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January 12, 2018



Local Government Education - Federal Legislative Update

*Free Webinar*

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.




Members of Rural Partners met with Dr. Sameer Vohra, SIU School of Medicine, after the Rural Partners Board meeting November 14. Dr. Vohra provided information on social determinants of health and projects to address health issues in Illinois.  SIU School of Medicine hosted the Rural Partners board meeting and presentations as part of an effort on behalf of the Rural Partners board to offer special activities and presentations to members of Rural Partners.




The 20th Illinois Products Expo will be held on March 3-4, 2018, in the Orr Building, Illinois State Fai​rgrounds, Springfield. Over 70 Illinois companies will be providing free food samples and selling their products. A few non-food items, such as soy and herb candles and agricultural-based soaps/lotions will also be available to purchase. The Illinois Wine Garden will be featured.  Illinois wineries will participate; selling wine samples and wine by the glass and the bottle. Expo hours are: Saturday, March 3, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, March 4, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Admission is $4 per person; c​hildren 10 and under are free.



In 2017, it felt like the global media picked up all of the problems, and none of the solutions. Quartz has identified 99 of the best stories from this year that you probably missed. If you’re feeling despair about the fate of humanity in the 21st century, you might want to reconsider. To note a few, the list includes: Cancer deaths have dropped by 25% in the US since 1991, World Health Organization’s effective new vaccine to end cholera, China’s $100B investment to treat and prevent water pollution, 1 billion trees planted in one Pakistani province, Rwanda’s life expectancy increase to age 64 from age 49 in 2000, and much more.



January 18, 2018 - 2017 Federal Legislative Update webinar, Noon

February 15, 2018 - Enterprise Zone webinar, Noon

February 21-22, 2018 - Illinois Governor's Conference on Affordable Housing

February 22, 2018 - TIF webinar, Noon

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