• State Office Election Process Starting

    Right about the time this is posted, the nominating petitions for state office will be released in Election Central. With those petitions starts a process that won’t finish until the election and swearing in of the winners on Thursday. There are a few deadlines and mandatory checkpoints along the way, so if you’re interested in […]

  • City Councils in Full Swing

    Yesterday was the first election, for city posts. Today will be the second for county positions. In between, will be the first city council meetings. These meetings represent perhaps the most direct way in which citizens can put into practice what they learn here. It’s strongly recommended that any citizen without a different meeting to […]

  • Meet Illinois Premier Boys State

    Greetings and Welcome, fellow citizens, to the beginning of the 2017 Premier Illinois Boys State blog! We’ll be reporting on the daily happenings of this week, official and unofficial. Visit us for all your news needs from meal recountings to election results and debates, to other serious matters. Now lets get into some news! Yesterday […]

  • Boys State Honors Those Who Came Before Us

    Over the past several decades, as Boys State has grown throughout the country there have been there have been countless young men (and women at Girls State) who have gone through the program and then continued on to live their lives. Some you have heard of before, most however have lived their lives in relative […]

  • The Political Process has Begun

    During your time here at Boys State you will go through a lengthy journey learning about various aspects of the political process. You will learn what it means to be a citizen, of course, but also how laws are made, enforced, and judged. You will have the opportunity to learn about and put into practice […]

  • Welcome Citizens of Illinois Premier Boys State 2017

    Welcome to you all. You’re about to begin a week that you will remember for the rest of your lives. The things you learn, people you meet, and activities you take part in will stick with you going forward. The best advice that can be given is get involved. It might seem like a long […]

  • Boys State Honors One of Their Own

    It is a rare occurrence that something of note happens here at Boys State before the citizens arrive, but this year it happened. The staff of Boys State held a memorial service this morning for a long term staff member and President, Tom Johnson. As part of the memorial service, a bench was dedicated to […]

  • 2016 Model County Winners Announced

    Every year there are a number of awards that are given out for individual accomplishments. We also hold a Model County contest to recognize the county that best worked together to accumulate the most model county points. These points are gained by participating in various events like the essay and oration contests, correctly documenting county […]

  • 2016 Boys Nation Senators Announced

    By being on this site, you are aware of the Boys State program. You might not be aware that there is a Boys State across the country. There is also a Boys Nation program where two Senators from each Boys State go to represent their state. The Boys Nation program is very similar to the […]

  • 2016 Paul Brown Officers Leadership Award Winners Announced

    The Paul Brown Officers Leadership Award is awarded to the state level elected official, except the Governor who receives a separate scholarship award, who best exemplified what Boys State is all about throughout the election process. There is also an interview process in front of senior counselors. This year’s Paul Brown Officers Leadership Award winner […]

  • 2016 Keith Lucas Model Citizen Award Winners Announced

    Boys State has two separate ‘Model Citizen’ awards that are given each years. One, the Keith Lucas award is given to the citizen that is determined to be the model citizen by their peers in each county. These initial eight citizens are then interviewed by senior counselors to determine the final winners. Even being considered […]