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October 18, 2019

 

 
 

Please join us on Thursday, November 14, at Noon CST for Minimum Wage in Illinois, presented by Dr. Robert Bruno and Frank Manzo IV. Dr. Bruno is Director of the Labor Studies Program, Professor of Labor and Employment, and Director of the Project for Middle Class Renewal in the School of Labor and Employment Relations at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Frank Manzo IV, is the Policy Director of the Midwest Economic Policy Institute (MEPI). Professor Bruno has given expert testimony to the US House Committee on Education and the Workforce, as well as the Illinois House and Senate Committees on Labor and Commerce. Our presenters co-authored Raising the Minimum Wage: What $10, $13, or $15 Per Hour Would Mean for Illinois. During the webinar, they will cover relevant public sector workplace practices and labor and employment policy implications regarding raising the minimum wage in Illinois. REGISTER HERE

 

 
 

Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) is accepting applications for three types of grants for livestock and poultry farmers who wish to attain humane certification, build capacity, or improve pasture for their animals. Funding is available for projects that improve farm animal welfare, such as building mobile housing, constructing fences, laying water lines on pasture, and much more. Independent family farmers located in the continental U.S. who raise beef cattle, broiler chickens, dairy cows, goats, laying hens, pigs, turkeys, and/or sheep may be eligible to apply. For more information or to apply, visit foodanimalconcernstrust.org/grants/. Applications are due by December 2, 2019.

 

 
 

You may notice census workers in your neighborhood. This is a normal part of preparations for the 2020 Census. Census Bureau employees are also in the community to continue collecting information for the American Community Survey and other ongoing surveys. If someone visits your home to collect information for the 2020 Census, you can do the following to verify their identity: First, check to make sure that they have a valid ID badge, with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date; if you still have questions about their identity, contact your Regional Census Center to speak with a Census Bureau representative. Census takers are verifying addresses in preparation for the census; they are collecting responses to the census or another survey; they are dropping off census materials; and/or they are conducting quality checks related to the census. Census takers who verify addresses are called address canvassers. They help ensure an accurate and complete count by verifying addresses and noting where houses, apartments, shelters, and other residences are located. Census takers will attempt to knock on every door in the neighborhood they are canvassing. Explore where the Census Bureau plans to send address canvassers with this interactive map

 

 
 

The Federal Reserve System released its latest "Beige Book" report on the economic strength of sectors and regions across the country. According to the report, agricultural conditions deteriorated further due to the ongoing impacts of adverse weather, weak commodity prices, and trade disruptions. The troubles are especially pronounced in key farming regions, including the Midwestern corn belt. In the Seventh District, which includes Iowa and parts of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin, industry sources surveyed by the Federal Reserve "had mounting concerns about how much of this year's crop would be able to fully mature before a hard frost hits." The Chicago Fed reported that economic activity increased slightly overall, and employment, consumer spending, business spending, and construction and real estate all increased slightly.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

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

November 12 (Springfield, IL) - Rural Partners lunch and information session addressing the 2020 Census; Noon to 2 p.m. For more information, contact Rural Partners at info@ruralpartners.org

November 14 (LGE Webinar) - Minimum Wage in Illinois

November 21 (LGE Webinar) - Ready to Diversify: Lessons Learned from Coal Communities Across the Country

December 2 (Deadline) - Food Animal Concerns Trust Grant

December 12 (LGE Webinar) - Economic Impact of Plant/Mine Closures & Making the Case for Solar/Wind