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September 20, 2019

 

 
 

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity is hosting an event for anyone interested in learning how administrative rules are made in Illinois. Plan to attend this free seminar for members of the business community and state employees, to learn the steps in the rulemaking process. This seminar will be beneficial to members of the business community that are responsible for commenting on proposed rules, and who navigate the regulatory process on behalf of their members, as well as state agency personnel who are responsible for drafting, implementing and interpreting rules. It is open to any business or member of the public. The program is Friday, October 4, from 9 to 11 am at the Illinois Department of Agriculture, John R. Block Building, State Fairgrounds in Springfield. Attendance is free, but registration is required. To register, go to: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RuleSchool Questions? Contact Katy Khayyat at the Illinois Department of Commerce (217) 558-0190 or Katy.Khayyat@Illinois.gov

 

 
 

Since 1994, the Smithsonian has collaborated with state humanities councils and other state partners to bring exhibitions and cultural resources to small towns across the country through Museum on Main Street (MoMS). The first town to host a MoMS exhibition—“Produce for Victory: Posters on the American Homefront, 1941-1945”—was Moreland, Georgia, with a population of 449. Moreland was the first of thousands of small, rural towns that have welcomed the Smithsonian program aimed at increasing awareness of local history. The Smithsonian celebrates the 25th anniversary of MoMS as it begins simultaneous, year-long state tours of the exhibition “Crossroads: Change in Rural America.” “Crossroads” looks at the remarkable impact of economic and societal changes in the 20th century and the ways that rural Americans responded. “Crossroads” will travel to up to 165 small towns across 28 states throughout the next six years. For more information on all Museum on Main Street exhibitions, tour itineraries, and Stories from Main Street, go to museumonmainstreet.org. The U.S. Congress has provided support for MoMS.

 

 
 

Nearly all U.S. teens (95%) say they have access to a smartphone – and 45% say they are “almost constantly” on the internet. That amount of screen time has raised concerns from parents, educators and policymakers across the country, and even many teens worry they use their phone too much. So, what exactly are teens doing with their cellphones? The vast majority of cellphone-using teens say their phone is a way to just pass time, with nine-in-ten saying they often or sometimes use it this way, according to a Pew Research Center survey of 13- to 17-year-olds conducted in 2018. Similarly large shares of teen cellphone users say they at least sometimes use their phone to connect with other people (84%) or learn new things (83%).

 

 
 

This coming Thursday, September 26, at Noon CST, University of Illinois Extension will air Handing Off Your Business: The Future of Your Business Without You. Steven Groner, Community and Economic Development Educator will address succession planning in response to what has been termed “the silver tsunami” or the rapidly growing number of businesses with leaders approaching retirement. Steven focuses on good planning practices, the need to get succession strategies underway, and ways to alleviate some of the complexity and stress of planning and transition. Next month, on October 17, don’t miss Counting for Dollars: Census 2020. Carrie L. Davis, Democracy Program Director of the Joyce Foundation, Anita Banjeri from Forefront’s Democracy Initiative, and Elissa Johnson, from the U.S. Regional Census Bureau, will give an overview of their respective programs and speak to how important the roles of local governments are in ensuring an accurate count for the upcoming decennial census. 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

September 24 (Benton, IL) - S.I. Works Employer-Driven Solutions Conference

September 26 (Glen Ellyn, IL) - SWANA (Solid Waste Association of North America) Land of Lincoln Chapter Fall Workshop (Charging Into the Future with Lithium Ion)

September 26 (LGE Webinar) - Handing Off Your Business: The Future of Your Business Without You

October 4 (Springfield, IL) - IL DCEO Rule School

October 9-10 (Springfield, IL) - Illinois Regional Collaboration Summit

October 17 (LGE Webinar) - Counting for Dollars: Census 2020

October 24-25 (Dubuque, IA) - Growing Sustainable Communities Conference