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Websites of local interest, chosen by the Grande Prairie Public Library staff.


Housing Assistance


Hope Now - Free foreclosure prevention assistance.

Illinois Housing Development Authority - Assistance information for homeowners, renters, landlords and senior citizens.

Housing Authority of Cook County - Rental assistance for low-income housing in Cook County. Check here to find out about Section 8 Waiting List applications.

Housing Choice Voucher Program - Low income rental assistance (Section 8).

Chicago Housing Authority - Public housing assistance for the City of Chicago.

South Suburban PADS - South Suburban shelters and services for the homeless.

MRSH - Suburban Cook County services for the homeless.

National Fair Housing Alliance - National association with local affiliates dedicated to ending housing discrimination. - An independent website providing information on Green/Energy Efficient Mortgages, with a free and anonymous mortgage loan and rate calculator.


Energy Assistance


LIHEAP - Illinois Low Income Energy Assistance Program.

IHWAP - Illinois Home Weatherization Assistance Program.

Nicor Gas - Links to programs with assistance for gas bills.

Peoples Energy - More links to programs with assistance for gas bills.

Exelon (Com Ed) - Assistance programs for electric bills.

Keep Warm Illinois - Home energy information from the Governor's office.


Food Pantries


Rich Township Food Pantry

Thornton Township Food Assistance Program - Located in Harvey

Greater Chicago Food Depository - Search over 600 Chicago area food pantries.

Catholic Charities Nutrition Services - Food services for Cook County.

Together We Cope

CEDA - Community Economic Development Association of Cook County.


Grants and Financial Aid

- A central storehouse of information on over 1000 federal grant programs.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance - Search the database of all Federal assistance programs

Small Business Administration Financial Assistance

- Find programs offering financial assistance to small businesses.

Student Aid on the Web

- A guide to federal student aid programs.



Social Services


Learning Ally - Accessible Audiobooks for students with visual impairment, dyslexia, or learning disabilities. Formerly Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic.

Illinois Talking Book Outreach Center - Services for people with visual or reading disabilities.

Chicago Lighthouse - Programs and services for the blind and visually impaired.

South Suburban Family Shelter - Programs and services for families suffering from domestic violence.

Metropolitan Family Services - Metropolitan is a source for counseling, parenting programs, after-school programs, legal assistance, respite care, or mental health services.

Aunt Martha's Youth Service and Health Center - Offers a variety of programs and services for children, teens and families in Illinois.  Services include child welfare, community based healthcare, juvenile justice and prevention services.

South_Southwest Suburban United Way - Sponsors a variety of health and human services agencies in the Southland.

Family Guidance Centers - A not-for-profit behavioral healthcare organization that treats and prevents substance abuse.

Illinois Identification Cards - Illinois-issued identity cards for non-drivers including seniors, disabled persons and the homeless.

Social Service Connector - From the Cook County Sheriff, a directory of social service organizations that may be useful when facing an eviction.


Emergency Information


Emergency Closing Center - Find out if your school, library or daycare center is closed due to weather or other emergencies.

IDOT Winter Road Conditions - Find current winter road conditions across the state.


Consumer Information


Fuel Economy Guide

  - Find gas mileage and emissions ratings for new and used cars

Institute for Consumer Credit Education - Assists low-to-moderate income consumers with issues such as housing, bankruptcy and foreclosure

Gazelle - Sell or recycle your used electronic gadgets

Cash4Books - Sell your used books and textbooks

Valore Books - Buy/Sell your used and new college textbooks - Low-priced (not free) college textbook rentals - Another resource for semester-long textbook rentals

Recycle Place - Sell your used toner and ink cartridges

Charity Navigator - A resource for charitable giving

Annual Credit Report - is the ONLY authorized, secure source to get your free annual credit report under federal law.



Legal Information


Free Court Dockets - Free access to over 33 million court case dockets

Find Legal Help - Get help finding a lawyer, seeking free legal services, or researching your legal problem on your own

Illinois Legal Aid - This extensive website features a variety of resources to assist patrons in answering legal questions.  Se habla español.

Illinois Pro Bono - Training and practice support for volunteer attorneys.  NOTE: This website is intended for use by attorneys; it is NOT intended as a resource for finding volunteer attorneys.

Illinois Legal Advocate -  Those who assist others in navigating legal resources will find training and practice support here.

Gale Legal Forms:  Find personal and business related legal forms to download.

Handbook on Workers' Compensation and Occupational Diseases - a general guide to the rights and obligations of employees who have experienced work-related injuries or diseases, as well as the rights and obligations of their employers, under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation and Occupational Diseases Acts.


Jobs and Education


Job Search Resources - Resources on the internet and in the library to help you with your job search

GED Testing Program for Cook County - Find test sites and dates for the GED

i-Pathways - Find GED and adult education resources

Khan Academy - Free videos on math, science, and business topics for students

Academic Earth - Pursue a world-class education for free. Download and view lectures and courses from some of the best universities in the country. - For those interested in a career in Criminal Justice, this website is a comprehensive resource for information on occupational outlook and educational opportunities nationwide.

