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Winnebago Trustee named to first Edgar Fellows class

Winnebago Village Trustee Kris Kieper has been named to the first class of Edgar Fellows to address issues facing the future of Illinois.

Kieper is CEO of the Rockford YWCA and writes a blog for the Rockford Register Star.

The program, to be headed by former Republican Gov. Jim Edgar, will bring together 40 civic, business and non-profit leaders for four days in August to promote understanding, networking and cooperation across regional, partisan and ethnic lines.

“We see this as a tremendous opportunity for these outstanding women and men to further develop their abilities and encourage them to become the leaders our state will need to meet the great challenges of the 21st Century,” Edgar said.

“Just as importantly, this program offers a chance for them to broaden their perspectives and to become acquainted with each other, so they can work together effectively for the good of our state as they assume additional responsibility.”

The program is offered by the Office of Public Leadership of the Institute of Government and Public Affairs at thye University of Illinois. It is funded primarily with donations from individuals, organizations and companies interested in promoting competent and well-motivated leadership in Illinois.