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University of Illinois Extension serving Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall and Putnam Counties

Main Office (LaSalle County)
815 North Orlando Smith Road
Room C223
Oglesby, IL 61348
Phone: 815- 224-0889
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm (Closed 12 - 1pm)

Branch Office (Bureau County)
850 Thompson St,
Becker Professional Suites,
Princeton, IL 61356
Phone: 815-875-2878
FAX: 815-875-2870
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm (Closed 12 - 1pm)

Branch Office (LaSalle County)
1689 North 31st Road,
Suite 2
Ottawa, IL 61350
Phone: 815-433-0707
FAX: 815-433-5454
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm (Closed 12 - 1pm)

Branch Office (Marshall County)
509 Front Street,
Suite 4
Henry, IL 61537
Phone: 309-364-2356
FAX: 309-364-2804
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm (Closed 12 - 1pm)

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Welcome to University of Illinois Extension – Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall, and Putnam Counties! Local staff, Extension Educators, and State Specialists provide programs in agriculture and natural resources, family and consumer sciences, community and economic development, nutrition and wellness, and youth development including the 4-H Program. The goal is to help people develop skills; solve important problems; and improve their families, farms, businesses, and communities. Our mission is to help local residents put knowledge to work by serving as the local link to the University of Illinois.

Today's Features

As the weather is changing, many of us are thinking of the work needing to be done in our gardens. A University of Illinois Educator has tips for you on digging and storing summer bulbs.

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Extension's Family Life Educators have put together a series of free, hour-long Child Development Webinars this fall. This program is for parents and professionals to help them feel confident and empowered during a wide range of challenging development stages. These workshops are meant to help manage stress, understand normal child behavior, build realistic expectations, and develop positive, workable parenting strategies. The first webinar, "What to do when baby cries" will be the first webinar offered in September. Click below for registration! There is no cost. Trainings are also approved for Early Intervention (EI) Credit.

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Items of Interest

The Nutrition and Wellness Program provides adults and youth with research-based information from University of Illinois Extension on eating a healthy diet. Programs are available on chronic disease management, food preservation, food safety, cooking and skill building, and current nutrition topics. At the recent "Making Fresh Salsa" program, Susan Glassman, Nutrition and Wellness Educator, provided information on the different variations in salsa making along with recipes to sample. The program was offered during the Sheffield Farmer's Market and participants were able to purchase ingredients through the vendors to make their own salsa at home. A favorite was the Creamy Salsa Verde made with avocado and tomatillos. Tomatillos were available at the Farmers Market and one participant made the Creamy Salsa Verde recipe the very next day. Tomatillos are part of the gooseberry plant and can be roasted and quickly processed into an enjoyable salsa by adding just a few ingredients.

Creamy Tomatillo Salsa Verde


1 pounds tomatillos, husks removed and washed

1 avocado

2-3 jalapeno peppers

2 garlic cloves

½ medium-large onion

1/3 cup cilantro leaves

Juice of one fresh lime

1 tsp. salt


Chop the onion in half after removing the skin. Leave jalapenos and tomatillos whole. Roast on a baking sheet in a 400 degree F oven for about 15 minutes, turning all halfway over through roasting time. Let vegetables cool, rough chop onion and jalapenos (take the seeds out after roasting). Cut avocado in half, remove seed, and spoon out fruit. In a blender or food processor, add roasted ingredients plus cilantro, lime juice, avocado and salt. Pulse until all ingredients are chopped and desired consistency is reached.

Questions? Contact Susan Glassman, Extension Educator, Nutrition & Wellness at

Information and Resources for You

4-H Youth Development Commercial Agriculture Community and Economic Development Consumer Economics Environment and Energy Stewardship Family Life Horticulture Leadership and Local Government Local Food Systems and Small Farms Nutrition and Wellness Schools Online

Extension Meetings

Multi-County Unit Council Meeting
Tuesday December 8, 2015 • 5:30 PM
LaSalle County Extension Budget Review
Tuesday March 15, 2016 • 12:00 PM
Marshall-Putnam Extension Budget Review
Wednesday March 16, 2016 • 12:00 PM
Bureau County Extension Budget Review
Wednesday March 16, 2016 • 5:30 PM
Multi-County Unit Council Meeting
Tuesday March 22, 2016 • 5:30 PM
Multi-County Unit Council Meeting
Tuesday June 14, 2016 • 5:30 PM

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