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January 26, 2018



On January 9, the US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions conducted a hearing on the opioid crisis, featuring testimony from Sam Quinones, journalist and author of Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opioid Epidemic. Quinones shared what he has learned about opioid use and overuse, and included suggestions for addressing the crisis. In his written testimony, Quinones wrote, “I think we, as your constituents, ought to be humble, remain aware that this has festered for more than two decades, though most of the country awoke to it in the last two years. We need, as your constituents, to be patient, and not demand perfection or quick fixes. That’s what got us into all this in the first place – demanding quick fixes for the complicated problem of what to do about the mysteries of human pain. I believe, too, we run into trouble when we attack one drug problem in isolation – and then are surprised and unprepared when the next one emerges.”



Local Government Education - Enterprise Zones

*Free Webinar*

Enterprise Zones

Presented by: Ben Wilson, Director of Economic Development, Village of Matteson

Noon-1PM, Thursday, February 15, 2018

On Thursday, February 15, 2018 at Noon, UI Extension's Local Government Education program will host Ben Wilson, Director of Economic Development at the Village of Matteson, IL; member of their Enterprise Zone Board and the Illinois Enterprise Zone Association. This webinar will educate local officials and economic development professionals on knowledge of code and how it pertains to communities and initiatives in Illinois. REGISTER HERE



USDA Rural Development invites you to two workshops on February 7, at the USDA Rural Development State Office in Champaign. These workshops are designed to help communities develop applications for USDA Community Connect grants and the Distance Learning & Telemedicine grants. For more information, contact Chris Collins, USDA RD, at Please RSVP by January 31.




On January 31, there will be a full moon, a total lunar eclipse, a blue moon and a supermoon – all at the same time. While the moon moves through these phases regularly, it’s rare for them to happen all at once. A totally eclipsed Moon, sometimes called a Blood Moon, usually looks red, so this may be a rare opportunity to see a red Blue Moon. If this isn't enough, it is also almost a supermoon, earning it the nickname Super Blue Blood Moon. For a map of the eclipse, and the schedule for your area, go to



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

June 27, 2018 - Central Illinois Volunteerism Conference