Advance Illinois Honors the Life and Legacy of Maria Whelan

CHICAGO, IL (June 11, 2020) We are heartbroken to learn of the sudden passing of Maria Whelan, President and CEO of Illinois Action for Children. Maria made it her life’s mission to advocate for children and families across Illinois, and what a champion she was! She was a titan who believed deeply in the power […]

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Advance Illinois Statement on the FY21 State Budget

CHICAGO, IL (June 4, 2020) In masks and social distancing, and in the midst of a once-in-a-century pandemic, members of the Illinois General Assembly had difficult decisions to make in last month’s special session as they did their part to put our state on the path to recovery. We entered this year with a call […]

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Advance Illinois Stands in Solidarity with the Black Community

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” -Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “The brutal deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and many other Black people at the hands of law enforcement and vigilantes poured salt into a deep wound of racial injustice that has been centuries in the making. After many […]

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Advance Illinois Statement on Governor Pritzker’s Extension of Stay-At-Home Order

CHICAGO, IL (March 31, 2020) Advance Illinois President Robin Steans released the following statement in response to Governor Pritzker’s extension of the stay-at-home order for Illinois residents: “In these unprecedented times, it is important that we have leadership that is strong, informed by reliable data and expertise, and puts the safety and wellness of the […]

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From the Desk of Robin Steans – We’re in this Together

We’re in this Together Dear Friends and Colleagues, I never imagined there would be a time that I would be reaching out to you in the midst of a global health crisis that has closed the doors of schools around our nation and across Illinois. However, this is the world we are in today. All […]

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Advance Illinois Announces Leadership Transition

January 24, 2019 Chicago, IL – Advance Illinois announced today that Robin Steans will be returning to Advance Illinois as President effective Friday, January 25. Robin succeeds Ginger Ostro, who has served as Executive Director of the organization for the past three years. Robin was the founding Executive Director of Advance Illinois at its inception in […]

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Press Release: Pritzker-Stratton’s Educational Success Committee

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Anna Schneider Senior Communications Associate 217.242.9645 aschneider@advanceillinois.org  Ginger Ostro of Advance Illinois to Serve on Pritzker-Stratton’s Educational Success Transition Committee November 27, 2018  Chicago, IL — Today, Governor-elect JB Pritzker and Lieutenant Governor-elect Juliana Stratton announced that Ginger Ostro, executive director of Advance Illinois would serve as a member of the Educational Success […]

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