New Voices of Illinois is a movement to guarantee student journalists in the state the freedom to report without fear of consequence. The campaign resulted in the successful enactment of state Rep. Will Guzzardi’s House Bill 5902, which Gov. Bruce Rauner signed into law effective July 29, 2016. Illinois now provides comprehensive censorship protection both for high school journalists in public schools and for journalists in public colleges through the College Campus Press Act of 2007.

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“The world of free speech begins with young people learning to express themselves. And thanks to their high school media advisers, many join the adult world thinking critically, with strength and passion. They become adults who use their free speech privileges with a sense of purpose, understanding the power of language and the responsibilities that come with that power.”

Sally Renaud, executive director of the Illinois Journalism Education Association