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October 2, 2015

100 Women Who Care in Marshall, Illinois
Women in Marshall, Illinois started “100 Women Who Care,” a group to have fun and help their communities. The model originated in Michigan and has spread across the country. Edgar County is one of the first chapters to form in downstate Illinois. The group planned three one-hour meetings, during which members nominate local non-profits, listen to funding pitches, and vote to fund one organization. Each non-profit can win only once in a two year period. In one of their first grant-giving meetings, the women awarded $2,500 in less than an hour. In Marshall, the local Chamber of Commerce and U of I Extension help to coordinate the invites, locations, snacks, voting, and logistics.


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s new Clean Power Plan has been heralded as a major step toward a low-carbon economy in the United States. By reducing carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030, the new policy is designed to promote the development of renewable energy sources nationwide. However, the plan’s impact on water resources has been largely overlooked, even though power plants are significant water users across the U.S., accounting for 45 percent of total water withdrawals.

A new Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data finds that the South continues to be home to many of America’s poor, though to a lesser degree than a half-century ago. In 1960, half (49%) of impoverished Americans lived in the South. By 2010, that share had dropped to 41%.

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