Make a difference in Illinois this fall.

Join NextGen Illinois to learn about the most important issues facing Illinois: health care, education, the environment, jobs, and civil rights. Think of ways to change or improve Illinois’ democratic systems, from the inner workings of government to fair elections and civic innovation. Share your values for state government with young people all over the state, tell us what you think are the biggest problems facing Illinois, and help create potential policy solutions.

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We can do more with our government than just voting and paying taxes. How can Illinois use innovation and technology to make our government and communities function better?

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We still have a long way to go in the struggle for civil rights. What are today’s most significant civil rights concerns, and how can Illinois address them?

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Do Illinois schools make the grade? How do we make sure that young adults in Illinois are getting the education they need to prepare them for a successful life?

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Is solving unemployment as simple as telling someone to get a job? What are some of the challenges in creating employment opportunities for everyone in Illinois?

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Who will protect Illinois’ environment if we don’t? Discuss some of the biggest environmental challenges facing Illinois today and what our state should do about them.

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Could you write a $65 billion budget? Learn about the Illinois Executive Branch and the biggest challenges it faces in running our state.

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Is money a factor in Illinois campaigns? Why do only 56 percent of people vote in Illinois? Learn about our election system and share your ideas for how to make it fair.

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Need a doctor? What role does the state of Illinois play in the care you get? Tell us what you think should be Illinois’ top health care priorities.

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Illinois judges uphold the laws and constitution of our state. Explore what Illinois’ judicial system should look like to ensure that everyone is guaranteed access to justice.

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Illinois’ General Assembly is a representative body that makes our state laws. Is everyone represented? What impact do party politics have on lawmaking?

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