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December 15, 2017



2017 State Legislative Update - Free Webinar

UI Extension Local Government Education

Noon-1PM, Thursday, January 11, 2018

Presented by: Taylor Anderson, Local Government Legislative Liaison, Illinois Association of County Board Members

Following the State’s Veto Session, Illinois Association of County Board members local government legislative liaison will discuss recent and potential future changes in legislation at the state levels that will have a direct impact on Illinois local governments.  With a Q&A session following each presentation, participating officials will have opportunities to discuss impact and intent to develop a better understanding of mandated expectations.  Register here



The Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count is one of the longest-running citizen science projects in existence—it was started on Christmas Day in 1900. During the event, people venture outdoors to designated areas and count the types and numbers of birds that they see and hear over the course of one day. The data are used to keep track of the health of bird populations in North America. This year’s count runs from December 14, 2017–January 5, 2018. The counts are conducted within a 15-mile wide circle, and the counts for each circle are organized by a “circle compiler.” To participate in the count—it’s free—you need to sign up with a local circle compiler at this website. No worries if you are a beginning bird watcher because you will be matched up with a more experienced birder.



At a time when many communities are opting to tear down old buildings and build new, Henry County reached out to the Smart Energy Design Assistance Center (SEDAC) to find out how they could make their beautiful old courthouse more energy efficient. A SEDAC energy assessment, funded by the Ameren Illinois Energy Efficiency Program, showed plenty of potential for energy savings. If implemented, measures recommended by SEDAC could save Henry County $18,000 a year. Henry County has already begun implementing SEDAC's recommendations, starting with LED lighting upgrades.


The Trust for America’s Health reports that life expectancy in the US decreased last year for the first time in two decades – and the increase in drug, alcohol and suicide deaths are three major factors. In 2015, 127,500 Americans died from drug- or alcohol-induced causes or suicide. That is 350 deaths per day, 14 per hour, and one person dying of a preventable cause every four minutes. These trends are a wakeup call that there is a serious crisis in this country. They are signals of grave underlying concerns facing too many Americans – about pain, despair, disconnection and lack of opportunity – and the urgent need to address them. A report from the Trust for America’s Health suggests four strategies to address the trends, including attack the crises, bolster supports, identify early, and enhance treatment.



January 11, 2018 - 2017 State Legislative Update webinar, Noon

February 15, 2018 - Enterprise Zone webinar, Noon

February 22, 2018 - TIF webinar, Noon

March 7-8, 2018 - IIRA Rural Community Economic Development Conference