Monday, March 03, 2014

UIS students win several awards at annual Model Illinois Government simulation

Several University of Illinois Springfield students were honored during the annual Model Illinois Government (MIG) simulation at the state capitol this weekend. The UIS delegation was also honored with the Outstanding Large Delegation award.

Six students won individual awards for their involvement in MIG. Zachary Sullivan of East Moline was honored with the George Perry Award for Outstanding Contribution to MIG, Nate Marroquin of Chicago was named Outstanding Freshman Delegate, Jason Jenkins of Springfield was named Outstanding Lobbyist, Anna Mulch of Springfield was named Outstanding Member of the Senate, Garrie Allen of Peoria was named Outstanding House Committee Chair, and Nathan Piper of Springfield was named Outstanding House Committee Person.

Additionally, several UIS students were elected to statewide office within the Model Illinois Government organization. Garrett McAlister of Matteson was elected governor, Nathan Piper of Springfield was elected president of the senate, Marc Reiter of Minonk was elected speaker of the house, Nathan Tarr of Springfield was elected attorney general, Ben Shafer of Springfield was elected treasurer, and Michelle Tuma of Elgin was elected chief justice.

Each year, students from about 30 colleges and universities around the state gather at the Illinois State Capitol to serve as legislators, staffers, lobbyists, journalists, and officials of the executive branch. Through committee actions, a regular legislative session and a veto session, participants learn the legislative process by doing it.

MIG members get started in the fall term preparing legislation, polishing up parliamentary skills, and organizing the membership into a delegation for the spring conference.

For more information, contact Michael Miller, UIS assistant professor of political science at 217/206-7220 or mmill24@uis.edu.

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