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2016 Legislative Update WebinarUniversity of Illinois Extension Center News – December 21, 2016


2016 Legislative Update Webinar

With the 2016 legislative calendar coming to a close, conversations are occurring regarding state and federal legislative agendas that will affect local governments. Login to the University of Illinois Extension webinar Jan. 19 from noon to 1 p.m. for an update on State of Illinois legislation.

Derke Price, equity partner with Ancel Glink, will present an update of state legislative changes that will impact local government during the coming year.

Price represents municipalities, park districts, school districts, townships, libraries, and special agencies. His practice includes appeals and trial work in federal and state courts and concentrates in construction, land use and development, and environmental matters.

Mike Belarmino, associate legislative director for finance and intergovernmental affairs at the National Association of Counties (NACo), will discuss federal legislative changes. Belarmino is responsible for all policy development and lobbying for the association in the areas of municipal finance and tax, elections, pensions, and county and tribal government relationships. He also serves as associate general counsel for NACo.

Each year, hundreds of elected and appointed government officials and administrators improve their knowledge and skills through professional development opportunities offered by University of Illinois Extension. Local government officials benefit from the advanced instructional tools and broad expertise that instructors bring to these education and professional development programs.

The webinar is free, but pre-registration is required. For more information, contact Kathie Brown, community and economic development educator, U of I Extension, at

Simply The Best 2017 Plans Under Way-Seeking Volunteers

The 28th annual Simply the Best program will be March 11 at Nashville Middle School. The Simply the Best program provides a positive self-esteem event for all 6th, 7th and 8th grade students in Washington County. The event also provides a leadership experience for our high school students willing to be teen leaders for our participants.

The planning committee for 2017 is seeking adult and teen volunteers to put on this popular event. The program includes several workshops, a service project, a keynote speaker, and the evening closes out with a dance and pizza party. Simply the Best averages over 200 participants, and more than 75 youth and adult volunteers each year.

For more information on becoming a Simply the Best volunteer, please contact Amanda at 618-327-8881. You can find Simply the Best on Facebook too, look for Simply the Best Washington County, IL.

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