The U.S. Census Bureau released population breakdowns in Illinois last month, reflecting decreases in 86 of the state’s 102 counties. Due to this decline, Illinois could lose up to two seats in Congress. In addition to the loss of population and representation, a potential undercount threatens billions of dollars in federal funding for everyday government expenditures, such as highways, education, and more. University of Illinois Extension will welcome experts on their Local Government Education (LGE) webinar series to explain how and why local governments and advocacy groups should help ensure an accurate count. On Thursday, October 17 at Noon CST, LGE will host a webinar entitled Counting For Dollars: Census 2020, presented by 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. Each expert 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. For more information, and registration, click HERE.
Illinois lawmakers in 2007 created the Charitable Trust Stabilization Fund to help small non‑profit groups, especially in economically challenged areas. Money in the fund comes from the non-profit community, not tax dollars. Since 2017, 100 non-profits have been awarded grants. Please consider applying if you are involved in a non-profit with an operating budget of $1 million or less and serve in areas involving food, housing, workforce development or economic development. Grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded to successful applicants. Grant applications are being accepted through Sept. 30, 2019. An 11-member board will consider the applications. For more information, and to complete an application, click here. For information about eligibility, click here. Applicants without access to a computer or internet should call the Illinois State Treasurer’s Office at (312) 814 1817.
A recently published paper by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology estimated that the U.S. and Canada have lost nearly 3 billion birds in the last 50 years, or 29% of the 1970 population. This means that there are about 2.9 billion fewer birds in the sky right now than there were 50 years ago, with steep losses among even common birds such as robins. There are probably many causes for the drop, including habitat loss and pesticide use, the report says. Such issues would most effectively be addressed at the broader policy level, but the Cornell Lab of Ornithology has issued seven actions anyone can take to help birds. The Lab recommends seven simple actions to help birds, including: 1. Make windows safer, day and night; 2. Keep cats indoors; 3. Reduce lawn and increase native plants; 4. Avoid pesticides; 5. Drink coffee that’s good for birds; 6. Protect our planet from plastic; and 7. Watch birds and share what you see.
The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) launched a statewide video campaign to bring awareness to the Illinois Helpline for Opioids and Other Substances. The Illinois Helpline connects individuals struggling with opioid use or other substance use, and anyone affected by the disease, directly with treatment and recovery options. The videos feature individuals who share their stories of recovery and organizations from across the state who are providing treatment and recovery services for opioid and other substance use disorders. The video campaign will include TV spots, transit posters, social media ads, and billboard postings across major media markets in Illinois. If you or someone you know is suffering from an opioid use disorder or other substance use disorders, call the Illinois Helpline for Opioids and Other Substances at 1-833-2FINDHELP or visit HelplineIL.org. You can view the videos here: Help is Here: The Illinois Helpline for Opioids and Other Substances; Help is Here: Laura and Alex’s Story; Help is Here: Rex’s Story; Help is Here: Diana’s Story; Help is Here: Laurie’s Story