Several area high school students from across State Senator Dan McConchie’s 26th Senate District traveled to Springfield April 26 to participate in his Youth Advisory Council.
McConchie’s bi-annual Youth Advisory Council gives students a unique, hands-on, and up-close experience of state government.
“This is such a great event and gives students a chance to really dig into the public policy aspect of state government,” McConchie said. “It’s critical that we, as legislators, engage with our young people about the legislative process and public policy because they are the leaders of our future.”
McConchie hosted the all-day Youth Advisory Council at the Capitol, where he talked with high school students from Adlai Stevenson, Barrington, and Cary-Grove High Schools about Illinois government and how the Legislature operates. McConchie shared stories of his experiences in the Statehouse, discussed what it takes to become a legislator, why public policy is important, and answered questions.
The students also got to hear from a wide variety of speakers, toured the Capitol, and watched Senate Floor action from the Senate Gallery.
The students later participated 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.
“Each time I host this event, I am amazed by the quality of students each high school brings,” said McConchie. “To see the student’s energy, passion, and drive on issues that matter to them and to see them soak up everything they heard and saw throughout the day is inspiring. If anyone doubts our young people are not engaged in public policy, this Youth Advisory Council is a refreshing reminder our young people do care, and they want to help make the future better.”