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June 5, 2015

Deliberative Governance – LGIEN Webinar
June 9, 2015 | Noon- 1p.m.
Register Online
The University of Wisconsin Local Government Center has begun developing resources to help support the development of effective local governance environments. The Center recognizes that a civil environment supports effective local government. By a ‘civil environment’ we mean one where respectful communication between elected officials, and between elected officials and the public, predominates. Join us as we learn more about ways local government can enhance collaboration and honest, constructive dialogue. University of Wisconsin-Extension Local Government Specialist Bill Rizzo, will share information on programming resources at work in Wisconsin to strengthen local governance. 

New Directions in Community and Economic Development

Monday, June 29th, 2015
at the
John A. Logan College, Conference Center
700 Logan College Road Carterville, Illinois 62918

REGISTRATION: 8:30 am to 9:00 am
CONFERENCE: 9:00 am to 2:00 pm (lunch included)

New Workforce Development Legislation
DCEO's New Direction and Financial Incentive Updates
DRA Economic Development Plan Revisions
Public Housing Funding/CDAP Grants

CONFERENCE FEE: $45 per person (lunch included)
for additional information and/or to register, visit

Flash Index Up for April
The Illinois economy continued to show growth and increasing strength in April, according to a monthly measurement by the University of Illinois. The Flash Index, which measures the economy based upon state tax receipts, reached 107.1 for the month, up from 107.0 in March. The April index present some challenges because that is the month the state receives an influx of individual income tax receipts, said economist J. Fred Giertz, who compiles the index for the Institute of Government and Public Affairs. “The Flash Index uses these receipts as a proxy for state income. However, the unexpected increase likely occurred, at least in part, from capital gains realized in 2014 and taxed under the higher tax rates” of last year, Giertz said. The 107.1 reading is the second highest since the 2007-2009 recession ended, below only the 107.2 posted in January 2014.

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