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July 31, 2020

 

 
 

When, in March, nearly all 100,000 schools across the country closed their doors, there were herculean efforts to ensure that school children – nearly 75% of whom receive free or reduced price meals – continued to have access to food. The National Farm to School Network and Urban School Food Alliance proposes that as conversations turn toward “what’s next” in responding to the pandemic, we have a tremendous opportunity to change our food system and ensure that every person along the supply chain – from grower to eater, is treated justly. To recover from the present health and economic crisis, we must relook at the critical role food plays in health, equity and prosperity in our communities. One approach that deserves more attention: school cafeterias can be a major propeller of this urgent, needed change in how we eat.

 

 
 

The Illinois Department on Aging encourages all Illinois residents to watch for signs of abuse, neglect, or exploitation of older adults and adults with disabilities. The IDoA website provides information on types of abuse, signs of abuse, incidence of abuse in Illinois, and details on how to report any signs of abuse. IDoA encourages us to report any sign of abuse, even if you are not sure that abuse is happening. The law provides that people who think abuse is happening or cooperate with an investigation are immune from criminal or civil liability or professional disciplinary action. The law further provides that the identity of the reporter is not shared except with the written permission of the reporter or by court order. Anonymous reports are accepted. To report for yourself or for someone else, know that: 1. Your name as the reporter is confidential. You can make a report anonymous. 2. Call 1-866-800-1409 or 1-888-206-1327 (TTY) Lines are open 24 hours, seven days a week. 3. Be prepared to report a name and address, what happened, who the suspected abuser might be, if one is involved.

 

 
 

Five years ago, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft made history. After a voyage of nearly 10 years and more than 3 billion miles, the intrepid piano-sized probe flew within 7,800 miles of Pluto. For the first time ever, we saw the surface of this distant world in spectacular, colored detail. The encounter – which also included a detailed look at the largest of Pluto's five moons, Charon -- capped the initial reconnaissance of the planets started by NASA's Mariner 2 mission more than 50 years before, and revealed an icy world replete in magnificent landscapes and geology — towering mountains, giant ice sheets, pits, scarps, valleys and terrains seen nowhere else in the solar system. In the five years since that groundbreaking flyby, nearly every conjecture about Pluto possibly being an inert ball of ice has been thrown out the window or flipped on its head. Scientists now know that, despite it being literally out in the cold, Pluto is an exciting, active and scientifically valuable world. Incredibly, it even holds some of the keys to better understand the other small planets in the far reaches of our solar system.

 

 
 

Dr. Robert L. Elliott, Co-founder of ERA Solutions Group, will present Public Service Motivation (PSM) in the Illinois Extension Local Government Education webinar series on August 6 at noon. Elliott will cover employee performance and reasons to take PSM into account in human resource actions and professional development. Elliott has experience across public safety, higher education, military, and emergency management. He obtained his DPA in Public Administration from the University of Illinois at Springfield. His dissertation research involved determining the relationship between PSM and both in-role and extra-role employee performance behaviors of a large police agency. Further analysis considered implications of organization commitment, person-organization fit, and prior military service. He co-founded ERA Solutions Group, a veteran owned business specializing in public-sector employee assessment. Results inform clients on both demographic trends and how employee perceptions affect important areas related to recruiting and retention. 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

August 6 (Webinar) – HR and Public Service Motivation

August 10-13 - Midwest Community Development Institute CANCELLED

October 31 - Deadline to Complete the Census

 
 
 
 
 

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