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December 11, 2020

 

 
 
 
 

On Friday, December 11, 2020 at 1:30 PM Central Time, Illinois Extension will host the Illinois Office of Broadband to discuss their Digital Navigator, in an effort to support community digital equity needs. In partnership with the National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA) and PCs for People, the Illinois Office of Broadband will establish digital navigator capacity within communities around the state. Navigators will work to address the digital inclusion process – including home connectivity, devices, and digital skills. Digital navigators will assess residents’ needs and connect with them to resources that match their households’ lifestyles. These navigators can be volunteers or cross-trained staff who already work in social service agencies, libraries, healthcare, and more and who will offer remote and socially distant in-person guidance. A cohort of qualified applicants will be provided with expert training as well as the opportunity to work directly with project partners on resource establishment and digital equity mapping. Register for the webinar here.

 

 
 
 
 

Today at 11 a.m., University of Illinois College of Agriculture is offering Straining the Alphabet Soup: Post-election Farm Policy Outlook, a webinar to provide information about the short- and medium-run outlook for US farm policy following the 2020 election. Professors Jonathan Coppess and Joe Janzen will provide an updated review of three years and four rounds of ad hoc farm payments, including an analysis of payment distribution and program design for the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) and Coronavirus Food Assistance Programs (CFAP). The presenters will discuss what the perceived need for ad hoc assistance says about standing farm programs such as Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) and the implications for future coronavirus-related relief and the prospective 2023 Farm Bill. 

 

 
 
 
 

The Audubon Society's 121st Christmas Bird Count will be conducted Monday, December 14, 2020 through Tuesday, January 5, 2021. The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) occurs December 14 to January 5 every year. Note that the COVID-19 pandemic will affect the CBC participation. Pending local restrictions, many counts will be done under the COVID-19 guidelines sent to compilers, while others will likely be cancelled. Visit this map for a view of the circles expected to be included in the 121st Christmas Bird Count. If you're interested in participating this season, check out the map to find a count near you; more circles will be added as they are approved. Green and yellow circles are open for new participants, and red circles are full. Online registration is not available—please contact compilers by email using the information from the pop-ups on the map. Sign up to receive information and results about all of Audubon's community science programs through American Birds, the quarterly newsletter, by email. 

 

 
 
 
 

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. The survey is available here or visiting idot.illinois.gov. “This information allows us to better understand travel habits as well as areas where we’re doing a good job and those that may need improvements,” said Acting Illinois Transportation Secretary Omer Osman. “We represent and try to meet the best interests of all Illinois citizens and individual travelers and in an effort to help us continue to provide the best service, please take a few minutes to complete the survey.” The annual survey, conducted in partnership with the University of Illinois Springfield, seeks feedback on topics ranging from road conditions and ice-and-snow removal to commuting habits and driving behaviors. Questions also ask travelers for feedback about any changes in their travel habits due to the pandemic, the IDOT website, the state's rest areas and passenger rail use. The Illinois Traveler Opinion Survey has been conducted annually since 2001. A copy of the 2019 survey and results, as well as data collected from past years, can be viewed here. For IDOT updates, follow us on Twitter at @IDOT_Illinois or view area construction details on IDOT’s traveler information map on GettingAroundIllinois.com.

 

 
 

UPCOMING EVENTS

December 11th (Webinar) - Straining the Alphabet Soup: Post-election Farm Policy Outlook

December 11th (Webinar) - Illinois Office of Broadband’s Digital Navigator

January 12th (Webinar) - State of Illinois: Legislative Update

January 27th (Webinar) - National Association of Counties' Federal Legislative Update

 
 
 
 
 

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