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  1. Article number 1 - Happy Earth Month 2014!
  2. Article number 2 - Illinois Arts Council Agency Announces Poetry Out Loud State Final
  3. Article number 3 - IDNR Awards Illinois Biodiversity Field Trip Grants to Schools
  4. Article number 4 - Beware Of Fire Danger From Alternative Heat Sources
  5. Article number 5 - Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment Ends
  •  Happy Earth Month 2014!Happy Earth Month 2014!

    In Illinois, we consider every day to be Earth Day. Protecting our natural resources helps to improve our public health, economy, tourism and quality of life. We take our stewardship duties seriously and Illinois State Government tries to lead by example. We invite you to explore our Earth Month website to learn about the wide array of initiatives we’ve undertaken to make Illinois a more livable place for future generations.

  •  Illinois Arts Council Agency Announces Poetry Out Loud State FinalIllinois Arts Council Agency Announces Poetry Out Loud State Final

    ILLINOIS – The Illinois Arts Council Agency is pleased to announce Illinois’ 2013-2014 Poetry Out Loud State Final, featuring recitations by sixteen regional contest winners. The event will take place on Friday, March 14, 2014, beginning at 1:00 p.m. in Springfield’s Hoogland Center for the Arts. Attendance is free, open to the public, and accessible.

    For an in-depth look at the national Poetry Out Loud program, visit www.poetryoutloud.org

    Pictured on left is the 2013 Illinois State Champion Rapheal Mathis. (Photo courtesy of Poetry Out Loud)

  •  IDNR Awards Illinois Biodiversity Field Trip Grants to SchoolsIDNR Awards Illinois Biodiversity Field Trip Grants to Schools

    SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director Marc Miller today announced the awarding of more than $96,000 in Illinois Biodiversity Field Trip Grants. The 103 grants to schools in 41 counties, made possible through private donations, will assist more than 7,700 students to visit Illinois state parks, museums and other natural resources sites to learn about nature and conservation.

    Illinois Biodiversity Field Trip Grant Information

    Illinois Conservation Foundation

  •  Beware Of Fire Danger From Alternative Heat SourcesBeware Of Fire Danger From Alternative Heat Sources

    SPRINGFIELD - The Office of The Illinois State Fire Marshal (OSFM) is raising awareness about winter fire risks, especially with the use of space heaters and fire places as alternative sources to heat homes. Nearly half of all home heating related fires occur between the months of December and February, according to the National Fire Protection Association.

    “This is very dangerous time for fires and carbon monoxide poisoning. During this rough winter it is imperative to remind the public of the proper use of space heaters and other ways to stay warm,” said State Fire Marshal Larry Matkaitis.

    Be smart and fire safe. For more information on fire safety please visit OSFM website www.sfm.illinois.gov or www.nfpa.org/safetytips.

  •  Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment EndsHealth Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment Ends

    However, if you started your enrollment during the Marketplace Open Enrollment Period but were unable to finish before the deadline, you have limited time to complete it after March 31st. Don’t delay!

    1. Visit the Get Covered Illinois website

    2. Call the Get Covered Illinois Help Desk at (866) 311-1119 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day.

    3. Speak to a trained Navigator in your community for free.

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