27 students from across the 21st Senate District traveled to the Capitol April 12 to take part in state government and the legislative process as part of State Senator Michael Connelly’s (R-Naperville) Youth Advisory Council.
"This is such an exciting opportunity for not only the students but for me as well. This is a great way for me to hear and learn the issues that are important to our youth,” said Sen. Connelly. “I hope this program got these students more excited about public policy and that they consider getting more involved in the process.”
Senator Connelly’s YAC program brings students together in the fall to discuss, propose, and vote on legislation. The winning bill is then advanced to the spring meeting at the Capitol, which took place today.
Students who attended today’s event got to participate in a mock committee hearing, where they were broken up into groups representing the major players in the realm of public policy including senators, lobbyists, concerned citizens, members of the media, and even the governor and staff. This simulation gave them a chance to debate the legislation they voted on in the fall.
Students also got the opportunity to meet with elected officials, tour the state’s Capitol building, and engage in conversation about issues impacting the state of Illinois.
Participating schools included:
- Benet Academy
- Glenbard North High School
- Naperville Central High School
- Naperville North High School
- Neuqua Valley High School
- St. Francis High School
- Wheaton North High School