State Representative Pritchard welcomed his 2015-2016 Youth Advisory Council to the state capital this week. Over the two days in the Springfield, the group was able to sit in on committee meetings and House floor proceedings as well as tour the old state capitol building and the Lincoln museum.
The Youth Advisory Council is made up of juniors and seniors selected by their teachers for their awareness of public issues, leadership skills, and interest in government and history. The purpose of the council is to provide Rep. Pritchard with a youth perspective on current legislation and state issues, and to more actively engage high school students in the democratic process and public policy. They learn about the operations of state and local units of government and are exposed to various careers in government.
While in Springfield, the group met with State leaders Governor Rauner, Comptroller Leslie Munger, State Treasurer Michael Frerichs, and got a tour of the Secretary of State's office. They also met with other Springfield leaders like Senate President Cullerton and House Leaders Barbara Flynn Currie and Jim Durkin.