Governor Rauner, Japanese Consulate partake in RLC luncheon (standalone photos)

INA, Ill. (Nov. 30, 2017) - Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner and the Japanese Consulate Consul General Naoki Ito stopped by Rend Lake College Wednesday for a luncheon during a tour of Southern Illinois. While on campus, Rauner and Ito met with local politicians and businesspeople to talk about education and workforce development. The luncheon consisted of sandwiches and sides prepared by RLC Culinary Arts students as part of a skills-based final examination.

WilkersonItoLuncheonWJapanese Consul Naoki Ito speaks with RLC President Terry Wilkerson at the start of the luncheon. Click on the image for a larger view.
(ReAnne Palmer / RLC Public Information)

CulinaryStudentTakesOrderWRLC Culinary Arts student Kimber Withrow of Bluford takes a lunch order from Hisayo Matsumoto, an economic researcher for the Consulate General, during the luncheon. Click on the image for a larger view.
(ReAnne Palmer / RLC Public Information)

GovRaunerSpeakingWGovernor Rauner addresses the luncheon attendees, focusing much of the discussion on the importance of education in Southern Illinois and helping individuals become qualified to work in local industry. Click on the image for a larger view.
(ReAnne Palmer / RLC Public Information)

Ito Japan Rauner Gov JCDC group photo WAt the end of the luncheon, all of the attendees gathered for a group photo with Governor Rauner and Consul General Ito, seated in the front row. Click on the image for a larger view.
(ReAnne Palmer / RLC Public Information)


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