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Channahon board piques children's interest in village business with job shadow day

Ten area students from the Channahon Junior High Student Council participated in the Village's fourth Job Shadowing Day.
Ten area students from the Channahon Junior High Student Council participated in the Village's fourth Job Shadowing Day.

Some younger faces could be seen leading parts of Channahon’s Village Board meeting Monday.

Ten area students from the Channahon Junior High Student Council participated in the village’s fourth Job Shadowing Day. The students followed village staff at the village hall during the day and took seats at the dais beside the village president, trustees and staff at its evening meeting.

They even put forward their own resolution – one to recognize and support Job Shadowing Day – which was approved.

“We had a really great group of students,” Village President Missey Moorman Schumacher said after the meeting. “We had a lot of fun, and they did a great job.”

The students participated in a staff meeting first thing in the morning, Schumacher said, and learned about the various positions at the village hall. Later, they partnered with staff and learned what it takes to manage a village.

They were particularly interested in development, Schumacher said, and the process of how developments are approved. They learned why it can take a year before a “shovel ever hits the ground.”

“These are student council members,” she said. “They already have the desire to understand and participate. My goal with this program has always been to get them involved young and keep them involved. I think the main thing they learned was that there are so many moving parts, and everybody has a piece in making sure things run well.”

Also this week, the board approved issuing a resolution to request state funding to widen Route 6 between Interstate 55 and Houbolt Road.

Village Administrator Thomas Durkin said that with the anticipated construction of a road south of Route 6 over the Des Plaines River that could connect intermodal facilities, Route 6 should be widened to allow for additional traffic. Several years ago, Durkin said, the state completed a Phase 1 engineering study that showed a need to add more lanes to the roadway.

Schumacher said more lanes were added to the section of Route 6 west from Interstate 55 to the I & M Canal in Channahon a few years ago, and with the completion of the Route 6 and I-55 interchange and bridge, traffic could bottleneck traveling east on Route 6 if additional lanes are not added.

“We would like that to move forward,” Schumacher said.

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