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Message from the
IEHA President
P.O. Box 7505
Rockford, Illinois 61126
Phone (815) 977-5884
Fax (866) 760-6873
March 15, 2021
Greetings IEHA Members,

Let's start with the question everyone is asking. Yes, we will have conferences this year! The board voted to combine the north chapter conference and the central chapter conference into a Spring Virtual Conference which will be held on multiple days in April. This is to reduce online conference fatigue. This conference will be focused on food, water, and onsite wastewater CEU's. The agenda is coming soon! Illinois Public Health Association has very graciously offered us assistance with hosting our online conferences.

We are also planning to move forward with the southern chapter conference and the November AEC in Starved Rock, both in person. Should we be unable to hold these, we will move them to an online format.

For those of you unaware, there is a new proposed cottage food bill in Illinois (Home-to-Market Act HB2615). Here are a few quick takeaways. It will remove the home kitchen act and incorporate home kitchens into the cottage food act. More powers to allow local health departments to address issues and concerns including lab testing on specific types of products. Ability to sell at more locations including fairs, festivals, public events, online (not out of state), from residence, etc. Butter cream will be the only addition to the foods list added.

One last note, please wish our colleague, Lenore Killam, the best of luck as she starts the process of defending her dissertation.

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Best Wishes,
Justin Dwyer, IEHA President

Issue with Broadcast Email

The broadcast emails sent out for the Spring Virtual Conference in April revealed that many IEHA members do not receive them. The issue seems to be related to spam settings at several local health departments, which filter emails to multilpe recipients and prevent them from landing in members' email inboxes. The easist fix for this is if you notice an issue, you can provide an alternative email address to receive IEHA broadcast emails.

Please call the IEHA office if you have any questions about this matter.

Paul Chase, IEHA Office Manager