Early Voting

Early voting has started with the Lake County Clerk's Office from September 29-October 21 (18 N. County St., Room 101, Waukegan IL -- 847/377-2410, hours are Monday-Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.) Expanded early voting will begin October Monday October 24-November 5. The early voting site in Highland Park is the Highland Park Police Station Community Room, 1677 Old Deerfield Road (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.)

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. For additional information about voting, candidates, judicial ratings, the transportation lockbox Illinois Constitutional Amendment, and other election information, see our Election 2016 blog entry.

Great New Books for Fall 2016

Looking for the next 'great' read? Here are some of the books our librarians were "buzzing" about at our 'What's the Buzz' program on September 8th.

The exhausted and underappreciated working mom of Gayle Forman's book does the unthinkable, she runs away from home, leaving her 4 year old twins and their father to fend for themselves. 


A Gentleman in Moscow opens in June 1922 as 32 year old Russian aristocrat, count Alexander Rostov is sentenced by a Bolshevik tribunal to life imprisonment in the luxurious Metropol Hotel in Moscow. 


Claude Monet, suffering from cataracts and self-doubt, the death of his wife and eldest son, the privations of war-ravaged France, has his greatest artistic achievement still ahead of him. In a fascinating portrayal, Ross King, captures the tortured genius of Monet, obsessed, determined, desperate to complete the massive canvasses hat comprise the panoramic series of water lily paintings. 


In Sunlight or In Shadow is a collection of seventeen short stories, each accompanied by a color plate of the Edward Hopper painting that inspired it.   


After his death in 1697, almost three centuries passed before Aubrey was fully recognized as a pioneer biographer, inventing a new form of biography. In John Aubrey, My Own Story, Ruth Scurr allows Aubrey to speak for himself about himself, though his brief autobiographical notes and , primarily through his writings and correspondence. 

Ruth Scurr allows us to journey with a man of wide-ranged interests, imaginative, sensitive, self-effacing, humorous, brilliant; living in tempestuous times that witnessed the execution of Charles I, the rule of Oliver Cromwell, the restoration of Charles II and the Glorious Revolution that resulted in the reign of William and Mary. John Aubrey's own story is an entertaining and illuminating historical treasure. 


In her signature blend of quirkiness and heart, Semple explores how a former life is not so easily forgotten. A bittersweet, funny and honest look at one woman's existential crisis. 


In entrancing, lyrical prose, The Mothers asks whether a "what if" can be more powerful than an experience itself. If, as time passes, we must always live in servitude to the decisions of our younger selves, to the communities that have parented us, and to the decisions we make that shape our lives forever. 


Blood at the Root is a sweeping American tale that spans the Cherokee removals of the 1830s, the hope and promise of Reconstruction, and the crushing injustice of Forsyth’s racial cleansing. With bold storytelling and lyrical prose, Phillips breaks a century-long silence and uncovers a history of racial terrorism that continues to shape America in the twenty-first century.

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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.

Grace Period Voter Registration: "After registration closes 27 days before each election, grace period registration is available at the Lake County Clerk's office, 18 N County St. Waukegan. A voter who registers or changes address during this grace period must vote at the time of registration. Hours are Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm. Beginning 15 days before Election Day, grace registration is available at any Early Voting Site. Grace registration is also available on Election Day at the Polling Place for your current address."

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.
  • You do not need to show a valid, photo ID to vote if your registration is active and current. Read the Illinois Attorney General's Office press release about voting rights.

Election Day: November 8, 2016 the polls will be open from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. To find your polling place, a sample ballot, and other election information, visit Lake County Voter Power.

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. Illinois Bar Association Judicial Ratings for Lake County and all Illinois counties.

  • 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.
  • Video and Transcript

Debate 2: October 9, 2016

  • Moderators: Martha Raddatz and Anderson Cooper
  • Topics: Half the questions will be asked by audience members and half will be asked by the moderators.
  • Format: Town Hall
  • Video and Transcript

Debate 3: October 19, 2016

  • Moderator Chris Wallace
  • Topics: Debt and Entitlements, Immigration, Economy, Supreme Court, Foreign Hot Spots, Fitness to be President
  • Format: same as Debate 1.
  • Video and Transcript

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.
  • Video and Transcript

Senatorial Debates

  • Debate 1: October 3, 2106 -- Chicago Tribune editorial board (both campaigns have agreed to this debate). Article and video.
  • Debate 2: October 24, 2016 -- University of Illinois Springfield, State Journal-Register, WICS-20, and WMAY (both campaigns have agreed to this debate)
  • Debate 3: Nov. 4, 2016 -- ABC-7, the League of Women Voters of Illinois, WGBO-Univision (both campaigns have agreed to this debate).
  • Debate 4: October 26, 2016 -- City Club of Chicago and WTTW "Chicago Tonight" (Tammy Duckworth has agreed to this debate, Mark Kirk has not)
  • Debate 5: TBA -- Chicago Sun-Times editorial Board (Tammy Duckworth has agreed to this debate, Mark Kirk has not)

Voter Education

AAUW's Voter Guides

"For pressing races across the country, the AAUW Action Fund voter guides provide nonpartisan information about candidates’ positions on issues like equal pay, education, campaign finance, and reproductive rights. Candidates’ positions on the issues are determined using their voting records, public statements, and campaign position papers, as well as information posted by trusted sources on the Internet."
 President, Vice President, Senate, and 10th Congressional District.


