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Montgomery County
#1 Industrial Park Dr.
Hillsboro, IL 62049
Phone: 217-532-3941
FAX: 217-532-3944
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 12 pm; 1 pm to 4:30 pm

Christian County
1120 N Webster St.
Taylorville, IL 62568
Phone: 217-287-7246
FAX: 217-287-7248
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 11:30 am; 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Jersey County
201 W. Exchange St.
Suite A
Jerseyville, IL 62052
Phone: 618-498-2913
FAX: 618-498-5913
Hours: Tuesday & Wednesday 8 am to 12 pm; 1 pm to 4 pm and Thursday 8 am to 12 pm

Macoupin County
#60 Carlinville Plaza
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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Christian County 4-H Member, Caleb Grover, Selected for Team Illini 4-H Summer Academies Planning Committee

Christian County 4-H member, Caleb Grover, was selected to serve on the 2017 Illini Summer Academies “Team Illini” 4-H planning committee. Grover is the son of Greg and Lisa Grover of Stonington, IL. Caleb will join five other teens from across the state that will help plan all the social-oriented activities and help program coordinators plan other important aspects of the Illini Summer Academies program. The Team Illini teens will attend a weekend retreat to get to know each another, explore campus, and brainstorm ideas. They will also participate in several teleconferences over the next year to finalize all details. Committee members arrive to the Illini Summer Academies a day earlier than the other delegates to help organize materials and things ready.

As part of the planning team, members get first opportunity to register for Academies of their choice (providing they meet Academy restrictions) and receive a $225 credit towards their Academy. The State 4-H Office also reimburses members for mileage to/from the weekend retreat and pays for the hotel and meals for that weekend.

Illini Summer 4-H conference lets teens explore potential careers


Each summer in June the University of Illinois Extension 4-H brings more than 300 teens from across Illinois to the Champaign campus for one week to work in 15 different academy fields of study with elite university professors and graduate students. During the day, teens do what college students do, such as conduct experiments in one of the campus’ hundreds of labs. Some academies will tour industry job sites to see research in action. During the evening, teens will explore campus, stay in college dorms, enjoy the campus recreation areas, and order late-night pizza.


“This conference shows youth what is possible through higher education in their field of interest,” said Alvarez Dixon, U of I Extension 4-H youth development specialist for college and careers. “Illinois 4-H shares their passion to learn, explore, and dream without limits.”

4-H members from Christian County who attended the 2016 conference were Lauren Bafford for Animal Science, David Bruns for Digital Fabrication & Informatics, and Caleb Grover for Chemistry.


Participating campus departments included aerospace engineering, ag business, ag mechanization, animal science, anthropology, astrobiology, chemistry, computer science, creative writing, digital fabrication, electrical and computer engineering, entomology, human development and family studies, molecular and cellular biology, plant science, and veterinary medicine.


Illinois 4-H has offered a summer teen leadership program for more than 50 years. The conference is financially supported by the Illinois 4-H Foundation, which provides scholarships to delegates and covers the expenses related to chaperoning the conference. Three Illinois 4-H Foundation donors also provide direct support to offset the cost of ag-related academies. Those organizations include Illinois Farm Bureau, Farm Credit Illinois, and DuPont/Pioneer. 


For more information about 4-H, please contact Alicia Gullidge, Christian County 4-H Program Coordinator, at the Extension office in Taylorville by phone 217-287-7246, or email at, 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.


Photo Caption: Christian County 4-H member, Caleb Grover, who was selected to join Team Illini 4-H Summer Academies plann

Local Contact: Alicia Gullidge, Program Coordinator, 4-H and Youth Development,