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									January 2010                                                                                               Citizen Engagement

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 Transforming Public Transportation
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 Peoria County is currently surveying rural residents on their public transportation
 needs. Through a state grant, Peoria County contracts with Country Care to provide
                                                                                                                  Speakers Bureau
 public transportation services in Peoria County, outside the City of Peoria. Many
 residents who live in this transportation service area do not realize public trans-                           Volunteer Program
 portation is available to them, and even those who are aware of the service may
 believe it is intended only for senior citizens or they may not be able to afford the
 $12.00 fare. To help us provide better service to residents of any age at a more                         Programs & Services
 reasonable cost, we are asking people who live in Peoria County, but outside the
 City of Peoria, to complete the Rural Transportation Survey and share their trans-                    Bel-Wood Nursing Home
 portation needs. For more information on Country Care, please call 697-3305.
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 The Census Is Coming! The Census Is Coming!                                                    First Time Homebuyers Program
 In March, the Census Bureau will be mailing census questionnaires to all house-
 holds in Peoria County. Residents are encouraged to complete their questionnaire              Government Assistance Program
 and return it by mail. The questionnaire consists of 10 questions; one person from      For business owners and entrepreneurs
 each household completes the questionnaire and includes every person residing in
 the home. It’s estimated the questionnaire will take 10 minutes to complete. The                           Legal Self-help Center
 national census is a count of the total population—citizens and non-citizens alike.
 Population numbers are used to determine the number of seats each state will                 NACo Prescription Discount Card
 have in the House of Representatives, how $400 billion in Federal funding will be
 allocated to jurisdictions, and boundaries for state and local legislative and con-                                    Peoria GIS
 gressional districts. For more information on the 2010 Census, visit
 www.2010Census.gov or call Peoria’s Local Census Office at 550-9220.                                  Recent Web Additions

 Are You Ready?                                                                                        Minority Business Initiative
 Being Ready for emergencies is an easy New Year’s resolution to keep. Just follow
                                                                                                                      Census 2010
 the Ready Campaign’s three simple steps: 1) Get an emergency supply kit, 2) Make
 a family emergency plan, and 3) Be informed about the types of emergencies and
 their appropriate responses. Taking these steps and having an emergency supply                                     To subscribe
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 Peoria County’s Recycling & Resource Conservation Department suggests looking
 for the Cradle to Cradle symbol (below) on the products you buy. In a 2002 book                                 To unsubscribe
 of the same title, authors William McDonough and Michael Braungart discuss the
 need for manufacturers to start building things with a cyclical lifespan. Now, items       Only those who have subscribed will
 with the Cradle to Cradle certification are items with no end life. They are de-          receive Peoria County’s e-Newsletter in
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 made from post-consumer and sustainable materials.                                                                   at any time.
 Careful use of water is also taken into consideration
 during manufacturing of C2C certified products. For a                                                  Peoria County Government
 list of products with C2C certification, visit                                                        324 Main St., Peoria, IL 61602
                                                                                                               Phone: 309.672.6056

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