Bill Book and Final Prep

It’s only a couple more weeks until everyone hops on their respective buses to travel to Springfield – are you ready? Check out the helpful tips below to make sure you are ready as possible before you arrive on March 15th.

Bill Book

You can now download an electronic copy of the 2013 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.

This file will be password protected. Please ask your advisor for the password if they have not already sent it to you.


More than anything, just know your bill as well as you can.

  • Understand every section and why it is there.
  • Know as many reasons that your bill should become law as possible.
  • Be able to defend arguments against your bill.

An easy to prep for all of this is to download the Bill Prep Checklist, do your research and fill it out. Everyone in a bill group should do it separately and share answers afterwards.

Also, downloading the bill book early should allow you to get familiar and do some research on the bills in your committee. Check out the “Prepare for Springfield” Guide to get some guidance on what you can be doing in advance of arriving in Springfield.

Presiding Officer and Committee Chair Candidates

There are two sample role plays available for Presiding Officer candidates and Committee Chairpersons to use for practicing parliamentary procedure.


Just like legislators, make sure you know your bill that you are advocating as well as you can by completing the Bill Prep Checklist. Also, be prepared to give your two-minute committee testimony for your bill. Don’t just write it…know it and practice presenting it – out loud.

Also, read all of the bills that will be in your committee and, for any other bills that you would like to testify on, do some research and prepare a short testimony.

Legislative Assistants

Plan and practice your opening statement for your proposal. You will have limited time to persuade other LAs that your proposal should pass, so you must be prepared to use your time effectively. Please check out the Bill Prep Checklist and use it to prepare for the debate on your proposal.


Student attorney teams should make sure that they are prepared to give their oral arguments. Be thoroughly familiar with your argument and be able present it without reading from the brief. Also, familiarize yourself with the arguments that your opponents have presented in their brief (which you should have received, or soon will receive, in the mail) and prepare rebuttal arguments to their points.

Additionally, you should prepare for your role as justices in Springfield by thoroughly reading the trial and appeal facts and the cited cases for the case you are not directly arguing.


Review the dress code and get some sleep.

We’ll see you in Springfield on the 15th!

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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.
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Final Results – 2012

Congratulations to all of the delegates, advisors and volunteers for completing another successful year in Youth & Government.  An extra congratulations goes to all of the student and delegation award winners listed below as well as to all of the bill groups that were able to have their bill signed by Gov. Lampros.   The final edition of The Observer will be posted on this web site when it is available.

Premier Delegations

  • Jefferson County – Elverado
  • Indian Boundary – Hinsdale Central
  • Kankakee – Bradley Bourbonnais
  • B.R. Ryall – Wheaton Warrenville South

Most Effective Legislators


Color Legislator Name Delegation
Blue House Kris Pittard Heritage – Metea Valley
Blue Senate Nate Stein Heritage – Waubonsie Valley
Orange House Thomas Clark Heritage – Oswego
Orange Senate Prahith Chakka Heritage – Neuqua Valley
Gray House Ashley Merritt Jefferson County – Mt. Vernon
Gray Senate Alexander Kessler Elmhurst – Lake Park

Most Effective Lobbyists


Color Lobbyist Name Delegation
Orange #1 Madhura Ramakrishnan Heritage – Neuqua Valley
#2 Matt Livingston Heritage – Neuqua Valley
#3 Cody Lingle Jefferson County – Sesser-Valier
#4 Katie Bateman Danville – Schlarman
#5 Daniel Fleming Network – Carl Sandburg
#6 Anusha Bhaskara Heritage – Neuqua Valley
Blue #1 Olivia Barista BR Ryall – Wheaton W’ville South
#2 Jake Strange Heritage – Metea Valley
#3 Elissa LePoire
Saurav Pattnaik
Heritage – Neuqua Valley
Heritage – Waubonsie Valley
#4 Sahil Mathur Heritage – Waubonsie Valley
#5 Saumya Jain Heritage – Neuqua Valley
#6 Abhishek Nigam Heritage – Neuqua Valley
Gray #1 Amber Robbs
Brieann Sauer
Springfield – Williamsville
Elmhurst – Lake Park
#2 Jacob Stern Jefferson County – Mt. Vernon
#3 Michael Chapel McHenry County – Faith Lutheran
#4 Sadie Schnautz Jefferson County – Mt. Vernon
#5 Katie Wellington Elmhurst – Addison Trail
#6 Katie Aaron Jefferson County – Mt. Vernon
#7 Tyler Knutson Jefferson County – Mt. Vernon
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