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Hillsboro, IL 62049
Phone: 217-532-3941
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Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 12 pm; 1 pm to 4:30 pm

Christian County
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Taylorville, IL 62568
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Jerseyville, IL 62052
Phone: 618-498-2913
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Carlinville, IL 62626
Phone: 217-854-9604
FAX: 217-854-7804
Hours: Monday - Thursday 8 am to 12 pm; 1 pm to 4:30 pm

News Release

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Future Leaders Learn About County Government at 5th Annual Macoupin County Board Shadowing

 University of Illinois Extension teamed up with the Macoupin County Board on July 12 to provide an evening of hands-on, close-up learning about local government. Youth had the opportunity to meet Board Chairman Mark Dragovich and other county board members to discuss their role and responsibilities within government. This year marked the fifth anniversary of the program.

The program began with a community service project, in which Board Chairman Mark Dragovich and other county officials present joined with the youth working in two landscape areas around the County Jail and the Historic Jail. Work included mulching, weeding, and planting. Plantings included Route 66 Coreopsis flower. All plants were donated by the Macoupin County Master Gardner program. Andrew Holsinger, Extension Horticulture Extension Specialist and Jeanette Baker, Wanda Dixon, and Paula Robinson, Master Gardeners, assisted the volunteers and answered horticulture related questions throughout the evening.

After completing the community service project, the youth and officials moved to the County Board meeting room where they had a working dinner.  Participants were able to ask questions and learned more about county government and to discussed issues affecting the community. Participants also attended the July county board meeting at the Macoupin County Government Building.

Amanda Cole, County Extension Director said, “The youth that participated were able to give back to the community and also learn about county government and how it impacts their daily lives. We hope to continue offering this program for many more years to come.”  The Board Shadowing event was coordinated by Community and Economic Development Extension Educator, Chris Casey, and was free to any youth who had completed grades 7th thru 11th.

For more information about this and other upcoming youth programs, contact the University of Illinois Extension’s Carlinville office by calling 217-854-9604 or online at:

University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact our office. Universidad de Illinois ofrece igualdad de oportunidades en programas y empleo. Si usted necesita un ajuste razonable para participar en este programa, por favor póngase en contacto con nuestra oficina.


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First Row (L to R): Lizzy Conrady, Extension Summer Help; Lisa Peterson, Extension Educator; Tyler Quarton;  Reagan Kulenkamp; Rayme Lewis; Shielda Lewis; Madison McMillin, Kayleigh Pence; Hunter Woods; Jeanette Baker and Paula Robinson, Master Gardeners.

Second Row (L to R): Macoupin County Sheriff Shawn Kahl; Andrew Holsinger, Extension Educator; Chris Casey, Extension Educator; David Thomas; Board Chairman Mark Dragovich; Austin Pence; Hyler Pence; Tony Wiggins; Robert Quarton; Wanda Dixon, Master Gardener.

Local Contact: Chris Casey, Extension Educator, Community and Economic Development,