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Rep. Meier honors local organizations’ women leaders at State Capitol brunch

From left, Louise McMinn, Dawn Mushill, and Rep. Charlie Meier. (Submitted photo)

Illinois State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) honored Dawn Mushill, executive director of the Troy/Maryville/St. Jacob/Marine Chamber of Commerce and Louise McMinn from the Bond/Clinton County Health Department at the Emerging Women Leaders brunch held at the State Capitol on Tuesday. The event honored the contributions of emerging female leaders from throughout the state.

“Dawn Mushill and Louise McMinn are two leaders making a positive impact in our region,” said Rep. Meier. “Dawn is working to promote job creation and expansion in our communities and Louise strives each day to keep our community safe and healthy, she served in a critical role to help guide our region during the pandemic. I appreciate their contributions to our region and appreciate their dedication as two emerging leaders in the Metro East.”

Dawn Mushill and Louise McMinn joined 50 female leaders from across the state who are each taking bold steps to make Illinois a better place to live and work. In addition to the recognition brunch, the group participated in a discussion about what issues are important for Illinois women, and how the General Assembly can create policy that reflects their priorities.

Rep. Meier added, “I was honored to recognize Dawn Mushill and Louise McMinn, two emerging women leaders at this special event while providing them the opportunity to share their plans to help the communities we represent with my colleagues in the House of Representatives. We heard from dozens of female leaders from around the state, including Illinois Supreme Court Justice Holder White, Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton, and Architect of the Capitol, Andrea Aggertt. We learned from women leaders from across Illinois and appreciate the stories we heard.”

The contributions of these two women were further recognized by House Republican Leader Tony McCombie from the House Floor during session on Tuesday at the Illinois Capitol in Springfield.

State Representative Charlie Meier represents the 109th District which includes portions of Bond, Clinton, Madison, St. Clair, and Washington counties.

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Mushill further noted that Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce’s Desiree Bennyhoff was also recognized during the brunch.

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