Congressman LaHood Welcomes Russian Leaders To Central Illinois
Congressman Ray LaHood's News Release ( U.S.A.)
Posted on September 3, 1999
|Frank Devlin, 2000-2001 President of Rotary International (3rd from left), greets RLP delegation during their 1999 visit to Evanston, IL.|
(PEORIA, IL)--Congressman Ray LaHood (R-Peoria) today welcomed 10 Russian political and civic leaders who will be visiting central Illinois for the next week. The delegation is participating in the Library of Congress Open World Russian Leadership Program.
"This is a great opportunity for Russian leaders to discover first-hand how the world's greatest democracy operates," said LaHood. "This program is very unique in that it will bring the largest number of visitors to the U.S. ever to see and experience the intricate weave that is our American political system. The program will allow these officials to meet American officials from small town mayors and town councils to governors and Members of Congress.
"I welcome this delegation to central Illinois and I am pleased some of these officials will be able to visit our area to discover the Midwest and follow in the footsteps of one of our nation's greatest leaders, Abraham Lincoln."
About 2000 Russian leaders will visit communities throughout the United States during August and September as part of the program. The goal is to let the officials observe how American government works and how Americans conduct their daily lives, from home to the workplace.
The agenda for the group visiting Central Illinois includes visits to Caterpillar, Inc.'s world headquarters, local farms, Wildlife Prairie Park, a Peoria Chiefs baseball game, a political science class, a city council meeting, Peoria's National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research, and Abraham Lincoln sites in the Springfield area.
Congressman LaHood will be meeting with the group Friday evening, escorting the delegation to farm tours on Saturday, and traveling with the delegation to Jacksonville on Monday.
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