The State of Illinois has launched a website to provide information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and response in the state. From the website: “Protecting the health, safety, and wellbeing of Illinoisans is Governor Pritzker’s top priority. The administration continues to work closely with local health departments, county officials and federal partners to put systems in place to respond to COVID-19. This website will provide the latest news releases related to coronavirus, video archives of press conferences and tips from leading experts to keep you and your family safe.” Check the site, coronavirus.illinois.gov for a list of resources, updates, maps, and frequently asked questions.
The U.S. Constitution requires that every person living in the United States is counted every ten years for the purpose of ensuring fair representation and distribution of resources. The decennial census provides foundational information that will be used to make policy decisions for ten years. An accurate count of Illinois' population is essential to ensure that the State receives the funding it needs to properly care for its residents and provide critical services and programs. In 2015, Illinois received $19,738,866,367, or approximately $1,535 per capita, in federal assistance for sixteen programs. The failure to count every Illinois resident would have devastating effects on Illinois' ability to meet the needs of its residents. Even a one-percent undercount would result in the State losing $19,557,435 per year for a decade, resulting in a total loss of $195,574,350. As important, the number of seats Illinois has in the U.S. House of Representatives for the next 10 years will be determined by the census count in 2020. Illinoisans deserve proportionate representation in the U.S. Congress, and a fair and accurate census count is how we ensure that happens. Finally, state and local governments will use census data to redraw electoral maps in order to align with the principle "one person, one vote." Our own state's legislative maps will be re-drawn, and this will impact the size and make-up of each district in the Illinois General Assembly. Make sure you respond to the 2020 Census!
“TestIT” is an iOS/Android mobile app that leverages a broadband sampling tool designed by Measurement Lab (MLab) to aggregate broadband speeds across the country from app users. With the press of a single button, users can test their broadband speed from anywhere and compare their internet speeds to the national average and minimum standards established by the Federal Communications System. No personal information will be collected through this mobile app. A snapshot of each sample will be sent to a database which will allow NACo (National Association of Counties) and partners to analyze connectivity data across the country. The data will help identify areas where broadband service is overstated and underfunded by comparing the data to the National Broadband Map. Your help identifying gaps in our nation’s broadband coverage is critical to making substantive changes to the process for reporting broadband service.
Noon - 1PM, Thursday, March 26, 2020
Please join Illinois Extension on Thursday, March 26, at 12PM (Central time) for Preparing for Extreme Weather, an important webinar for local officials, community partners, and professionals across Illinois. State Climatologist Trent Ford will discuss the science and impacts of climate change as they relate to water in Illinois. Following his presentation, Illinois State Water Survey engineer and hydrologist Sally McConkey will explain where to find floodplain information, how to interpret a floodplain map, and further important information. Participants will be able to ask question during a Q & A following the presentation. There is no cost to attend, but you must register.