PEORIA, IL – As the second part of an all-inclusive civics lesson, about 40 students from the 37th Senate District took part in State Sen. Chuck Weaver's first Youth Advisory Council April 20 at the Illinois State Capitol.
"These students are the ‘smartest of the smartest,’ they are all solid kids. They were able to learn first-hand how government works and we talked at length about leadership," said Weaver (R-Peoria).
The students participated in a mock debate on legislation, which would have required mandatory drug testing for welfare recipients. Legislative, lobbyist, media, citizen roles were all acted out during the mock committee hearing which involved the Youth Advisory Council Members.
Students from Dunlap, Elmwood, Galesburg, Galva, Knoxville, Metamora, Oneida, and Princeton took part in the 2016 Spring Youth Advisory Council. A diverse group of students were represented from suburban and rural agricultural areas.
Weaver said the event is the first-of-its-kind for the 37th District and provides youth leaders with an invaluable opportunity to learn more about how their state government functions. Students heard from a two neighboring State Senators Sue Rezin (R-Morris) and Jason Barickman (R-Normal) and two lobbyists who deal with higher education and human services.