On Wednesday, March 2, participants in the 2016 Christian County LEADership Academy received a firsthand look at State Government. The group started off the day with a tour of the Illinois State Capitol building that was provided by Pam Weber, who serves as Extension Partners Lobbyist. The group also had the opportunity to meet with State Representative Avery Bourne (R-Raymond) of the 95th District. Following the legislative visit, participants met with Randy Michelson, who serves as a lobbyist with Ameren. Phillip Lasseigne and Meg Kettelkamp, Congressional Aides to United States Representative Rodney Davis, and Wayne Rosenthal, Director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
For this week, participants will learn about community and economic development initiatives taking place throughout the County and will have a panel discussion on small business development with local business owners. More information about the Christian County LEADership program can be found by contacting the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce at 824-4919 or University of Illinois Extension, Christian County Office at 287-7246.