Government teacher Andy Conneen created the bill proposing that 17-year-olds be able to vote in Illinois primaries, the Stevenson Daily Digest reports.
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Seventeen year olds could soon be voting in Illinois primary elections, thanks to a bill proposed by a Stevenson High School teacher. Government teacher Andy Conneen created the bill titled “Suffrage at 17”, the Stevenson Daily Digest reports. The Illinois Senate approved the bill on Wednesday by a vote of 43-9. It would allow 17-year-olds to vote in primary elections, but only if they turn 18 by the time of the general election, the Chicago Tribune reports. Governor Pat Quinn supports the bill. If passed, Illinois would be the 13th state to allow 17-year-olds to vote in primaries, the newspaper reports. Related Articles: Andrew Conneen Named Teacher of the Year Finalist
Andrew Conneen, a government teacher at Stevenson High School, is among nine finalists for the statewide honor.
Stevenson High School government teacher Andrew Conneen was named one of nine finalists Monday for the Illinois State Board of Education's 2012-13 Illinois Teacher of the Year award. The finalists represent schools across the state and are selected from nominees through ISBE’s Those Who Excel educator recognition program. “These nine teachers are vibrant leaders who reflect Illinois’ commitment to ensuring students learn and succeed,” said Illinois State Board of Education Chairman Gery J. Chico in a statement. “Education in Illinois is constantly evolving, and these teachers keep abreast of recent reforms and are always working hard to improve their classroom practices. They represent the best of the best across the state, and this …