Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs

New Schedule Too
3:11 pm
Sun October 19, 2014

New Name, Focus for WIU’s Environmental Summit

The annual environmental summit at Western Illinois University is now known as the Prairie Lands Environmental Summit.

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Planning for Economic Development
12:33 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Carthage Maps Out Goals

Credit TSPR's Rich Egger

Carthage has developed out a strategic plan to boost economic development with the help of the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs at Western Illinois University.

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Moved to Autumn
3:21 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Changes for WIU Environmental Summit

Credit Rich Egger

What’s being called an “Environmental Summit Lite” will be held this Spring at Western Illinois University.

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Emphasis – January 25
10:55 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Talking About Sustainability

Timothy Collins
Credit Rich Egger

This week on Emphasis, Rich Egger’s guest is Timothy Collins, Assistant Director, Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs. They talk about sustainability and the upcoming series of Sustainability Brownbaggers at Western Illinois University.

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Local Effects of the Fiscal Cliff
3:22 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Rural Development at Risk Due to Fiscal Cliff

Tim Collins with the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs.
Credit SSS

Rural communities face possible cuts to the assistance they receive from the federal government. The House version of the currently-stalled Farm Bill makes deep cuts to some rural development programs.

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WIUM Local
4:06 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

New Survey Looks at Using Bio-mass to Heat Homes

Fred Iutzi with the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs
Credit Western Illinois University

Bio-fuels are usually associated with cars. But a grant could help promote other uses for it.

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Vision for Rural Illinois
1:19 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Rural Residents Concerned About EMS

Rural parts of Illinois do not have adequate access to emergency medical services. That's the conclusion of a state panel assigned to study how the state can better serve its farm communities.

After months of surveys and meeting with people around Illinois, representatives from the Governor's Rural Affairs Council say they repeatedly heard from people worried about "the fragile nature of rural EMS."

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Bill Knight - August 16
10:59 am
Wed August 15, 2012

The Wide-Ranging Impact of the US Farm Bill

Bill Knight

There’s more than one drought choking the country. On Capitol Hill, there’s a drought of ideas – and compassion – about farmers, rural America and the needy.

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Cuba Middle-Senior High
3:44 pm
Sun February 19, 2012

Students Studying Wind Power

A central Illinois wind farm

Winds farms are dotting the landscape across Illinois, and now wind energy is working its way into school curriculum.
A new Illinois Wind Energy Program is being offered in three Central Illinois school  districts, including Cuba Middle-Senior High in Fulton County. The program is free of charge through the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

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Series Resumes Feburary 7
6:05 pm
Sat February 4, 2012

Sustainability Brownbaggers at WIU

Timothy Collins

This semester's Sustainability Brownbaggers at Western Illinois University will begin by focusing on food-related issued.

Timothy Collins, Assistant Director of the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs at WIU, helped organize the series. He said the first brownbagger is titled “Local Food Possibilities and Issues.”

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