Election 2016

On November 8, 2016 Highland Park residents will vote for federal, state, and local offices as well as an amendment the 1970 Illinois Constitution.

Voting Information

What's on your ballot? Where is your polling place? Are you registered to vote? Lake County Voter Power web site can answer these questions. Other voting information is available on the Lake County Voter Services site.

Voter Registration ends on October 11, 2016. Illinois residents who are United States citizens, 18 years old by election day, and live in your election precinct at least 30 days before November 8th, may register to vote. Lake County residents can register to vote in person, online, or mail. The City of Highland Park (1707 St. John's Ave., 847/432-0800) and Moraine Township (777 Central Ave., 847/432-3240) offer in-person voter registration.

Early Voting

  • Begins on Thursday, September 29th and ends on Monday, November 7th.
  • Lake County Clerk's Office, 18 N. County St., Room 101, Waukegan IL (847/377-2410) will offer early voting from September 29-October 21, hours are Monday-Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
  • Lake County residents can vote at any of the Lake County early voting sites from October 24-November 5. The hours are Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m.
  • The early voting site in Highland Park is the Highland Park Police Station Community Room, 1677 Old Deerfield Road.
  • State mandated early voting sites with extended hour from October 24-November 7 are Gurnee Village Hall, Jane Addams Center, Lake County Courthouse and Administrative Complex, and North Chicago City Hall. For addresses and hours of operation click here.

Federal Offices


United States Senator

10th Congressional District Representative

State Offices


29th State Senate District

58th General Assembly Representative

Lake County Offices

Lake County Circuit Court Clerk

Lake County Coroner

Lake County Recorder

Lake County State's Attorney

Lake County Board Member District 11


Judge of the Circuit Court 19th Judicial Court 4th Subcircuit

  • Mitchell L. Hoffman (D)
  • No Candidate (R)

Judicial Retention

Lake County Bar Association Judicial Ratings.

  • Margaret J. Mullen
  • Victoria A. Rossetti
  • Jorge L. Ortiz
  • Diane E. Winter
  • Mark L. Levitt

Proposed Amendment to the 1970 Illinois Constitution

Explanation of Amendment (ballot language): The Proposed amendment adds a new section to the Revenue Article of the Illinois Constitution. The proposed amendment provides that no moneys derived from taxes, fees, excises, or license taxes, relating to registration, titles, operation, or use of vehicles or public highways, roads, streets, bridges, mass transit, intercity passenger rail, ports, or airports, or motor fuels, including bond proceeds, shall be expended for other than costs of administrating laws related to vehicles and transportation, costs for construction, reconstruction, maintenance, repair, and betterment of public highways, roads, streets, bridges, mass transit, intercity passenger rail, ports, airports, or other forms of transportation and other statutory highway purposes, including the State or local share to match federal aid highway funds. You are asked to decide whether the proposed amendment should become part of the Illinois Constitution.

For proposed addition of Section 11 to Article IX of the Illinois Constitution.


Commission on Presidential Debates : "The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) was established in 1987 to ensure that debates, as a permanent part of every general election, provide the best possible information to viewers and listeners. Its primary purpose is to sponsor and produce debates for the United States presidential and vice presidential candidates and to undertake research and educational activities relating to the debates."

Presidential Debates

The debates will be shown from 8:00-9:30 pm CT with no commercial interruptions on all major broadcast networks, as well as, cable news channels.

Debate 1: September 26, 2016

  • Moderator: Lester Holt
  • Topics: America's Direction; Achieving Prosperity; Securing America
  • Format: Six 15-minute time segments with two 15-minute segments focusing on the moderator selected topics.

Debate 2: October 9, 2016

  • Moderators: Martha Raddatz and Anderson Cooper
  • Topics: TBA
  • Format: Town Hall

Debate 3: October 19, 2016

  • Moderator Chris Wallace
  • Topics: TBA
  • Format: same as Debate 1.

Vice President Debate: October 4, 2016

  • Moderator: Elaine Quijano
  • Format: Nine timed segments of about 10 minutes each. The moderator will ask a question and each candidate will have 2 minutes to respond with the remainder of the time for discussion.

Senatorial Debates

  • Debate 1: October 3, 2106 -- Chicago Tribune editorial board
  • Debate 2: October 24, 2016 -- University of Illinois Springfield, State Journal-Register, WICS-20, and WMAY
  • Debate 3: October 26, 2016 -- City Club of Chicago and WTTW "Chicago Tonight"
  • Debate 4: TBA -- Chicago Sun-Times editorial Board
  • Debate 5: TBA -- ABC-7, the League of Women Voters of Illinois, WGBO-Univision


Voter Education


League of Women Voters of Illinois

League of Women Voters of Highland Park/Highwood

Vote Smart

Government Sites

Federal Elections Commission

"The duties of the FEC, which is an independent regulatory agency, are to disclose campaign finance information, to enforce the provisions of the law such as the limits and prohibitions on contributions, and to oversee the public funding of Presidential elections."

