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Metro East Levee System Receives FEMA Accreditation

The Metro East Levee System, which consists of five levees in Madison, St. Clair, and Monroe Counties, has been given its final letter of accreditation from FEMA for the 100-year level. In August of 2007, FEMA announced its intention to de-accredit the levees, which...

New Executive Director Appointed

The Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois Board of Directors has announced the appointment of Kyle Anderson to the position of Executive Director, effective February 1. Anderson is CEO of the Greater Gateway Association of REALTORS®, where he oversees and manages...

Daring to Serve

I slept and dreamt that life was a joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy." - Rabindranath Tagore "You're on earth. There's no cure for that." - Samuel Beckett "Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. - Helen Keller...

Atychiphobia – Fear of Failure

“Failure is not an option” – Gene Krantz (Chief Flight Director during the Apollo 13 crisis) “You must accept that you might fail: then, if you do your best and still don’t win, at least you can be satisfied that you’ve tried. If you don’t accept failure as a...

Broadband Leadership Webinar Series

Illinois Extension’s Local Government Education program has, for over a year, partnered with the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s Illinois Office of Broadband, and the Benton Institute for Broadband and Society, in outreach aimed to extend critical...

Learn the Signs, Act Early

The Covid 19 virus has resulted in many parents and educators concerned that our children have lost a year academically because of school and other closures.  As a response to those concerns, the Illinois Ambassadors of the “Learn the Signs, Act Early” program (an...

The Life of Your Business – the Business of Your Life

Sometime ago, I came up with a slogan I used for several talks I gave to local business groups – “For the Life of Your Business and the Business of Your Life”.  I thought it was a clever play on words that I could use as a tool to get across my main message.  I found...

Aviation Programs at SWIC

We recently had the opportunity to speak with Keith Mueller, the Aviation Coordinator at Southwestern IL College. We were interested in the status of Aviation and Aviation Education in our region. Keith - “I’m a strong supporter of aviation education and skill sets...

SILT

Certainly, as Educators, our Library/Media Professionals are one of our best resources for disseminating information.  But information, being organic, grows and flows beyond the school doors. In the Southwestern Illinois region, we have an organized, dedicated group...

SWIL Receives Abilene Award!

Abilene Award On April 8, 2021, The Leadership Council was honored to receive the Abilene Award and Scott AFB.  The Abilene Trophy is awarded annually to the community in Air Mobility Command that is most supportive of its local Air Force Base. the Abilene Military...