Springfield – Lawmakers and other state leaders joined together on the morning of May 16 for the annual Illinois Prayer Breakfast at the Illinois State Capitol Complex. The event was co-chaired by State Senators Chuck Weaver (R-Peoria) and Iris Martinez (D-Chicago).
“This is the time to encourage leaders to remember what’s important and why we are truly here,” said Weaver. “It’s especially important to remember as we enter the contentious last few weeks of session that we should be serving a higher purpose.”
The non-denominational, multi-faith service has been an annual tradition for state leaders since 1963. The event aims to bridge the divisions that exist in government and politics to foster a sense of community and cooperation.
The event invited people to come together and invite people to pray, not for their own agendas, but for God’s wisdom and strength to cope with the challenges of these unique times. The main goal of the Illinois Prayer Breakfast is to find a way back toward unity in the state and to give our constituents a sense of hope.
“It’s amazing to see so many different people come together to share their faith and their calling,” said Weaver. “I hope this event is able to inspire and foster a greater sense of service and collaboration in Springfield.”
Sen. Weaver was especially proud to note that the Peoria area was well represented at the event by lawmakers, speakers and other community leaders who were in attendance.