Get free tax prep assistance 

On Saturday, March 3, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Austin Branch Library, 5615 W. Race Ave., Ladder Up will provide free tax assistance for individuals that make less than $30,000 per year and families making $55,000 per year. Assistance is provided on a first come, first serve basis.

Ladder Up notes: All sites operate on a first-come, first-served basis. Many sites will stop taking new clients well before the official closing time, so please arrive early. For more information about the tax services available please visit Ladder Up’s site at: 


Vote early on March 5

Early voting for the March 20 primary election will last from Monday, March 5 and until Sunday, March 19, according to the Cook County Clerk’s Office.

What you need to vote:

n Voters do not need to provide an excuse or reason why they cannot vote on Election Day.

Zapf Dingbats  Government-issued photo ID is not required but is helpful if there is a question about the voter’s registration, address or signature.  Providing an ID can also speed up the process because we have ID card readers at every check-in station.

According to the Clerk, “You can register to vote at all early vote sites and any voter who needs to register for the first time or file an address change must present two forms of ID, one of which shows the voter’s current address.” 

For early voting locations, visit: