West Central Illinois World Affairs Council to Host Congressman Lahood on Aug. 29

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An Illinois Congressman is looking to better our relationship with other countries.

Congressman Darin LaHood will present a program for the West Central Illinois World Affairs Council for their inaugural program of the 2019-2020 year on trade and tariffs on August 29th, 2019 at Prairieland FS in Jacksonville.

The event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and LaHood is scheduled to speak at noon. Program chair for the West Central Illinois World Affairs Council, Terry Denison, describes what his volunteer, non-profit organization is all about. “The World Affairs Council is an organization that’s been around for a number of years. The Jacksonville area is probably one of the smaller communities that has a World Affairs Council. The main function of our group is to try to educate and enlighten our community members on world events. Sometimes we get into a routine where we are always worrying about what’s happening here in our own local communities and our own state. We are in a world economy right now, so what happens anywhere in the world, in one way or another, a lot of times effect us in the Jacksonville region. We just want to be able to bring programs – we try to have 4 to 6 programs per year – concerning current world events; again, just to get to enlighten and educate our own local community.”

At the event, Congressman LaHood, who currently serves on the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee which has jurisdiction over all taxation, trade, and tariffs, will specifically be talking about trade barriers the U.S. is currently involved in, as well as any progress we have made in getting rid of tariffs to help get trade with China back up and running.

The program currently has between 40 to 50 members and for anyone interested, it costs only 35 dollars per year for a membership to the organization. In addition, Denison explains why himself, along with the other members of the organization, have chosen to continue to hold programs and be a part of the community. “We’re really not that well known. It’s not that we want to be a household word, but we would just like for people to know about our group. We usually average 15 to maybe 20 people that come to our programs. We just feel like the quality of the programs that we put on deserves more attendance. We are kind of expecting 40 to 50 people to come here Congressman LaHood’s presentation, but part of that is because of people knowing him. Anytime that we can get a little bit of publicity to let people know who we are, that’s great.”

As for what the future holds, the Illinois World Affairs Council is planning on working with professors at Illinois College for its next program in order to help people define the U.S.’s current relationship with Cuba and whether or not future trade with Cuba is possible. Illinois College currently has a partnership with a university in the country and will talk about some of the exchange of information between the two schools to demonstrate the Cuba-United States relationship.

For more information about the World Affairs Council and their upcoming events, contact Terry Denison at 217-320-2927