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Public Notice Illinois continues to be our best defense against legislators who want to move notices to governmental websites.

Certain lawmakers contend that everybody has web access, and say that’s where notices should be. That’s all well and good. So public notices are on the internet, but how does one find them? Do they go to each local government’s site to get that information? That’s unrealistic, if not impossible.

According to the Illinois comptroller, there are 8,529 units of local government in Illinois, ranging from school districts to mosquito abatement districts. Not every unit of government is going to have a website, and who is going to certify that all units of government are in compliance with the posting of public notices?

So, when it comes to the web, all notices are in one place – Public Notice Illinois. Illinois was the first state to require mandatory uploading of notices. It’s legislation that has been copied in many other states.

As an industry, we need to do a better job of making sure public notices are available for visitors to our sites to find. I’m asking that newspapers provide a link on their home page that’s visible and in front of a paywall, so your most recent notices can be found. Some of your websites have public notices on your classifieds link. That’s great, but we can give you a link to take a visitor to the PNI site with your  most recent posted notices displayed. This gives the visitor more options to view all of your public notices.

If you prefer that visitors stay on your site, we can give you the capability of embedding an iframe on your site that will display the most recent notices posted to Public Notice Illinois. For either option, all you need to do is use the info below and replace the XXX with your three-digit paper ID. Your paper ID is located in the Newspaper Admin panel of the Public Notice Illinois site. When you select your newspaper, you will see a three-digit number ID number. Replace the XXX in the links provided below with this number.

Link direct to publication notices:


Iframe link (allows you to embed notices on your site):


Test it to see how it looks. You can insert your paper ID to see how it appears.

If you have any questions or need any help, just let us know. We want to make sure that public notices are available to your readers.

It’s important that we use every available opportunity to promote and display public notices.

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Ten $1,000 Scholarships Now Available for Midwest High School Seniors  

High school seniors from states that surround Iowa have a chance to earn one of 10 $1,000 college scholarships

Jan. 13, 2021
CONTACT: Christopher Weishaar
Digital Public Relations Specialist
Iowa Student Loan

(515) 273-7140

WEST DES MOINES, IOWA (Jan. 13, 2021) — High school seniors from Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wisconsin now have a chance to receive one of 10 college scholarships worth $1,000. Registration is open now through April 30, 2021.

High school seniors may register for the ISL Midwest Senior Scholarship at www.IowaStudentLoan.org/Midwest. Iowa Student Loan® will award $1,000 scholarships to 10 students whose names are randomly drawn after the registration period. Registered students also receive emails highlighting financial literacy tips, such as the importance of early career and college planning and ways to reduce student loan indebtedness.

“We know 2020 has been a tough year on students and families mentally and financially. We want high school seniors to have the tools and resources they need to plan and pay for college,” said Steve McCullough, president and CEO of Iowa Student Loan. “The information students receive during the program can help them make better decisions as they consider college finances, student loans and their future financial situations. We hope families also take this opportunity to explore all the free resources available on our website.”

The ISL Midwest Senior Scholarship is open to legal U.S. citizens who are seniors at a high school in one of the qualifying states during the 2020–2021 school year and who intend to attend college, either virtually or physically, in fall 2021. It is a no-purchase-required program, and full rules and details are available at www.IowaStudentLoan.org/Midwest.

Additional Resources Available 

Iowa Student Loan also has additional resources for families planning for college and for students who intend to pursue advanced degrees. The Parent Handbook consists of valuable tips to help families of students in sixth through 12th grades prepare for success in college and other postsecondary options. Parents of students in eighth through 12th grades can also sign up to receive twice-monthly emailed tips on academic, college and career planning through the Student Planning Pointers for Parents program. The College Funding Forecaster helps families understand the total cost of four years of college based on a freshman-year financial aid offer. Information about these resources is available at www.IowaStudentLoan.org/SmartBorrowing.


About Iowa Student Loan
Established in 1979 as a private, nonprofit organization, Iowa Student Loan helps students and families obtain the resources necessary to succeed in postsecondary education. Iowa Student Loan has helped nearly 400,000 students pay for college. The organization, based in West Des Moines, Iowa, also provides an array of borrower benefits, financial literacy tools and community reinvestment programs, including support for free college planning services for students and their families. For more information about Iowa Student Loan, visit www.IowaStudentLoan.org.




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