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December 29, 2017



Local Government Education Webinars - 2017 Legislative Update

2017 State Legislative Update (Part 1)

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

Noon-1PM, Thursday, January 11, 2018

2017 Federal Legislative Update (Part 2)

Presented by: Jack Peterson, Associate Legislative Director of Finance, Pensions and Intergovernmental Affairs, National Association of Counties (NACo)

Noon-1PM, Thursday, January 18, 2018

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


The North Central Illinois Economic Development Corporation (NCI) developed a new video to market the region, which includes Bureau, LaSalle and Putnam Counties. NCI is a non-profit public-private partnership focused on marketing the region for new investment and job creation. The video will be shown at marketing events in Chicago, and cooperative events with Intersect Illinois.




Ten years ago, few suspected that the U.S. economy was about to enter one of its steepest downturns in memory. The Great Recession, as it came to be known, began in December 2007 and worsened with the 2008 global financial crisis. Although people’s perceptions of their local job market have improved considerably in recent years, in many ways the U.S. labor force looks very different than it did at the beginning of the recession. The Pew Research Center describes five ways the US workforce has changed, including: a smaller share of Americans are in the labor force, the workforce is getting more diverse, the share of workers aged 55 and older has grown over the last decade, unemployed people are out of work for longer, and the shift toward service jobs continues, although more slowly.



Tulsa, Oklahoma Mayor G.T. Bynum and Jim Clifton, chairman and CEO of Gallup, the global analytics and advisory company, will create a first-of-its-kind assessment for cities to measure how their residents are faring on matters of well-being, opportunity and the city experience. Gallup will work with the City of Tulsa to create the Gallup-Tulsa CitiVoice Index to measure 45 key indicators of overall city vitality. With the Gallup-Tulsa partnership in place, Tulsa is uniquely positioned to be one of the first cities in America to deploy a robust citizen analytics measurement system to help inform its policy and strategic decision-making. “The Gallup-Tulsa CitiVoice Index will measure the most important outcomes for city residents and provide local leaders with insights we can use in building the best city possible,” Bynum said. Gallup will analyze data based on cohesion in neighborhoods, hope for Tulsa’s future, vocational pride, economic competitiveness and the Birth to Eight Strategy for Tulsa, also known as BEST, which focuses on early childhood development and education.



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

January 18, 2018 - 2017 Federal 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