February 5 – February 11 2021

COVID-19 VACCINATION UPDATE: The State of Illinois has moved to Phase 1b of the COVID-19 vaccination plan, which includes offering vaccines to persons 65 years and older. Supplies are limited but more are on the way. The Cook County Distribution Website is found here: https://vaccine.cookcountyil.gov. For complete coverage of the vaccine distribution and COVID-19 related topics, visit the Mount Prospect Village Information page: https://www.mountprospect.org/services/transparency-and-fact-check-portal/covid-19-information.

FRAUD ALERT: Unemployment insurance fraud has seen an uptick in recent months, along with thieves and hackers who regularly commit identity theft. Here is how to determine if you are a victim of unemployment insurance identity theft: you receive a debit card or unemployment insurance letter (UI Finding) and have not filed a claim for benefits; you are notified by your employer that a claim for benefits and you have not been separated from employment; you attempt to file a claim online and one already exists; you receive IRS correspondence regarding unreported UI benefits; you receive notice  of a state or federal offset.

Take these steps if you suspect you are a victim:
+Report the fraudulent claim with IDES or call 800-814-0513
+Do Not activate the debit card that was mailed to you
+Do Not contact KeyBank
+Request your free credit reports via www.annualcreditreport.com or by calling 1-877-322-8228 and review for fraudulent activities
+After you report to IDES, visit the Federal Trade Commission at www.IdentityTheft.gov
+You can also file a police report with the Mount Prospect Police by calling 9-1-1

2021 TAX FILING SEASON: The IRS will begin accepting and processing 2020 tax returns on Friday (Feb. 12). To speed returns during the pandemic, the IRS urges taxpayers to file electronically with direct deposits as soon as they have the information they need.

SHOW YOUR PRIDE: The Mount Prospect Historical Society is introducing T-shirts that read “Mount Prospect Proud – Life is All About Peaks and Valleys” to tout the community’s strength and ability to endure difficult times of all kinds. The T-shirts is available at www.mtphist.org. The shirt comes in many sizes and prices begin at $25.

MP VEHICLE STICKERS: The 2021-2022 Village of Mount Prospect vehicle stickers are currently available for sale. The sticker must be purchased and attached to the lower passenger side of the front windshield by May 1. Standard price Passenger stickers are $45; motorcycle and motorbike tags are $30; and trucks with B plates are $68. There is an additional price schedule for trucks based on individual weight. If you purchased a sticker last year, a renewal application was mailed on February 1. After April 30, a 50% late penalty is added to the cost of the sticker. Due to COVID19, vehicle stickers will not be sold in person at Village Hall until further notice.  Visit this site for more information and purchasing options: https://www.mountprospect.org/how-do-i/pay/vehicle-stickers.

HOUSEWALK – DOLLHOUSE EDITION: Due to the pandemic, the Mount Prospect Historical Society has replaced its annual Holiday Housewalk with in-depth video tours of six furnished historic dollhouses. Five are from its collection and one is owned by a Mount Prospect resident. The video tour is available now through Monday (Feb. 15) for $10, payable through PayPal. Take the tour here: https://www.mtphist.org/dollhouse-video-tour

All information for This Week in Mount Prospect is gathered from various local news sources.