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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
IEHA is seeking bids for a office management services. The Request for Proposal can be viewed and
downloaded at the link below. Note the deadline for submissions has been extended until March 25, 2022.
IEHA is soliciting bids for
Greetings IEHA Members,
Last week the board held our winter retreat, during this event we discussed many items including speaker
topics, upcoming events and conferences, elections, legislation, and the future of IEHA. The board would like
to move forward with holding elections this year. If you are interested in serving, please run for one of the
many offices. I have served on several boards in my life, and I have to say, I have not had one as enjoyable as
IEHA. While it has been a privilege to serve over the past few years, it is time I become past president and
Dave gets a much-deserved break. If you have any questions about serving, please reach out to myself or any
For those of you that have not heard the news, Paul Chase, IEHA’s office manager, will be retiring after June
30. He has spent many years dedicated to Public Health and IEHA. This is much deserved, and I wish him the
best of luck and good health as he spends time with his family. The board is searching for a new office
manager who will take over starting July 1. The RFP has been posted and I expect the board will select our
candidate at the end of March. The new office will have the opportunity to spend several months working with
Paul to ensure a smooth transition. Thank you for all your help and assistance over the past few years, Paul!
The Spring Virtual Conference is here! We have a great speaker lineup, and I am excited to listen to all the
different topics. We are still moving forward with two in-person conferences for 2022. South chapter
conference will be held in Marion in September (dates to be arranged). The Annual Educational Conference
will be returning to Starved Rock Lodge, November 7th & 8th. Book your room now - we know they fill up fast!
Many of you are familiar with the proposed farmers market bill (SB3838) that is currently in the Illinois Senate.
Members from IEHA, NIPHC, SIPHC, IALEHA, IAPHA took part in negotiations with the Illinois Stewardship
Alliance, Farmers Market Association, and Illinois Farm Bureau. Our goal was to ensure food safety measures
were observed in the legislation, and I truly believe we accomplished our goals. While there are parts of this
bill we may not like, the difference between the bill submitted and the amendment is night and day.
Additionally, the Home-to-Market act (Cottage Food) work group is currently working on guidance. The goal is
to release this information in the next few months. I will cover both topics at the Spring Virtual Conference,
Southern Chapter Conference, and Annual Education Conference. I understand cottage food is confusing. The
best advice I can give is when evaluating products for approval, look at the ingredients and compare to the
unapproved product list. Additionally, when in doubt, the product needs to be kept at 41F or below.
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Justin Dwyer, IEHA President
January 12, 2022