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April 1, 2016
Last day to register is today!
Live Webinar
Summary: Consolidation and Unfunded Mandates Task Force
Thursday, April 21, 2016, Noon to 1pm (CST)


Norman Walzer, PhD will present a summary of the report recently released by the Governmental Consolidation and Unfunded Mandates Task Force.  His discussion will focus on the governmental structure in Illinois, modernization efforts in other states, Task Force activities and recommendations, and resource-sharing efforts already underway across Illinois.

Norman Walzer, PhD, serves as Senior Research Scholar in the Center for Governmental Studies at Northern Illinois University. He was also a member of the Task Force that prepared the report.

Miss a Local Government webinar?  Archived recordings available HERE

Dear Economic Development Leaders in Illinois:  
We are pleased to announce the Illinois Chamber of Commerce is again teaming up with the Illinois Economic Development Association (IEDA) to present our 8th annual Economic Development in Illinois awards - the Edies! We are very excited to again have ComEd sponsor the Edie Awards. ComEd is a natural fit for this program given their continued leadership and interest in economic development in Illinois. The Edies honor those who imagine, design, invest, build and bring jobs, growth and prosperity to Illinois communities.
The awards recognize outstanding economic development projects completed in calendar year 2015 and will be given out in the following categories:  
*  Manufacturing  
*  Distribution/Logistics  
*  Commercial  
*  Energy  
*  Technology  
*  Other  
Please fill out the nomination form and email it by 5 p.m. CST on Friday, April 8th to:  
Katie Stonewater 
Illinois Chamber of Commerce  
The nomination form and other information on the Edies (including past winners) can be found at

Todd Maisch, President and CEO 
Illinois Chamber of Commerce 
Angela Griffin, President and CEO, Coles Together  
Chair, Illinois Economic Development Association 
By midcentury, temperatures in Illinois will likely be closer to those experienced today in the mid-South, and precipitation amounts will range between those in East Texas and the Carolinas, according to Steve Long, a University of Illinois professor of crop sciences, as reported in the journal BioScience. These predictions will mean reduced productivity for Midwest farmers and, consequently, threats to global food security. “I would argue that this could be the greatest problem that humanity is facing over the next 35 years because we’ve had a long period of food surpluses. If we go into a period of shortages, that will be hugely disruptive,” Long said. “For many areas of the world where 60 percent of the household income is spent on food, if the cost of primary foodstuffs were to double, that would be a catastrophe.”

April 7, 2016 - Southern Illinois Volunteerism Conference - Mount Vernon, IL
April 21, 2016 - Summary: Task Force on Consolidation and Unfunded Mandates - webinar
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