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November 30, 2018



The Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service presents the Governor's Volunteer Service Awards. These awards recognize individual volunteers through a statewide award program to highlight the importance of volunteerism and community service in the State of Illinois. The following awards categories are offered: Adult (19-54 years old); AmeriCorps Member (member of an Illinois AmeriCorps national service program); Business (a for-profit company); Senior (55 years old plus); Senior Corps Members (55 years old plus that are members of the national service programs Foster Grandparent Program (FGP), Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), Senior Companion Program (SCP); and Youth (18 years old or younger). Each of the project categories will have a winner selected in each of the Commission’s five service regions across the state (Northeast, Northwest, East Central, West Central and Southern Illinois) for a total of 30 awards possible. A panel of judges from across the state, comprised of Governor-appointed Commissioners, will select the award recipients. 



How is the percentage of people living in poverty changing over time? The data for this visualization comes from estimates published by the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey between 2008 and 2017, using one-year estimates. It shows the percentage of the population that lives below the poverty level in each state for the population that the status can be determined. In 2017, 12.6% of the population in Illinois lived in poverty. On the map, the legend is centered on the 2017 U.S. estimate of 13.4%.






The New York Public Library has a new program to help New Yorkers on their job searches by providing ties, briefcases, and handbags that can be rented from the library for three weeks at a time. Michelle Lee, a librarian teaching a class about job searching, resume building and “adulting,” realized just how underinformed and unprepared some high school students were about entering the job market — and was determined to repair it. While most libraries offer computers and printers, Lee realized the glaring need for workwear among many of the students, who were surprised when she advised them against donning casual wear or bringing backpacks to their interviews. Lee says the teens she encountered used library services to print and write their résumés, and many would ask for folders to carry the materials home with them. While the library didn’t have many folders, she thought of a more useful alternative. She proposed the idea as part of the library’s Innovation Project, which allows library employees to address problems they come across with a budget of up to $3,000. She received a grant from the Charles H. Revson Foundation and donations from Career Gear to launch the pilot program, “NYPL Grow Up: Dress Up Lending Library.”



University of Illinois Extension’s Community and Economic Development team will host a free webinar on Thursday, December 6, at Noon, entitled Stormwater 101: How to Address Local Flooding and Water Quality Issues, presented by Amy Ando, PhD. (Agricultural and Consumer Economics at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign) and Eliana Brown, Outreach Specialist (Illinois Water Resource Center). The webinar will cover pertinent information relevant to local officials in regards to storm water management policies and best practices.  REGISTER NOW



December 6 (Webinar) - Stormwater 101: How to Address Local Flooding and Water Quality Issues

December 17 - 2018 Illinois Farm Economics Summit

January 17 (Webinar) - Illinois State Legislative Update

February 15 - Governor's Volunteer Service Awards Nomination Deadline