Illinois State Board of Elections

"The State Board of Elections is an independent state agency that was provided for by the 1970 Illinois Constitution to supervise the registration of voters and the administration of elections throughout the state. Created by the Illinois General Assembly in 1973, the Board's purpose is to serve as the central authority for all Illinois election law, information and procedures in Illinois."

Lake County Clerk: Elections

"The County Clerk is the chief Election Authority administering elections throughout Lake County. We offer election-related services to candidates, political parties, press, local units of government and the general public. These services include voting by mail programs, early voting, and securing voting sites."

Fact Checking

Fact Check.org

"We are a nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. We monitor 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. Our goal is to apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding."

NPR: Politics: Fact Check

Open Secrets


"PolitiFact is a fact-checking website that rates the accuracy of claims by elected officials and others who speak up in American politics. PolitiFact is run by editors and reporters from the Tampa Bay Times, an independent newspaper in Florida, as is PunditFact, a site devoted to fact-checking pundits."

Washington Post: Fact Checker

"The purpose of this Web site, and an accompanying column in the Sunday print edition of The Washington Post, is to “truth squad” the statements of political figures regarding issues of great importance, be they national, international or local."












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Fall is the season for new books! Thankfully, the Information and Reader Services librarians have put together a program with our top picks.

We'll be chatting about some of our most anticipated titles, sharing insider tips on how to discover books on your own, and raffling off a ton of new and forthcoming fiction and nonfiction titles. 

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Property Assessment Information for Moraine Township and West Deerfield Township

Moraine Township and West Deerfield Township property owners will receive their 2016 Assessment Notices this month. The Moraine Township Assessments were published in the August 4, 2016 Highland Park News and the deadline to file an appeal is September 6, 2016. West Deerfield Township Assessments will be published in the August 18, 2016 Deerfield Review and Lake Forester and the deadline to file an appeal is September 19, 2016.

Lake County Assessment Office

This site allows you to view Property Assessment Lists by Township, search Your Assessment by Address, compare your property assessment with your neighbor's assessment by using the Comparable Search Tool, and appeal your assessment.

Lake County Property Assessment Appeal Process

The first step in the Appeal Process is to visit the local township office:

If the appeal cannot be settled by the township assessor, you can appeal to the Lake County Board of Review & Appeal which accepts appeals under Section III of the Board's Rules. You may file your appeal online. Need help with the appeal process? Visit one of the Tax Assessment Help Centers.

Lake County residents can receive property tax relief with several exemptions. Verify your eligibility for these exemptions here.




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Money Smart Week® (April 23-30, 2016)

Highland Park Public Library will be hosting two programs during Money Smart Week® April 23-30, 2016 to help consumers learn to manage money wisely. These events are some of the more than 3,500 free classes, seminars and activities promoting financial education that will take place during that week nationwide.

Highland Park Public Library Programs

Surviving Market Swings: Investment Strategies for Uncertain Markets (Monday, April 25, 7:00 pm) Register

Market cycles are a normal aspect of investing. Investor are searching for guidance and strategies that will help them deal with frequent shifts in their portfolios and avoid making mistakes. This timely seminar focuses on helping investors strengthen and diversify their portfolios, keep expectations in check, and utilize fundamental investment tactics to help enhance their potential for success. The seminar covers recent events on Wall Street, challenges facing the economy, and the unpredictability of financial markets.

This program is sponsored by Waddell & Reed, Inc., the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and the Highland Park Public Library.

Keep It Safe (Thursday, April 28, 7:00 pm) Register

Attend this seminar to learn how to protect your rights as a consumer, guard against ID theft and be financially prepared for disasters, an unexpected death or disability.

This program is sponsored by Highland Park Bank & Trust, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and the Highland Park Public Library.

Calendar of Events

Visit moneysmartweek.org to locate an event in the area, pick up a print calendar at the Highland Park Public Library, check out our website hplibrary.org, or call the Information & Reader Services (847-681-7031).

What is Money Smart Week?

Money Smart Week® (MSW) is a national education campaign designed to help consumer better manage their personal finances. The program consists of public and private partner organizations offering thousands of free classes, seminars and other educational activities. Events hosted by partner organizations including libraries, financial institutions, government agencies, media, and nonprofits.

Launched in 2002 by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, MSW began as a one-city program in Chicago and has grown to 49 states, with more than 3,500 events and 250,000 participants annually. “Money Smart Week began as a coordinated effort among a small group of Chicago-area organizations working to promote financial literacy," says Alejo Torres, Senior Outreach Manager at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. “Today, Money Smart Week continues to expand nationally, providing greater awareness of, and access to, personal finance resources for all.”

National Partners

American Library Association, Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Financial Planning Association, and the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) Cooperative Extension.

Dash for the Stash

Wondering how to build your nest egg? Hire a financial advisor? Prevent investor fraud? Play DASH for the STASH an investor education/protection program and contest taking place March 15 - May 15, 2016 as part of Financial Literacy Month.

