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January 11, 2019

 

 
 

Green infrastructure (GI) is a cost-effective approach for managing stormwater and requires skilled and certified individuals. Certification increases a person’s competitiveness in the job market, and provides a pathway to higher-paying positions such as inspecting and maintaining GI systems. Parkland College offers training which includes about 25 hours of classroom time (lecture and exercises) and 10 hours of field visits to green infrastructure sites, followed by a review to help participants prepare for the certification exam. While Parkland College provides the NGICP training, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) administers the certification exam. Register now to reserve a spot.  

 

 
 

Election Data Services reports that Census Bureau population estimates for 2018 are likely to result in Illinois losing a seat in the House of Representatives. The Constitutional basis for conducting the decennial census is to reapportion the U.S. House of Representatives. Apportionment is the process of dividing the 435 memberships, or seats, in the U.S. House of Representatives among the 50 states. Illinois currently has 18 seats and will likely lose one after reapportionment. Illinois lost 45,116 residents between July 1, 2017, and July 1, 2018, second only to New York. Earlier Census estimates pointed to the state possibly losing a second seat in 2020. States gaining a seat include Arizona, Colorado, Florida, North Carolina, Oregon and Texas. States losing a seat include Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and West Virginia.

 

 
 

The U.S. government's climate scientists issued a blunt warning, writing that global warming is a growing threat to human life, property and ecosystems across the country, and that the economic damage—from worsening heat waves, extreme weather, sea level rise, droughts and wildfires—will spiral in the coming decades. The country can reduce those costs if the U.S. and the rest of the world cut their greenhouse gas emissions, particularly the burning of fossil fuels. Capping global greenhouse gas emissions to limit warming to 2 degrees Celsius (3.6°F) or less would avoid hundreds of billions of dollars of future damages, according to the Fourth National Climate Assessment, written by a science panel representing 13 federal agencies. The report, like a recent comprehensive assessment issued by the United Nations, signaled the mounting urgency for governments to act quickly to reduce greenhouse gas emissions before locking in high risks. The report looks at the damage already happening and what's ahead in each region, describing damage from wildfires and the impact of ocean acidification on shellfish in the Northwest; rising temperatures thawing permafrost in Alaska; coral reef damage in Hawaii; hurricanes, coastal flooding and mosquito-borne diseases in the Southeast; extreme rainfall destroying crops and eroding farm soil in the Midwest; flash droughts in the Northern Plains; and the dwindling of the snowpack and the Colorado River that the Southwest relies on. U.S. temperatures have already risen about 1.8°F (1°C) since the start of the Industrial era, and that warming has been accelerating in recent decades. "Recent record-setting hot years are projected to become common in the near future for the United States," the report says.

 

 
 

University of Illinois Extension’s Community and Economic Development team will host the state and federal legislative updates, Illinois State Legislative Update, on Thursday, January 17, 2019, at 12 PM CST with Kelly Murray and Taylor Anderson from Illinois Association of County Board Members (IACBM), and Federal Legislative Update on Thursday, January 24, 2019, at 12PM CST with Jack Peterson from National Association of Counties (NACo). Our experts will discuss recent and potential changes in legislation that will have a direct impact on Illinois local governments. With a Q&A session following the presentation, participants will have an opportunity to discuss impact and better understand mandated and expected actions.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

January 17 (Webinar) - Illinois State Legislative Update

January 24 (Webinar) - Federal Legislative Update

February 7 (Webinar) - Local Efficiency Assessment Program (LEAP)

February 15 - Governor's Volunteer Service Awards Nomination Deadline

March 6-7 (Springfield) - 30th Annual Economic Development Conference