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Automobiles

Consumer Guide
Reviews for both new and used vehicles.

Edmunds
Information on both new and used vehicles, including mileage ratings.

Kelley
Can also search for new and used cars by vehicle type

Lemon Law
When that car you always wanted becomes the car you never want to see again

NADA
Can also create chart for comparing vehicles

Regional Scenic Routes
Where you can drive and enjoy both the scenery and the vehicle

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Business

Better Business Bureau
Make sure of companies' reliability and what you can do if they are not

Big Charts
An online resource to stock market quotes

Illinois Business Portal
Information on starting and running a business in Illinois

Illinois Department of Commerce
Find out what the state offers to promote Illinois business

Illinois Secretary of State
Information for doing business in Illinois

Illinois Small Business Advisor
Resources for small businesses in Illinois

Motley Fool
"Fool's" guide to money management

Occupational Outlook Handbook
Assists job seekers by describing careers with their suggested education requirements, job duties, and income ranges.

United States Small Business Administration
Find the information you need to become your own boss

Thomas Register
This well-known business directory is now available online

Yahoo Finance
Links to financial sites from different subject headings

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Consumer Info

Better Business Bureau
Make sure of companies' reliability and what you can do if they are not

Catalog Choice
Eliminate unwanted catalogs from your mailbox

Consumer.Gov
Link to different government agencies addressing consumer issues

Consumer Product Safety Commission
Learn whether that desired item is safe or unsafe

Direct Marketing Choice
Take control of the advertising that fills your mailbox

Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
Be sure of your doctor's qualifications and licensure

Illinois Legal Aid
Find answers to your Illinois-related legal questions

Identity Theft Resource Center
Help for those who have been victimized by this modern crime

National Do Not Call Registry
Eliminate those unwanted sales calls

Opt Out Prescreen
Stop receiving pre-approved credit / insurance applications

Product Recall Information
Learn about the products that failed to perform in a safe manner

Yellow Pages Go Green
Stop receiving those unwanted phone books

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Education

Accredited Online Schools and Colleges
In-depth information on top-ranked accredited national and regional online schools and colleges including degree programs, subjects of interest, accrediting agencies, and more.

ACT
Complete practice ACT tests online

Affordable Colleges Online
Information about pursuing your education online, financial aid, and other college-related issues.

Campus Tours
Visit the college you want to attend from the comfort of your own home

Citing Sources
Enter sources in their correct bibliographic form

College Abacus
Calculate your estimated net price direct from schools before you apply

College Illinois
Plan ahead for those upcoming college costs

College Scholarships - American Educational Guidance Center
Fill out school applications and discover scholarship opportunities.

FAFSA
Fill out an online application to receive student loans

Federal School Codes
Listing of the Federal School Codes to be used on the FAFSA applications

GRE
Be prepared for the test and learn where it is being offered

Illinois Report Cards
See how well your child's school performs

Illinois State Board of Education
Clearinghouse for education-related information in Illinois

Online Degree Navigator
Resource for reviews, ratings, and comparisons of the best online and on-campus college and university degrees.

Online U
Find that online course that will propel you to a new career.

Petersons
Learn all you need to know about undergraduate and graduate education.

Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers
Check the facts, know the facts and not be misled by fake news.

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Entertainment

American Film Institute (AFI)
Find out what movies the Institute labels 'the best'

All Music Guide
Where to find information about that favorite song or that favorite group

Billboard
The magazine for almost everything musical

Internet Movie Database (IMDb)
Grand database of movies with credits to all who played a part in creating them

MetroMix
Find listing for nearly all forms of entertainment in Chicago

Moviefone
Find listings for the movies both in theaters now and those that are coming soon

National Enquirer
The place for celebrity gossip

Northwest Special Recreation Association
Provides opportunities through recreation for children and adults with disabilities

Parents Television Council Reviews
Find television shows and movies that are 'parent friendly'

People
Source for the latest Hollywood news

Ravinia
Home for fine arts on the North Shore

Rotten Tomatoes
Bold, honest movie reviews

Stub Hub
The place to go to either buy or sell tickets

Ticketmaster
Find just the tickets you want for that event you just want to attend

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Environment

Chicago Wilderness
Care about the Natural Resources of Illinois

Earth 911
Find Local Recycling Centers by ZIP Code

Environmental Protection Agency
Learn about the issues and laws concerning the environment

National Do Not Call Registry
Preserve the quiet environment of your home by eliminating unwanted sales calls

