- Dimke: ‘I’m not going to retire’
- IMRF responds: Pay spiking against the rules
- Bill limits automated license plate readers
- Private uni’s subject to FOIA says House
- Guest Commentary: Earth Day or April Fools Day?
- State Roundup: Concerns raised about proposed change in DUI pot standard
- Bill would decrease pot penalties; small amounts would draw only ticket, fine
- Senate votes to restore human service cuts; bill moves to House for consideration
- Bill to restrict red light cameras passes House
- State Roundup: Budget fix in current FY not yet done
FarmTown wins 2010 Environmental Hero Award
FarmTown, a program designed to teach students about food—from the beginning stages of seeds to the end stages when products are sold, delivered and consumed—was recognized April 1 as the recipient of a 2010 Environmental Hero Award. The annual award, presented by Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D), recognizes individuals and groups across the state that have a strong commitment to the health and protection of the environment. The announcement came just as preparation began for the second year of the program. The project gave nearly two dozen middle school students an opportunity to gain hands-on experience in farming; many students had limited knowledge of the process. As part of the project, students worked nearly two-thirds of an acre that was tilled by the Rockford Park District. They attended classes led by staff from the University of Illinois Extension Office. Summer sessions also included field trips and lessons about nutrition, entrepreneurialism and farming.
From the April 20-26, 2011, issue