District Update – February 15, 2018

Peoria/County legislative breakfast
Last Friday, I participated in the Peoria City/County legislative breakfast with many local officials and a few of my colleagues; we then provided an in-depth Springfield update with Q and A to a great group of community members, representing a variety of professions in East Peoria and it’s surrounding areas. I always appreciate these opportunities to connect with my district as we continue to work together to solve the most challenging problems facing our state and it’s communities.
State seeks nominations for Governor’s volunteer service awards
The Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service (Serve Illinois) is accepting nominations for the ninth annual Governor’s Volunteer Service
Awards. These awards recognize individual volunteers and for-profit businesses and highlight the importance of community service in Illinois.

Nominations are due to Serve Illinois by February 16, 2018. Please visit www.serve.illinois.gov for nomination forms and more information. You may also nominate online here.

Serve Illinois will host a ceremony on April 18, 2018 at the Old State Capitol in Springfield to honor recipients.

Fulton Co Farm Bureau 101st annual meeting
Fulton County Farm Bureau’s 101st annual meeting
On Monday I attended the Fulton County Farm Bureau’s 101st Annual Meeting in Lewistown. Congratulations to Bill Carlberg for his reelection as President and to Manager Elaine Stone on another successful year. The Lewistown High School Jazz Ensemble was very impressive and did a fantastic job with the entertainment.
Survey of higher education graduates shows Illinois is 13th of 50 states

Illinois outranked almost all states in the interior of the United States in percentages of residents with bachelor’s and graduate degrees. High-ranking states tended to be located on the East Coast. Two exceptions, Colorado and Illinois, were heartland states centered on big cities with world-class airports.

The rankings were generated by database presenter WalletHub, which examined key factors across the 50 states that are used to gauge a well-educated population. Factors used by WalletHub include educational attainment, school quality, and achievement gaps between genders and races.
House returns Feb. 27
The Illinois of Representatives returns to session February 27th. You may view or listen to session live at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 27 here.