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Government

 

More and more valuable information is being posted on the Internet by federal, state, and local governments. Here you can find state and federal tax forms, information on government officials and political candidates, unclaimed property, and sales of government surplus.

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General Government Sites

Web resourceGovBenefits.gov

GovBenefits.gov is a screening tool to help you find state and federal government benefits that you may be eligible to receive.

Web resourceGovernment Sales & Auctions

This federal portal provides information on the sale or auction to the general public of all types of public assets and surplus from federal, state, local, or international governments.

Web resourceUSA.gov

USA.gov is the official portal for United States Federal Government information. Subject information and links are arranged in an easy-to-use menu.

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Government Officials

Web resourceThe Congressional Directory

Find names, addresses, phone numbers, and general information for  members of Congress and other key members and elected officials of the federal government.

Web resourceDirectory of Elected Officials in Cook County

From the Cook County Clerk's Office, this online directory includes listings of trustees from library districts, municipalities, park districts, and sanitary districts. The site also includes a directory of Cook County party officials.

Web resourceElected Officials from the Village of Skokie

The names and brief biographies of the current mayor and village trustees of Skokie. 

Web resourceIllinois General Assembly

This site contains information about members of the Illinois Senate and House of Representatives, district maps, recent Public Acts, and information about current and recent bills. 

Web resourceIllinois State Telephone Directory

The Illinois State Telephone Directory provides contact information for state agencies, boards, and commissions, as well as for most state employees.

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Government Statistics

National Statistics

Web resourceBureau of Justice Statistics

From the United States Department of Justice, this online source for crime statistics includes information about law enforcement, the courts, and a link to the Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics.

Web resourceBureau of Labor Statistics

From the United States Department of Labor, this well-designed site offers key labor and employment statistics including the latest unemployment rate, the Consumer Price Index (CPI), the Product Price Index (PPI), industry and wage data, and much more. Site visitors can create detailed tables of specific local data.

Web resourceFedStats

Use this site to find statistics from more than one hundred United States federal agencies. Information is searchable by agency, topic, or geography.

Web resourceUnited States Census Bureau

Find population statistics for areas around the country and links to the latest economic census information on this official website from the United States Department of Commerce.

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International Statistics

Web resourceInternational Data Base (IDB) from the US Census Bureau

The International Data Base (IDB) provides demographic information for 224 countries and areas of the world including estimates and projections of: population by age and sex; birth, death, and growth rates; migration rates; infant mortality; life expectancy; and fertility rates.

Web resourceUnited Nations Statistics Division

The Statistics Division compiles statistics from many international sources and produces global updates, including the Statistical Yearbook, World Statistics Pocketbook, and yearbooks in specialized fields of statistics.

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State and Local Government

State of Illinois

Web resourceCyberDrive Illinois

CyberDrive is the Illinois Secretary of State's website. Resources include  with information about driver's facilities, license plates, and links to the Illinois State Library.

Web resourceFinding Illinois Documents at Skokie Public Library and on the Web

For many years, Skokie Public Library was an "Illinois Documents Depository Library" and included in its collection many items published by the Illinois government. Illinois government agencies also publish the electronic versions of many of their print publications on the Web and produce an increasing number of items that are issued only in an electronic format.

Web resourceICash

Search for unclaimed property in Illinois on this website sponsored by the Illinois State Treasurer's Office.

Web resourceIllinois General Assembly

This site contains information on members of the Illinois Senate and House of Representatives, district maps, Public Acts, and information about current and recent bills.

Web resourceIllinois State Telephone Directory

The Illinois State Telephone Directory provides contact information for state agencies, boards, and commissions, as well as for most state employees.

Web resourceState of Illinois

The official website for the state of Illinois includes facts about Illinois and links to information about living, working, visiting, and learning in Illinois; business, technology, government, and more.

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Cook County

Web resourceCook County Election Department

This site contains results from the latest election and links to election sites of  neighboring counties.

Web resourceCook County Information Center

The Information Center includes sections on County demographics, links to County agencies, and information about meetings, finance, and employment opportunities.

Web resourceCook County Recorder of Deeds

Search this site for documents filed in Cook County including mortgages, bankruptcies, and more.

Web resourceCook County Tax Portal

Find information about Cook County properties compiled from the Assessor, Recorder of Deeds, and other County agencies. Search by PIN or address.

Web resourceDirectory of Elected Officials in Cook County

From the Cook County Clerk's Office, this online directory includes listings of trustees from library districts, municipalities, park districts, and sanitary districts. The site also includes a directory of Cook County party officials.

