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Illinois Lt. Gov. Simon hosts listening post in Quincy 

May 10, 2012

QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -- Giving the power to the people, Illinois Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon was in Quincy Thursday looking for your ideas on how the state can better rural living.

Simon hosted a forum at the Salvation Army Kroc Center get input on topics ranging from improving infrastructure to school curriculum.

A real-time survey with handheld remotes allowed people to vote on how state issues impact their lives.

Simon says they've heard a lot of interesting ideas from people around the state, but budget issues continue to make things challenging.

"But I think because of that financial crunch, we have to make even more sure that we are doing the best we can with the resources that we have," said Simon.

Simon says connectivity seems to be one of the main concerns for people in rural areas.

"One of the interesting things is the importance of infrastructure and not just roads, bridges and sewer systems, but internet connections. That's really vital to economic development, education to health care," said Simon.

The stop in Quincy was the last in a statewide series of rural listening posts.

Feedback from the forums will be used to develop a strategic plan that will be released in July.