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New business information source: Mergent Intellect 

A new database is available to Mount Prospect Public Library patrons looking for business information. Mergent Intellect offers comprehensive data on both public and private companies with a user-friendly interface. Extensive coverage of private companies with financials, executive contacts, and other critical business information    Use the advanced search to build a list of companies,…

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Increase your financial literacy

April is Financial Literacy Month and a good time to review some of the resources available from the library to help you make informed financial decisions and improve your financial well-being.  Programs  In April, a series of library programs will address financial literacy topics. Advance registration is required.  Making the Most of Your Social Security…

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Money Smart Week, April 15-21, 2023. Registration is open!

Free webinars for Money Smart Week

Money Smart Week will be held Saturday, April 15 – Friday, April 21, 2023. This week-long, free, virtual campaign aims to help people better manage their personal finances with a focus on tools for low and moderate income communities. Live events will include sessions on budgeting, debt relief, employer retirement plans, and a Spanish language…

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DIY Research: Financial Information

April is Financial Literacy Month and a great time to get your financial affairs in order. Clear, accurate information is of utmost importance when making financial decisions such as working to improve your credit score, taking out a loan, investing your savings, planning for college or selecting a bank to open a checking account. Be…

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Get connected with a federal discount on internet service at home. To find out if you qualify, go to or call 833-511-0311

Federal discount available to assist with internet bill

The Emergency Broadband Benefit is a temporary program from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that provides eligible households discounts of up to $50 a month on their internet bill.  Who qualifies? Any household with a member that:  *Has income at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, or participates in other government assistance programs;  *Receives free or reduced school…

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Illinois agencies warn of phishing scams

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) and the Illinois Secretary of State DMV are aware of text and email messages being sent fraudulently on their behalf, asking for personal information.   While the messages might look official, a government agency will never request personal information, such as Social…

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Consumer Reports

Want to Get the Most Out of Consumer Reports?

There is a difference between Consumer Reports online and the print version.  Online:  It is easier to find updated information on what you are searching for   There is information you can get online that can’t be accessed in the print version.  For example, let’s say you are looking at dishwashers. Online, the buyer’s guide is more detailed,…

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Insurance Calculators

ValChoice, an independent data analytics company focused on the U.S. insurance industry, is offering our patrons unlimited access to online calculators, insurance company ratings, tutorials and “how-to” videos, worksheets, and other tools designed to help users understand how insurance—such as car and home insurance—is priced, and how to decide on policies based on their age,…

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The New Medicare ID Cards

In the last few months, new Medicare ID cards have been sent to recipients across the United States.  As several policies change and the amount of scams targeting Medicare users increase significantly, staying informed is paramount to maintaining good health and safe accounts.  Take a look at these AARP articles detailing information about the new…

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Leasing vs. Buying a New Car

Will you be needing a new car in the near future? Have you wondered what the advantages are to leasing a new car? Consumer Reports just published an article comparing and contrasting both approaches as well as a specific example that compares the financing details between buying and leasing a 2017 Honda Accord. There are pros…

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