Updated January 22, 2018

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2018 Elections | Referendums | Evaluate Sources
2018 Tax Season | Be an Informed Consumer

Prepare for upcoming 2018 elections

Who's on the ballot

More about registering to vote

At the library, eligible voters who reside anywhere within the state of Illinois can register. You must be:

  1. A U.S. citizen
  2. At least 18 years old by the general election
  3. A resident of your precinct at least 30 days prior to Election Day

Bring two pieces of identification. Neither needs to be a photo ID, but one must include your current address. Acceptable forms of ID include:

  • Illinois driver's license
  • Illinois state ID
  • Employee or student ID
  • Credit card
  • Social security card
  • Birth certificate
  • Utility bill in applicant's name
  • Mail postmarked to the applicant
  • Valid U.S. passport
  • Public aid ID card
  • Lease or rental contract

Registration with deputy registrars at the library is closed during the 27 days prior to an election and the two days after an election. If you miss the deadline, you can register at the office of the election authority through grace period registration and voting. Locations and hours vary for each election. You can also register to vote online, by downloading and mailing in a voter registration card.

Get a referendum on a future ballot

Illinois is one of 24 states that allow a form of direct democracy called ballot initiatives. A ballot initiative can be officially created when a petition to initiate a public vote on a proposed statute or constitutional amendment is signed by a certain minimum number of registered voters. Learn more about ballot initiatives and signature requirements in Illinois.

Evaluate sources of news and information

Teaching people how to be better consumers of information is the fundamental task at the heart of our profession. Check out these resources and stay informed:

Prepare for tax season

Be an informed consumer

The threat of identity theft looms large in the United States. Consider the numbers: in 2016, roughly 15.4 U.S. citizens were affected, with an estimated $16 billion stolen, according to Javelin Strategy & Research. From the Bureau of Justice Statistics, in 2014, about 7 percent of people age 16 or older were victims of identity theft, similar to findings in 2012. And a fall 2017 Equifax data breach may have exposed up to 143 millions Americans data, according to the company. A related dollar amount is still to be determined.

Here are free resources you can access from anywhere, anytime informing you on steps to take to protect yourself, and what to do if you are a victim. Want to speak to a librarian directly? Call our reference desk at 708.452.3480 during open library hours.

Credit Union websites

To check on your reports or freeze your accounts

Want to go more in-depth on online privacy, identity and security? Try these websites:

The topic of identity theft is constantly evolving. To keep current on the most recent happenings, use trustworthy information from online resources to search articles and periodicals on the topic.