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Richland Workforce Consortium Now Offering Students More Class Options and Locations

The Richland Community College Office of Adult Education and Workforce Investment Solutions have partnered to offer students more class options. The Richland Workforce Consortium offers free classes to Decatur area residents. Orientation and registration begins August 13 at all locations:  Richland Community College main campus, Decatur Public Library, Richland’s Fairview Park Plaza, and Richland’s Clinton Higher Education Center.
 
A few of the classes offered include HSE/GED Test preparation, English as a Second Language (ESL), Bridges to Manufacturing, Healthcare, & Hospitality, Tutoring Connections (one-on-one tutoring for math & reading), Career Planning Support Services via Workforce Investment Solutions.
 
The Richland Workforce Consortium class times vary throughout the day at each location. For more information or to sign up for an orientation visit www.richland.edu/adulted. Classes begin August 20.

Serve Illinois Announces $35.7 Million For AmeriCorps

The Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service (Serve Illinois) today announced $20 million in Corporation for National and Community Service federal grants to place 1,830 AmeriCorps Members in 46 programs to serve Illinois communities.  
This is an increase of $2.5 million over last year, allowing AmeriCorps Members to serve in seven additional programs.  
 
These awards include $7.4 million in education awards that AmeriCorps Members can use to pay for college after their term of service.  AmeriCorps programs will match these funds with an additional $15.7 million in local funding.  The total investment into Illinois communities will be $35.7 million.
 
 AmeriCorps Members dedicate up to one year to help communities with unmet economic, education, health, public safety, disaster preparedness, veteran services, and environmental needs.  Members may receive a modest living allowance, student loan deferment, health insurance, childcare, and professional development.  Members who successfully complete their service receive an educational award of up to $5,920 to help pay for college, graduate school, vocational training, or to pay off student loans.

Summer safety tips from the State Fire Marshal's Office

THE ILLINOIS STATE FIRE MARSHAL IS OFFERING SOME TIPS TO MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A SAFE REST OF THE SUMMER. 
 
ONE OF THE BIGGEST HAZARDS GETS A LOT OF USE AT SUMMER COOKOUTS…YOUR GRILL. STATE FIRE MARSHALL MATT PEREZ SAYS YOU SHOULD KEEP THE GRILL CLEAN AND REMOVE ALL GREASE OR FAT BUILD UP. AS WELL AS:
 

 

 
PEREZ REMINDS THE GARAGE IS NOT A GOOD PLACE FOR GRILLING. ANOTHER SUMMER CONCERN IS CAMPFIRES. FIRES SHOULD BE AT LEAST 25 FEET AWAY FROM ANY STRUCTURE OR TREES THAT CAN BURN. PEREZ SAYS YOU SHOULD NEVER LEAVE A FIRE UNATTENDED SINCE IT TAKES ONLY A FEW MINUTES FOR IT TO SPREAD AND CAUSE DAMAGE.

First Lady Diana Rauner is urging the public to come out tomorrow for the grand re-opening of the Governor's Mansion in Springfield

FIRST LADY DIANA RAUNER IS URGING THE PUBLIC TO COME OUT THIS WEEKEND FOR THE GRAND RE-OPENING OF THE GOVERNOR’S MANSION IN SPRINGFIELD. 
 
RESTORATION OF THE MANSION, WHICH WAS BUILT IN 1855, BEGAN A FEW YEARS AGO. THE BUILDING WAS CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC LAST YEAR FOR MAJOR REHAB WORK…ALL FUNDED WITH PRIVATE DOLLARS. MRS. RAUNER SAYS IT’S ALMOST READY.
 

 

 
THE MANSION WILL NOW BE FULLY A-D-A COMPLIANT, FEATURE A NEW VISITORS CENTER AND WORKS FROM ILLINOIS ARTISTS. TICKETS WILL BE HANDED OUT STARTING AT 9 A-M TODAY FOR TOURS OF THE MANSION. THERE IS A FIVE TICKET LIMIT PER PERSON.

Hy-Vee and Illinois Department of Public Health Partner to Offer Naloxone Without a Prescription at Hy-Vee Pharmacies in Illinois

To assist in the national crisis concerning opioid overdoses, Hy-Vee, Inc. and the Illinois Department of Public Health announced today that naloxone is now available without a prescription at Hy-Vee pharmacies in Illinois.
 
In Illinois, pharmacists can dispense naloxone without a prescription through a physician-signed standing order with a designated pharmacy or pharmacy chain. In a joint effort to help prevent opioid-related deaths, the Illinois Department of Public Health provided the physician-signed standing order to Hy-Vee. Previously, the only way for individuals to obtain naloxone was through their doctor or other prescriber, followed by a trip to the pharmacy for the drug.
 
Naloxone is available upon request at Hy-Vee pharmacies in nasal spray and injection forms (upon request), although, nasal spray is the most commonly used form. The drug is stored behind the counter and cost varies, depending on the form and whether a customer goes through his or her insurance, or pays cash.
 
Hy-Vee pharmacists will also ensure that patients and their family members understand how to recognize signs of an opioid overdose and how to administer the medication. While naloxone is not a cure for an opioid overdose, it can assist an individual until emergency treatment is available and long-term treatment is provided.. The medication has no effect if opioids are absent.
 
Naloxone can be administered to any person who has overdosed on a wide range of opioids, including hydrocodone, oxycodone, morphine and codeine, as well as heroin. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, opioids killed more than 42,000 people in 2016, more than any year on record. Nearly half of all opioid overdose deaths involve a prescription opioid.

Social Secutiry when you are self-employed

Most people who pay into Social Security work for an employer. Their employer deducts Social Security taxes from their paycheck, matches that contribution, sends taxes to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and reports wages to Social Security. However, self-employed people must report their earnings and pay their Social Security taxes directly to the IRS. These taxes will help determine your eligibility for benefits later.
 
You’re self-employed if you operate a trade, business, or profession, either by yourself or as a partner. You report your earnings for Social Security purposes when you file your federal income tax return. If your net earnings are $400 or more in a year, you must report your earnings on Schedule SE, in addition to the other tax forms you must file.
 
Net earnings for Social Security are your gross earnings from your trade or business, minus your allowable business deductions and depreciation. Some income doesn’t count for Social Security and shouldn’t be included in figuring your net earnings. 
 
You can read more about self-employment, paying your Social Security taxes and figuring and reporting your net earnings at www.socialsecurity.gov.

Macon-Piatt County 4-H Youth Showcase Projects at Show, Open House and Awards Ceremony July 17-18

Celebrate the accomplishments and discover the talents of Macon and Piatt County 4-H members at the 2018 Macon-Piatt County 4-H Show, Open House and Awards Ceremony July 17-18 at Richland Community College. Participants will have an opportunity to peruse projects 4-H members created throughout the year.
 
On Tuesday, July 17, 4-H members will present their projects for judging starting at 9:30am. Project areas include foods, health, crops, tractor display, aerospace, technologies, clothing and textiles, intercultural, visual arts, communications and more. The fun continues at 9:30am on Wednesday with horticulture, animal science, photography, video, entomology, natural resources and more.
 
During the 4-H Open House and reception, hundreds of projects will be on display to enjoy. The Open House will be held from 4:30 until 5:45pm. The 4-H Awards Presentation will be from 6-7pm in the auditorium, doors open at 5:30pm. All events and activities take place in the Shilling Center at Richland Community College, One College Park, Decatur and are open and free to the public.

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