Advisors

Bill Book Available for Download

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 2018 Bill Book.
You will receive a bound copy when you arrive in Springfield.  The page is password protected – please ask your advisor for the password if you have not already received it.

By | 2018-04-10T16:20:15+00:00 March 1st, 2018|Advisors, Students|0 Comments

2017 Year-End Wrap-Up

Another year has come and gone and we wanted to take one last look back at the assembly. Congratulations to all of the delegations and award winners below.

Assembly Photos & Video

2018-19 Elected Officers

  • Governor – Trisha Prabhu
  • Chief Justice – Rekha Iyer
  • Lt. Governor – Ryan Miller
  • Secretary of State – Eunice Chang
By | 2018-06-15T17:25:15+00:00 July 9th, 2017|Advisors, Students|0 Comments

Major Changes: Major Office Elections

This year, we will begin a 2-year transition process to begin electing 4 major offices to serve for the full year before the assembly – not just the 3 days of the current year’s assembly weekend.

In the first year of the transition, we will elect all major offices for 2017, plus, in a separate election, the 4 transitioning offices for the 2018 Assembly.

On Friday we will elect the following Major Officers to serve for the 2017 Assembly:

  • Governor
  • Chief Justice
  • Lt. Governor
  • Secretary of State
  • President of the Senate
  • Speaker of the House
  • Executive Director of Lobbyists

On Sunday we will elect the following officers to serve the entire year and through the 2018 Assembly:

  • Governor
  • Chief Justice
  • Lt. Governor
  • Secretary of State

More details, including how to run for the offices for the 2018 Assembly, will be given to each delegation and will be available in the Advisor Manual. If you have any questions, please contact the Youth and Government Office.

By | 2018-04-10T16:26:52+00:00 August 23rd, 2016|Advisors, Students|0 Comments

Legislators: Change for Pre-Leg 1

This year, we’re slightly changing how legislative committees function at Pre-Leg 1 with the goal of providing better feedback to bill groups.

Instead of a typical committee session with general debate on a bill, the committee will hold an organized discussion on each bill with committee members offering suggestions on how to make each bill better.

How roles will change this year:

  • Bill Groups – Groups should prepare to give a 4-6 minute presentation to introduce their Bill to the other committee members. There will be no questions allowed during the presentation. Bill groups may use handouts or visual aids to assist them in their presentation (no projectors will be available). The presentation should be in depth enough so that other committee members are informed enough to be able to give quality feedback at its conclusion.
  • Legislators – Committee members will be able to ask questions and give suggestions to each bill group on how to improve that group’s bill.
  • Committee Chairs – Chairs will be in charge of leading the discussion. Use of parliamentary procedure is not required as long as the discussion is kept orderly and the goal of providing the bill group with constructive feedback on their bill is accomplished.

Adult committee advisors should be prepared to explain the changes at the beginning of the committee session and help steer discussion if it begins sounding like debate.

By | 2018-04-10T16:51:49+00:00 October 20th, 2015|Advisors, Students|0 Comments

Let’s Get Started…

With the beginning of a new school year, we also begin a new year for Illinois YMCA Youth & Government. Please follow us on Twitter (or like us on Facebook if that’s your thing) and check back here  for the latest updates for you throughout the year.

Alright, let’s go…

Here are some ways that you can hit the ground running once you know which role you will fill for this year.

Legislators

  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.

Judicial

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

 

By | 2015-10-06T09:46:08+00:00 October 5th, 2015|Advisors, Students|0 Comments

2015 Year-End Wrap Up

Another year has come and gone and we wanted to take one last look back at the assembly. Congratulations to all of the delegations and award winners below.

Premier Delegations

  • Decatur Family Y
  • Andrew
  • Sesser-Valier
  • Neuqua Valley

Assembly Photos & Video

By | 2018-06-15T17:25:15+00:00 May 4th, 2015|Advisors, News, Students|0 Comments

Bill Book Available

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.

By | 2015-07-09T22:03:47+00:00 March 10th, 2014|Advisors, Students|0 Comments

Pre-Leg 1 Information for Delegates

It’s just a little less than 2 weeks until Pre-Leg 1 occurs at 4 different sites across the state.  Here’s how to get prepared and what to expect once you’re there:

  • Legislators:
    • If you haven’t begun writing your bill yet, make sure that you read our bill writing guide to get started.
    • Once you are ready to start writing, you can use the bill format template to ensure that the formatting is correct. Bring 20 copies of both your bill and bill brief to Pre-Leg 1 with you.
    • You should also read the guide to Pre-Leg before you go.
  • Attorneys, Lobbyists and Legislative Assistants will begin training for their roles in the program at Pre-Leg 1.
  • Candidates for major offices should come prepared to give a one to three minute speech and campaign for their position. Candidates for Presiding Officer will not give a speech, but will instead conduct a short role play, so come prepared with a good understanding of parliamentary procedure.
  • Those that are interested in filing for an Administrative Office can still do so up until Pre-Leg 1 begins. If you plan on filing there, make sure you have all of the required paperwork (ask your advisor) and come prepared to give a short speech.
By | 2012-10-24T08:39:46+00:00 October 24th, 2012|Advisors, Students|0 Comments

LA & Forum Info for Advisors

Many of you have questions about the new Legislative Assistant program and Forum that will replace the Page role this year.  You can find detailed info at the LA & Forum page.  Feel free to direct your students there if they have questions.

Information for Advisors

The most important difference for advisors to know prior to Pre-Leg I is that LAs should be assigned to a bill group.  This will allow these students to participate in the writing of legislation and the research that goes into preparing for Pre-Legs and Springfield.  The distinction between LAs and lobbyists will be hard to see at this point, it will be more clear in Springfield.

In addition to students that would have served in the Page program, the LA program has opportunity for students that in recent years have been used as lobbyists.  This created a problem where there were sometimes 3 or 4 lobbyists assigned to a single bill.  Refer to the advisor handbook for minimums and maximums in these roles but lobbyists and LAs should be around a 1:1 ratio for each delegation. Sargeants-at-Arms, Clerks/Secretaries, and Bill Flow Clerks will also come from this pool of delegates so advisors should keep in mind students to nominate for these roles. For thes roles, we suggest nominating students that are in a bill group with more than one LA.

Keep in mind that the forum is a pilot program for 2013.  Some bugs may exist.  Advisors are encouraged to attend and get feedback from their delegates.

By | 2018-06-15T17:25:16+00:00 September 4th, 2012|Advisors|0 Comments