Out and about in the 71st District

I had a great time at the Tri-County Cattlemen’s Association annual banquet over the weekend. What a great honor to receive the Beef Backer Award. The association consists of Henderson, McDonough and Warren Counties. Amanda Radke was the keynote speaker and spoke of how everyone needs to speak out and be an advocate for cattle producers. She speaks all over the country and writes educational books for children.

Saturday morning I started out at The Old Dairy, having breakfast with B Btry/2-123 FA veterans. Then I went to the Hotcakes for Heroes event at WIU. This event raised money to send a WIU veteran student to the Ohio Valley Conference championship basketball game. Thank you to LTC (Ret.) David Thompson for sponsoring the breakfast. I also enjoyed watching the game on ESPNU, which was the first national broadcast basketball game from WIU.

Thank you to Tammy for representing me at the ribbon cutting for the new addition to the Sherrard Elementary School in Sherrard. A lot of thank yous were given for a job well done. What a beautiful gym, two new classrooms, two new conference rooms and restrooms.