The University of Illinois Extension announced the consolidation of office operations around the state to cope with a nearly $6 million funding shortfall.

The University of Illinois Extension announced the consolidation of office operations around the state to cope with a nearly $6 million funding shortfall.


In the Springfield area, it means a single director and other office staff will be shared by the Sangamon-Menard and Logan County offices.


The same arrangement will extend to the offices in Christian, Jersey, Macoupin and Montgomery counties. Also, offices for Peoria, Fulton, Mason and Tazewell counties will be combined.


"The new organizational map includes larger multi-county unit operations with a local presence in every county," Bob Hoeft, interim director of Extension, said in a statement. "The map reveals the counties that will form new partnerships to reduce administrative costs of county operations."


The only stand-alone county office in the state will be the Cook County Extension office.


State Capitol Bureau