The NextGen Illinois project is an initiative of Young Invincibles and the Roosevelt Institute | Campus Network, in collaboration with dozens of other Illinois organizations, designed to activate young people to shape a unique policy agenda for the state of Illinois. Young adult voices are frequently overlooked in state-level political conversations, and the NextGen project aims to strengthen the youth voice by elevating shared political priorities.
From June to September of 2014, we met with young people from across Illinois and hosted discussions and town halls on campuses, in classrooms, and in bars to gather policy ideas. Over 700 young people, ages 14 to 34, participated in discussions about Illinois’ biggest policy challenges such as education, jobs, and health care. Participants also tackled important reform questions around political corruption, money in politics, and fair elections.
On September 27, hundreds of NextGen Illinois participants came together at a state convention to vote on some of the best ideas that young people contributed throughout the process and created a cohesive 10-item agenda for Illinois.
Here you will find the resulting agenda, containing the top 10 ideas supported by young people from all over the state. We have included a brief analysis of each policy and information on how you can help move these policies forward.