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Health Insurance Marketplace/Get Covered Illinois Resources

On October 1, 2013, a new way to receive affordable health care will become available in the United States as a result of the Affordable Care Act.

For more information and to apply, please check out these local and national resources:

Local Resources for Get Covered Illinois

McLean County Health Department
200 W. Front St.
Bloomington, IL 61701
Ph: (309) 888-5450

Specifically this webpage:

Chestnut Family Health Center
1003 Martin Luther King Drive
Bloomington, IL 61701
Ph: (309) 827.6026
Ph: (888) 924.3786

Life Center for Independent Living
2201 Eastland Dr.
Bloomington, IL 61704
Ph: (309) 663-5433

Local Resource for Medicaid

Illinois Department of Human Services
501 W. Washington St.
Bloomington, IL 61701
Ph: (309) 451-6000

State Resource for Get Covered Illinois
Ph: (866) 311-1119

Federal Government Resources

Health Insurance Marketplace
Ph: 1-800-318-2596

Ph: 1-800-medicare

General information about the Affordable Care Act

US Department of Health and Human Services

Specifically how it benefits Illinoisans

Last updated 10/9/2013

Are you a creative, highly-motivated, entrepreneurial-minded business professional? The Bloomington Public Library has a variety of resources to help you succeed in your personal and professional endeavors.

Business Equipment for Loan

Thanks to a Business & Libraries Grant received in 2011 from the Small Business Administration, facilitated by the Illinois State Library, we are able to offer the items listed for loan. Note: SBA"s funding should not be construed as an endorsement of any products, opinions, or services. All SBA-funded projects are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.

Equipment available:
  • Laptop loaded with Microsoft Office Suite software, Business Plan Pro and Sales & Marketing Pro (Hewett Packard Probook 6555b)
  • Digital Projector (BenQ Digital Projector MW512 WXGA)
  • Projection Screen (Mustang SC-T6011 – 60 inch)
  • Camcorder (Kodak Play Sport Video Camera Model Zx5)
  • Headsets with built in microphones (2 available)
  • Tripod (Zeikos Pro Series ZE-/TR59B)
  • Motorola Xoom Tablet

Equipment can be checked out for three weeks with 2 three week renewals by customers 18 years or older with a valid library card. Users may be business owners or someone who is starting a new business. Equipment is available on a first come, first served basis.

Equipment is checked out and returned at the Adult Information Desk. Fines for the equipment are $.50 per day per item. Equipment must be returned in the same condition as when it was loaned out. No documents or information can be saved on this equipment. The Library is not responsible for any costs incurred while you are using the loaned equipment and the Library is not responsible for any information lost after the equipment is returned.

Digital Media Lab

The Bloomington Public Library has a Digital Media Lab! The new state-of-the-art Lab contains large display Apple Macintosh computers with the newest version of iOS and iLife, Adobe's Creative Suite (Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, InDesign, Flash, Fireworks, and Bridge), and Apple's flagship video editor Final Cut Pro X. The lab also contains a Wacom drawing tablet, a scanner, a photo scanner, a VCR connected for video importing, and a USB Microphone.

There is a collection of instructional videos to help you use the software that is available in the lab on the Library webpage in the Blog under Media Lab. A notebook that explains how to use the hardware is also available in the lab.

To reserve the Media Lab, contact the Reference Desk at 309-828-6093 or email

Talking Books

Information about the federal Talking Books program is available by contacting:

    Illinois Talking Book Outreach Center
    125 Tower Dr.
    Burr Ridge, IL 60527
    email address:

Or see their website at: Illinois Talking Books

This office can help you register for the service, provide information about what's available, and help current customers who have questions.

Bloomington Public Library Resources

The legal collection, located behind the reference desk on the second floor, is a collection of materials pulled together in one location to meet your legal needs. Materials included in this collection are the city codes for Bloomington and Normal, tax handbooks, West's Encyclopedia of American Law, and the Illinois Compiled Statutes, among others.

Legal Help in the Community
McLean County Law Library and Legal Self Help Center:

Located on the 6th floor of the McLean County Law and Justice Center in room 665, the Law Library is open from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 pm Monday through Friday. Though staff cannot offer you legal advice or represent you in court, they will be on hand to help you navigate the process as scheduling allows. For questions regarding hours and availability of resources, call 309-888-4801.

Illinois JusticeCorps Program

Volunteer program which places law student volunteers in the McLean County Law and Justice Center and law library to help those without lawyers navigate the judicial system*. They can provide legal assistance with:

  • Navigating the courthouse and Illinois Legal Aid
  • Explaining the court process
  • Finding and filling out appropriate forms
  • Reviewing forms for completeness
  • How to find a lawyer
  • Explaining where to file court papers
  • Give legal information
  • Answering general questions

*Volunteers are not attorneys and cannot give you legal advice or represent you in court.

Legal Self-Help Websites
  • Illinois Legal Aid
    Provides Illinois residents with free information on their legal rights and responsibilities, quick referrals to free and low cost legal aid offices, interactive forms, and self-help instructions for common legal problems. Information is available in English or Spanish.
  • McLean County Circuit Clerk
    Provides access to McLean County Specific forms for common legal needs, such as divorce, name change, and guardianship.
  • SIU School of Law Self Help Legal Center
    Online legal clinic that offers the assistance of third year law students working under faculty and attorney supervision at Southern Illinois University School of Law. The website contains packets of information and forms on Illinois legal issues like divorce, child custody, and contractual agreements.
  • NOLO
    Offers practical legal advice, access to state statutes, latest legal updates, and general forms.
Assistance from a lawyer
  • Illinois Lawyer Finder
    The Illinois State Bar Association's lawyer directory.
  • Prairie State Legal Services
    A not-for-profit civil law firm that provides free legal service to low-income or senior community members who qualify. Can provide limited service in family and consumer law but does not handle criminal, malpractice or personal injury law. Can be contacted for more information at (800) 874-2536.
Information on State Law
Information on Federal Law
    Access to federal regulations, U.S. laws, and bills in Congress.
  • Legal Information Institute
    Provides open access to state-by-state legal information, legal dictionaries, and opinions of the Supreme Court since 1990, plus historical and landmark cases.
  • Supreme Court of the United States
    Official Web site of the United States Supreme Court.
Tax Assistance for 2017, Feb. 2-April 17, 2017

Tax assistance will be available on on most Mondays*, Tuesdays*, and Thursdays* from February 2 through April 17. On these dates, volunteers from AARP Tax-Aide will assist people from 9:15am-1pm. In order to insure volunteers are done completing returns by 1pm, no return will be started after 12:15pm.

Those seeking assistance should bring their W-2, social security card, social security statements and tax forms to the Community Room. A social security card or statement is required for anyone whose name appears on the tax return. There are no age nor income restrictions to receive aid. Help is provided first-come-first-served.

*No Tax-Aide on Monday Feb. 20; Tuesday Feb. 28; Monday Mar 27; or Thursday, Apr. 13.

To Receive Tax Forms

The best, cheapest and easiest method to receive paper copies of tax forms and instructions is to call the IRS and have them mailed directly to your home. The number is 1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676).

If you need to print your tax forms at the library, the Adult Services department has Internet computers available on a walk up/first-come, first-served basis. Printing costs 15 cents per page.

Federal Tax Forms & Instructions
  • U.S. Internal Revenue Service
    The local IRS office is at 301 South Prospect Road, Bloomington. Their phone number is (309)661-0032. IRS Tax Help Line for Individuals is 1(800)-829-1040.
Illinois State Tax Forms & Instructions
Forms & Instructions for Other States
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