Bill Fleming, Executive Director of the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce, attended this month's Washington, DC Fly-In hosted by Congressman Aaron Schock. Other chamber members in attendance included John Abel (City of Pekin), Courtney Antonini (Tazewell County), Brent Eichelberger (Commerce Bank), Dr. John Erwin (Illinois Central College), Ron Givens (JM Industrial Supply), Leigh Ann Matthews (City of Pekin), and David Zimmerman (Tazewell County).
About 120 people business and community leaders from central Illinois attended and participated in Q & A sessions with leading DC news makers. The speakers included Senator Mark Kirk, Agent Faron Paramore (US Secret Service), Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senator John McCain, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Jim Shelton (Asst Deputy Secretary, Dept of Education), Reince Priebus (Republican National Committee), Congressman Steny Hoyer, Doanld Rumsfeld (Retired Secretary of Defense), Frank Luntz (political consultant), Congressman Allen West, Dennis Kelly (Director of Smithsonian's National Zoo), Secretary Tom Vilsack (Department of Agriculture), Anita McBride (American University), Congressman Paul Ryan, and Majority Leader Eric Cantor
Participants enjoyed a tremendous opportunity to network with Central Illinois business and community leaders, Congressman Schock, and his guest, Congressman Schilling. They also had time to network with each other at events held at the Swedish Embassy, the home of the Colombian Ambassador and Mount Vernon. They toured the U.S. Capitol and visited the House and Senate floors, the Library of Congress, and Ford's Theater.
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