"Ballotpedia is the online encyclopedia of American politics and elections. Our goal is to inform people about politics by providing accurate and objective information about politics at all levels of government."

Ballotready.org: League of Women Voters of Illinois has partnered with ballotready.org to be the state League's voter guide. Enter your address and receive a personalized listing of candidates (President, Senate, Congressional District, State and Local offices as well as Judicial candidates and local referenda).

Better Government Association-Reboot Illinois

Candidate Questionnaires for U.S. Senate candidates and Comptroller candidates.

League of Women Voters of Highland Park/Highwood:

The League will sponsor a US and IL Candidate Forum on Sunday, October 16, 2016 at Lake Forest High School (1285 N McKinley Rd, Lake Forest) starting at 1:30 p.m. Congressional 10th Dist. - Bob Dold vs Brad Schneider, State Senate 29th Dist. - Julie Morrison vs. Ben Salzberg, and State Rep 58th Dist - Scott Drury vs Martin Blumenthal.

Reboot Illinois Voting Headquarters:

"Reboot Illinois is the go-to hub for news, views and fast facts on Illinois government, politics and culture. Through non-partisan digital and social media, Reboot Illinois engages citizens giving them the information and tools they need to vote, speak up and act on improving corruption, the jobs climate, schools, taxes, state debt and more."

Vote Smart

"Vote Smart's mission is to provide free, factual, unbiased information on candidates and elected officials to ALL Americans."

WTTW's 2016 Voters' Guide to the General Election

"WTTW’s 2016 Voters’ Guide to the General Election is an online resource designed to inform voters about the candidates running for office in the Nov. 8 election." Chicago Tonight's Election 2016.



Chicago Sun-Times Election 2016: News articles, links to the Editorial Board's candidate questionnaires, and their Voter's Edge.

Chicago Tribune Election Center: (Highland Park News and The Lake County News Sun are Chicago Tribune newspapers). Links to news articles and the Election Board Questionnaires filled out by the candidates for federal, state and local offices.

Daily Herald Election 2016


ABC News Your Voice Your Vote

CBS Campaign 2016

CNN Election 2016

Fox News 2016 Election Headquarters

NBC News Decision 2016

New York Times Election 2016

PBS and NPR's 2016 Campaign Connection: Watch Frontline's The Choice 2016

USA Today Elections 2016

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


"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."


FiveThirtyEight Election Forecast

Gallup Election 2016

Huffington Post Pollster

Real Clear Politics Polls

Campaign Finance

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."

Follow the Money

"The nonpartisan, nonprofit National Institute on Money in State Politics promotes an accountable democracy by compiling comprehensive campaign-donor, lobbyist, and other information from government disclosure agencies nationwide and making it freely available at FollowTheMoney.org."

Illinois State Board of Elections- Contributions Search

Official Illinois site for campaigns to disclose campaign contributions. Search by candidate, by committee, or by proposition and create a list of contributors.

Illinois Sunshine

"The Illinois Campaign for Political Reform (ICPR) was founded in 1997 by former US Senator Paul Simon (D-IL) and then-Lt. Gov. Bob Kustra (R-IL), and became an independent nonprofit in 2003. Since then, ICPR has become one of Illinois’ leading non-partisan, non-profit advocacy organizations working to reform Illinois campaign finance law, government ethics, judicial selection, and voter education."

Illinois Election Data: Welcome to Illinois Election Data, a data driven website I've (Scott Kennedy) created to share and display useful campaign data on Illinois elections.

Open Secrets

"Nonpartisan, independent and nonprofit, the Center for Responsive Politics is the nation's premier research group tracking money in U.S. politics and its effect on elections and public policy." Open Secrets- Illinois

Who Shares Your Views? Take a Quiz!

Candidate Match Game (USA Today)

Candidate Matchmaker (CNN)

I Side With...

Vote Match Quiz  (includes Senate Candidate Quiz)
















What's the Buzz? Great New Books for Fall 2016

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. 

Hope to see you this Thursday, September 8th at 7:00 pm!



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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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Take a New Class with Gale Courses

Did you know that we offer access to free classes in areas such as career, personal development, computers, and writing all delivered online. Gale Courses deliver hundreds of engaging, instructor-led online courses focused on professional development, technology skills, and personal enrichment to transform lives and foster positive changes in your community. Click here to get started.

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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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Learn More About Our Resources With Niche Academy

The Niche Academy platform makes it easy for you to learn via online tutorials. The platform includes a set of ready-to-use tutorials for common services like OverDrive, Zinio, and Freegal. These tutorials can walk your patrons all the way from first introduction to having a satisfying experience using those resources. To begin watching, simply click here.

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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.