DuPage County Resource Network

  • DuPage CRIS (Community Resource Information System) is a resource for housing, health and medical, legal, employment, transportation, food, and income support in DuPage County. CRIS is managed by DuPage County Community Services Intake and Referral, where they connect DuPage County residents with programs that can assist in many areas of need. Learn more at:

Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

  • The DuPage County Community Services Department has extended the deadline for applications for the annual Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) until June 30, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For more application information, including how to apply, or to schedule a phone appointment, DuPage County residents may call (630) 407-6500, (800) 942-9412 (toll-free) or visit:

Bensenville Wood Dale Food Pantry

  • The Bensenville & Wood Dale Food Pantry remains open to serve the community. However, to ensure the health of its volunteers and its continued service, their hours of operation have changed. They will now be open only on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., located at 192 S. Center Street in Bensenville. Learn more at:
  • For DuPage county-wide food pantries, hours, and locations, visit:

Unemployment Due to COVID-19 Business Closures

  • workNet DuPage is committed to providing workers and businesses with every tool in their arsenal to come out of the COVID-19 pandemic stronger than ever. Learn more at: and
  • Illinois workNet, along with affiliates and community partners, provide one-stop delivery of services, connecting individuals, employers, and education and workforce partners to career  planning, education and training, employment resources and tools and workforce programs.  Illinois workNet seamlessly connects people to local and statewide in-person and online services and is open to all Illinois’ citizens, employers, and education and workforce partners. Learn more at:

Applying for Unemployment Benefits

  • Access information regarding how to apply for unemployment through the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). Access IDES services, learn how to file an unemployment insurance claim, and more at:
  • The new federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program via the Illinois Dept. of Employment Security, provides benefits for many individuals who have been determined ineligible for state unemployment benefits, including self-employed workers and independent contractors. Learn more about PUA at:

DuPage County Small Business Assistance Programs and Services

DuPage County Health Department COVID-19 Testing Sites

Coronavirus Fraud & Criminal Intent: Information from the Federal Trade Commission

Bloomberg  News, stock information, and more. – A collaborative effort managed by the U.S. Small Business Administration, provides assistance for small businesses.

CEO Express  Indexes a variety of sources geared towards those interested in business.

CNN/Money – Financial news from CNN and Money magazine.

Dow Jones Indexes – Among this sites more than 3,000 indexes are the world’s best known stock indicator, the Dow Jones Industrial Average, and the leading Pan-European indexes.

Europages, the European Business Directory – Half a million companies in thirty different countries; searchable by company name or by product or service.

MoneyChimp  Find explanations on topics such as how to read an annual report as well as financial calculators.

ThomasNet – Large directory of manufacturers in the U.S.  Registration is requested, but membership is free.

United States Chamber of Commerce – For people that own their own business. News information, contact information, etc.

United States Securities and Exchange Commission
Access all filings required by law for public companies including 10-Ks, 10-Qs, IPOs and more.

United States Small Business Administration (SBA) – For those trying to start their own small business.

College Grad Job Hunter – Covers all steps for the new graduate. From starting a job search to navigating an interview.

Glassdoor – A free resource that helps job seekers get an inside look at over 26,000 companies by including company salaries, reviews, and interview questions posted anonymously by employees and job seekers.

Illinois WorkNet  Find a job or change jobs, plan for your career and job search, improve your education, connect to work support services, or contact career advisors for assistance.

IMDiversity Career Center – Dedicated to providing career and self development information to all minorities.

Job Hunt – Large listing of sites to go to for job hunting.

Job News Chicago – Find local job postings as well as job fairs in the area.

Occupational Outlook Handbook – Research a career before you decide on it. Search by keyword or visit the index.

Opportunity Knocks – Job search in the non-profit sector.

workNet DuPage – DuPage County’s premiere location for training, developing, and connecting the local workforce. The Center houses representation from several partner agencies who share the common goal of providing job seekers with the tools necessary for successful employment, as well as assisting employers in strengthening their workforce.

Illinois Department of Employment Security

USA Jobs – The Federal government’s official job list.

ZipRecruiter – Search for jobs hiring in your area using ZipRecruiter’s job search engine.

College Board

Embark – Features include a school matcher, graduate schools information, and online recruitment application.

Fenton High School: Guidance Department – Everything Bensenville students need to plan for the future.

Peterson’s – Online companion to the popular college guide. Nice variety of resources available. (Colleges)  Includes information and rankings from the annual listing of schools.

Campus Tours – Take a virtual tour of the college you are interested in.

College Answer – Free financial aid service offered by Sallie Mae. The database includes thousands of private scholarships, grants, tuition waivers, internships and fellowships.

College Illinois – Official site for the Illinois Prepaid Tuition Program.

FAFSA Application – Get a copy of the FAFSA or fill it out online.

Illinois Student Assistance Commission Outreach Activities Calendar – ISAC’s outreach efforts help families navigate the steps of the college admission and financial aid processes.

FastAid – Searchable database of private scholarships.

