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The Next Generation Sets Their Agenda


Policies set in place today will, without a doubt, impact the lives of millions of Illinois’ young people. But, it’s not just issues like pensions that will affect young people many decades from now. Unprecedented challenges, including unemployment, student debt and gun violence prevention, have direct and immediate implications for young people.

It’s time for the state’s millennial generation to set their own policy agenda for Illinois – to strengthen the state and strengthen our democracy.

On September 27th, NextGen Illinois is hosting a convention for more than 1,000 young people to set a policy agenda for the state. At the culmination of the convention, participants will vote on their public policy priorities.  Conference attendees will also have the opportunity to share these priorities with the state’s leaders. Gubernatorial candidates Bruce Rauner and Governor Pat Quinn will be on hand to speak to convention attendees and, most importantly, hear about young peoples’ concerns for the state.

Attend the conference or follow it as it unfolds.

The Joyce Foundation provided support for the convention, and dozens of local caucuses that led up to the statewide event, because political reform relies on citizens who are engaged in the issues that impact their lives.  

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