Congratulations! You have been selected to attend American Legion Auxiliary Illini Girls State. We are so happy to have you join us and look forward to meeting you.
At this point you are probably thinking, WHAT HAVE I GOTTEN MYSELF INTO? No worries, we are providing you with information that will be essential to get the most out of your week with us.
What can I expect once our session starts?
During this week, you will learn about citizenship, patriotism, Americanism, and much more. Please be aware that we do pledge allegiance to the Flag of our Country daily. We also pray, each in our own faith in the Legislature.
You will be assigned a "city" to live for your week at ALA IGS.
Each city has a counselor. Your counselor is a former citizen of ALA IGS. You will also have staff advisors for your county. These ladies are members of the American Legion Auxiliary. All of the ALA IGS staff are members of the ALA and are volunteering their time for this week.
You will also be assigned a political party for the week. We are a two party system like our Nation. Our parties are the Nationalists (pandas are their mascot) and the Federalists (bunnies are their mascots). This is a random assignment and we try to be sure that the parties are close in numbers.
Information about political party conventions will be in your information packet. Please be sure to pack something to wear to your Party Convention.
You will attend assemblies consisting of speakers from all walks of life. Some will be entertaining, some will be informational, some motivational, and some will be all of those things. Some of you will be elected to serve in the House or the Senate. You will be the ones writing our bills and debating them on the floor of the House and Senate. You will be running for office, campaigning, voting, and of course there will be some recreation time as well. For information about the elected positions and their responsibilities, go to the elections tab.