January 31 – February 6

snow shovelTEENS HELPING SENIORS: Mount Prospect’s Human Services Department is looking for local teens to shovel snow for seniors and residents who need the assistance. The program will match teens looking for winter work with the residents. The rate of pay will be negotiated between the resident and teen. For more information, call 847/870-5680. 

AARP TAX ASSISTANCE: Once again, Mount Prospect seniors can receive free income tax assistance for their Federal and State tax returns from AARP trained volunteers. Appointments are required. Call the Village of Mount Prospect Human Services Department at 847/870-5680 to make an appointment. list of nearby facilities also offering AARP assistance is available at the Research Desk on the second floor of Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St.). 

REAL ID: While October 1, 2020 is seven months away, Illinoisans who travel on domestic flights or visit secure federal facilities will be required to have a passport or Real ID by that date. However, a standard Illinois Driver’s License will continue to be valid identification for driving and all other uses. Some Illinois Secretary of State facilities have expanded hours to accommodate Real ID applicants. To find out more, visit www.REALID.ilsos.gov. 

SCAM ALERT: In recent weeks, scammers pretending to be government employees with the Social Security Administration have been busy. By phone or email, they may say there is a problem with your Social Security Number or account. They may ask you to pay a fine or debt with retail gift cards, wire transfers, prepaid debit cards, internet currency, or by mailing cash. If you receive a suspicious call, HANG UP, DO NOT give them money or personal information. Report the scam (whether received by telephone or email.). For more information, visit www.ssa.gov.  

GOOD TAX NEWS FOR SENIORS: A new law takes effect this year that eliminates the annual renewal requirement for the Senior Exemption which is available to all homeowners 65 years of age and older, regardless of income. Under the new law, property owners who received the Senior Exemption last year will have it automatically renewed this year. Homeowners who were born in 1954 would have turned 65 in 2019, will have to apply for the Senior Exemption this year Senior citizens seeking the Senior Tax Freeze will still need to file renewal forms. 

DANGEROUS SOCIAL MEDIA TREND: The Mount Prospect Fire Prevention Bureau sent an alert regarding a popular social media platform geared towards middle school and high school studentsA recently released viral video challenge involves cellphone chargers, coins and electrical outlets. The “challenge” is to plug a cellphone charger into an electrical outlet with the charger out just a little bit from the outlet. With the gap between the outlet and the charger, kids are then placing a coin over the two plugs resulting in a large electrical discharge. This “challenge” is very dangerous and could result in possible fire, electrical shock, electrical damage to outlet and wiring. If you have questions or concerns, contact the Bureau at 847/818-5253. 

JOB FAIR: Are you seeking a new job or career path? Prepare your resume and bring it to the Daily Herald Multi-Profession Job Fair on Tuesday (Feb. 4) from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Embassy Suites by Hilton, Chicago Schaumburg Woodfield (1939 N. Meacham Rd. SCH.). Meet face-to-face with the area’s top employers. Bring plenty of copies of your resume and dress for success! 

MEET WITH A REP: Talk with a representative from Jan Schakowsky’s Office  on  Wednesday (Feb. 5) from 2 – 5 p.m. in Room 130 of Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St.) . Ask questions about immigration, visas, Medicare, Social Security, Veterans’ benefits and other federal services.  

BLOOD DRIVE: Help save a life by donating blood on Thursday (Feb. 6) from 3 – 7 p.m. in the Village Hall Community Room on the 1st. floor of Mount Prospect Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.). Walk ins are welcome. 

CONVERSATIONS IN ENGLISH: Practice your conversational skills in a friendly group setting with native English speakers on Thursday (Feb. 6) from 5:30 – 7 p.m. at Community Connections Center (1711 W. Algonquin Rd.). This program is available for Mount Prospect or Elk Grove Township residents. For more information, or to register, call 847/506-4930. 

SCHIFF PHOTO EXHIBIT: The Koehnline Museum of Art at Oakton Community College (1600 E. Golf Rd. DP) will display the photography of Darryll Schiff, a renowned Chicago contemporary artist beginning Thursday (Feb. 6) running through Friday (March 20). The museum is open Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.