The Illinois Development Council’s government advocacy initiative for the 97th General Assembly began with sending every member of the House of Representatives and Senate a welcome letter on behalf of the IDC membership. Now the real work begins as the members of the new legislature converge on Springfield and tackle an anticipated introduction of over 6,000 new bills during the first session alone, many impacting economic development.

The IDC Government Affairs Committee reviews, evaluates and informs the memberships on legislation that may impact economic development in Illinois. The committee will when directed by the board of directors position the industry in support or opposition of key legislation and serve as a resource to elected members of the General Assembly on industry related issues.


Government affairs content is available to members only. Members can join the Government Affairs Committee.

Ceiling fans are most essential appliances for surviving the summer. These are budget friendly, low in energy consumption and the ceiling fans add a sophisticated look. As there are plenty manufacturers in the market offering a wide range of verities, you may be left startled as which one you should go for! To help you with the initial hiccups we have come up with detailed information on the same. 

Energy Efficiency

Ceiling fans consume low energy depending on its features. A ceiling fan may require 30-75 watts. DC motor fans and the Energy Star-Rated fans are good because these do not need much energy to work. According to surveys, the Energy Star-Rated fans use 15%-20% less energy. While the DC motors being light weight and smaller require less energy.


Ceiling fans are widely popular for their low price. You can buy a ceiling fan for as low as $40 dollars or lesser. Check out for promotional offers to cut down the price. The price range varies depending on the added features, blade size, and the material. If you want a ceiling fan without added decorations, it can come cheaper than you have imagined.


The ceiling fan blades are responsible for the airflow. The number of the blades can vary from three to five, four being the most common. Remember that a fan with large blades and less in number offer better airflow. More number of blades, less the airflow because there is no space to capture the air.

A fan running at a low speed can give airflow of 1,250 CFM with an efficiency of 155 cfm/W. When it is running at a medium speed the airflow should be 3,000 CFM with an efficiency of 100 cfm/W, finally, when running at the highest speed, should allow airflow of 5,000 CFM and an efficiency of 75 cfm/W.

To select a blade size you need to first take a look at your room and do some basic calculations. Know the room size, the height of the ceiling from the floor. A 52-inch bladed fan is good for a room of 400 sq ft. Ensure a gap of 8-10 inches and 18 between the blades and the ceiling and blades and walls respectively.

Height of the Ceiling vs. downrods

The height of the ceiling is important to find out if your fan needs a downrod. See if the distance between the blades and floor is minimum 7 ft. If your room has a low ceiling (below 8 ft) there is no need of a downrod, a flush mount application is good enough. For a house with more than 8 ft distance between the ceiling and the floor, you can select a downrod accordingly. A downrod of 12-18 inches go along with a ceiling of 10 ft. You can ask the store owner or an expert to find out what is the best length for the downrod for your ceiling fan.


Most of the top ceiling fans accompany lights. Lights can extend the energy consumption, therefore, when you selecting a ceiling fan light, see what kind of lights these are and what would be approximate electric consumption. We suggest our readers to go for LED lights for their energy saving quality.


To extend the comfort level of the consumers ceiling fans also come with remote controls. Remember, any added feature will make your life easy but there is a cost involved in the process as well. Remote controlled ceiling fans are convenient for bedrooms, so you don’t have to get up each time to change the fan speed.

Some manufacturers also offer wall control to operate the fan speed. It is ideal for dining halls and kitchens.

For low ceiling users pull chain is good to operate the fan speed.

Style & Finish

There are plenty styles you will find from the store. As a rule of thumb, the style largely controls the price. If you want a simple ceiling fan with no added style you can get it at a cheaper price. More elaborate design means more money.


Our Dear Reader,

It is with great pleasure that we welcome you once again to our 4th electronic newsletter and the first in the year 2006. We hope that the past newsletters have been insightful in providing you with information on the progress of CMAAE. Our newsletters contain news and information on activities undertaken in the CMAAE program for a period of four months.


This program, whose aim is to build the capacity of agricultural and applied economics education in Africa, thereby contributing towards food security, is in its early stages of implementation and development. Currently, we have up to 57 students registered in the five accredited universities namely: University of Pretoria; University of Nairobi; Makerere University; Egerton University and University of Zimbabwe. We are very grateful for all those who have come to our assistance and hope for continued support and good will to enable us achieve the program goals. 


In July 2006, the first cohort of students will join a shared facility of specialization and electives (SFSE) at the University of Pretoria, after which those successful will proceed to second year of study in their mother universities. The program is also preparing for admission of the second cohort of students in September 2006. We encourage our potential beneficiaries, donors and interested parties to visit our website in addition to this newsletter to get continuous updates. For any further information, you are advised to email, call or visit our offices using the contact information given.