Affordable Colleges Online – This directory of online colleges in the U.S. compares thousands of online colleges and programs.

GoodCall Scholarships – A free and easy to use scholarship search engine where you can filter by scholarship entry difficult, competition level, scholarship amount, and more.

Better Business Bureau – Access the national site or find your local bureau.

Consumer Information Center – Provides access to full text of federal consumer publications.

Consumer Product Safety Commission – Government site; report an unsafe product or check on the latest recalls.

Consumer Protection – Government site giving you the scoop on what you need to know to protect yourself from scams and hoaxes.

Consumer World – Large index of online consumer resources.

Edmund’s Consumer Information Experts – New and used car pricing and information.

Kelley Blue Book – New and used car pricing guide.

National Fraud Information Center – Provides information on a variety of frauds and scams.

U.S. Consumer Gateway – Government site providing access to a variety of consumer information

Food Safety Product Recalls

Art and Craft Shows Net – Search for an arts/crafts show, festival or fair by dates, city, state, or region in this database.

Crafting with your kids

Crochet Guild of America – Dedicated to the art of crocheting.

Fave Crafts – Free craft projects, home decor ideas and DIY tips, new projects and tips added every day.

Free Patterns – Free online patterns for your projects.

Jo-Ann Project Archive – Library of projects for knitters, quilters, crafters and more.

Michaels, the Arts & Crafts Store – Floral and handcraft project ideas.

Pinterest – Arts and Crafts Inspiration! Organize your project ideas and get fresh inspiration. – Quilting information for the novice, the expert and all those in between.

WoolWorks – Projects for hand-knitters.

NewsBank – This service provides digital access to the archives of hundreds of Chicagoland newspapers. Includes full-page digital editions of The Daily Southtown and the Chicago Sun Times. Click the link to view the full list of papers available.

AfriGeneas: African Ancestor Genealogy – System of genealogy resources for researching African related ancestry. – Online resource for tracing family history; more than 500 million names contained in the collection of online genealogical databases.

Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet – Largest index of links to genealogy resources on the internet.

DuPageCounty Genealogical Society

Family Search Internet Genealogy Service – Extensive site from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

JewishGen: The Home of Jewish Genealogy – The primary internet source for researchers of Jewish genealogy; its components include the JewishGen Discussion Group and the JewishGen Family Finder.

The Mayflower Web Pages – Find information about family members who came over on the Mayflower here.

National Archives and Records Administration – Official government site; search for documents here.

ROOTS-L – Compile information from ROOTS-L, a mailing list for people who are interested in genealogy.

U.S. GenWeb Project – Links to state and county websites for genealogical information

HealthCentral – One of the most complete sources of consumer healthcare information on the Internet.

Healthfinder  From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; gateway to reliable consumer health and human services information.

Journal of the American Medical Association – Online companion to the journal.

Martindale’s Health Science Guide – Detailed reference center for medical questions. Includes information for both patients and doctors.

Mayo Clinic Health – Source of reliable health information from Mayo Clinic; site is directed by a team of Mayo physicians, scientists, writers and educators and is updated daily.

MedicineNet – Network of U.S. board-certified physician writers and scientists committed to providing the best unbiased, 100% doctor-produced medical information.

MedlinePlus – From the National Library of Medicine. The best and most complete consumer health source on the Interent. Available in English and in Spanish

Merck Manual of Medical Information – Full text, online version of the print manual used by medical professionals for over 100 years.

National Library of Medicine (NLM) – Home of the world’s largest medical library; includes access to MEDLINE, a searchable database.

RxList – Searchable drug index.

Better Homes and Gardens – Online companion to the magazine.

Handyman USA – Tips, articles, and an “ask an expert” feature.

HGTV – Official site of the cable television network.

Martha Stewart Home – Tips, techniques and inspiration for home keeping.

This Old House – Official site for the television program.

Rachael Ray

DIY Network and Resources

Bankrate – Provides consumers with financial data, research and editorial information on non-investment financial products.

Chicago Board Options Exchange – Official site for the CBOE.

Edgar Database – Database of corporate information from the Securities and Exchange Commission.

InvestorGuide – Covers online brokers, stock information, and provides a comprehensive list of publicly traded companies (including home pages, research, and discussion).

IPO Central – IPO information from Hoover’s Online.

Motley Fool – Wide array of investment resources. Sign up for news to be delivered to your e-mail.

New York Stock Exchange – Official site of the New York Stock Exchange.

NASDAQ Stock Market – Commonly known as the NASDAQ, news and information for the investor of this American stock exchange.

Reading is Fundamental – Founded in 1966, this organization’s site is all about getting kids to read.  Visit their “Reading Planet” section for fun activities and recommended reads.

La Leche League International – Dedicated to providing education, information and support to breastfeeding mothers.

The Baby Center  

Federal Tax Forms And Publications -The official IRS site. Download forms and publications here.

Illinois Tax Forms – Official state site for Illinois tax forms.

Tax Forms (Other States) – Index of links to individual state sites for tax forms.

AARP Tax-Aide – Locate a tax help center near you.

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