LITCHFIELD - State Representative Avery Bourne (R-Raymond) spoke to attendees of the 8th Annual Business Appreciation Breakfast in Litchfield.

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From left-right are other speakers: Christopher Merrett- Director of the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs, Mr. Ron Norris, Congressman Rodney Davis, State Senator Andy Manar, and Dr. Robert Mulch. The focus of the event was economic development in small towns and rural areas with speakers highlighting various aspects of that topic.