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U of I Extension News – February 10, 2016



“Illinois State Budget Crisis And The

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University of Illinois Extension Local Government Information and Education Network will host a webinar on the Illinois State Budget Crisis and the Impact on Local Government on Thursday, February 18, 2016 from noon-1pm (CST). Professor J. Fred Giertz, University of Illinois Institute of Government and Public Affairs, will present his analysis of the state budget crisis examining both current and future impacts on local government budgets. According to Giertz, “The state of Illinois faces two challenges: the ongoing budget impasse between the Governor and General Assembly and the long term structural deficit where future expenditures promise to outpace revenues.  Both of these have major impacts on local governments in Illinois.”

Professor Giertz frequently writes about the Illinois budget and general economic issues in publications such as State Tax Notes and the Central Illinois Business Magazine, as well as compiles the U of I Flash Index, a monthly indicator of the Illinois economy. Since 2000, he has served as the Executive Director of the National Tax Association, a 1,200 member organization of tax professionals located in Washington, D. C.

There is no cost to attend the webinars, however pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, contact Pam Schallhorn, Community and Economic Development Educator for University of Illinois Extension at 618-327-8881or

Four Seasons Gardening


Offers Winter Series

The winter series of University of Illinois Extension’s Four Seasons Gardening program, which focuses on environmental stewardship, home gardening, and backyard food production, gets underway this month. The first session of the series is titled, How to Kill Your Tree: A Guide of What NOT to do. The program is offered twice – on February 23 at 1:30 p.m. This session will be presented via computer at your local Extension Office.

Sometimes a tree’s biggest pest is the homeowner. During this webinar, Extension Horticulture Educator, Chris Enroth, will discuss all the common mistakes homeowners make when planting and maintaining their most valuable landscape investment, their trees.

This webinar may also be viewed from home by pre-registering at Recorded videos of these sessions can be viewed following the program at

Other topics in the winter series include Unique Terrariums for Indoor Spaces set for March 8, and Naughty, Nasty, and Simply Annoying Plants set for March 22. Advance registration is needed. Phone the local U of I Extension office for more details, 618-327-8881.

University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, contact the extension office at (618)327-8881