To slow the spread of coronavirus among workers and the public, 2020 census field operations are suspended until April 1, and the deadline to complete the census is extended to August 14. The Census Bureau began dropping off packets in rural areas March 15, but that operation is also on pause at least until March 29, said Tim Olson, associate director of field operations for the Census Bureau. “We are carefully monitoring the situation and are following guidance of state and local authorities. The way we conduct the census is the vast majority are going to self-respond,” he said, “but when it comes to completing the census, there is that door-to-door counting of households that have not responded. We’re monitoring this on an hourly, daily basis in terms of moving forward.” The 2020 Census sent out census questionnaires (or letters asking households to respond online) March 12-20 to each home in the country. Each home can respond online (at 2020Census.gov), by phone or by mail.
The State of Illinois has announced $14 million for the Hospitality Emergency Grant Program. Grant funds are available to support working capital, such as payroll and rent, as well as job training, retraining, and technology to support shifts in operations, such as increased pick-up and delivery. Bars and restaurants with a valid license to serve food or liquor and who generated revenues of less than $1 million in 2019 are eligible. Hotels with a valid license (hotels, motels other lodging establishments) and who generated revenues of less than $8 million in 2019 are eligible. Businesses can apply online. Applications will be accepted until 5:00pm April 1. Winners will be chosen via lottery. There is no benefit to be the first to submit an application if a valid, complete application is received by the deadline. Applications are available in English and in Spanish.
This year, the U.S. commemorates the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote, providing an important opportunity to celebrate the place of women in American history. The National Trust for Historic Preservation has launched a project to tell the stories of women whose vision, passion, and determination have shaped the country we are today. The goal is to discover 1,000 places connected to women’s history, and elevate their stories for everyone to learn and celebrate. The National Trust has invited submissions of places where women made history. They can be famous or unknown, protected or threatened, existing or lost! Send a photograph and a short description of a place where a woman made history. Where possible, please include the name of the place in the "Title" field. Submit a picture (historical or current) of the place itself, or a picture of the woman associated with it. Read the guidelines and photo permissions and rights granted. All entries are reviewed before they’re posted, so it may take a business day for your entry to appear online. Questions? Email email@example.com for help.
University of Illinois Extension’s Local Government Education will offer Spring Thaw: Bugs, Disease, Public Health, and Landscaping Practices, on Thursday, April 9, at Noon CST. Dr. Holly Tuten, Associate Scientist of Vector Ecology from the Natural History Survey, will cover research and surveillance on ticks and mosquitoes in regard to climate change, and how to respond in practical and management-related ways. Tuten currently conducts research on ticks and mosquitoes and runs the Illinois statewide active tick surveillance program through a contract with the State of Illinois Department of Public Health. To attend, see details and registration information here.