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TIP OF THE WEEK:

"If You See Something, Say Something" 

Across the nation, we're all part of communities. In cities, on farms, and in the suburbs, we share everyday moments with our neighbors, colleagues, family, and friends. It's easy to take for granted the routine moments in our every day—going to work or school, the grocery store or the gas station. But your every day is different than your neighbor’s—filled with the moments that make it uniquely yours. So if you see something you know shouldn't be there—or someone's behavior that doesn't seem quite right—say something. Because only you know what’s supposed to be in your everyday. Informed, alert communities play a critical role in keeping our nation safe. "If You See Something, Say Something™" engages the public in protecting our homeland through awareness–building, partnerships, and other outreach.

To report suspicious activity in Cook County, contact our local reporting hotline at: 855-RPRT-2-S4. Describe specifically what you observed, including:

  • Who or what you saw;
  • When you saw it;
  • Where it occurred; and
  • Why it's suspicious.

If there is an emergency,
call 9–1–1.

Source: https://www.dhs.gov/see-something-say-something


NEWS OF THE DAY

December 02, 2017
Unused Central Illinois Tornado Relief Money To Fund New Home, Other Projects
A foundation that handled money for relief efforts after a 2013 tornado tore through the central Illinois community of Washington plans to use some of its leftover funds to partner with Habitat for Humanity on a local construction project. The Washington Illinois Area Foundation raised about $1.6 million after the tornado destroyed or damaged more than 1,000 homes, the Journal Star reported. The foundation spent $1 million of its funds for relief work through the end of its latest tax reporting year, according to tax documents and reports reviewed by the newspaper. More funds have since been spent, but the group still has some money left. The group consulted with the Illinois attorney general's office before deciding to use some of the leftover funds to work with Habitat for Humanity to build a house on one of the vacant lots where a home was damaged or destroyed by the tornado. The group will also save some money for future projects. "To have funds left over isn't a bad thing, but we want to disburse them and use them for the right purpose," said Matt Moehle, the foundation's president. "It's impossible to carry out the disaster relief guidelines any further if all the needs have been met."


COUNTDOWN TO:

December 07: National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day 
December 07: International Civil Aviation Day
December 10: Human Rights Day
December 12: Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
December 12: First night of Hanukkah (begins at sundown, ends December 20 at sundown)
December 13: United States National Guard Birthday
December 15: Bill of Rights Day
December 17: Wright Brothers Day
December 18: International Migrants Day
December 21: Winter Solstice
December 25: Christmas Day
December 26: Kwanzaa (ends January 1)
December 31: New Year's Eve


OBSERVANCES FOR THE MONTH

AIDS Awareness Month
Food Service Safety Month
National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month
Safe Toys and Gifts Month