Rep. Jimenez’s Higher Education Student Advisory Committee, Downtown Businesses Partner to Create New Student Discount Program

Members of State Representative Sara Wojcicki Jimenez’s Higher Education Student Advisory Committee have partnered with several downtown Springfield businesses to create a new shopping discount program for University of Illinois-Springfield and Lincoln Land Community College students. By simply showing their student ID at downtown businesses displaying the Downtown Discounts decal, students will receive discount deals at many of their favorite local stores and eateries.

“I am so proud of these young men and women on my Higher Education Advisory Committee. They have taken their role beyond discussing legislation to actively working for the betterment of our community. The discount program they have spearheaded will help get young adults involved downtown, and hopefully, develop a relationship that will make them want to stay here;” said Rep. Jimenez.

“This discount program is an example of students and local leaders working together to improve the community for everyone,” said Kaelan Smith, Co-Chair of the Higher Education Advisory Committee. “I hope this program inspires more students to become active partners with community members to enhance the quality of life in Springfield.”

The Downtown Discounts program officially kicked off today with 11 participating businesses, including Springfield Vintage, Custom Cup Coffee, Daisy Jane’s, the Hoogland Center for the Arts, Jade’s Far East Emporium, The Roost, Wild Rose, Studio 6, Z Bistro and Udder Hut, Jojo’s Street Cuisine, and Recycled Records. Deals vary, but many include a 10% discount or buy-one-get-one-free offers.

“We want everyone to shop local. Downtown Discounts will encourage students to spend more time downtown exploring our unique shops and restaurants, and to take advantage of all that our wonderful community has to offer. I am very excited about this new partnership,” said Lisa Clemmons Stott, Executive Director of Downtown Springfield Inc.

Smith says he and fellow Advisory Committee members look forward to adding more downtown businesses to the program in the coming months, and have set up a Facebook page to keep students up to date on the latest deals and discounts.

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