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April 16, 2021

 

 
 
Library of Congress 
 

The Library of Congress program By the People invites you to transcribe, review, and tag digitized pages from the Library’s collections. Volunteer-created transcriptions improve search, readability, and access to handwritten and typed documents for everyone, including people who are not fully sighted. All transcriptions are made and reviewed by volunteers before they are returned to loc.gov, the Library's website. You don't need to create an account to transcribe, but registered users can also tag and review transcriptions. Learn more in the Welcome Guide. The first transcribe-a-thon of By the People was November 19, the 155th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. The phrase comes from the closing line of that speech, which states, “It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us… that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth." The name reflects the spirit of democracy of this undertaking which asks you to help make the Library of Congress accessible to all.

 

 
 
 Energy Efficiency Program
 

When a 1980s-era blower broke down in Pittsfield’s wastewater treatment plant in the fall of 2018, Plant Director Terry Leahr reached out to Power Supply Industries (PSI) to talk about a replacement. As an Ameren Illinois Program Ally, PSI connected Leahr with a state-of-the-art system and cash incentives to offset the cost. “Through our Energy Efficiency Program’s Custom offering, we were able to cover 60% of the Pittsfield water plant’s project costs,” says Ken Woolcutt, Energy Efficiency Manager for Ameren Illinois. “We’re proud to help public facilities and other organizations get the most bang for their energy buck.” Within weeks, the project was complete, and savings soon began showing up on the plant’s power bill. This project will save the city of Pittsfield more than $21,000 a year in energy costs — savings that helped fund the hiring of additional staff.

 

 
 
Critter Cam 
 

The University of Illinois Wildlife Medical Clinic, a non-profit organization that provides care and treatment to sick, injured, and orphaned wild animals, features a patient each week on the Critter Cam. Sometimes the caption and video don’t match since situations change quickly in the Wildlife Medical Clinic. The Critter Cam page features photos and descriptions of all sorts of patients, from owls to foxes to turtles and an osprey, who are brought in with injuries or illnesses. Veterinary students provide descriptions of the animal, the injury or illness, the treatment, and plans for rehabilitation. The clinic’s mission is threefold: provide care and treatment to sick, injured and orphaned wild animals, offer hands-on training to veterinary students, and educate members of the community about coexisting with native Illinois wildlife.

 

 
 
 LGE Webinar Series
 

The Strategic Planning & Reporting (SPAR) Department at the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) works with communities to expand housing affordability. The SPAR team partners with local stakeholders such as advocates, city officials, developers, and residents to implement local housing strategies to grow healthy and sustainable communities across Illinois. Illinois Extension Local Government Education (LGE) Program will host Amy Bashiti and Megan Spitz, both from SPAR, who will provide an overview of demographic and real estate market trends, outline organizational goals and objectives, and discuss how local leaders can get involved. This discussion will also touch on how IHDA plans to use revitalization surveys to develop a deeper understanding of the needs of rural communities, no matter whether towns are dealing with aging populations, accommodating in-person or remote students, low-income families, tourists, or others. Register here or read more for information about the program and its presenters.

 

 
 

UPCOMING EVENTS

April 16 - 2021 APA-ISS Spring Conference Session 1

April 20 - Redistricting Process: The Political Future of Illinois (Rural Partners)

April 22 - Build your Community with Crowdfunding

April 23 - 2021 APA-ISS Spring Conference Session 2

April 27 - Illinois Housing Development Authority: Assessing Community Need and Building Rural Partnerships (Rural Partners)

April 29 - The First 100 Days of the Joe Biden Administration: The Future of the Democratic and Republican Parties (Rural Partners)

June 18 or June 25 – Central Illinois Volunteerism Conference

 
 
 
 
 

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