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Iíve grown up and reside in Canton. This is where my familyís roots are, so I am familiar with Cantonís rich history and traditions. I attended Spoon River College and received my Bachelors of Science from Northland College in Ashland, Wis. My ...
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Iíve grown up and reside in Canton. This is where my familyís roots are, so I am familiar with Cantonís rich history and traditions. I attended Spoon River College and received my Bachelors of Science from Northland College in Ashland, Wis. My husband Cole, who works for the City of Canton, and I have an amazing two and a half year old daughter Ava, who keeps us busy. With almost one year under my belt as the Executive Director for the Canton Area Chamber of Commerce, we are continuing to partner with area businesses and community leaders to make Canton a great place to live, work and play!
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University of Illinois Extension Staff
University of Illinois Extension Local Government Information & Education Network and the Illinois Association of County Board Members and Commissioners (IACBMC) will offer a local government program, “Siting and Permitting Wind Farms in Illinois, Lessons Learned from Local Officials” on Thursday, April 19 at 3:00 p.m.  The program will feature Dr. David Loomis from Illinois State University Center for Renewable Energy, William Shay, attorney and member of the Illinois Wind Energy Working Group, and Rick Bowen from Ford County Board.
 
University of Illinois Extension Local Government Information & Education Network and the Illinois Association of County Board Members and Commissioners (IACBMC) will offer a local government program, “Siting and Permitting Wind Farms in Illinois, Lessons Learned from Local Officials” on Thursday, April 19 at 3:00 p.m.  The program will feature Dr. David Loomis from Illinois State University Center for Renewable Energy, William Shay, attorney and member of the Illinois Wind Energy Working Group, and Rick Bowen from Ford County Board.
 
The state of Illinois has established incentives for renewable energy and as well as a renewable portfolio standard (25 percent by 2025) with a 75 percent requirement for wind energy. Although no statewide requirements exist, Illinois has developed county and municipal codes that establish jurisdiction over wind farm development and regulation. It is very important that stakeholders and decision makers are aware of the impacts of wind energy for their communities.  Drawing from both personal and professional experiences the panel will provide an overview of current practices and opportunities for wind energy development in Illinois.
 
The event is from 3:00-5:00 and will be broadcast over a statewide audio-teleconference system through Illinois county Extension offices.  Locally, the audio-teleconference will be held at University of Illinois Extension, 321 West 2nd Avenue, Milan, IL 61264.  Those registered in the Certified County Officials (CCO) Program may be eligible to receive two credit hours for attending.

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