Get out and vote!

The McHenry Public Library is happy to provide district residents with voter registration services during regular library hours on Monday-Friday. Please call ahead to make sure one of our registrars is available. 

You must bring two forms of identification, and one must show your current address. Naturalized citizens must know the date and location of their naturalization. Voter registration closes 30 days before every election (local, state, and federal). 

The last day to register to vote in the November 6 general election is October 9. You can find more information about voter registration and upcoming elections at the McHenry County Election website.

Registration deadlines for the November 6 general election:

  • The last day to register to vote is Tuesday, October 9.

  • Online voter registration ends Sunday, October 21.

  • Registration can be done at early voting sites until early voting ends.

  • Voters can register until the day before the election at the McHenry County Clerk’s Office.

  • Voters can register on the day of the election at their polling place.

Career Online High School Frequently Asked Questions



What is Career Online High School?

Career Online High School is an online high school diploma and career certification program available through the McHenry Public Library. This program offers scholarships to a limited number of qualified students.

Who can apply for a Career Online High School scholarship?

McHenry Public Library District residents (at least 21 years of age), who have completed 8th grade and have a McHenry Public Library card in good standing. 

How will people be selected for the program?

Eligible adults must successfully pass an online self-assessment and prerequisite course, as well as an in-person interview to be considered for enrollment in the program.

Will Career Online High School students receive their GED or other high school equivalency?

No. This is not a GED or other high school equivalency program. Successful graduates will earn a high school diploma and a career certification through an accredited online high school.

What is the difference between high school equivalency (GED, HiSET, TASC) and a high school diploma?

While both high school equivalency and the high school diploma are important, there are several differences between them. Among the most significant is the fact that some colleges, institutions and organizations require a high school diploma and may not accept an equivalency. In addition to providing a high school diploma, Career Online High School gives students the benefit of earning a career certificate and completing additional job preparation documents and training.

What type of career certification will be offered?

Through Career Online High School, students may earn a certificate in the following areas:

  • Childcare and Education
  • Certified Protection Officer (Security Officer)
  • Office Management
  • Certified Transportation Services (Trucker/Commercial Driver)
  • Homeland Security
  • General Career Preparation
  • Retail Customer Service Skills
  • Food Service and Customer Service Skills

Learn more about the career certificates at

How long will it take for students to complete the program?

Students will be given up to 18 months to complete the program, which will consist of 18 credits. Students accepted into the program may transfer up to 14 credits from their former high school. Depending on how many credits the student is able to transfer, the program can be completed in as few as five months.

What if I don't qualify for a scholarship?

There may be other options available to you. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Does the library offer other resources for education and job preparation?

The McHenry Public Library is committed to helping people meet their education and job preparation needs. Please visit our website for other resources. 

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City of McHenry | links to all departments including General Information, the Police Department, Public Works, and Parks & Recreation.

City of McHenry City Clerk's Office | Services include free Notary Public; 815.363.2100.

McHenry Township | links to all departments including the Assessor’s Office.

McHenry County Department of Health | Affordable Care Act enrollment information.

McHenry County | links to all departments including the Circuit Clerk, Department of Health, Jury Commission, & Planning and Development.

McHenry County Clerk's Office | Precinct Finder, Election Polling Places, sample ballots and more. 


Find It! Illinois | links to Illinois government information, Electronic documents of Illinois, Illinois General Assembly, search library catalogs, Illinois State Library, & Illinois Documents Repository program.

Illinois General Assembly | information on members, legislation, Bills & Resolutions.

Illinois Rules of the Road | the Illinois driver's handbook or driver's manual, in English.

Prawo jazdy w stanie Illinois | the Illinois driver's handbook or driver's manual, in Polish.

Normas de Tránsito de Illinois | the Illinois driver's handbook or driver's manual, in Spanish.

Illinois State Board of Elections Find your state representative and state senator and other voter information. 

Registration and Polling Place Information | search for your voter registration.

Federal | is a good source for student reports, business, or general information purposes. 

Immigrant Resources | American Immigration Center offers a list of useful resources to help immigrants better understand the U.S. Immigration process

The Library of Congress | legislative information from the Library of Congress. Search for Legislation in current Congress, Bills, & Resolutions.

Medicare | The official U.S. government site for Medicare. Find information about health and drug plans, facilities and doctors, and coverage.

Social Security Online | the official site of the Social Security Administration. You can apply for benefits and check the status of your application, see your earnings statements, estimate your retirement benefits and find a local office.

Study for the U.S. Citizenship Test | online study aid for the U.S. Citizenship Test.

U.S. Department of Energy: Fuel Economy Guide | This website features updated fuel economy data for new and used passenger vehicles dating back to 1984, allows side-by-side vehivle comparisons, and offers fuel-saving tips.

U.S. Postal Service | find a zipcode, a local post office, calculate postage, print a shipping label, and more.

U.S. Senate | links for Senators, Senate Committees, legislation and more.

U.S. House of Representatives | find your representative and information about committees and legislation.

USA.Gov | links to all branches of the federal, state and local government. Search engine.

The White House | links to the President, First Lady, Vice President, White House Staff, Legislative, and Judicial Branches, State & Local government and much more.

Election Resources

FactCheck | is a nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” resource for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. They monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases.

League of Women Voters | is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.

Registration and Polling Place Information | Verify that you are registered to vote and find out your polling place as well as the districts that you are eligible to vote for. 


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