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June 18, 2021

 

 
 
Civic 
 

The 2021 Central Illinois Volunteerism Conference will be held virtually June 25. The conference is designed to help participants develop skills that will enhance relationships with the volunteers in their communities and organizations. This year, the conference will be held virtually to enable all to participate from their own home or office. The theme, Adapting Volunteer Programs in Changing Times, features a keynote from Erin Goodyear, CVA, Habitat for Humanity International. Erin will discuss how volunteers continued to serve in compound crises, emerging best practices from the disaster volunteerism sector, and what we can learn about service from volunteers who persist in the most adverse circumstances. Erin supports local affiliate field operations after a disaster, coordinating DR3 program development, managing the Disaster Corps skilled volunteer cadre and the Mobile Response Unit vehicle fleet. Registration is $20.

 

 
 
 IDNR
 

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) faces a severe staffing shortage, according to IDNR chief of staff Kristin DiCenso, who testified before the state Senate Tourism and Hospitality Committee at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville. The Senate committee hearing was for discussion only, and no committee action was taken. DiCenso said the agency’s headcount in 2003 was more than 1,700, compared to roughly 1,170 today. While the number of employees decreased, the agency has since gained responsibility of about 100 additional sites through the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, which was absorbed by IDNR in 2017. DiCenso said IDNR closed its public areas early on in the pandemic but reopened most of them by May 29, 2020. According to attendance records, Illinois state parks, fish and wildlife recreational areas, as well as historic sites, saw 26.7 million visitors from June through December in 2019, compared to 28.4 million visitors during the same time period in 2020. “We actually increased our visitors last year,” DiCenso said. “We also saw an increase in camping across the state, surpassing what we've seen in the past. This proves how much Illinoisans value their public lands.”

 

 
 
Illinoisan of the Day 
 

The Illinois State Fair Museum Foundation is seeking individuals to spotlight during the Illinois State Fair as an Illinoisan of the Day to honor individuals who exemplify the qualities and characteristics associated with Illinois -- integrity, dependability, sense of community and strong ethics. Illinoisan of the Day nominees must be a minimum of 25 years of age and should have an affiliation with state and/or county fairs in Illinois or agricultural groups, involved in service activities, educational projects, and/or youth programs. In addition, nominees must have shown their true Illinois spirit through continued volunteerism and community service. Winners will receive honors on their special day during this year’s Illinois State Fair, which takes place August 12 - 22. Nomination forms can be requested by calling the Museum Foundation at 217-725-8047 or downloaded by visiting the museum foundation website. The deadline for nomination is July 22.

 

 
 
 LGE Webinar Series
 

Illinois Extension’s Local Government Education program will host the Illinois Office of Broadband and the Benton Institute for Broadband and Society for Part 2 of the Developing Broadband Leadership Webinar Series - Broadband 101, which will provide an overview of various technologies – fiber, fixed wireless, cellular, satellite - in a discussion of each broadband technology’s capabilities and relative cost differentials. This session will be held from 11:30AM -1PM Central Time on Tuesday, June 29. Moderators from the Illinois Office of Broadband, Illinois Extension, and the Benton Institute of Broadband and Society will steer the presentations and discussions and facilitate audience questions. See Illinois Extension’s community broadband development page for archived recordings from this series.

 

 
 

UPCOMING EVENTS

June 25 – Central Illinois Volunteerism Conference

June 29 - Developing Broadband Leadership (Part 2): Broadband 101

June 30 - Illinois Extension Housing Toolkit (Rural Partners)

July 13 - Developing Broadband Leadership (Part 3): Funding and Partnerships

July 27 - Developing Broadband Leadership (Part 4): Moving a Broadband Project Forward

August 3 - Developing Broadband Leadership (Part 5): Broadband Adoption and Affordability: Ensuring Broadband for Everyone

 

 
 
 
 
 

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