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Matt Schmit, director of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s Connect Illinois Office of Broadband, said in an interview with NPR , that the office’s first project is to develop the state’s own broadband quality and accessibility map, which it is currently looking for a third-party vendor to do. Schmit said that in 2020, the broadband office plans to distribute the first round of grant funding to build and expand Illinois' internet infrastructure. He will be a presenter at the Rural Economic Development Conference in Springfield, and is scheduled to speak February 26. Use the following links to attend the conference: Registration Information; Online room reservation; Workshop & Networking Events

 

 
 

The DuPage County Stormwater Management Department Shared Services Program helps municipalities and townships meet water quality and stormwater management goals. Through intergovernmental agreements (IGAs) with 41 municipalities and townships, the  program saves local communities an estimated $1.56 million annually. Over nine months, all municipalities and townships signed on to the shared maintenance work. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized the shared services program as a permit holder under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), which regulates pollution in municipal storm sewer systems. The EPA’s regulation served as the catalyst for the shared services program. Jim Zay, chairman of the DuPage County Stormwater Management Planning Committee, said about $4.4 million is saved annually by working together on the program. The county received approval from the Illinois EPA to enter into a single NPDES permit, which the EPA approved, creating the countywide water quality program. The shared maintenance work generated more than $300,000 in revenue for the Stormwater Management Department while simultaneously reducing the need for equipment and full-time staff for municipalities. The program earned a national award from NACo (National Association of Counties).

 

 
 

Illinois State Police troopers have issued nearly 2,500 tickets for drivers going 100 miles per hour or faster on Illinois roadways. Spokeswoman Mindy Carroll said that’s actually down slightly from last year, when troopers had written at least 100 more than that. Carroll, who is a state trooper herself, said it’s dangerous for everyone on the road if someone drives that fast. “You could have a pipe or anything in the road that could blow a tire, and if you blow your tire and you’re going 100 miles an hour, you’re very likely not going to be able to control that vehicle," she said. It would take an average car going 100 miles per hour at least twelve seconds and the length of two football fields to come to a complete stop. Carroll says she’s been called to accident scenes where someone lost control of a speeding vehicle and ended up dying from their injuries. Illinois state police have also been clamping down on those who don’t move over for emergency vehicles, as more than two dozen troopers have been struck by vehicles this year. Four state troopers have died in the line of duty so far this year. Carroll said the Illinois State Police will be stepping up enforcement heading into the holiday season, and will continue to educate the public about reckless driving. The department encourages anyone who sees a driver going excessively fast to report it to 911.

 

 
 

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.

 

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

January 23, 2020 (LGE Webinar) - Illinois State Legislative Update

January 30 (Small Farms Webinar) - Asparagus Production and Marketing

January 30, 2020 (LGE Webinar) - Federal Legislative Update

February 6 (Small Farms Webinar) - Farm Stress and Impact on Health

February 13 (Small Farms Webinar) - Updates on Industrial Hemp in Illinois 

February 20, 2020 (LGE Webinar) - Using a “Stress Testing” Approach to Measuring the Fiscal Sustainability of Local Governments

February 20 (Small Farms Webinar) - Soil Organic Matters

February 26-27, 2020 (Springfield) - Annual Rural Community Economic Development Conference 

February 27 (Small Farms Webinar) - Saturated Media Extract

March 1, 2020 (Deadline) - Illinois 2020 Conservation Achievement Scholarship

March 3-4, 2020 (Springfield, IL) - RTAC Conference

March 5 (Small Farms Webinar) - Selling through Food Hubs and Co-ops: A Growers Perspective

March 12 (Small Farms Webinar) - Getting Started in Drip Irrigation

March 20 (Small Farms Webinar) - The Basics for Goats and Sheep

 
 
 
 
 

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