Medical Assisting Programs-For those interested in a career as a Medical Assistant, this website is a comprehensive resource for information on this program Statewide.


Genealogy and Local History


South Suburban Genealogical and Historical Society - Serving South Cook County and east Will County, including Chicago's Roseland and Pullman neighborhoods

Homewood Historical Society - Serving neighboring Homewood

Historic Pullman Foundation - Serving the Pullman Historic District in South Chicago

Illinois State Historical Society - Fosters awareness, understanding, research and preservation of Illinois history

Illinois State Genealogical Society - Research ancestors with an Illinois connection.  Includes the Cemetery Location Project

Illinois State Archives - Historical depository of public records from Illinois state and local government agencies

National Archives - Historical depository of public records from the United States Federal government

Latter Day Saints Family History Records - You will find local Family History Centers located in Chicago Heights and Orland Park

Newberry Library Genealogy - Extensive genealogy collections.  Includes Chicago Ancestors which shows history based on map locations

Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society - A national organization located in Washington D.C.

Illinois African American Genealogy - Links to relevant records and databases

Afrigeneas - A resource for African ancestored genealogy





IRS Tax Forms

- Download your federal tax forms

Illinois State Tax Forms

- Download Illinois state tax forms

Free Tax Help

- Find Center for Economic Progress Tax Sites for low-income families and individuals

IRS Offices - Find your nearest IRS office for tax assistance

IRS Free File - Find out if you qualify for free federal tax filing online

IL-1040 Web File - Find out if you qualify for free Illinois tax filing online

Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board - Check the status of your appeal

Indiana Department of Revenue - Download Indiana state tax forms



Hospitals and Health Care


Illinois Hospital Report Card - Consumer ratings for health care choices in Illinois.

Advocate South Suburban Hospital

Ingalls Health System - Information on Ingalls Memorial Hospital and other South Suburban health centers.

All Kids Healthcare for Kids - Illinois program covering immunizations, lead screenings, hearing and vision screenings, and more.

Illinois Immunization Program

Cook County Immunization Program

Immunization Clinics - List of free and low-cost options for school immunizations.


Federal Government

- The Federal Government's web portal to a vast array of information and services. - Information and programs from the Administration of 44th President Barack Obama.


State Government


State of Illinois

Illinois Blue Book - The official State of Illinois manual

Illinois Secretary of State - Find services for motorists, small businesses, seniors and persons with disabilities

Illinois Department of Revenue

Find Your Districts and Elected Officials

Illinois General Assembly

Illinois Lottery

Illinois State Police

Illinois Cash Dash - Search for unclaimed property

Illinois Benefits - Sign up for Illinois Cares RX

Circuit Breaker

Find-It! Illinois - Services from the Illinois State Library

University of Illinois Extension - Includes information on Horticulture, Parenting & Seniors, Nutrition, Schools, 4-H, Environmental Stewardship and more

Recovery Illinois - Get information on state use of federal stimulus funds and projects associated with stimulus investment


County Government


Cook County Assessor

Cook County Treasurer

Cook County Clerk

Cook County Department of Public Health

Cook County Public Guardian



Local Government


City of Country Club Hills

Village of Hazel Crest

Hazel Crest Chamber of Commerce

Hazel Crest Park District

Country Club Hills Chamber of Commerce

Rich Township

Thornton Township

Bloom Township

Bremen Township


Local Schools


District 144 - Prairie Hills Elementary School District.

District 152 1/2 - Hazel Crest School District.

District 160 - Country Club Hills School District.

District 228 - Bremen High School District.

Hillcrest High School

Homewood-Flossmoor High School

Marion Catholic High School

Rich Central High School

Thornwood High School

Tinley Park High School

School Report Cards


Local Colleges


Governors State University

Prairie State College

South Suburban College

Illinois Virtual Campus - Distance education through Illinois colleges and universities.

Illinois Harvest, University of Illinois - Collection of digital resources about Illinois, including maps, books, photographs, posters, and manuscripts.


Local Churches


St. John's Lutheran Church and School - Country Club Hills

St. Emeric Catholic Church - Country Club Hills

Full Gospel Christian Assembly - Hazel Crest

All Nations Community Church - Hazel Crest

St. Anne Catholic Church - Hazel Crest




Southtown Star

Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago Tribune




Pace Buses - Serving suburban Chicago

Metra - Chicago suburban commuter railway

Chicago Airports - Flight information for Midway and O'Hare

Illinois Tollways - Tollway information including IPASS

South Shore Line Passenger Service - Commuter trains from Northwest Indiana

Megabus - Inexpensive bus transportation from Chicago's Union Station

Amtrak - Long distance train service, with a station in Homewood

Illinois Rules of the Road


Elections -Judicial Evaluations


Cook County Clerk Election Site - Register to vote, find your polling place and sample ballots

Vote for Judges - Nonpartisan information about Cook County judicial elections

Illinois State Bar Association - Judicial evaluations - Illinois Judges

League of Women Voters of Illinois -League of Women Voters, Homewood-Flossmoor Area

League of Women Voters of Cook County

Illinois State Board of Elections District/Official Search - Find contact information for your elected officials











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