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Kane County 4-H members are ‘productive youth’ with ‘bright futures’

Kane County 4-H members gained first-hand knowledge of the important roles local government officials play during the 22nd annual 4-H Government Day. The 4-H youth shadowed more than 30 county officials, experiencing the inside of a County Board meeting, courtroom proceedings, and other government departments and offices.

State's Attorney Joseph McMahon, who has participated for four years, said he looks forward to meeting with the 4-H members each time.

"This program gives them insight into the buildings that they drive by every day and the opportunity to sit with us and see what happens, why it happens and how we serve the county," McMahon said. "We usually work with a victim or a defendant, seeing people at their worst moments in life. It's enjoyable to spend time with these productive youth who have great goals and bright futures." 


Judy Mae Bingman, University of Illinois Extension Marketing and Communications Manager

Judy uses powerful words and photography to tell the Extension story. She is a skilled communication strategist and storyteller with demonstrated success in building teams and creating strong organizational brand identities that deepen Extension’s impact among key audiences, build brand loyalty, strengthen employee talent, and expand public engagement. She is a frequent conference presenter at the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents Conference and helps Extension staff across the nation tell compelling stories.