CHICAGO – State Rep. Fran Hurley is encouraging high school-aged women to apply for The Illinois Council on Women and Girls, a council that seeks to bring youth voices into policy conversations while giving them a firsthand opportunity to learn the legislative process.

“For those who have an interest in public service and are active in making positive change in their community, this is a great opportunity for them to share their perspective and experiences,” Hurley said. “By meeting elected officials and policymakers, this council will provide these young people with the ability to impact the world they are living in for the better early on in their lives.” 

Serving a one-year term, young people selected will meet bi-weekly to plan events and projects, as well as attend quarterly meetings with different Illinois committees starting in December 2022. They will provide policy recommendations on legislation that impacts the lives of women and girls throughout the state, specifically in the areas of gender-based violence, academic and economic opportunities, leadership and inclusion, and healthcare. 

The opportunity is open for young women in grades nine through 12, and applications are due no later than Oct. 23. More information on the program and application process is available at

“Listening to these young voices will provide insight to legislators that could not be easily found in our own circles. They view the world through a different lens than we do,” Hurley said. “I’m hopeful that our area will be well represented on this council, and that it helps encourage participants to continue working toward positive change for our communities.”

Hurley’s office is able to help residents with any questions or concerns at or 773-445-8128. 

Rep. Fran HurleyRep. Fran Hurley

35th District

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