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May 27, 2016
22nd Annual SIED Conference
Using Quality of Place and Event Tourism as Economic Drivers - How Will Southern Illinois Leverage the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse?

Tuesday, June 14, 2016
John A. Logan College
Conference Center, Room H127/H128

The 2017 Total Solar Eclipse is expected to draw tens of thousands of visitors to our area. Join us as we learn why the eclipse will be a rare event in Southern Illinois and how our communities can prepare themselves to leverage the experience to its fullest potential.  

Conference Fee: $45 per person (lunch included)

Click here for additional information and/or to register.

NOTE: If you have any problems registering via the link shown above,
please call 618.985.2828, extension 8525, for assistance.

Live Webinar
Local Government Webinar:  Open Meetings Act
Thursday, June 16, 2016, Noon to 1pm (CST)


This month the Illinois Attorney General’s Office will highlight the training and tools required for implementing the Open Meetings Act policy at the local level in Illinois.

The speaker for the webinar is Christopher Boggs, Assistant Attorney General with the Illinois Attorney General’s Office in the Public Access Bureau, who assists the Public Access Counselor in resolving Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Open Meetings Act (OMA) violations and provides educational training to state and local Illinois government entities.

Three ways to avoid mosquito bites

1. Know mosquito habits. Most mosquito species are most active during dusk and dawn. Mosquitoes prefer cooler and slightly humid conditions as opposed to direct sunlight and the heat of a summer day. During the day, they hide in dark, humid places like barns, plant vegetation, and holes in trees.

2. Know what attracts mosquitoes, including carbon dioxide, or CO2. When we release CO2 as we exhale, mosquitoes sense it. Avoid working out or doing other activities that make you breathe harder during dusk and dawn, because the more heavily you breath, the more CO2 you release and the better mosquitoes will be able to find you. The second thing that mosquitoes are highly attracted to is lactic acid – a substance that is released by our bodies when we exercise and sweat. Lactic acid is a fairly common ingredient in shampoos, body washes and other cosmetic products, so make sure that you check labels of the products you use, to limit the lactic acid. And lastly, another surprising thing that mosquitoes are attracted to, is dark clothing. More: How mosquitoes find you to bite you

3. Take action! Use mosquito repellent. Repellents with DEET are the most efficient. If you are sensitive to DEET, use a repellent that contains citronella oil, as studies have shown that it has similar efficiency. Don’t forget to reapply the repellent every few hours, because most repellents lose their repelling abilities quite quickly. Second, make sure that you drain all of the standing water that is around your house. Standing water serves as breeding grounds for mosquitoes.


June 2 - Central Illinois Volunteerism Conference (CIVC), Springfield, IL
June 13 - Farm Dreams, Epiphany Farms, Bloomington, IL
June 14 - Southern Illinois Economic Development Conference, John A. Logan College, Carterville, IL
June 16 - Local Government Webinar: Open Meetings Act

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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