College students take crack at running the state


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Posted Online: March 08, 2012, 7:22 pm
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Augustana College student Eric Palmer is the new "governor" of Illinois, elected as such by delegates to the annual Model Illinois Government convention held recently in Springfield.

Mr. Palmer, a political science major, said the student legislature voted down a Constitutional amendment to define marriage between a man and a woman; granted the state power to set tuition rates rather than leave changes to individual schools; legalized medical marijuana and doctor-assisted suicide; cut the salary of the governor by 20 percent; and removed almost $1 billion from the budget,

"You might find that the students do a better job of debating and solving the problems before Illinois than the real legislators themselves," Mr. Palmer said.

Among the approximately 250 stuidents who participated was a delegatiion from Black Hawk College, which grants students class credit for attending.

During the four-day event -- the organization's 34th -- the students participated in mock procedures of elections, legislation and judicial review. Each student played the role of a representative, senator or statewide official.

The organization is run by students guided by an executive board including all of the state's constitutional officers. As governor, Mr. Palmer will be active in planning next year's event.

For more information, visit modelillinoisgovernment.org or its Facebook page.




















 



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