Agricultural Legislative Day
Multiple high schools from the 58th Senate District sent their Illinois FFA chapters to the Illinois Capitol in Springfield on Wednesday, April 11, for Agricultural Legislative Day. Wearing their distinctive blue corduroy jackets, the students completed a full agenda that included meeting legislators and holding discussions with agricultural leaders.
Schimpf was also able to introduce Illinois FFA President and Monroe County resident, Joseph Birrettier, who gave a speech to the Illinois Senate on the importance of agriculture to our state’s economy.
Schools represented include:
- Woodlawn Community High School FFA Chapter
- Du Quoin High School FFA Chapter
- Vernon Township High School FFA Chapter
- Valmeyer High School FFA Chapter
- Pinckneyville High School FFA Chapter
- Waterloo High School FFA Chapter
Sen. Schimpf put his busy day on a brief pause and visited with guests, taking pictures with them, and explaining some of the basics of the legislative process. The students were in town to discuss pending agricultural legislation and the impact the ag industry has on the state’s economy.
On Wednesday, April 11, Sen. Schimpf held an evening Teleforum from his Springfield office. Interested constituents from District 58 were able to listen and ask questions.
Topics included the legalization of marijuana, how the state can cut spending, the Second Amendment, among others. Sen. Schimpf gave participants who disagreed with him an opportunity to discuss their views, as well. One participant indicated that she was unhappy with the Senator’s votes on gun control. Sen. Schimpf responded to her criticism.
“That is fair,” he said. “You have every right to be disappointed, we’re not going to agree on every issue.”
Sen. Schimpf went on to say it is unfortunate that a lot of legislation put forth on gun control is almost meant for people to vote against so the political tension in Springfield can remain.
The call lasted an hour. In the midst of questions from callers, Sen. Schimpf also conducted a number of surveys in order to get feedback on various issues.
The results of the poll can be found here on senatorschimpf.com.
Sen. Schimpf had the privilege of welcoming three students from Woodlawn Community High School to the Illinois Senate Floor on Tuesday, April 10.
PHOTO: Blake McKay, (left), Abby Witzel and Lance Wenzel are all sophomores at WCHS. They are due to graduate in 2020.
The Honorary Page for a Day Program gives high school students from the Senate District the chance to learn about the legislative process and interact with lawmakers during Legislative Session and in committee hearings. They experience first-hand what it is like to be a legislator on the Illinois Senate Floor.
High school students who are interested in the program should contact Sen. Schimpf’s Mt. Vernon office at 618-242-8115.
Need to Reach Sen. Schimpf?
Do you need to get a hold of Sen. Schimpf? Constituents can meet with him at his office locations in Sparta, Murphysboro, and Mt. Vernon. Email him or call one of his district offices to set up a date, time, and location for a sit-down with the Senator.
1032 W. Industrial Road
Murphysboro, Ill. 62966
2929 Broadway Ste. 3
Mt. Vernon, Ill. 62864