Oak Park village announcements - Dec. 13, 2012

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By Community Editor

Candidates can file petitions at Village Hall

Candidates seeking seats on the Village, Library and Park boards in the April 9 consolidated election can file petitions in the Village Clerk's Office at Village Hall, 123 Madison St., beginning Monday. Nominating papers will be accepted from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Dec. 17 – 21; 8:30 a.m. to noon, Dec. 24; and 8:30 to 5 p.m., Dec. 26. Village Hall is closed Dec. 25. For more information call 708.358.5670 or e-mail clerk@oak-park.us.

Tax preparation volunteers needed

Volunteers are being sought to provide free tax assistance to senior citizens from low- to moderate-income households, including those with disabilities and non-English speakers. An accounting background or previous tax experience is not required to volunteer. Free training sessions are scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays, Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26 and Feb. 2, in Room R-221 of the Robert M. Collins Center on Triton College's main campus in River Grove.. The tax counseling service is sponsored annually by Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of West Suburban Cook and Southern DuPage counties. For more information or to register for the training session, call 708.456.0300, ext. 3835 or 3603.

Money management program

A free program to help individuals on limited incomes manage their finances is available to Oak Park and River Forest seniors. A trained volunteer will help with bill sorting, budgeting and check writing. The program, offered through the Oak Park Township Senior Services, is sponsored by the Illinois Department on Aging and the American Association of Retired Persons. Call 708.383.8060 for more information.

Health insurance counseling

Free insurance counseling is available to help Medicare recipients with their claims, supplemental insurance and drug plans, as well as applying for other state and federal benefits. Counseling sessions are held at the Township Senior Services Center, 130 S. Oak Park Ave. Just call 708.383.8060 to schedule a session.

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