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Youth pose at the Capitol in green shirts.
Read article: 4-H Legislative Connections – one never knows where it will lead
4-H Legislative Connections – one never knows where it will lead
The positive attitude of the energetic 4-H teens dressed in a neatly pressed green button-down shirts was infectious. There they stood in the State...
cow in a show ring
Read article: How the State Fair ignited my passion for 4-H and youth leadership
How the State Fair ignited my passion for 4-H and youth leadership
My name is Allyson Aves, I am the fifth generation to be raised on my family’s dairy farm and a fourth generation 4-H member. It is truly an honor to...
a school bus driving away from an apple tree
Read article: Make food donations part of your back-to-school routine
Make food donations part of your back-to-school routine
As summer turns into fall, it is important to adapt donations to the changing needs of those who will receive them. The return of school lunches and...
youth hold up the signed bill
Read article: What Illinois House Bill 3814 means for 4-H youth
What Illinois House Bill 3814 means for 4-H youth
Illinois 4-H creates nearly 180,000 experiences for 4-H youth between the ages of 5-18 in all 102 Illinois counties. And 4-H empowers young people...

News Releases

(left to right): Albie Hartman, Addy Thomas, Payton Frueh, Gabby Carden, and Gretchen Carden.
Bureau County 4-H Takes on Illinois 4-H Horse Judging Contest
GALVA, Ill. - In Galva, Illinois, young participants from across the state showcased their expertise in equine studies at the Illinois 4-H State Horse Judging Contest held on February 17 at the Black Hawk College East Campus. During this competition, young participants assess six classes...
Members pose in green shirts in the Capitol.
Teen leaders showcase leadership, speaking skills at State Capitol
Springfield, IL – Illinois 4-H teens put their leadership skills to the test as they communicated the value and impact of Illinois 4-H with state legislators as a part of 4-H Legislative Connection on Feb.7 and 8. Legislative Connection provides Illinois 4-H teens a...