Serving DuPage, Kane and Kendall Counties

PLEASE NOTE: As the University of Illinois continues to address the impacts of COVID-19, the safety and well-being of our staff and communities remain our top priorities. Following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, campus leadership has implemented social-distancing protocols that include most faculty and staff working remotely, effective March 17, 2020.

What does this mean in our community?

  • University of Illinois Extension has suspended normal office hours at our offices in DuPage, Kane and Kendall Counties. While our staff will still be working, they will largely be doing so remotely, in most cases from their homes. Find a staff member's email address in our directory.
  • ALL face-to-face events organized by Illinois Extension have been cancelled, suspended, or transitioned to online delivery. This now will apply to all events previously scheduled through July 31, 2020. 

We will do our best to address your needs in a timely manner. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we manage through these challenging times.

Our commitment to addressing grand challenges

Illinois Extension provides practical translations of cutting-edge research to help people, businesses, and communities find answers to some of the most pressing issues of our modern world. Our work is guided by a desire to create meaningful progress toward addressing a select group of issues, which we call grand challenges.


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Community involvement and leadership are core skills essential to thriving communities. Many of Extension’s most popular and long-standing programs celebrate community connectedness and the benefits of living in a society that is enabled to facilitate group decisionmaking and implement effective plans.

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Our programs and tools enhance local, state, and national efforts to create vibrant economic ecosystems that provide opportunity for businesses, communities, and the Illinois workforce. We are committed to enhancing community resilience because we believe it is the foundation of economic vitality.

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Extension programs provide education and services that develop sustainable practices for natural areas, agricultural lands, home landscapes, and community spaces. Our work increases natural assets in rural and urban areas and connects those committed to protecting and preserving natural resources.

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With target audiences ranging from small farm producers to global food manufacturers to those who shop for and prepare meals for their families, Illinois Extension maintains a portfolio of resources to address issues of safety, security, and access throughout the food production, preparation, and consumption cycle.

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We believe healthy families are an essential component of resilient communities, so our programs address critical issues like financial literacy, health management, and family wellness. Illinois Extension and our partners are committed to supporting Illinois at its most vulnerable level—individual families.