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Newark High School students experience government

State Sen. Sue Rezin with students Caeley Larson, Ben Horvat, and Nikki Kala, and teacher Mike Hall of Newark High School.
State Sen. Sue Rezin with students Caeley Larson, Ben Horvat, and Nikki Kala, and teacher Mike Hall of Newark High School.

Several high school students from Newark High School participated in a hands-on experience in state government May 2 as part of state Sen. Sue Rezin’s Youth Advisory Council.

“The future of our state and country depends on those who are in school now,” Rezin, R-Morris, said. “We must get young people more involved in the legislative process and show them the importance of public policy. That’s why I was so excited to host my Youth Advisory Council. These students took initiative, were inquisitive, and full of energy. It’s refreshing to see so many students who are engaged in the political process and who want to be leaders so they can make their communities, this state, and our country even better.”

Rezin hosted the all-day Youth Advisory Council, talking with high school students from Coal City High School, LaSalle-Peru, Morris, St. Bede Academy, Streator, Wilmington, Woodland, Hall, Newark and Ottawa about Illinois government and how the Legislature operates. She shared stories of her experiences in the Statehouse, discussed what it takes to become a legislator and why public policy is important, and answered questions.

The students visited the Capitol and spent time on the Senate floor. They heard from a lobbyist, other state senators and government leaders. Students also met Gov. Bruce Rauner and spoke to him for about 20 minutes in his Capitol office. 

The students, who were selected by their teachers to participate, later conducted a mock bill discussion and hearing on issues important to them.

Sen. Rezin will host another Youth Advisory Council session this fall in the 38th Senate District.

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