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University of Illinois Extension serving Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Pope, Saline and White Counties

Saline County
912 S Commercial Street
Suite 4
Harrisburg, IL 62946
Phone: 618-252-8391
FAX: 618-253-3006
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm

Gallatin County
216 S. Murphy
Ridgway, IL 62979
Phone: 618-272-3022
FAX: 618-272-3024

Hamilton County
100 S. Jackson
Courthouse Basement
McLeansboro, IL 62859
Phone: 618-643-3416
FAX: 618-643-3206
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm (Closed 12 - 1pm)

Hardin & Pope County
Dixon Springs Agricultural Center
354 State Hwy 145 North
Simpson, IL 62985
Phone: 618-695-6060
FAX: 618-695-2492

White County
1715 College Avenue
Carmi, IL 62821
Phone: 618-382-2662
FAX: 618-382-2276
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm (Closed 12 - 1pm)


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2018 SOUTHERN ILLINOIS SUMMER TWILIGHT SERIES - The University of Illinois Extension is excited to be teaming up with area farmers to provide four monthly evening meetings to highlight and demonstrate diverse farming enterprises across southern Illinois. Click the link below for more information.

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Consumer & Economic Development

Pennies for Potholes

The change of seasons from winter to spring is often synonymous with orange cones and road improvement projects. The projects that take place along our major thoroughfares, i.e., our interstate, U.S., and state highways most likely are the result of the State's multi-year road improvement plan. But, what about our local road improvement and maintenance project needs? Have you ever wondered where the money comes from to repair a pothole, repave a street, or maintain our gravel roads?

This winter's freeze and thaw has created havoc on our secondary roads. In addition, heavy rainfall has resulted in flash flooding, swollen creeks, and rivers overflowing their banks. The devastation is wide spread and none of our rural counties are immune. Social media is inundated with photos of the destruction from potholes, to wash outs, to water covered roadways, to muddy secondary roads. In addition to being an overall nuisance to those impacted, these conditions also pose safety concerns in the event of an emergency situation. When faced with the prospect of road repair and maintenance, we all rely heavily on our municipal, county, and state highway departments to ensure we have a safe route to travel.

Therefore, there is no better time to remind the residents of Illinois that Spending Locally First ensures the department will be able to fund future road improvement and maintenance projects.

The State of Illinois, and many of our municipalities and counties, especially those in the rural regions of the State, are experiencing unprecedented fiscal challenges. While the overall funding mechanism for road improvements may vary by department, many, if not all, rely on some level of local revenues (i.e. tax dollars) to fund their road improvement and maintenance projects.

Stagnant or declining revenue streams as a result of buying patterns that no longer support local businesses, which generate tax revenues and provide local jobs, are plaguing our rural regions. This new reality is placing increased pressure on local governments and other taxing districts to provide essential services, such as road maintenance. The resulting dilemma for local governments is to identify new ways to balance the budget. This can mean increasing revenues (i.e. raising taxes), cutting expenses, or a combination of the two. Either way, rural residents lose, as they either pay higher taxes and/or have fewer services available.

In the simplest of terms, the more money we spend locally and within our State, the more tax dollars we will generate to support state, county, and municipal budgets, resulting in more resources to fund our highway departments that keep our roads in good working order.

Certainly, there may be "perceived" lower cost alternatives available online, or perhaps, just across the border in a neighboring state, but the reality is when you purchase items and pay sales or motor fuel taxes out of state, you are supporting their state, county, and municipal budgets, not ours.

University of Illinois Extension Educator Susan Odum says, "In a nut shell, if essential public services, such as road maintenance, are important to you, then shopping local SHOULD be important to you, because it provides the resources needed for maintenance efforts to occur.

Questions? Contact Susan Odum, Extension Educator, Community and Economic Development at

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Extension Meetings

Pope-Hardin Co 4-H Livestock Show
Saturday May 26, 2018 • 9:00 AM
White Co 4-H GIFT Garden Summer Classes
Thursday May 31, 2018 • 9:00 AM
Hamilton Co 4-H GIFT Garden Summer Classes
Thursday May 31, 2018 • 9:00 AM
White Co 4-H Rabbit Tattooing
Sunday June 10, 2018 • 1:00 PM
Pope-Hardin Co 4-H General Projects Show
Saturday June 16, 2018 • 9:00 AM
Unit 24 Livestock Showmanship Clinic
Saturday June 16, 2018 • 9:00 AM
Hamilton Co 4-H General Projects Show
Monday June 18, 2018 • 8:30 AM
Hamilton Co 4-H Foundation Pork Chop Dinner
Monday June 18, 2018 • 4:00 PM
White Co 4-H Leadership and Superintendent Meeting
Tuesday June 19, 2018 • 5:30 PM
Hamilton Co 4-H Rabbit and Poultry Show
Thursday July 5, 2018 • 9:00 AM
Hamilton Co 4-H Small Pet, Dog, Cat Show
Thursday July 5, 2018 • 1:00 PM
Hamilton Co 4-H Livestock Weigh In
Thursday July 5, 2018 • 4:00 PM
Hamilton Co 4-H Ag Olympics
Thursday July 5, 2018 • 7:00 PM
Hamilton Co 4-H Livestock Show
Friday July 6, 2018 • 8:00 AM
Hamilton Co 4-H Hospitality Tent
Friday July 6, 2018 • 3:00 PM
Hamilton Co 4-H Awards Presentation
Friday July 6, 2018 • 3:30 PM
Hamilton Co 4-H Livestock Auction
Friday July 6, 2018 • 4:00 PM
Hamilton Co 4-H Tractor Rodeo
Saturday July 7, 2018 • 11:00 AM
Pope-Hardin Co 4-H Swine Show
Wednesday July 18, 2018 • 8:00 AM
Hamilton Co 4-H Horse Show - TENTATIVE
Tuesday July 24, 2018 • 9:00 AM
Pope-Hardin Co 4-H Horse Show
Saturday July 28, 2018 • 9:00 AM
Unit 24 Extension Council Meeting
Thursday August 9, 2018 • 6:00 PM
Unit 24 4-H Day at Illinois State Fair
Friday August 10, 2018 • 8:00 AM

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