News from the Research Desk

News from the Research Desk Blog

Appointment required for some DMV services

Many services at local DMV’s, including Des Plaines and Schaumburg, now require an advance appointment. In order to cope with COVID-19 backlogs, the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office announced procedure changes for some services. 

At some facilities, make an appointment in advance for:
*Behind-the-wheel road tests
*Applying for or renewing REAL IDs
*Applying for standard Driver’s License/Identification Card. 

For some services, a visit to the DMV can be avoided by completing the transaction online, including:
*Driver’s License/Identification Card Renewal (if eligible)
*Duplicate driver’s license or State ID
*License plate renewal or replacement. 

To make an appointment or to access online services, visit: https://www.ilsos.gov/departments/drivers/appointments/home.html. To make an appointment over the phone, call the appointment helpline at 844-817-4649. 

Free DMV Permit Practice Tests

You can take free permit driving tests for car or motorcycle through our web resources page with our new site, Driving Test Prep. These are multiple choice questions and you can see the results immediately. Also available are practice tests for the CDL (commercial driver’s licence). This is an excellent resource for new drivers but also a great way to test your knowledge even if you’ve been driving for decades.

Career Panel

Please join ISACA’s foundation, One In Tech, for a cybersecurity career panel for kids ages 8-13 on Tuesday, 31 August (6:00-7:30 pm CT). A panel of cybersecurity experts will be on hand to share their career paths and answer questions; this is a great opportunity to introduce cybersecurity to the next generation of tech users and professionals.  Register for the career panel to learn from leaders in cybersecurity: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwvc-yqrzgiHdzUtfHtY9RsoTO1Ak28MKDB

Helpful websites for renters facing eviction

Eviction Help Illinois is a new program that offers free legal help for Illinois residents facing potential eviction and landlords not represented by a lawyer.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Look-Up Tool: This tool connects people with local programs that may help with rent and utilities.

The Rental Assistance Program – Although the Illinois Rental Payment Program (ILRPP) is closed and not currently accepting new applications, there is more funding coming. This site will have information on both DHS and IHDA rent programs.  

For assistance accessing these resources, please contact the Research Desk. 

Federal discount available to assist with internet bill

Get connected with a federal discount on internet service at home. To find out if you qualify, go to getemergencybroadband.org or call 833-511-0311The Emergency Broadband Benefit is a temporary program from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that provides eligible households discounts of up to $50 a month on their internet bill. 

Who qualifies? Any household with a member that: 

  • *Has income at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, or participates in other government assistance programs; 
  • *Receives free or reduced school lunch or breakfast; 
  • *Received a Federal Pell Grant this year; 
  • *Lost significant income due to job loss or furlough since February 19, 2020; or 
  • *Meets low-income criteria for a COVID-19 program or a participating provider’s program. 

There are three ways for eligible households to apply: 

  1. Contact a participating broadband provider directly to learn about their application process. If you are unable to apply through them directly, you will have to apply using option 2 or 3 below, and then contact a participating provider to select an eligible plan. 
  1. Go to GetEmergencyBroadband.org to apply online and to find participating providers near you. After you apply, you will have to contact a participating provider to select an eligible plan. 
  1. Call 833-511-0311 for a mail-in application or print a copy, and return it along with copies of documents showing proof of eligibility to: 

Emergency Broadband Support Center
P.O. Box 7081
London, KY 40742

For more information, visit GetEmergencyBroadband.org