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Meet Southern Illinois' 20 Under 40 for 2021
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Meet Southern Illinois' 20 Under 40 for 2021

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No matter what you call them — Generation Y, Millennials or even Generation Z — Southern Illinoisans born since 1980 are stepping up, taking a leading role as entrepreneurs, civic volunteers and business leaders.

Last spring, The Southern asked readers to to nominate outstanding “up and comers” under the age of 40 who were making a difference. Our plan was to recognize 20 of them with a special public event and publication, sharing their insights on life, success and the future.

Like many other events, plans to introduce the “20 Under 40” were put on hold because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but we feel that now is a perfect time to introduce some of our outstanding young leaders. Even though a few have celebrated their 40th birthdays since they were selected, all of them deserve the honor and recognition.

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