Natural Resources Defense Council
Find ways to protect Wildlife and Wild Places

Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County
See a list of local communities and the recycling services they offer

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Genealogy

Cook County Genealogy Online
Site through which to find Cook County vital records

Cyndislist
Clearinghouse of different genealogy-related websites

Ellis Island
Find information concerning those who came through Ellis Island by name or ship

FamilySearch
Vital Records database with guides and forms to aid you in your search

Illinois State Archives
Historical Records held at different libraries around the state

National Records and Archives Administration
Collection of documents ranging from genealogies to veteran records

National Genealogical Society
Guidelines showing how to successfully research your family history

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General Reference

Area Code Locations
Confirm the location of that unfamiliar number.

Encyclopedia Britannica

Merriam-Webster Online
Offers access to both a dictionary and a thesaurus

Thesaurus

Wikipedia
The online encyclopedia created by users like you and me

World Book Encyclopedia

ZIP Code Boundary Map
Search a national map for ZIP Code areas

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Government

Cook County
Help for finding answers to questions concerning county-wide issues

Cook County Assessor's Office
Help for finding answers to questions concerning your property

Cook County Election Department
Where to register to vote for the next election and see who will be running at that time

County Office
Find your county assessor, courts, and other county government offices.

Illinois Legal Aid
Find answers to your Illinois-related legal questions

State of Illinois
Official doorway to sites concerning statewide issues

US Government
Official doorway to sites concerning national issues

US Government Telephone and Email Directory
Find a way to contact that representative or senator you want to speak with

Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers
Check the facts, know the facts and not be misled by fake news.

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Health/Medicine

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Offers a wide range of sites and articles regarding health issues

Healthy Children
Comprehensive site for beneficial child & family information

Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
Be sure of your doctor's qualifications and licensure

Mayo Clinic
Find information about specific symptoms and diseases

Medlineplus
Government-sponsored website for health news and information

NIH (National Institutes of Health)
Information about health-related topics including clinical trials and hotlines

NIMH (National Institutes of Mental Health)
Information about mental health-related topics

Quackwatch
Nonprofit organization's website warning people of medical fraud

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Jobs/Careers

Career Builder (Chicago Tribune)

Glassdoor

Jooble

Metro Chicago Jobs

Monster Board

Neuvoo

Yahoo! Hot Jobs (Daily Herald)

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News/Weather

Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago Tribune

Daily Herald

CBS 2 (WBBM) Chicago

NBC 5 (WLS) Chicago

ABC 7 (WMAQ) Chicago

CW 9 (WGN) Chicago

Fox 32 (WFLD) Chicago

National Weather Service (NOAA)

The Weather Channel

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Senior Adults

AARP
Learn about all of the information and opportunities available to the young at heart

About Assisted Living
Provides easy-to-understand guides and information, written by medical professionals, on a variety of topics in assisted living.

Administration for Community Living
Discover the many benefits that are available to seniors courtesy of the U.S. government

City of Chicago – Senior Services
See what activities and opportunities are available for seniors in the Chicagoland area

Kenneth Young Center – Senior Services
Receive support and assistance from someone right here in your neighborhood

Medicare
Find the plan and provider that will the best source of caring for your medical needs

National Council on Aging
Read important information regarding the issues that are important to senior adults

Senior Living Map
Locate Senior and Assisted Living Centers throughout the state of Illinois

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Taxes

Internal Revenue Service
Information and forms to be used to file your federal income tax return

IL Department of Revenue
Information and forms to be used to file your state income tax return

Tax forms for other states
Links to other states' tax forms

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Travel

Bicycle Maps
Links to full color maps of popular trails in the area

CDC
Health information for worldwide travelers

Choose Chicago - Things to Do
Finding events to experience right in our own backyard

CTA (Chicago Transit Authority)
Public Transportation schedules for Chicago

Currency Converter
See how much your money is worth in over 160 different currencies

Fodors
Help in planning that trip to that place you've always wanted to visit

Illinois Bureau of Tourism
Find Places to Go and Things to See right here in Illinois

Mapquest
Where one can find a destination and directions how to get there

Metra
Maps and Information for local passenger train travel

NPS.gov (National Park Service)
Just the place to go in order to find a way 'back to nature'

Pace Bus
Maps and Information for the bus system

Road Scholar
Travel the world with others who are young at heart

RTA
Maps and Information for the Regional Transportation Authority

U.S. State Department
All the information you need before you travel outside the United States

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