Illinois YMCA Youth & Government

Bill Book Available

Posted: March 10th, 2014

It’s only a couple more weeks until everyone hops on their respective buses to travel to Springfield – are you ready?

Bill Book

You can now download an electronic copy of the 2014 Bill Book (Right-click and “Save As…” – Opening within the browser may not work). You will receive a bound copy when you arrive in Springfield.  The file is password protected – please ask your advisor for the password if you have not already received it.


Welcome & Program Changes

Posted: September 8th, 2013

With the beginning of a new school year, we also begin a new year for Illinois YMCA Youth & Government.  We hope this web site will be a great resource for all student participants throughout the year.  Please like us on Facebook and check back here on the web site for the latest updated for you throughout the year.

Program Changes

With the beginning of a new school year, we also begin a new year for Illinois YMCA Youth and Government.  There are  some changes that we want to tell you about for this upcoming year:


For the 2013-2014 program year, freshmen will be allowed to participate in the program as Legislative Assistants, Lobbyists, Clerk-Bailiffs, Newspaper Press and Video Press.  While freshmen can be lobbyists, they are not eligible to run for Executive Director of the Lobbyists.

Legislative Assistants

All delegates are now eligible to be Legislative Assistants – not just first-year participants.  Additionally, starting this year, Legislative Assistants will not be aligned with a bill group.  Instead, prior to Pre-Leg I, each LA should be assigned to a senior legislator from your delegation as a mentor.  This will allow LAs to participate in the writing of legislation and the research that goes into preparing for Pre-Leg meetings and the Springfield Assembly.


Many registration forms may now be completed online and can be found on the Registration page.  Please talk with your advisor if you are unclear about what forms you need to complete.

Dress Code Change

For females, skirt and dress length must be longer than mid-thigh, only 3”-4” above the knee (a change from “mid-thigh”).


Alright, let’s go…

With the changes out of the way, its time to get started for the year.  Here are some ways that you can hit the ground running once you know which role you will fill for this year.


  1. Need a idea for a bill or help to get started writing? Start with our bill writing guide.
  2. After you have a topic, here are some helpful links to use when doing research.
  3. When you are ready to start writing, use our templates for your bill and bill brief.


All judicial materials including the trial and appeal handbooks, facts and case law as well as bench memo best practices can be found at the Judicial help page.