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May 6, 2016
Live Webinar
Illinois Local Government: How do you make essential services more effective and efficient?
Thursday, May 19, 2016, Noon to 1pm (CST)

Dr. Kent Redfield, Professor Emeritus of Political Studies at the University of Illinois Springfield will describe how the complex system of local government in Illinois came to be, the current constitutional and statutory structure that frames local government, and the barriers and forces that prevent the creation of more efficient and effective ways of providing services to the citizens that local governments serve. Building on that foundation, he will look at the promise and the limitations of intergovernmental cooperation, single unit and multi-function consolidation, and mandate relief as ways of achieving benefits for citizens, who play multiple roles as funders, consumers, and providers of essential local government services.

Dr. Redfield served as a member of the Sangamon County Citizens Efficiency Commission, which was created by a countywide referendum in November 2010. The commission studied the structure and performance of local government units in Sangamon County and recommended a series of reforms and initiatives aimed at improving the effectiveness and efficiency of the services that local governments provide to the citizens of Sangamon County.
Summer of ‘Making’ at the Illinois MakerLab

This summer, the Illinois MakerLab is offering four workshops:

1.NEW! Design Thinking and 3D printing: Age 8-12 –  Humans have just landed on an alien planet. They need inventions that solve challenges relating to health, safety, communication, transportation  Solve them using Design thinking and 3d modeling/printing.

2. A series of four  workshops for anyone age 15+ (younger kids 11-14 allowed with parents). Finish all four workshops and you could get a Maker Certificate from the Illinois MakerLab! These are offered on weekday evenings on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 7:00 pm starting the week of May 30.

3. Four day 3D Modeling and Printing Deep Dive: Four half days – 12 hours- learn all about 3D printing and modeling with Tinkercad and Fusion 360.

4. Engaging workshops for girls aged 7-11 organized by the MakerGirls.

Hunger isn’t just a problem for the poorest of the poor. It cuts across age, race, gender, and affects Americans in cities, suburbs, and rural areas. In fact, every single county in the U.S. experiences food insecurity (defined here as “limited or uncertain” access to food), according to the latest “Map the Meal Gap” report by Feeding America, a network of 200 U.S. food banks.

Join us for the 2016 Southern Illinois Economic Development Conference at John A. Logan College on June 14th.
For more information or to register please visit

May 19 - Illinois Local Government webinar
June 13 - Farm Dreams, Epiphany Farms, Bloomington, IL
June 14 - Southern Illinois Economic Development Conference, John A. Logan College, Carterville, IL
June 27 - Farm Dreams, Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery, Champaign, IL
July 11 - Farm Dreams, Blue  Yonder Organic Farm, North Salem, IN
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