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LEADership Program Learns State & Local Government; Tours Correctional Center

*LEADership Academy learns more about state and local government


In its fifth week on February 10, participants in the LEADership Academy learned about State and Local government issues facing Christian County. The group participated in a panel discussion with Seth McMillan, Taylorville High School Board Member; Jerry Wesley, Lincoln Land Community College Board of Trustee; Mike Bliler, Taylorville Township Supervisor; Don Kroski, Pana City Councilman; and Paul Schmitz, Christian County Board Chairman.


In its sixth week on February 17, participants in the LEADership Academy learned about the mission and unique work being done by the Christian County Mental Health Association (CCMHA). Brent DeMichael, President and CEO of CCMHA, gave a presentation, which discussed the history of the organization and its services. They also toured the CCMHA’s manufacturing facility.


The group also got a behind the scenes look at the Taylorville Correctional Center, by meeting Warden Kim Smith and toured the facility. The tour also included a look at Central Command, the prisoner’s living quarters, library, horticulture, vocational, and education centers.


For more information about the Christian County LEADership program, contact the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce at 824-4919 or University of Illinois Extension, Christian County Office at 287-7246. 

*LEADership Academy group hears from Brent DeMichael 

** Both photos submitted by Terri Miller 

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