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October 28, 2016

Illinois Energy Now rebates, products, services and application assistance are available for all public facilities located with Ameren Illinois and ComEd electric service areas and Ameren Illinois and Nicor natural gas service areas. Local governments including municipal, county, township, public safety, water and sewer, as well as library and park districts may apply. Project examples include new lighting, natural gas heating systems, energy efficiency aeration systems, and new building construction. The Illinois Association of County Board Members provides application assistance and training for local governments free of charge. Their staff can complete and submit the Illinois Energy Now electronic application, and provide follow-up to make sure your rebate check is issued in a timely manner. They are also available to meet with local officials, architects, contractors or any other interested parties to determine the best products and ways to proceed. Building assessments are provided by the University of Illinois partners at SEDAC free of charge. Contact Carol Kulek at 217.741.2489, or visit

Jennifer Redell, a conservation biologist/cave and mine specialist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, gives a close up and personal look at a straw-coloured fruit bat, the most widely distributed of the African fruit bats. Bats fulfill many important ecosystem functions, such as pollinating flowers and dispersing seeds during their flights. Annual Bat Week events help to dispel the notions that bats are to be feared. Rather, bats are an integral part of our ecosystem and many bat populations are declining around the world, largely as a result of human interaction, according to Bat Conservation International. A little brown bat, for example, can eat as many as 1,000 mosquitoes in an hour. Most of the 1,300 bat species worldwide – about 40 of which are found in the U.S. – play vital ecological roles by eating pests that damage agriculture, pollinating valuable plants that ensure production of our food and disperse seeds, sometimes in a further distance than birds. (U.S. Forest Service)

Thank you for joining us this past Thursday, in attending Illinois Demographic Snapshot and Review.

If you missed this webinar, it is now published, and can be found online with our other past webinars.

Sign up for next month's free webinar, where we will discuss Illinois' site selection process and the LocationOne Information System (LOIS).  This webinar will provide insight on how local officials and economic development professionals can bring private investment to their local communities, as well as cover new information about how to best use LOIS.


November 2, 2016 - Where Medicine Meets Public Health: WIC - SIU, Carbondale, IL
November 10, 2016 - Location One LOIS: the State of Illinois Site Development Tool - With New Criteria - webinar
November 15, 2016 - Local and Regional Food Conference - Marion, IL
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