The Illinois Department of Transportation is seeking feedback on the state's transportation system through its annual Illinois Traveler Opinion Survey, available through Dec. 31. Acting Illinois Transportation Secretary Omer Osman emphasized that Illinois is integral to our country’s transportation network, national commerce, and travel safety. The annual survey, conducted in partnership with the University of Illinois Springfield, seeks feedback on road conditions, ice-and-snow removal, commuting habits, driving behaviors, rest areas, and passenger rail use. The Illinois Traveler Opinion Survey has been conducted annually since 2001.
The Smart Energy Design Assistance Center (SEDAC) can help you find out why your home feels drafty and cold during the winter. A blower door test, combined with infrared imaging, can uncover hidden openings where air leakage is occurring. The 2018 IECC requires blower door testing for all new residential construction, but existing homes can benefit from blower door testing, too. Testing is optional--but beneficial--for commercial buildings as well. Blower door testing, also called pressure testing, can help builders of new homes find and correct issues before they become a problem. For homeowners, blower door testing can identify areas to target to reduce air leakage and improve comfort and efficiency. Many common leakage sites can be cost-effectively sealed by do-it-yourself projects, such as weather stripping doors, windows, attic access hatches and more; caulking wall-to-floor joints and window frames; placing foam gaskets behind switch and plug wall plates; sealing recessed can light perimeters, and more. Read SEDAC's Blower Door Testing Smart Tip to learn more about the history and benefits of blower door testing. Check out SEDAC's other Energy Code Smart Tips here.
There are 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. These are distributed to the 50 states by population, and an accurate census count helps your state get the right amount of seats. Watch this new Public Service Announcement (PSA) by the U.S. Census Bureau to learn more about how census data will affect congressional representation in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Illinois Extension will offer State and Federal Legislative Updates in January 2020. These Local Government Education webinars will feature legislative experts from the Illinois Association of County Board Members and the National Association of Counties. The Illinois State Legislative Update will air at Noon CST on Thursday, January 23, 2020. The Federal Legislative Update will air at Noon CST on Thursday, January 30, 2020. Experts will discuss recent and potential changes in legislation that will affect Illinois governments. You’ll have a chance to ask questions and discuss how to plan for expected changes. Please register to attend one or both of the webinars, and receive information from each presentation.
December 31, 2019 (Deadline) - IDOT Travelers Survey
January 7, 2020 (Cairo, IL) - USDA Broadband Distance Learning & Telemedicine (DLT) Workshop
January 8, 2020 (Dixon, IL) - USDA Broadband Reconnect Workshop
January 9, 2020 (Location TBA) - USDA Broadband Reconnect Workshop
January 23, 2020 (LGE Webinar) - Illinois State Legislative Update
January 30, 2020 (LGE Webinar) - Federal Legislative Update
February 20, 2020 (LGE Webinar) - Using a “Stress Testing” Approach to Measuring the Fiscal Sustainability of Local Governments
February 26-27, 2020 (Springfield) - Annual Rural Community Economic Development Conference
March 1, 2020 (Deadline) - Illinois 2020 Conservation Achievement Scholarship