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University of Illinois Extension serving Franklin, Jackson, Perry, Randolph and Williamson Counties

Main Office (Jackson County)
402 Ava Rd.
Murphysboro, IL 62966
Phone: 618-687-1727
FAX: 618-687-1612
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm (Closed 12 - 1pm)

Branch Office (Franklin County)
1212 Route 14 West
Benton, IL 62812
Phone: 618-439-3178
FAX: 618-439-2953
Hours: M–F, 8:00 am-4:30 pm (closed 12:00 - 1:00 pm)

Branch Office (Perry County)
3764 State Rte 13/127
Room 110
Pinckneyville, IL 62274
Phone: 618-357-2126
FAX: 618-357-3934
Hours: Mon - Wed, 8:00 am-4:30 pm (closed 12:00 - 1pm)

Branch Office (Randolph County)
313 West Belmont Street
Sparta, IL 62286
Phone: 618-443-4364
FAX: 618-443-1922
Hours: M–Th, 8:00 am-4:30 pm (closed 12:00 - 1:00 pm)

Branch Office (Williamson County)
101-B East DeYoung
Marion, IL 62959
Phone: 618-993-3304
FAX: 618-997-1542
Hours: Mon - Thu, 8:00 am-4:30 pm (closed 12:00 - 1pm)

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Welcome to University of Illinois Extension, serving Franklin, Jackson, Perry, Randolph and Williamson counties! Our Extension Educators bring you practical research-based information in horticulture, local food systems and small farms, youth development, and community and economic development. These programs are geared toward enabling people to improve their lives and communities through learning partnerships that put knowledge to work. Call us at (618)687-1727 for more information.

Tip of the Week

Did you know that Children learn about love and attachment in a warm positive environment and parents provide a role model for children to form positive attitudes toward intimate relationships and long-term stability? Here are a few tips that can strengthen a relationship:

  1. Dating. Going on a date doesn't have to be expensive—gazing at the stars on the porch, a walk in the moonlight, or a cup of coffee together can start important reconnecting routines. Don't allow talk of problems, children or work during this time. This helps you focus and build on the strengths in your relationship.
  2. Listening with the Heart. Everyone wants to feel understood by the person they care about most. Really listen with a heart to understand. This lets your partner know his or her thoughts are your priority. Repeat or ask questions to make sure you understand.
  3. Passion. Make time for sexual intimacy and closeness. This sets the relationship apart from all others and keeps it aglow.
  4. Family Rituals. From how we greet one another daily to annual celebrations, rituals provide a basis of couple and family identity.
  5. Fun Activities. Fun experiences and memories with the ones you love helps you keep everyday stresses in perspective. Plan activities where you can talk rather than ones where you are passive.
  6. Resolving Conflict. All relationships face conflict. We can build walls or we can learn to confront differences, forgive, and seek forgiveness of each other.
For more information, check out the Family Files Blog at

Questions? Contact Susan Sloop, Extension Educator, Family Life at

Information and Resources for You

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

Extension Meetings

Extension Council Meeting
Monday November 21, 2016 • 7:00 PM
Extension Council Meeting
Monday January 23, 2017 • 7:00 PM
Extension Council Meeting
Monday March 20, 2017 • 7:00 PM
Extension Council Meeting
Monday May 15, 2017 • 7:00 PM

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