Enjoy the Newsletter. 


Unless you're an expert on cars, fixing them in particular; some car problems require that you take your car to the mechanic to get the problem fixed.  If you try to fix some of these more complicated problems yourself, you may just cause even more damage to your car, and even possibly cause it to not be repairable.


There are some car repairs, however, that if you learn how to do yourself, or if you take the time to do yourself instead of taking your car to see a mechanic, will end up saving you a fortune in the long run.  If you don't  know how to do some of these repairs, watch a video online and figure it out.  There a zillion videos on YouTube alone that will show you how to do most of these things....basic car maintenance that every single car out there requires.  If you don't speak car, and the internet videos don't help, ask a friend or neighbor to show you how to do these things.  The next time they need done, ask them to supervise you to make sure you are doing it correctly.  By the third time they need done, you should be able to do it yourself, because, as they say, the third time is the charm.  The things I'm speaking of is basic car maintenance, such as rotating your tires, changing your oil, changing your windshield wiper blades, topping off your fluids and changing your brake pads.


Regardless of whether you do these things by yourself, or take your car to a mechanic to get them done, you will still spend some money, since the products have to be purchased.  However, if you do these things yourself, you'll save a fortune on labor costs.  If you know exactly what product to purchase, or go to a car parts type store, such as Autozone, and ask for advice on which product to purchase, then you can even save money on the cost of parts, since mechanics tend to jack up the price on parts as well, or use whatever they have on hand, while an alternate product may be cheaper.



You should always have a best floor jack and a spare tire on hand.  Other products, such as oil filters, oil, windshield wipers, and other fluids you can purchase on an as needed basis.  Keeping current on your car maintenance is very important.  If you stay on top of basic maintenance, then you'll need to purchase other more expensive items even less.  A key example of this is to rotate your tires appropriately.  The amount of times you need to rotate your tires varies based on the type of tire and mileage used.  If you use a car jack to rotate your tires at the recommended times, then this will ultimately save you from having to purchase tires on a more frequent basis.  Changing your oil at recommended intervals by yourself also helps prevent other vehicle problems.  Most places charge between $20 to $50 to change your oil, but if you do it yourself, you can spend less than $20.

When tankless water heaters first came into play approximately a decade ago, they promised many things from easy installation, to a lifespan longer than the conventional storage water heater, continuous hot water, less storage space, and a huge savings on energy costs.  Unfortunately, tankless water heaters were outrageously expensive, and failed to deliver on just about all of its promises, leading most people to stick with their traditional conventional storage water heaters.  Luckily, over the past few years, most of these issues have been solved as the technology has advanced.


When tankless water heaters first came out, installation was a huge costly issue.  Since then, it has improved tremendously and has become pretty easy for people to make the transition from a conventional storage water heater to a tankless water  heater.  Rather than positioning the input and output lines at the bottom of the unit,  the newer models of tankless water heaters have the input and output lines at the top, which mirrors the location of the lines on conventional storage water heaters, making the installation process much easier, and enabling more people to do it themselves rather than hiring a professional, adding to the installation cost.  Another installation issue with tankless water heaters was that most products were not compatible with the traditional 1/2 inch gas lines that most people have.  So in order to get a best tankless water heater, you had to also install new gas lines.  Talk about costly!  Thankfully, most manufacturers of tankless water heaters are designing their products to be compatible with the traditional 1/2 gas line, which is making the product even more appealing to more people.


Another huge problem with the older tankless water heater models was inconsistent water temperatures.  These older models promised to deliver constant hot water on demand, but in reality more often than not delivered nothing but cold water.  For obvious reasons, this dramatically decreased the popularity of tankless water heaters.  In order to address this issue, most manufacturers have started adding a recirculation unit to their products to make sure that the water automatically comes out hot and stays that way as long as needed. 



With older models of tankless water heaters, constant maintenance and upkeep was required.  After the heavy installation costs, you can understand why no one was too happy about this.  With older models of tankless water heaters, the biggest concern with upkeep and maintenance was scale build up.  This was a huge concern because scale build up could decrease efficiency, restrict water flow, and eventually completely damage the entire tankless water heater, which would cause you to have to go through the entire installation process and the cost associated with it all over again. The only fix for this with older models of tankless water heaters was to recommend installing a water softener in homes with hard water.  Of course I have to add this was yet another cost associated with installing a tankless water heater. However, the newer models of tankless water heaters contain isolation valves that make the descaling and routine maintenance much easier. 

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