More than 250 youth from 25 Illinois electric and telephone cooperatives from across the state visited the State Capitol as part of the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperative’s annual Youth Day, held Wednesday, March 28 in Springfield. Students had the opportunity to have photos taken and meet with their district senators and representatives, hear from Lt.Gov. Sheila Simon and Secretary of State Jesse White and visit the Supreme Court.
In the afternoon, students toured the Old State Capitol and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum before returning to the Prairie Capital Convention Center (PCCC). At the PCCC, students were judged for possible selection as Youth to Washington representatives. Annually, Youth to Washington representatives go on an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. in June. They have the opportunity to visit the monuments, museums, White House and meet their U.S. Congressmen and Senators.