Senators welcome Illinois Electric & Telephone Cooperatives youth

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The members of the Illinois Senate were joined by young constituents for the Illinois Electric and Telephone Cooperatives Youth Day yesterday.


The students, clad in bright indigo shirts, met with their senators to discuss the importance electric and telephone cooperatives to rural and downstate Illinois. The cooperatives are non-profit businesses owned by the very people who use their services, rather than large corporations.

Illinois today is served by 24 electric distribution cooperatives, five power generation and transmission cooperatives and six telephone cooperatives. All of these cooperatives are based in downstate Illinois communities like Fulton, Macoupin and Champaign Counties.

“Seeing kids from every corner of downstate Illinois come and advocate for their communities make me proud to be from Central Illinois,” said State Senator Dave Koehler (D-Peoria), chair of the Senate Democratic Downstate Caucus. “These cooperatives provide essential services to their customers and I think it is great that young people are interested in continuing that.”

“Students learn to provide for our rural areas through their associations with electric cooperatives, I think it’s great we were able to have them at the Capitol to thank them for all that they do,” said State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon).

“I was proud to see the youth come to the Capitol for Illinois Electric and Telephone Cooperatives Youth Day to support bringing essential services to their communities,” said State Senator Christopher Belt (D-Cahokia).