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Sen. Althoff hosts Youth Advisory Council for high school students

McHenry, IL – On November 13, 40 students from the 32nd Senate District took part in State Senator Pamela Althoff’s Youth Advisory Council at the McHenry County College Shah Center, which gave students a hands-on learning experience about public policy and the legislative process.

"I am thrilled to have met such incredible students and am proud of my school districts for generating such ambitious individuals,” said Sen. Althoff (R-McHenry). “I hope that today's Youth Advisory Council provided them with not only the knowledge on how state government works, but also the skills to work together and to respect different opinions.”

Students from Alden-Hebron, Antioch, Crystal Lake South, Grant Community, Harvard, Johnsburg, Marengo, Marian, McHenry West, Prairie Ridge, Richmond-Burton, Round Lake, Wauconda, Woodstock North, and Woodstock high schools took part in the Youth Advisory Council.

The program began with a variety of speakers including, Suzanne Hoban, MPH, Executive Director, Family Health Partnership Clinic, Pam Cumpata, Senior Vice President, Business Bank, Blackhawk Bank, and Peter A. L. Murray, President Dura-Bar, Inc.

Students then broke into groups to develop ideas for possible state legislation. They then took a popular vote and chose one mock legislative proposal.

That proposal will carry over to the next Youth Advisory Council which will take place sometime in the spring. There, the students will participate in a mock committee hearing where they will discuss their legislative proposal in detail.

“It was so exciting to see the students engage in the policy-making process,” said Althoff. “I look forward to meeting with them again to dig even deeper in their legislative proposal.”

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