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Students receive hands-on learning on public policy

Students from across the 26th Senate District take part in state Sen. Dan McConchie's second annual Youth Advisory Council.
Students from across the 26th Senate District take part in state Sen. Dan McConchie's second annual Youth Advisory Council.

LAKE ZURICH – On Nov. 15, 37 students from across the 26th Senate District took part in state Sen. Dan McConchie’s second annual Youth Advisory Council at the Ela Area Public Library. It gave students a hands-on learning experience about public policy and the legislative process.

“This program is a great way for students in my district to learn more about how state government works,” McConchie said in a news release. “Not only do students get to discuss ideas that are important to them, but they also get to hear from a wide variety of leaders throughout the community.”

The program began with a variety of speakers, including state Sen. Pamela Althoff, Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass, Lake County State’s Attorney Mike Nerheim and small-business owner Bonnie Conte.

Students then broke into groups to develop ideas for possible state legislation. They took a popular vote to select one mock legislative proposal they will debate during the Spring Youth Advisory Council, which will take place 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 get to visit the Senate floor and experience the legislative process firsthand.

“It’s great to see young students engage in the policy-making process,” McConchie said in the release.

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