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January 5, 2018



2017 State and Federal Legislative Update - Free Webinars

UI Extension Local Government Education

STATE Legislative Update:

Noon-1PM, Thursday, January 11, 2018

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

FEDERAL Legislative Update:

Noon-1PM, Thursday, January 18, 2018

Presented by: Jack Peterson, National Association of Counties (NACo)

Legislative experts from Illinois Association of County Board Members and National Association of Counties (NACo) will discuss recent and potential future changes in legislation at the state levels and federal levels that will have a direct impact on Illinois local governments this coming year.  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



Allium 'Millenium' has been awarded the 2018 perennial plant of the year, according to University of Illinois Horticulture Educator Kelly Allsup. “I heard about this plant at a pollinator conference in October from Steve Foltz, Director of Horticulture at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, calling it a must have plant for the pollinator garden. The zoo has placed it on their Zoo's Best Perennials for Pollinators list, where they promote plants throughout the zoo so that homeowners know what to plant in their own yards. The program involves teen volunteers known as the Buzz Troop who use cameras to track pollinators to different flowering plants.”




Filmmaker Harun Mehmedinovic captured a rare event at Arizona’s Grand Canyon National Park, called a cloud inversion. On extremely rare days, cold air trapped in the canyon and topped by a layer of warm air, in combination with moisture and condensation, form the phenomenon referred to as the full cloud inversion. In what resembles something between ocean waves and fast clouds, Grand Canyon is completely obscured by fog, making the visitors feel as if they are walking on clouds. The full inversions, which mostly take place in the late fall or early winter, are sometimes followed by huge snowstorms, as depicted here. This video was filmed as part of SKYGLOW, an ongoing crowdfunded quest to explore the effects and dangers of urban light pollution in contrast with some of the most incredible dark sky areas in North America.



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