Furnace Repair Assistance for Low-Income Residents

From Senator Napoleon Harris:

Dear Friends,

The Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County is helping low-income residents apply for assistance with repairing or replacing a broken furnace through the Low Income Energy Assistance Program. I encourage you to contact CEDA if you need assistance with furnace repairs, or pass this information along if you know someone who does, at (800) 571-CEDA (2332) or visit www.cedaorg.net. Applications are due March 31.

Check the flyer below for more details. Please feel free to contact my office at (708) 893-0552 with any questions.

Senator Harris
Senator Napoleon Harris, III
15th District – Illinois

Scholarship Opportunities

The 2018-2019 OMD Application is now open!

Please carefully read the requirements below to ensure you are eligible to apply for the 2018-2019 program year.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be enrolled or plan to be enrolled full-time at an OMD Partner Community College* and graduate no earlier than Spring 2019
  • Be eligible for (and eventually receive) Pell or STAR Scholarship
  • Have at least a 2.0 GPA
  • ​Be pursuing your first college degree
    *OMD Partner Community Colleges: the seven City Colleges of Chicago, Harper College, Prairie State College, and South Suburban College.

Applicant must be a Housing Authority of Cook County resident or voucher recipient to be eligible for the Prairie State College and South Suburban College Programs. If you have questions, please [email protected]

Students who applied for OMD in the past are not eligible to re-apply.

About the Application Process

  1. APPLY! The 2018-2019 OMD application is NOW OPEN.
  2. If selected to become an OMD Scholar, students will enter into the Provisional Acceptance period. Provisional acceptance requirements include:
    Reviewing a welcome presentation
    Taking an OMD Program and expectations quiz
    Attending a one-on-one intake meeting
    Meeting all terms of the provisional admissions period. This includes maintaining consistent communication, and submitting relevant documents including transcripts and the Student Aid Report or STAR Scholarship award* to verify Pell or STAR Scholarship Eligibility.
    If you have not yet completed the FAFSA for 2018-2019, please do so here: https://fafsa.ed.gov/.
    *Star Scholarship recipients who are Pell eligible will be required to submit their SAR. Undocumented students need to only submit proof of receiving the STAR Scholarship.
  3. Attend One Million Degrees New Student Orientation in August 2018.
  4. Once all steps of the Provisional Admissions period are complete, scholars will be officially welcomed to the One Million Degrees program!

Apply Now



If you have questions about the application process, please email [email protected] for more information or join our mailing list below to stay connected.



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Congratulations, Jayla!

Congratulations to third grader Jayla, whose artwork was submitted to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum 4th Annual Art Contest and was selected by the judges as a Runner Up in the K-5 grade division! Her art was one of 18 pieces selected from 500 entries and deemed to best embody the theme of “Happy Birthday Illinois.”

School Board Vacancy – Interviews December 12, 2017

PUBLIC NOTICE – SCHOOL BOARD VACACNY – A seat is currently vacant on Lincoln Elementary School District 156’s Board of Education .  Interviews for seat will be held on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in Lincoln Elementary School’s Board Room #104 located at 410 – 157th Street, Calumet City, IL  60409.

If Interested please submit required documents listed below to Office of Superintendent no later than Noon on Monday, December 11, 2017.  Questions to be directed to Sharon Aschinger, Board Clerk, at 708-862-6625, Option #3.


    Calumet City – A vacancy exists on the Lincoln Elementary School District 156 Board of Education.  The six remaining school board members are seeking to appoint a person to fill the vacancy by December 12, 2017.  The appointment will last through April 2019, the date of the next school board election, when a one (4) year term seat will be placed on the ballot to fill this vacant seat.  Residents of School District 156 interested in being considered for appointment must submit a resume and cover letter indicating their desire to be considered as an applicant for the vacant position by Noon on Monday, December 11, 2017 to Andrea R. Kidd, President, Board of Education, Lincoln School District 156, Office of the Superintendent, 410 – 157th Street, Calumet City, IL  60409.  Attn: Board Appointment. Cover letter is to be signed, using full name and address within Lincoln School District 156 boundary, as well as daytime and evening telephone numbers, and declare they are at least 18 years of age, a registered voter and not a school trustee or school treasurer, and have resided in the Lincoln School District for at least one year immediately preceding his or her appointment.  Also include personal and/or civic reasons for wanting to become a member of the School Board and furnish any other information considered to be relevant to this board appointment.  The Board will interview selected candidates at 6:00 p.m. on December 12, 2017 in Board Room #104 at Lincoln Elementary School at 410 – 157th Street, Calumet City, Illinois.