Every time I speak to a group of students I am encouraged about the future of our state and our nation. Our democracy can only endure if the younger generation takes an interest in the issues and the responsibilities that come with public service. That’s why I was so glad to speak at the 8th grade Career Conference last week in Champaign. This conference gave 8th graders from around our region a chance to learn more about different kinds of jobs and the skills needed, as well as a chance to ask questions.
It was a great program, and my thanks go to Nick Elder for the invitation to talk about what a state legislator does. I enjoyed presenting with Phillip Edwards, Matt Kopmann, Nathan Stevens and Preston James. As always, the students had great questions, and I really enjoyed helping them think more about their future and the future of our communities.