Anderson gives students insight on political process

MOLINE, Illinois - Dozens of Illinois high school students got some insight into state politics on Tuesday.  
They participated in State Senator Neil Anderson's Youth Advisory Council at the Western Illinois University Moline Campus. 
Students from twelve high schools spent their day learning about how politics work. 
They heard from speakers including former Illinois State Rep. Pat Verschoor and Rock Island Mayor Mike Thoms.
Students also brainstormed solutions to statewide problems. 
Organizers say their goal is to get students involved in politics.
"I knew not everything was black and white in politics, there's always supposed to be a grey part to everything. So learning this motivates me more to drive people, to help other people understand that you just can't rely on everything that you hear, you've got to do your own research and get involved," says Rock Island Junior Leslie Perez. 
Students will get to tour the Illinois capitol in the spring. 
They'll hear from other legislative leaders and participate in a mock committee hearing. 


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