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Village of Skokie

Web resourceSkokieNet: Government

This site contains the ordinances of the Village of Skokie, a directory of elected officials, information on local agencies, and links to governmental websites in the area.

Web resourceSkokie Park District

This site contains information on park district programs and facilities along with annual reports and budget information.

Web resourceVillage of Skokie

The official Village website includes information about Skokie and Village departments.

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Taxes and Tax Forms

Federal and State Taxes

Web resourceAARP Tax-Aide

The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) offers this free service for anyone in need of tax help. Tax-Aide can answer most of the tax issues faced by middle- to low-income taxpayers, with special attention to those aged sixty and older.

Web resourceInternal Revenue Service Forms and Publications

Download IRS forms and publications for current and past years from the Internal Revenue Services website.

Web resourceYahoo! Finance: Taxes

Use this handy Web directory to help prepare your tax returns.  It contains calculators and checklists to organize your papers along with links to state and federal tax resources.

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Illinois Taxes

Web resourceIllinois Tax Forms

From the Illinois Department of Revenue, this collection includes tax forms for individuals, businesses, tax professionals, and local governments.

Web resourceIllinois Tax Rate Finder

This site provides various Illinois sales tax rates broken down by municipality and county. Click the Start button towards the bottom of the page to enter the system where local sales tax rates may be found.

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United States Government

General Information

Web resourceCatalog of Federal Domestic Assistance

Browse this website to learn all about financial and non-financial assistance programs administered by departments and agencies of the federal government.

Web resourceCongress.gov: United States Legislative information

Find information on bills before Congress, committees, Congressional Record issues, and directories for the Senate and House of Representatives.

Web resourceForms.gov

A forms catalog provides citizens and businesses with a common access point to federal agency forms including tax forms, social security forms, small business forms, and more.

Web resourceGPO Access

Courtesy of the United States Government Printing Office, connect to government databases including the Congressional Record, the Code of Federal Regulations, and the Federal Register.

Web resourceRegulations.gov

Regulations.gov is part of an Initiative to provide citizens with one-stop Web access to all proposed federal regulations and to give citizens the ability to submit comments on all federal agencies' rulemakings.

Web resourceUSA.gov

USA.gov is the official portal for United States Federal Government information. Subject information and links are arranged in an easy-to-use menu.

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Directory and Contact Information

Web resourceThe Congressional Directory

Find names, addresses, phone numbers, and general information for  members of Congress and other key members and elected officials of the federal government.

Web resourceFederal Agencies Directory

Use this handy search tool to find links to federal information and specific agencies.

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Voting and Elections

Web resourceChicago Sun-Times Elections

The latest regional and national election news is provided by this Chicago Sun-Times website.

Web resourceCongress.org

Congress.org provides information on elections and candidates running in elections around the country.  It also contains information on Congressional representatives by district and includes voting records.

Web resourceFactCheck.org

A nonpartisan, nonprofit, "consumer advocate" site for voters that monitors the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews, and news releases.

Web resourceIllinois State Board of Elections

Find information about Illinois elections, ballots, voters registration, and campaign disclosure statements at this website.

Web resourceProject Vote Smart

Project Vote Smart is a citizen's organization dedicated to providing accurate and unbiased electoral information. The website offers information about candidate backgrounds, issue positions, voting records, campaign finances, and performance evaluations.

Web resourceQuick Answers to Common Questions from the Federal Election Commission

This site provides a schedule of primary elections, campaign finance information, candidate filing information and news relating to upcoming elections.

Web resourceSkokieVotes

SkokieVotes is the Library's own information portal for information on the upcoming elections. Includes information on voter registration, candidate positions for local and national races, and all the latest political news.

Web resourceSuburban Cook County Elections

This website provides information about Cook County polling places, the candidates, and the candidates' views.

Web resourceVoteForJudges.org

VoteForJudges.org is a non-partisan group supported by many non-profit organizations to provide voter education for the upcoming judicial elections.

Web resourceYour Voter Information from the Cook County Election Department

For Cook County residents, type in your address to locate your polling place and get sample ballots and voter guides.

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World Government

Web resourceEmbassy World

This directory and search engine provides links to the world's embassies and consulates.

Web resourceOfficial Documents of the United Nations

This site provides access to "official United Nations documentation, beginning in 1993" with older documents added daily.

Web resourceRULERS

This website contains lists of heads of state and heads of government of all countries and territories. In most cases, information dates back to around 1700.

Web resourceWorld Leaders

This site, published and updated weekly by the CIA, provides up-to-date lists of key government officials by country.

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