Web Links !

 Websites of local interest selected by the University Park Library staff.



  • Housing Assistance
  •  Energy Assistance
  • Food Pantries
  • Grants, Scholarships, and Financial Aid
  • Social Services
  • Emergency Information
  • Consumer Information
  • Legal Information
  • Jobs and Education
  • Genealogy and Local History
  • Taxes
  • Hospitals and Health Care
  • Federal Government
  • State Government
  • County Government
  •  Local Government
  • Local Schools
  • Local Colleges
  • Local Churches
  • Newspapers
  • Transportation
  •  Elections

Housing Assistance

Energy Assistance

  • LIHEAP – Illinois low-income energy assistance program.
  • IHWAP – Illinois home weatherization assistance program.
  • Nicor Gas – Links to programs with assistance for gas bills.
  • Peoples Energy – More links to programs with assistance for gas bills.
  • Exelon (ComEd) – Assistance program for electric bills.
  • Keep Warm Illinois – Home energy information form the Governor’s office.

Food Pantries

Grants, Financial Aid, & Scholarships

Social Services

Emergency Information

 Consumer Information

  • Fuel Economy – Find gas mileage and emissions rating for new and used cars.
  • Institute for Consumer Credit Education – Assists low-to-moderate income consumers with issues , such as housing, bankruptcy and foreclosure.
  • Gazelle – Sell or recycle your used electronic gadgets.
  • Recycle Place – Sell your used toner and ink cartridges.
  • Annual Credit Report – This is the ONLY authorized, secure source to get your free annual credit report under federal law.

 Legal Information

  • Free Court Dockets – Free access to over 33 million court case dockets.
  • Find Legal Help – Get help finding a lawyer, seeking free legal services, or researching your legal problems on your own.
  • Illinois Legal Aid – This extensive website features a variety of resources to assist patrons in answering legal questions. Se habla español.
  • Illinois Pro Bono – Training and practice support for volunteer attorneys.  NOTE: This website is intended for use by attorneys; it is NOT intended as a resource for finding volunteer attorneys.
  • Illinois Legal Advocate – Those who assist others in navigating legal resources will find training and practice support here.
  • Handbook on Workers; Compensation and Occupational Diseases – a general guide to the rights and obligations of employees who have experienced work-related injuries or diseases, as well as the rights and obligations of their employers, under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation and Occupational Diseases Acts.

 Jobs and Education

  • Job Search Resources – Resources on the internet and in the library to help you with your job search
  • GED Testing Program for Cook County – Find test sites and dates for the GED
  • i-Pathways – Find GED and adult education resources
  • Khan Academy – Free videos on math, science, and business topics for students
  • Academic Earth – Pursue a world-class education for free. Download and view lectures and courses from some of the best universities in the country.
  • CriminalJusticePrograms.com – For those interested in a career in Criminal Justice, this website is a comprehensive resource for information on occupational outlook and educational opportunities nationwide.
  • Medical Assisting Programs-For those interested in a career as a Medical Assistant, this website is a comprehensive resource for information on this program Statewide.

Genealogy and Local History

Federal Government 

  • USA.gov– The Federal Government’s web portal to a vast array of information and services.

 State Government

County Government

Local Colleges

Local Churches