Rep. Keicher’s Youth Advisory Council Gives Local Students a Voice in Legislative Process

State Representative Jeff Keicher, R-Sycamore, met with his 2019 Youth Advisory Council this week to discuss the legislative process and current issues of importance to local youth.  The Council consists of students– juniors or seniors–from high schools within the 70th House District.  Keicher says 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. “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 policymaking 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.  Keicher feels student input is critical for the state and the future of democracy.   

The Youth Advisory Council experience lasts into the spring legislative session and will culminate in a trip to Springfield.  Youth Advisory Council members will get to meet with elected officials, legislative staff and lobbyists as well as tour the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and State Capitol.

Complete list of Youth Advisory Council members:

High School Student
Burlington Central Zimar Siddiqui
Burlington Central Riyana Soni
Burlington Central Isabella DiPiazza
Burlington Central Makenna Barrett
Cornerstone Christian Academy Jackson Thirtle
Cornerstone Christian Academy Jennifer Linden
DeKalb Kierstin Cole
DeKalb Henry Thompson
DeKalb Maggie Schwartz
DeKalb Abdullah Thahab
Hinckley-Big Rock Ethan Clark
Hinckley-Big Rock Ian Kanwischer
Hiawatha Liliana Padilla
Hiawatha Miguel Devalle
Kaneland Audrey Batts
Kaneland Sofie Carrillo
Kaneland Amanda Malawski
Sycamore Kylei Carlson
Sycamore Ben Keierleber
Sycamore Emma Keicher