Cooperatives Participate in Youth Day

SPRINGFIELD – Sen. John Sullivan and Rep. Randy Frese met with students representing Adams Electric Cooperative and Adams Telephone Co-Operative 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.

At the end of the day the students were interviewed for the chance to participate in the Youth to Washington Tour, June 12-19, 2015.

Adams E and T Sen Sullivan Rep Frese

Shown (L-R) are: Row 1 Cherokee Stopher, Laney Morris, Veronica Holtschlag, Autumn Lucas, Cassie Matlock, Abigail Thompson, Cortney Powell, Laurie Gronewold, Anna Shupe and Jennifer Nall. Row 2 Maddy Perry, Marissa Lung, Jamie Lam, Jenny King, Grace Ruxlow, Jessica Marsik, Taylor Moudy, Brooke Dominski, Sarah Cluff, Kira Eidson, Sophia Richmiller, Cami Ring and Blake Stahl. Row 3 Lindsey Jennings, Kathryn Piehler, Bailey Askew, Rep. Randy Frese, Dylan Cornwell, Dustin Speckhart, Lydia Likes, Sen. John Sullivan, Callie Luft, Abby Huber and Dylan Krohe.

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.

Adams Electric Cooperative is a member of Touchstone Energy — an alliance of 750 local, consumer-owned electric utilities around the country. Adams Electric Cooperative is committed to providing superior service based on four core principles: integrity, accountability, innovation and commitment to community. The co-op serves more than 8,626 meters over 2,229 miles of line in parts of Adams, Brown, Hancock, McDonough, Pike and Schuyler counties. For more information visit

Adams Telephone Co-Operative has been serving Western Illinois since 1952 and has evolved into a state-of-the-art telecommunications company. Through its affiliated companies, Adams provides a full range of data, voice and networking services backed by a local fiber optic facility, local and long distance telephone service, high-speed Internet access, and television programming. Adams Telephone Co-Operative serves members in Adams, Brown, Hancock, McDonough, Pike and Schuyler counties. For more information visit:

Written by Bridgette Northern