Area Students Attend Youth Day to Springfield

State Senators Jason Barickman and Chapin Rose, and State Representatives Tom Bennett and Brad Halbrook met with students representing Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative during the Illinois Electric and Telephone Cooperatives Youth Day on Wednesday, March 29th in Springfield. More than 250 students from around Illinois had an opportunity to visit the State Capitol, view state government in action and question their legislators on key issues.

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State Representative Brad Halbrook, Renae Spannagel, Villa Grove, Lauren Tingley, Bismarck, Bridget McMullin, Loda, Jacob Rietz, Gilman, Claire Bossong, Watseka, Mike Wilson, EIEC, Hannah Warfel, Tuscola, Miranda Fairbanks, Sadorus, Susan Brown, EIEC, and State Senator Chapin Rose.

During lunch, Illinois State Comptroller Susana Mendoza addressed students and chaperones and challenged them to take an interest in the political process and encouraged them to talk to their state senators and representatives about issues that interest them. While in Springfield, the students also visited the Old State Capitol, and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum.

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EIEC_YouthDay_2 = State Representative Tom Bennett, Hannah Warfel, Tuscola, Renae Spannagel, Villa Grove, Bridget McMullin, Loda, Claire Bossong, Watseka, Lauren Tingley, Bismarck, Susan Brown, EIEC, Miranda Fairbanks, Sadorus, and Jacob Rietz, Gilman

Youth Day is designed to introduce young rural leaders to state government. There were 25 co-ops from across the state represented at the event.

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Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative is a member-owned rural electric co-op based in Paxton, Ill. that supplies electricity to approximately 14,000 meters over 4,500 miles of electric line in parts of 10 east central Illinois counties. Eastern Illini offers a full range of energy solutions, and is a member of Touchstone Energy — a national alliance of over 750 local, member-owned electric utilities. More information can be found at www.eiec.org and www.facebook.com/easternillini.