
Home Repair and Construction
Home Repair: Know Your Consumer Rights
Home Repair and Remodeling Act (effective January 1, 2000)
Tomorrow is the Northern Cook County Community Resource and Job Fair at the Forest View Educational Center from 11a-3p. Meet with local employers and learn about assistance with: Healthcare, Employment, Food, Housing, Credit, Financial Planning, Utilities, Domestic Violence, and Other Supportive Community Services.
There will be an area meeting held at Fenton High School in Bensenville from 9 AM to 1 PM on Saturday August 28. Please share this information. The mortgage Relief Project will be providing local homeowners with free housing counseling and information on saving troubled homes. For more information or to register for this event call toll free 1-800-532-8785, please visit www.idfpr.com.
Neighborhood Assistance Corp. of America, a nonprofit counseling agency certified by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, will meet with homeowners seeking loan modifications from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Sunday 5/16 at McCormick Place.
Separately, Chase is conducting a homeowner-assistance event through Sunday 5/16 for its customers and those of EMC Mortgage Corp. and Washington Mutual. It will be conducted at Navy Pier's Festival Hall from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day.
Governor Quinn’s Mortgage Relief Project visiting Glendale Heights (DuPage County) on May 15th to help stem number of area foreclosures
Free housing counseling will be available from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, May 15, 2010, at the Glendale Heights Village Hall, 300 Civic Center Plaza. The free workshops will offer helpful advice about mortgage refinancing, foreclosure prevention, legal rights, credit counseling and avoiding scam artists. Homeowners can also obtain private, one-on-one housing counseling with HUD-certified counselors. Be sure to bring your latest mortgage documents (bills, statements, notices, etc.), two most recent paystubs, and your state ID or driver’s license. For an itemized list of all the documents that you would need to complete a full application for a loan modification, go to Mortgage Relief Project Document Checklist.
To make an appointment with a counselor or for more information, call IDFPR’s consumer hotline at (800) 532-8785.