October 20, 2013 | Leave a comment CONGRATULATIONS! Columbia, Illinois- Sister City of the Year for the State of Illinois and the Illinois Sister Cities Association. Columbia has distinguished themselves with a 20 year relationship with Gedern, Germany. They recently celebrated the 20 year relationship with a delegation of 45 coming from Gedern to visit Columbia. They have also had a youth exchange program through the high school and have had 11 exchanges. April of 2013 24 students from Gedern came for a 3 week exchange to Columbia. Mayor Kevin Hutchinson receives the award at the Illinois Municipal League annual meeting in Chicago. Paula Randant, President of the ISCA presents the award. Also pictured are Josephine Wittenauer, Board member from Columbia and Nancy Devereux, Board member from Palatine.