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Keicher’s youth council gives students a voice

State Rep. Jeff Keicher, R-Sycamore, met with members of his Youth Advisory Council at the Sycamore Public Library.
State Rep. Jeff Keicher, R-Sycamore, met with members of his Youth Advisory Council at the Sycamore Public Library.

State Rep. Jeff Keicher, R-Sycamore, discussed issues that are important to local high school students when he met with his 2019 Youth Advisory Council this week, according to a news release from Keicher’s office.

The council consists of juniors and seniors from high schools within the 70th House District, including the following local students:

• Cornerstone Christian Academy: Jackson Thirtle and Jennifer Linden

• DeKalb High School: Kierstin Cole, Henry Thompson, Maggie Schwartz and Abdullah Thahab

• Hinckley-Big Rock: Ethan Clark and Ian Kanwischer

• Hiawatha High School: Liliana Padilla and Miguel Devalle

• Sycamore High School: Kylei Carlson, Ben Keierleber and Emma Keicher

Keicher said in the news release that the feedback provided by the Youth Council is a vital aspect of his ability to represent the needs and concerns of young people in DeKalb, Kane and Boone counties.

“I believe it is very important for our students to be engaged in current affairs, share their opinions on issues facing the state, and learn about how they can make an impact in public service,” Keicher said in the release. “We have many of the highest achieving and most talented students in Illinois right here in our district. I want to amplify their voice in Springfield and ensure their input plays a role in policy-making decisions on issues that affect them.”

Members of the Youth Advisory Council are chosen by their school and serve as representatives of the student body. The Youth Advisory Council experience lasts into the spring legislative session and will culminate in a trip to Springfield, where they will meet with elected officials, legislative staff and lobbyists as well as tour the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and State Capitol. 

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