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Local Government Webinar: “Illinois Open Meetings Act”U of I Extension News – June 15, 2016


Local Government Webinar: “Illinois Open Meetings Act”

University of Illinois Extension Local Government Network will host a webinar on the Illinois Open Meetings Act Thursday, June 16 from Noon – 1 p.m. The Illinois Attorney General’s Office will highlight the training and tools required for implementing this policy at the local level.

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. Prior to joining the Attorney General’s office, Boggs served as a Post-Doctoral Legal Fellow in the Office of University Counsel for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Boggs clerked for Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan’s Office of Special Counsel, The Honorable Joe Billy McDade of the Central District of Illinois, and United States Senator Barack Obama. Boggs received his Juris Doctorate, cum laude, and Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

There is no cost to attend the webinars, however pre-registration is required. Register at For more information, contact Chris Casey, Community and Economic Development Educator for University of Illinois Extension, at 217-287-7246, or your local Extension office.

Natural Lawn Care

Do you assume a lush, green lawn requires heavy application of fertilizers and pesticides, or hours of back-breaking weed pulling? Kim Ellson, a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator, says there is a way to maintain an attractive lawn with environmentally friendly methods that don’t require major effort.

“There are some simple changes you can make that will reduce the environmental impact of your lawn, and help keep your lawn attractive,” Ellson explains. “These include using organic fertilizers and pesticides, grasscycling, mowing methods, alternative grass species, and achieving healthy soils.”

Turf grass in northern Illinois is typically made up of cool season grasses that actively grow when temperatures are lower in spring and autumn. Fertilizer applications should be made during these times.

“The simplest change to reduce chemicals in one’s environment is by replacing synthetic fertilizers with organic fertilizers,” Ellson suggests. “Organic fertilizers are naturally slow-release and add organic matter to the soil with every application.” 

Another easy change is “grasscycling,” the practice of leaving lawn clippings on the lawn to break down naturally and serve as a soil amendment.

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