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Area Students Attend Cooperative Sponsored Youth Day in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD – Senator Dale Righter and Representative David Reis met with students representing Clay Electric Cooperative during the Illinois Electric and Telephone Cooperatives Youth Day on Wednesday, March 29 in Springfield. More than 240 students from around Illinois had an opportunity to visit the State Capitol, view state government in action and question their legislators on key issues. 

During lunch, Comptroller Susana Mendoza addressed students and chaperones and challenged them to take an interest in the political process and encouraged them to use their voice and reach out to their representatives and senators. Sophia Marcolla, the 2016-17 Illinois Youth Leadership Council Representative from Adams Electric Cooperative, spoke about her experience on the Youth to Washington tour and the importance of leadership. While in Springfield, the students also visited the Old State Capitol and Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum. 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. 

Clay Electric Cooperative is a member of Touchstone Energy — an alliance of 750 local, consumer-owned electric utilities around the country. Clay Electric Co-operative serves more than 3,233 meters over 918 miles of line in parts of Clay, Effingham, Fayette, Jasper, Marion, Richland and Wayne counties. For more information, visit

Students attending were: Dawson Goldstein, Lucas Rauch, Kevin Garrett, Lily Burkett, Madison Healy, and Millie Beland.