Welcome to the online home of Model Illinois Government, one of the preeminent intercollegiate government simulations in the United States. 2015 will mark our 37th and, with your help, greatest simulation. If you are new to our organization, please allow me a moment to outline MIG.
Each spring semester, students from around the state of Illinois participate in the Model Illinois Government simulation. The 2015 simulation will take place at the Capitol Complex in Springfield in February. Nearly 300 students from over 20 colleges and universities will converge on the Illinois State Capital to gain more experiences in a weekend than in a semester of classes.
The MIG simulation is structured for a legislative simulation as well as a moot court competition. Students choose among various roles including: Legislators, lobbyists, journalists, attorneys, justices, budget analysts, as well as many leadership positions within the parties and committees. Within the legislature, students are assigned political parties and districts and placed in committees of their particular interests. The legislators then simulate the legislative processes in the actual committee rooms and chambers of the Capitol building.
The Moot Court competition is held in the chambers that were once the home of the Illinois Supreme Court. Teams of attorneys argue before a panel of student justices and legal professionals and are scored on the basis of presentation and knowledge of the case fact.
Awards are presented at the end of the simulation and students may also campaign for Executive Board positions (Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Comptroller, etc.) in order to take a more active role in the organization of the simulation.
On behalf of the entire 2014-2015 Model Illinois Government Executive Board, I would like to thank you again for your involvement in this year's simulation. It is our utmost duty to serve you, so please do not hesitate to contact me or any other member of the board with your questions, comments, or concerns. I look foward to seeing you in Feburary.
Garrett J. McAlister