Updated April 18, 2017
As we work to empower every voice in our community and share the information, services, and opportunities that fulfill Oak Park's aspirations, we often get questions about being an involved citizen.
Here are a few recently asked questions related to civic resources, including voter information. Have a question not answered here? Contact us now.
Find and contact your elected officials
- Find your U.S. representative by ZIP code, then street address (source: U.S. House of Representatives)
- Find who represents you in the U.S. Congress (source: whoismyrepresentative.com)
- Find your federal and state legislators (source: Common Cause)
- See a list of Illinois state representatives and senators (source: League of Women Voters of Oak Park and River Forest)
- Find more elected officials (source: USA.gov)
- When contacting your representative, it's best to call them directly.
- According to former congressional staffer Emily Ellsworth, staffers have to pick up the phone, and it's their job to pass your concerns along to the representative. Tell them your address when they pick up the phone so they know you are a constituent.
Find more resources from Oak Park taxing bodies
- Oak Park Elementary School District 97 (view calendar, sign up for emails)
- Oak Park and River Forest High School District 200 (view calendar, sign up for emails)
- Oak Park Public Library (view calendar, sign up for emails)
- Oak Park Township (view calendar, read news)
- Park District of Oak Park (view calendar, sign up for emails)
- Village of Oak Park (view calendar, sign up for emails)
Find income tax forms and help
Tuesday, April 18 is the deadline to file state and federal income tax returns.
At the library, you can print popular state and federal tax forms at no charge; use library computers to file taxes online; and find resources and referrals for more specialized help. More >
Appeal property taxes
The Cook County Assessor’s office mailed assessment notices on March 1 and is now accepting appeals of the assessed valuations of Oak Park properties in 2017.
- Deadline to file an appeal: April 3
- Deadline to file documentation: April 13
During the appeal period, the office of Oak Park Township Assessor Ali ElSaffar is providing help to Oak Park property owners wishing to file appeals. Call 708.383.8005 to schedule appointments (regular weekdays 9 am-5 pm available, as well as a limited number of evening and weekend appointments). For properties purchased within the past three years, owners should bring closing documents to their appointments.
- Also find facts about reassessments and answers to frequently asked questions from the Oak Park Township.
- Read a March 14 article by Oak Park Township Assessor Ali ElSaffar: The impact of D97's proposed referendums
Meet local elected officials
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:
- American Press Institute: Six questions that will tell you what media to trust
- PolitiFact: Pulitzer Prize-winning fact-checking website
- Factcheck.org: A project from the Annenberg Public Policy Center
- Snopes.com: The long-standing debunking website