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ECC students participate in Model Illinois Government simulation

Model Illinois Government

Rep. Anna Moeller speaks to ECC students as they prepare for the Model Illinois Government Simulation

Each spring semester, nearly 300 students from over 20 colleges and universities across the state join together to participate in the Model Illinois Government simulation, a mock legislation session that gives students the chance to learn about the legislative process first-hand by debating, voting on bills and serving as legislators, staffers, lobbyists, journalists and officials of the executive branch. This year, 12 Elgin Community College students from instructor Antonio Ramirez’s political science class are among those who attended the event at the Capitol Complex in Springfield in February.

To help prepare for the four-day event, Ramirez’s students traveled to Prairie State College in Chicago Heights to participate in an informal simulation. They also got the unique opportunity to interact with Sen. Michael Noland and Rep. Anna Moeller, both of whom visited the ECC campus recently.

“It’s one thing to read about state government, and quite another to experience it hands-on,” said Ramirez.

 “I would like to see participation in the Model Illinois Government simulation become a permanent fixture in political science classes here at ECC. The hands-on experience leads to larger conversations, a deeper sense of the material, and it bridges the gap between abstract government and the people who actually make up the government, most of whom have a sincere desire to improve our state.”

Class trips to Chicago Heights and Springfield were coordinated and funded by the Department of Liberal, Visual and Performing Arts.

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