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 Responds to Governor Pritzker’s Proposed FY21 Budget

CHICAGO, IL (February 19, 2020) Advance Illinois President Robin Steans released the following statement in response to Governor Pritzker’s proposed FY21 budget:  “The State of Illinois faces real and serious financial challenges, that much is clear and known.  That said, we are deeply disappointed that, in his FY21 budget proposal, Governor Pritzker has chosen to […]

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Advance Illinois Statement on Governor Pritzker’s Announcement of the Illinois Commission on Equitable Early Childhood Education and Care Funding

CHICAGO, IL (December 16, 2019) Advance Illinois President Robin Steans released the following statement on today’s announcement of the Illinois Commission on Equitable Early Childhood Education and Care Funding: “For decades, Governor Pritzker has been a champion for early childhood education. We are pleased that he has made this a priority for his administration and applaud […]

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Advance Illinois Examines Statewide Education Progress, Ongoing Challenges in New Report

CHICAGO, IL (October 15, 2019) Advance Illinois continues its work as a leading independent, research-based education policy and advocacy organization with the release today of The State We’re In 2019: A Report on Public Education in Illinois. The report—which includes a first-ever regional breakdown and analysis—acknowledges gains across the education spectrum, particularly in K–12, but […]

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Statement on the Governor’s Budget Address

The below statement can be attributed to Robin Steans, President of Advance Illinois: “Gov. JB Pritzker’s address today solidifies his promise to invest in all students statewide. We applaud him for ensuring that investment in public education is the state’s top priority. Investing in the entire continuum of education— early childhood through career— will begin […]

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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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