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Cooperatives Participate in Youth Day

Sen. Dale Righter and Rep. David Reis met with students representing Clay Electric Co-operative, Inc. during the Illinois Electric and Telephone Cooperatives Youth Day on Wednesday, March 25th 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. They also were invited into the office of Secretary of State Jesse White and got the chance to meet David Nance, an Abraham Lincoln Presenter.

During lunch, Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti 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. Wyatt Reid, the 2014-15 Illinois Youth Leadership Council Representative from Rock Energy Cooperative, spoke about his experiences on the Youth to Washington tour and challenged attendees to maintain an interest in their cooperatives and the political process. While in Springfield, the students also visited the Old State Capitol, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum and got the chance to meet David Nance an Abraham Lincoln Presenter.

            Shown (L-R) are: Parker Moses, Rep. David Reis, Lexi Harrison, Sen. Dale Righter, Bobby Wicke and Doug Hockman.

Youth Day is designed to introduce young rural leaders to state government. There were 26 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 3,227 meters over 936 miles of line in parts of Clay, Effingham, Fayette, Jasper, Marion, Richland and Wayne counties.