Cooperative youth visit state capitol

For 60 years, the electric and telephone cooperatives of Illinois have given tomorrow’s leaders the opportunity to learn from today’s public officials. Each year, nearly 250 outstanding students get an up-close and firsthand look at democracy in action when they visit the capitol and meet their elected senators and representatives during Illinois Electric and Telephone Cooperatives Youth Day. Over the years, thousands of students have learned how government works and why it’s important for every citizen to get involved. State senators and representatives had the opportunity to inspire and encourage leaders of tomorrow during this annual event held Wednesday, April 3 in Springfield.