Websites of local interest, chosen by the Grande Prairie Public Library staff.
- Housing Assistance
- Energy Assistance
- Food Pantries
- Grants and Financial Aid
- Social Services
- Emergency Information
- Consumer Information
- Legal Information
- Jobs and Education
- Genealogy and Local History
- Hospitals and Health Care
- Federal Government
- State Government
- County Government
- Local Government
- Local Schools
- Local Colleges
- Local Churches
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.
Mortgageloan.com - An independent website providing information on Green/Energy Efficient Mortgages, with a free and anonymous mortgage loan and rate calculator.
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.
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.
CEDA - Community Economic Development Association of Cook County.
- A central storehouse of information on over 1000 federal grant programs.
GovBenefits.gov - Information on agencies providing assistance programs such as Social Security/Supplemental Security, Medicaid and State Social Services.
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance - Search the database of all Federal assistance programsSmall Business Administration Financial Assistance
- Find programs offering financial assistance to small businesses.Student Aid on the Web
- A guide to federal student aid programs.
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. Download their latest Resource Guide.
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 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.
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
Chegg.com - Low-priced (not free) college textbook rentals
Bookrenter.com - 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 - AnnualCreditReport.com is the ONLY authorized, secure source to get your free annual credit report under federal law.
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.
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.
CriminalJusticePrograms.com - For those interested in a career in Criminal Justice, this website is a comprehensive resource for information on occupational outlook and educational opportunities nationwide.
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 formsIllinois State Tax Forms
- Download Illinois state tax formsFree 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
Illinois Hospital Report Card - Consumer ratings for health care choices in Illinois.
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.
Immunization Clinics - List of free and low-cost options for school immunizations.
- The Federal Government's web portal to a vast array of information and services.
WhiteHouse.gov - Information and programs from the Administration of 44th President Barack Obama.
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 Cash Dash - Search for unclaimed property
Illinois Benefits - Sign up for Illinois Cares RX
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
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.
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.
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
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
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 State Board of Elections District/Official Search - Find contact information for your elected officials