UPDATE—State funds for Extension, SWCDs reportedly will be released

Illinois legislators are being told by their leadership that they can tell University of Illinois Extension and soil & water conservation districts in their districts that state funding for their agencies is going to be released.

But local representatives for those agencies dont plan to celebrate until the checks are in their hands.

Ginger Boas, county Extension director for the Fayette/Clay Unit, said Extension officials learned Tuesday afternoon of news reports in which state Sen. Deanna Demuzio had been told by Senate President Emil Jones that Gov. Rod Blagojevich was releasing already appropriated funds.

But as of Wednesday morning, Boas and others in Extension had not yet received official verification of such action.

Were cautiously optimistic, Boas said.

Karen Sanders, administrative coordinator for the Fayette County Soil & Water Conservation District, said that office received word from the state association that the funds were being released, and a second e-mail from an area secretary about the release of the funds.

While local SWCD officials are also cautiously optimistic, they are feeling good about the reported action.

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