Extension Council

Extension Council is authorized by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees, in accordance with state law, to be actively involved in the operation of University of Illinois Extension. Councils advise unit Extension personnel on a variety of matters, but Extension personnel remain responsible for the final decisions necessary to the development and administration of the local program. Members assist Extension staff with planning, implementing and marketing educational programs designed to meet the needs, interest and resources of the local communities. Additionally, members help secure financial resources and recruit volunteers. Members serve as liaisons between the public and Extension. Some responsibilities of Council Members include:

  • Assess community needs
  • Serve as a communication channel between the community and the Extension offices
  • Identify and utilize community leaders
  • Provide a forum where dissenting viewpoints can be discussed
  • Turn negative criticism into positive programs
  • Help insure broad-based programs are available

*Please see information about Public Comments during Extension Council.

September 14, 2021 - Virtual

November 9, 2021 - Virtual

March 8, 2022 - Virtual

April 27, 2022 - McLean County Extension Board Meeting, McLean County Extension Office, 1615 Commerce Parkway, Bloomington, IL

May 10, 2022 - (CANCELED - See notice below) Unity Community Center, 632 Orlando Ave., Normal, IL

September 13, 2022 - TBD

November 8, 2022 - TBD

March 14, 2023 - TBD

May 9, 2023 - TBD


  • Ms. Tera Graves
  • Ms. Jenny Larkin
  • Ms. Pam Meiner
  • Ms. Debbie Ruff
  • Ms. Michelle Stevenson (Youth)


  • Mr. Dylan Cook
  • Ms. Plamedie Lubika (Youth)
  • Mr. Rich Schroeder
  • Ms. Julie Schumacher
  • Mr. Mike Sommer


  • Ms. Katy Everett
  • Ms. Lisa Maynard
  • Ms. Jackie Schertz (Youth)
  • Ms. Jodi Upchurch
  • Mr. Paul Wilkins
Council Agendas & Minutes