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Latest Member Blog Articles on Illinois
  • How to Choose the Right Tax Professional
    Finding the right tax professional who is able to find you every deduction, credit, and write-offs can oftentimes seem like an impossible task, but it doesn't have to be.
  • 5 Simple Steps For Making Tax Day As Painless As Possible
    April 15th, otherwise own as Tax Day, is ever nearing. If you're one of the millions of Americans that has decided to put off your filing to closer to deadline day and are trying to jog your memory back into tax filing gear, no worries. That's what this entry is for.
  • Three Ways You Can Apply for Food Stamp Benefits
    Do you think you may qualify for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, but aren't sure where you can begin the application process? Well, you're not alone. There are plenty of Americans out there who qualify for food assistance but aren't aware of it or don't know where they can begin the application process.
  • Social Security Benefits - How To Calculate Your
    Determining whether or not you have to pay taxes on your Social Security benefits really comes down to two factors: 1) your tax filing status, and 2) the amount of your "combined" income. Generally speaking though, you will not have to pay any taxes on your Social Security benefits at all, if that is your only source of income.
  • Choosing Medicaid and CHIP Providers in Your State
    Finding a provider who accepts Medicaid patients has the potential be a little confusing to the individuals who have never been on the program before, but it's not as difficult as it may sound. All you need is to be enrolled in Medicaid or CHIP coverage and have a connection to the internet.
  • Social Security - Decisions Made Now Can Affect You Later in Life
    Deciding the best time to begin receiving your Social Security benefits is a decision every individual must address by themselves or with their family, but that does not mean there aren't a variety of tools out there that can help you determine the best way to get the most out of your Social Security.
  • 4 Tricks For Stretching Your Social Security Benefits
    Making the best of your Social Security benefits is a struggle for many Americans, especially those of you who are largely dependent on Social Security for most of your monthly income. Questions like when to begin drawing your benefits, how to best spend them, and what to do if your benefits aren't enough to survive on weigh on millions of seniors minds every year.
  • Social Security Benefits - Online Calculators (all 11 of them)
    Whether you are already retired, close to retirement age, or just wanting to know what Social Security benefits you could expect in the years to come, this article provides all the Social Security benefits calculators available to best plan for your future.Scroll through until you find the one you are looking for.

Latest Illinois Forum Posts

  • Joe Biden rolled to a convincing victory in the Illinois Democratic presidential primary Tuesday night.
  • Jun 13 2017
    Council Considers Low-Income Housing Developments
    The City of Bloomington could soon have more low-income housing.
  • Illinois was ranked worst, and Iowa wasn’t far behind, when it comes to how much of your income goes to pay taxes. “The average American household pays roughly $17,000 in federal income taxes each year. And while we’re all faced with the same burden in that regard, there is significant disparity when it comes to state and local taxes,” said a WalletHub report on the best and worst states for taxpayers.
  • The average American household spends $2,089 on real estate property taxes each year. The average in Illinois? Nearly twice that number.
  • The increase in tuition will go toward bolstering the Office of Career Advancement, undergraduate summer internships, research, leadership and civic engagement programs, academic mentoring and advising. NU’s financial aid will increase by 6 percent for next year, as the University will give out more than $160 million in scholarships and grants. For the 2005-2006 school year, NU gave out $79 million in financial aid. NU will also increase the number of students who receive Pell grants and provide aid for students from middle-income families. The University provides financial aid to about half of undergraduates.
  • The United States Department of Agriculture announced on Friday the recipients of $200 million in grants for projects aimed at getting recipients of SNAP benefits jobs — or, in some cases, better jobs. Grant recipients in 10 states — California, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Virginia, Vermont, and Washington — will kick off the three-year pilot projects by October, using funds authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. Since slightly less than two-thirds of the people who get food stamps are either kids, senior citizens or disabled adults, these programs are targeting a relatively narrow slice of the SNAP benefit-receiving population.
  • The Waukegan Housing Authority will be accepting applications for its Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program Waiting List beginning at 12:01 a.m. (CST) Thursday, March 26.
  • Mayor Rahm Emanuel, locked in a tight election campaign, is rolling out a plan to boost job creation in some depressed neighborhoods by waiving all state and local taxes on businesses and taking other unusual steps to lure employers. The so-called Right to Thrive zones—a pumped-up version of the Enterprise Zones of recent decades—would feature no property, income or sales taxes on businesses that open in these areas for an unspecified time "as long as they create jobs in the surrounding neighborhood," Emanuel says in an op-ed article written for the Chicago Tribune.

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