Students representing Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative visited Springfield during the Illinois Electric and Telephone Cooperatives Youth Day on Wednesday, April 13. More than 225 students from around Illinois had an opportunity to visit the State Capitol, view state government in action and question their legislators on key issues. The students had the opportunity to meet Governor Rauner, and were also were invited into the office of Secretary of State Jesse White. They also had the chance to spend some time with their local legislators, Senator Chapin Rose and Representative Adam Brown on the floor of Senate.
Youth Day is designed to introduce young rural leaders to state government. There were 24 co-ops from across the state represented at the event.
During lunch, Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs addressed students and chaperones and challenged them to take an interest in the political process and encouraged them to follow their dreams and do what interests them because life can take interesting turns and twists. While in Springfield, the students also visited the Old State Capitol and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum.
Eastern Illini Electric is a member of Touchstone Energy® — an alliance of 750 local, consumer-owned electric utilities around the country. Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative is a member-owned rural electric cooperative based in Paxton, Ill. that supplies electricity to approximately 13,538 meters over 4,522 miles of line in parts of Champaign, Douglas, Edgar, Ford, Iroquois, Livingston, McLain, Moultrie, Piatt and Vermilion. Eastern Illini offers a full range of energy solutions, along with water quality and telecommunication solutions.