March 12 – March 18

SPRING FORWARD: Sunday (March 14) begins Daylight Saving Time. Move your clocks ahead one hour early Sunday morning and enjoy the extra light. Spring is in the air! 

POLICE TRAINING WORKSHOP: To increase candidate diversity and address the shortage of police officers, the Mount Prospect Police Department, other Northwest suburban communities, and Harper College will present a virtual event on Saturday (March 13) from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Attendees will network with newly hired and veteran police officers. Sessions will cover the written exam, physical ability (POWER) testing, a panel discussion on the polygraph examination, psychological testing and background investigation, and oral interviews. The cost to attend the workshop is $25.To register, visit https://ce.harpercollege.edu/search/publicCourseSearchDetails.do?method=load&courseId=6650919 

HELP FOR STUDENT LOANS: Cook County is teaming up with the Joyce Foundation and the company Summer to provide free advice and support for student loan borrowers. Residents can enroll in state and federal savings programs that reduce payments and qualify for loan forgiveness. There are no income eligibility requirements to enroll. Borrowers who were unable to graduate but still hold student loan debt also can enroll. Visit www.meetsummer.org/il 

CHURCH HOSTS DRIVE UP PARTY: Enjoy a socially distanced Valentine’s/St. Patrick’s Day event from on Saturday (March 13) from 10 a.m. – Noon at Unity Northwest Church (259 E. Central Rd. DP). Wear your mask and drive through the parking lot to receive a special treat! 

RECYCLE COACH: Mount Prospect residents can now access Recycle Coach, free of charge, from their desktop computers, mobile devices, or through digital assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Home. This free platform makes it easy and provides the following: Garbage and Recycling Schedule, weekly reminders for garbage and recycling collections, recycling knowledge boosts, and provides detailed information on where and how to recycle thousands of items. For more info, visit https://www.mountprospect.org/departments/recycle-coach 

NEW FOIA REQUEST SYSTEM: Cook County has launched a new online system for filing Freedom of Information Act requests. Requesters can track their public records and receive updates by email. To access the portal, visit www.cookcountyil.gov/service/freedom-information-act-offices-under-president. Each of Cook County’s separately elected officials and the county health department handle their own FOIA requests. For information on how to submit a request to those offices, visit www.cookcountyil.gov/service-categories/foia-requests-and-information. 

NEARBY HAPPENINGS:  

DINING ALFRESCO: Downtown Arlington Heights will look a little different in the coming days. Street dining will return (it was a COVID related solution from June to November last year). This year’s setup along Vail Avenue and Campbell Street is expected to be barebones for now, with ropes to delineate restaurant spaces, should there be snowfall and the need to remove it. Fences should be in place by mid-April, officials say. The street dining area could last until as late as November, though it could end in September to hold a fall weekend festival if COVID-19 restrictions allow it. 

NO FRONTIER DAYS: One of the largest summer festivals in the summer – Frontier Days in Arlington Heights – is cancelled for the second year in a row, organizers announced. Cancellation also comes with the postponement of the 4th of July Parade and Stamped Run that takes place over the same long summer weekend.  

PET EXPO POSTPONED: The Chicagoland Family Pet Expo, scheduled for March 16-18 at Arlington International Racecourse, has been postponed until further notice. For future show status updates, visit www.facebook.com/ChicagolandPetExpo. 

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