Welcome to Model Illinois Government, one of the preeminent intercollegiate government simulations in the United States. Our 2023 simulation will mark our 45th year. If you are new to our organization, please allow me a moment to outline Model Illinois Government.
Each spring semester, students from around the state of Illinois participate in the Model Illinois Government simulation. The 2024 simulation will take place at the Capitol Complex in Springfield the last weekend 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 Model Illinois Government 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 finals for the Moot Court competition are 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 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 forward to seeing you in February.
Joel Lemmert, Governor
Tim Kirsininkas | Alumni