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Sen. McConnaughay hosts Youth Advisory Council

On November 16, 77 students from across the 33rd Senate District took part in State Senator Karen McConnaughay's Youth Advisory Council at Judson University, which gave students a hands-on learning experience about public policy and the legislative process.

“I put this program on every year to give students in my district the opportunity to learn more about how state government operates at different levels, and also to provide them with valuable insights on how to achieve career success," said Sen. McConnaughay.

The program began with a variety of speakers including:

  • Judge Susan Clancy Boles, Kane County
  • Paul Lencioni, President/CEO, Blue Goose Island
  • Retired Fire Chief John Fahy, City of Elgin Fire Department 
  • Kelli Childress, Kane County Public Defender 

Students then broke into groups to develop ideas for possible state legislation. They then took a popular vote to select one mock legislative proposal they will debate during the Spring Youth Advisory Council, which will take place on-site at the Capitol in Springfield. There, the students will participate in a mock committee hearing where they will discuss their legislative proposal in detail. While in Springfield, students will also get to visit the Senate floor and experience the legislative process first-hand.

“Every year I am so impressed with these students," said. McConnaughay. "It's great to see them interested and engaged in the policy-making process."

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