Over 50 high schools students from across the 26th Senate District got a unique, hands-on learning experience about public policy, state government, and leadership during their experience at State Senator Dan McConchie’s (R-Hawthorn Woods) 3rd Annual Youth Advisory Council.
“I look forward to hosting this event every year, and I’m always blown away by the quality of students here in the 26th district,” said McConchie. “It’s exciting to see their enthusiasm and knowledge about the issues facing our state and community. There is no doubt in my mind that our future will be in great hands.”
McConchie hosted the all-day event at the Barrington Area Library. Participating students are from Adlai Stevenson, Barrington, Cary-Grove, Lake Zurich, Libertyville, Mundelein, Quentin Road Christian School, and Trinity Oaks Christian Academy.
Students started off they day hearing from not only Sen. McConchie, but a variety of other elected officials including Lake County State’s Attorney Mike Nerheim; Karen Darch, Mayor of Barrington; Pamela Althoff, former State Senator and registered lobbyist; and Congressman Peter Roskam.
Students then broke off into groups, where they were asked to work together to develop ideas for possible new state legislation. During these discussions, McConchie spent time with each small group, asking students questions about their proposed policy change and how they would advocate for their issue. At the end of the day, each group presented their proposal and took questions from the rest of the group.
Sen. McConchie’s Youth Advisory Council is a two-part experience. Students will meet with Sen. McConchie again in the spring where they will participate in a mock committee hearing.