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December 22, 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



Rhonda Ferree, University of Illinois Extension Educator, is sharing her 2018 Garden Calendar, which includes garden tips, a calendar of events, and photos to inspire your gardening ambition. New this year are hyperlinks to monthly tips. Just click on the underlined-blue links while viewing the electronic copy and it will take you to the connecting ILRiverHort blog, Pinterest pin, or YouTube video. The calendar prints best on legal size paper.




More than $40 million was invested by the United States Department of Agriculture in FY2017 to help construct or improve infrastructure and boost economic growth in rural communities. More than $900,000 was directed to Illinois. “These investments in rural Illinois infrastructure strengthen our communities by providing essential facilities, and ensuring safety and economic viability,” said Doug Wilson, USDA Rural Development Director for Illinois. Illinois projects include facilities in Copley Township, Knox County; road repair in the Village of Energy, in Williamson County; and road intersection improvements in Paris, in Edgar County. USDA Rural Development in Illinois provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community services such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit



The Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs will host the 29th Annual Economic Development Conference "Designing Our Future to Reach New Heights," March 7-8, 2018, at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel, 701 E Adams Springfield, IL, in conjunction with the Governor's Rural Affairs Council and Rural Partners. This annual statewide conference is focused on improving the quality of life for small rural communities throughout the state, featuring approximately 20 speakers from Illinois and beyond, who will share their experience and expertise. Make your room reservation online, or call 217-544-8800. To reserve your room at the conference rate, use the code "IRA." Program details will be available soon.



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