(SPRINGFIELD) The nation’s tax deadline is April 17th, now less than three weeks away, and both the Internal Revenue Service and the Illinois Department of Revenue are still reminding taxpayers that filing their tax returns electronically and requesting direct deposit into a checking or savings account is the most secure way to receive a tax refund. For state details, go to www.tax.illinois.gov or for federal info, www.irs.gov.
(CHAMPAIGN) The University of Illinois is in the midst of a national search for its first-ever Chief Diversity Officer. The News-Gazette reports that the position was recommended last year by an outside team that reviewed all U of I programs. The review team recommended a more centralized structure to help diversity and inclusion efforts operate more smoothly. In fact, the new employee will oversee a new cabinet level Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion on the U of I campus. The application deadline is tomorrow (3/29/18).
(OLNEY) In yesterday’s USDA Crop Report, field work was done in limited fashion last week in Illinois as the 2018 spring planting season is around the corner. The statewide precipitation has averaged 2.36 inches so far in March, which is 0.01 inches below normal. The state’s average temperature so far in March is 37.5 degrees, which was 2.2 degrees below normal. The state’s topsoil and subsoil moisture supplies were mostly adequate, but they will considerable change with this week’s rainfall totals. As of Sunday, the state’s winter wheat crop was rated 7% excellent, 50% good, 32% fair, and 11% poor to very poor.