HB 633 Koehler

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois residents will have their right to grow vegetable gardens protected thanks to legislation presented by State Senator Dave Koehler (D-Peoria) that was signed into law Friday.

“Every Illinoisan should have the option to grow their own food and increase their self-sufficiency without unnecessary oversight or regulations,” Koehler said. “I’m glad to see this legislation signed into law as I know it will expand options for people across the state when it comes to providing for themselves and their families.”

This legislation creates the Vegetable Garden Protection Act, which establishes the right to grow a vegetable garden on private property, and prevents municipalities from prohibiting the cultivation of vegetable gardens absent any other concerns. The bill was presented in response to an Illinois municipality telling a resident that she was not permitted to grow a garden in her own backyard. Cities still maintain their ability to set regulations for gardens and garden structures based on building code ordinances and zoning. The legislation solely prevents municipalities from singling out gardens when regulations are established.

The Vegetable Garden Protection Act will go into effect January 1, 2022.

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pexels erik scheel 95425 rAs part of the Farmers' Market Nutrition Program, the Illinois Department of Human Services is providing booklets of coupons to qualifying women, children and seniors at nutritional risk for use with an authorized IDHS farmer at a farmers' market or roadside stand. Seniors have until Oct. 31 to use their FMNP benefits.
 
The program is aimed specifically at pregnant, postpartum, or breastfeeding women, children 1-5 years of age, and eligible seniors who are 60+ years old and who meet income guidelines.
 
To find out more about the program and whether you qualify, visit the Illinois Department of Human Services site or pick up your coupons locally at the DHS Family Community Resource Center in Pekin at 200 South 2nd St., Suite 20.
 
The Illinois WIC and Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program can be reached with questions at (217) 782-2166. Seniors can also call the Illinois Department on Aging Senior Helpline at (800) 252-8966 for more information on how to apply.
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pexels karolina grabowska 4386476 rEligible local governments in Illinois are now able to claim over $742 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act funds.

With Illinois non-entitlement unit allocations from ARPA, eligible NEUs may claim their allocation by completing submissions to the NEU Portal.  Per federal guidance, NEUs that do not submit information by September 30th, 2021 will forfeit their allocation.

Local non-entitlement units eligible for funding:

Bartonville village - $831,026.95
Bellevue village - $278,549.69
Peoria Heights village - $785,621.59
West Peoria city - $605,631.45
Banner village - $24,741.85
Bryant village - $28,956.12
Canton city - $1,836,062.49
Creve Coeur village - $702,695.62
Cuba city - $159,054.73
Dunfermline village - $38,472.21
East Peoria city - $3,064,998.15
Fairview village - $64,029.72
Farmington city - $302,203.98
Glasford village - $130,098.61
Hanna City village - $162,045.50
Kingston Mines Peoria - $38,336.27
Lewistown city - $291,736.27
Liverpool village - $16,721.14
Manito village - $202,013.10
Mapleton village - $36,568.99
Marquette Heights city - $359,572.43
Norris village - $27,188.84
North Pekin village - $210,033.80
Norwood village - $62,398.39
South Pekin village - $148,587.02
St. David village - $71,642.60

Funds may be used to cover revenue losses, the costs of responding to the COVID-19 public health emergency, and invest in certain infrastructure projects. A full list of eligible Illinois NEUs can be viewed here.

Municipalities can register here to attend an informational webinar on Monday, July 26, 2021 at 10am. Those having techincal difficulties should reach out to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 217-862-2730. 

Visit the DCEO website to learn more.

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Rental Assistance E BlastFor those of our neighbors who are still struggling to pay their rent, the Illinois Rental Payment Program (ILRPP) is still accepting applications for the current round of assistance until 11:59 PM this Sunday, July 18.
 
Applications can be completed at ILRPP.IHDA.org
 
The Illinois Rental Payment Program is an emergency rental assistance program designed to support households in Illinois that are unable to pay rent due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
Neighbors who apply may be eligible for up to 15 months of assistance and a maximum grant amount of $25,000. The grant can cover the past due rent from the previous 12 months and future rental assistance for the next three months, if deemed necessary.
 
In the event that a property owner is unresponsive, the Illinois Housing Development Authority will provide an alternative pathway to complete the application.
 
If you have any questions or need assistance completing your application, you can reach out to an area Housing Stability Service Provider. We recommend reaching out to one of the providers listed below.

METEC
2605 W. Krause Ave.
Peoria, Illinois 61605
www.metechrc.org
(309) 676-3832

Navicore Solutions
416 Main Street, Suite 431
Peoria, Illinois 61602  
www.navicoresolutions.org
(732) 409-6281

Peoria Citizens Committee
for Economic Opportunity, Inc.
711 W. McBean St.
Peoria, Illinois 61605
www.pcceo.org
(309) 671-3900

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