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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.

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Items of Interest

November is Diabetes Awareness Month. Locally, "between 7.5 and 10.5% of the population has a diagnosis of diabetes". Along with individuals who are diagnosed, over 500,000 Illinois residents suffer from symptoms of prediabetes, a condition where blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not high enough to be called diabetes. Nationwide, every 19 seconds, another person is diagnosed with diabetes. Having a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes puts an individual at increased risk for heart disease, blindness, kidney failure and lower extremity amputations. Being pro-active may save years in managing the chronic disease and result in improved quality of life.

Research has proven that individuals at high risk for prediabetes or developing Type 2 diabetes can cut their risk by more than 50% with lifestyle changes. The two most important changes are losing weight and being more physically active.

The following is a recipe for Lemon & Kale Chicken. It is delicious and follows the guidelines of the American Diabetes Association for prevention and management. It's low in fat, sugar and sodium.


3 (8oz.) skinless chicken breasts

1 T. olive oil

1 tsp. ground black pepper

1/2 small red onion

2 fresh lemons

3 cups fresh chopped kale


In a skillet, heat olive oil. Add fresh kale, gently toss to cook till leaves appear wilted. Remove Kale and place on a plate, set aside.

Remove chicken breasts from package, butterfly each breast (cutting in half lengthwise). Place chicken breast pieces in skillet to brown on each side, reaching 165 degrees in temperature. Grind fresh pepper on each chicken breast.

Cut onion into slices and then each slice in half. Cut each lemon in half. Use one-half lemon to cut six slices as a garnish for the plate. Place lemon slices around the bed of kale. Remove chicken from skillet and lay on top of the bed of kale. Squeeze remaining juice from the lemon halves over the chicken and kale. Top with chopped red onion. Serves 6

Nutrition Facts; 256 calories, 11g fat, 101mg cholesterol, 112mg sodium, 4.5g carbohydrates, 34g protein, 1g fiber

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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