The Observer

State Senator Tells Delegates to be Bold

by: Elise Fulmer On Thursday, during training, the Observer had the privilege of talking with and interviewing Illinois Senator Elgie Sims, Jr. He shared aspects of his job, passions, and advice for youth interested...

Help Feed the Hungry

by: Briana Castro Lupe Cuellar and Manuela Chaves of the Two Rivers YMCA delegation are proposing a new hunger bill called “Feeding Illinois,” designed to feed low-income Americans and reduce the amount of food...

Rewards For Producing Less Gas

by: Elizabeth Arias In Illinois, the two main causes of environmental destruction are non-renewable energy and irresponsible farming. The Illinois Environmental Council states that about 20% of Illinois rivers have been degraded and contaminated...

Roundup Kills Competition

by: Julia Koziatek Carterville High School delegates, Jalyn O’Brien and Ashley Woolard, are sponsoring a bill protecting the use of Roundup weed killer, in Illinois agriculture. Though the use of Roundup has recently been...

Jailbirds Steal the Right to Vote

by: Kyra Nolen       American citizens older than 18 have the right, supplied by the Constitution, to participate in democracy by voting. Those incarcerated are denied this right. Avni Patel, a member of the Lake...

Going too Fast? It Pays to be Poor

by: Kenzi Schmidt, Hailey Dick Julia Burke, David Surzykiewicz, and Liz Witek of the Lake Park delegation have joined together to write a bill focused on creating a fining system for speeding in Illinois that...

Bill Aims to Reduce Suicides

by: Lea Bartos Nowadays, teenagers deal with a lot of stress, whether it be because of school, friends, or family. This stress can turn into something a lot more complicated, like mental illnesses. However,...

The Sound of Silence

by: Braden Fogerson Sponsors Kenzie Kirk and Maggie Reed of the Gateway Region are proposing a bill aiming to ban the use of emergency siren sounds on radio stations. These sounds resemble those of...