  • How to Play
  1. Read Each Poster (posted on Shelves 16-20 in the Adult Services Department)
  2. Scan the QR code (by smart phone or tablet or use the URL below the QR code)
  3. Get a quiz question (hint: the answer is on the poster!)
  4. Submit your answer
  • Poster Topics
  1. Financial Advisors
  2. Investment Fees
  3. Investor Fraud
  4. Building a Nest Egg
  • Contest Rules: No purchase necessary to play. Investor Protection Institute will randomly select contest winner in each participating state, from entries of participants who logged the correct answers for all four posters. Winner will receive the prize as $1,000 stipend to open or add to an IRA, sent directly to the winner's bank or brokerage firm for the purpose of opening or making a 2016 contribution to an IRA.

Local Shredding Events

First Bank of Highland Park, 1835 First St.

  • Friday, April 22 -- 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Limit 5 grocery bags
  • For additional information, call (847) 432-7800

Bank of Highwood- Fort Sheridan, 507 Sheridan Rd.

  • Saturday, April 23 -- 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  • Limit 3 grocery bags
  • For additional information, call (847) 266-7600

Highland Park Bank & Trust, 1949 St. Johns Ave.

  • Saturday, April 30 -- 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  • Limit 3 grocery bags
  • For additional information, call (847) 432-9988
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Need Tax Forms?

The Library has a limited number of the IRS 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ forms and instruction booklets and the Illinois 1040 form and Schedule ICR. These forms are in the Adult Services Department. Additional information about tax forms, please click here.

Primary Election 2016

On March 15, 2016, Highland Park residents will vote on the North Shore School District 112 referendum and select candidates for the November 2016 General Election for federal, state, and county offices.

North Shore School District 112 Referendum

North Shore School District 112 is asking voters for approval to issue $198,000,000 in school building bonds. The ballot text:

Proposition to Issue $198,000,000 School Building Bonds

"Shall the Board of Education of North Shore School District Number 112, Lake County, Illinois, improve the safety and efficiency of physical plants, build and equip new buildings on existing sites of said School District and improve said sites, build and equip additions to, alter, repair, equip and renovate existing buildings for instructional purposes and improve the sites thereof, for the purpose of consolidating the schools of said School District, including, without limitation, installing fire safety systems, installing security systems, installing climate control systems and increasing accessibility to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and issue bonds of said School District to the amount $198,000,000 for the purpose of paying the costs thereof?"

Federal Offices

Voters will select the candidates for the Democratic and Republican parties for the offices                        [Note: Candidates are listed in ballot order and includes candidates who have suspended his/her campaigns]:

President (and the delegates to the national conventions)

Democratic                                         Republican

Hillary Clinton                                       Jeb Bush

Willie L. Wilson                                    Chris Christie

Martin J. O'Malley                                 Donald J. Trump

Roque "Rocky" De La Fuente                Ted Cruz

Larry (Lawrence) Cohen                         Marco Rubio

Bernie Sanders                                     Rand Paul

                                                           Carly Fiorina

                                                           Mike Huckabee

                                                           Rick Santorum

                                                           John K. Kasich

                                                           Ben Carson

United States Senator

Democratic                                         Republican

Andrea Zopp                                         James T. Marter

Tammy Duckworth                                 Mark Steven Kirk

Napoleon Harris

10th Congressional District Representative

Democratic                                         Republican

Brad Schneider                                     Robert Dold

Nancy Rotering

State Offices

Voters will select the candidates for the offices:

Illinois Comptroller

Democratic                                          Republican

Susana Mendoza                                   Leslie Geissler Munger

State Senator 29th Legislative District

Democratic                                         Republican

Julie A. Morrison                                   Benjamin Salzberg

Illinois General Assembly 58th Representative District

Democratic                                         Republican

Scott Drury                                           no candidate

Lake County Offices

Voters will select candidates for the offices:

Lake County Circuit Clerk

Democratic                                        Republican

Erin Cartwright Weinstein                     Keith Brin

Lake County Coroner

Democratic                                        Republican

Michael P. Donnenwirth                        Howard Cooper

Lake County Recorder

Democratic                                       Republican

Mary Ellen Vanderventer                      no candidate

Lake County State's Attorney

Democratic                                      Republican

Matt Stanton                                      Michael G. Nerheim

Michael J. Perillo Jr.

Lake County Board Member - District 11

Democratic                                     Republican

Paul H. Frank                                   Laura Lambrecht

Judge of the 19th Judicial Circuit

Democratic                                    Republican

Mitchell L. Hoffman                           no candidate

Lake County Precinct Committeeman

Democratic                                     Republican

no candidate                                    Martin Zeidman

Voting Information

What's on your ballot? Where is your polling place? Are you registered to vote? Lake County Voter Power web site can answer these questions. Other voting information is available on the Lake County Voter Services page.

Early Voting begins on Monday, February 29th and ends on Monday, March 14th. The early voting polling place for Highland Park residents is Highland Park Police Station Community Room, 1677 Old Deerfield Road. The hours are Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m. For those who do not live in Highland Park, see your early voting sites here.



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