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May 25, 2018



The Illinois State Treasurer’s office is accepting entries for the 2018 Cream of the Crop Photo Contest. The contest encourages young photographers, ages 8 to 18, to share their vision of agriculture in our state. Top photographs will be chosen in three age-based categories: ages 8-10, 11‑14 and 15-18. Each student can submit up to two photos by June 26, 2018. The photo contest is part of the Ag Invest program and offers an opportunity for Illinois students to submit their most innovative or scenic picture that depicts their vision of agriculture in our state. Winning photos will be featured in Ag Invest marketing materials and on display at the 2018 Illinois State Fair. To read the rules, terms and legal conditions associated with this contest, visit the website or contact Rebecca Huston at (217) 558-6217.



Creating Age-Friendly Communities & Case Study: Preventing Senior Bullying

Join us for a free webinar, Age-Friendly Initiatives: Making Communities Livable for All Ages, on Thursday, June 14, 2018, from Noon to 1PM., where our speakers give us insight on: (1) how communities can prepare for more older adults, and (2) socio-emotional aspects of age-friendly communities, including the signs of senior bullying. Our presenters include: Wendy Bartlo, PhD. Outreach Specialist for the Center on Health, Aging, and Disability at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Chelsey Byers Gerstenecker, Family Life Educator for University of Illinois Extension, serving Champaign, Ford, Iroquois and Vermilion Counties; and Karla Belzer, Family Life Educator serving Carroll, Lee, and Whiteside Counties. There is no cost to attend the webinar; however, REGISTRATION is required. Register online or contact Nancy Ouedraogo at for more information.



The Heartland Alliance released its 2018 Illinois Poverty Update, which indicates that millions of people in Illinois are experiencing poverty or are on the cusp. Rooted in inequity, poverty prevents people from meeting basic needs, improving their quality of life, and creates barriers to opportunities including quality education, stable employment, affordable housing and safe neighborhoods. In Illinois, women, people of color, and children have the highest poverty rates. The poverty update also found that almost one-third of Illinoisans are poor or low income; women’s poverty rates are over 20% higher than men’s; certain gender and racial groups are much more likely to experience poverty than others: black women experience poverty at a rate 3.5 times higher than white men, while black men’s poverty rate is 3.2 times higher and Latina women’s is 2.5 times higher than white men.



Bird song, which differs from bird calls or general vocalizations, tends to have a structured rhythm to it. Birds mainly use song to attract mates, bond with other birds, and defend their territories. Information on whether female bird song is present or absent in a species is currently available for only about one-fourth of all songbirds. In one recent survey of birds for which sex-specific singing behaviors were known, scientists found that 64% of the species had females that sing. But there is a notable dearth of archived recordings that capture female bird song. Scientists are now trying to rectify the situation and have established the Female Bird Song Project, a citizen science initiative, to help with this work. The website gives tips on how you can participate in these efforts, and there are even recordings of female birdsongs that you can listen to.





June 14, 2018 (Webinar) - Age-Friendly Communities and Senior Bullying

June 27, 2018 - Central Illinois Volunteerism Conference

July 22-25, 2018: Community Development Society Annual Conference

August 6-9, 2018: Midwest Community Development Institute