Gary A. Speckhart, of Quincy, was elected to a two-year
term to represent District 9, which encompasses Pike, Adams,
Brown, Schuyler, McDonough and Hancock counties. Speckhart and
his wife, Rita, operate a corn and soybean farm.
served as president of the Adams County Farm Bureau and is
currently a director for Prairie Land FS.
He is a member of the Bluff Hall Church in Payson. He and his
wife have four children: Aaron, Somer, Rhiannon and Alese.
Dennis L. Hughes, of Decatur, was elected to a two-year
term representing District 11, which encompasses DeWitt, Macon,
Piatt, Moultrie, Shelby and Christian counties. Hughes currently
works as a consultant with B and B Farms, Decatur.
Hughes served as president of the Macon County Farm Bureau
from 1988 to 1994 and is a past chairman of an Illinois
He is currently serving as interim minister of the Illini
Congregational United Church of Christ of Warrensburg. He and
his wife, Betty, have three grown children: Christopher, Eric
J. Larry Miller, of Thompsonville, was elected to a
two-year term to represent District 17, which encompasses Wayne,
Edwards, Wabash, Jefferson, Franklin, Hamilton and White
counties. Miller and his wife, Kaye, operate a corn, soybean,
wheat and beef cow farm with their son, Jerry.
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Miller served the Franklin County Farm Bureau as vice president in
1978-1979 and was president from 1980 to 1989. He managed the
Franklin County Farm Bureau from 2002 to 2013. He is a graduate of
the IFB Agriculture Leaders of Tomorrow program.
Miller also served on the Franklin County Economic Development
Council and was the secretary-treasurer of his local property rights
association. He is a member of Immanuel Baptist Church in Franklin
County. He and his wife have three children: Jerry, Jeff and Jonny.
[Text from file received from
Illinois Farm Bureau]
The Illinois Farm Bureau is a member
of the American Farm Bureau Federation, a national organization
of farmers and ranchers. Founded in 1916, IFB is a nonprofit,
membership organization directed by farmers who join through
their county Farm Bureau. IFB has a total membership of more
than 400,000, a voting membership of more than 82,000 and
represents 3 out of 4 Illinois farmers.