January 2020
Webinar: Addressing Municipal
Service Challenges
Panel discussion to explore tools & strategies to ensure the coordinated and efficient delivery of local government services
In hundreds of municipalities and counties, anticipated drops in population—and associated aging of the citizenry—are raising tough questions for staff and elected officials. 

  • How can departments or governmental units better coordinate their work to remain efficient? 
  • Should there be consolidation? If so, how? 

Join the Chaddick Institute to learn from three experts. Norman Walzer and Andy Blanke, Northern Illinois University, will discuss  their work  on the state’s Local Efficiency Assessment Plan (LEAP), a tool designed to help officials and residents evaluate their county’s governmental structures while taking into account likely population changes. 

Date :   Tuesday, January 28, 2020. 12:30 – 1:20 pm
RSVP  Free. Email  chaddick@depaul.edu
Speakers :  Norman Walzer, senior research scholar, and Andy Blanke, research specialist, Northern Illinois University; Nick Kachiroubas, Associate Teaching Professor, DePaul University,
Moderator :   Joe Schwieterman, DePaul University

For more detail on the event and to learn more about the work of the speakers, visit the program webpage .
One Earth Film Festival
Midwest film festival addresses environmental challenges and the power of human involvement
The Fox River Ecosystem Partnership and Waubonsee Community College are pleased to sponsor the 4th annual One Earth Film Festival screening. One Earth Film Festival (OEFF) is the Midwest’s premier environmental film festival, creating opportunities for understanding climate change, sustainability and the power of human involvement. They showcase top-issue, thought-provoking environmental films and lead audiences in interactive post-film discussions focused on solutions. One Earth Film Festival is a production of Green Community Connections.

This year's festival will feature the, The Need to Grow , a compelling documentary on the threats to farmable soil and potential for building a localized food system.


Monday, March 9 , 2020
Waubonsee Community College Aurora Downtown Campus
Multipurpose Room, First Floor, 18 S. River St., Aurora, IL

Doors open at 6 PM for the Sustainability Resource Fair with the film screening set to begin at 7 PM to be followed by a facilitated discussion.

For more information, visit the event page to be updated soon with a registration link.

Kane County Recycling
New disposal option for worn US flags
In partnership with the National Association of Counties, and the National Flag Foundation, Kane County has installed a flag retirement box, at no cost to the county, at the Kane County Government Center at 719 S Batavia Ave, Geneva, IL 60134, in Building A on the ground floor in the Veterans office hallway. Flags should be folded respectfully before being placed in the box.
The United States Flag Code prescribes flag etiquette — everything from flying it near other flags to instructions on how to raise and lower it. “The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem of display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning,” says the code.  

The county will be working in partnership with the Batavia VFW who will assure the proper disposal of the worn flags through retiring them with proper ceremony.
Additional information is available in a recent article published in Kane County Connects.
Kane County Recycles Green Guide 2020
The year 2020 brings you the 30 th year anniversary of the Kane County Recycles Green Guide! To mark this special edition, we have increased the number of pages and added several new features, including:

  • Top tips for recycling right
  • Spanish language recycling guidelines poster
  • Ideas on how you can use less water, energy, and resources 

You can download a copy of the 2020 Green Guide here .

Kane County Planning Cooperative
Matt Tansley, Planner - (630) 232-3493 

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