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Illinois Congresswoman Mary Miller Must Resign

As community leaders serving children, youth, and families, we continue to grapple with the revelations and events over the past week, seeking to discern…

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Representative Emanuel “Chris” Welch elected as Illinois Speaker of the House

ICOY congratulates Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch on his historic election to Speaker of the House. We have worked closely with Speaker. Welch, and he…

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Where do we go from here? Thoughts from ICOY CEO Andrea Durbin on our nation’s political instability and enduring racism

My dear colleagues and friends, Over the past two days we have witnessed actions across the country that illustrate both the promise of the…

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To reimagine the child welfare system, we first must acknowledge its harms on Black & Brown families

In their recent Chicago Sun Times op-ed article “Yes, Gov. Pritzker, close juvenile detention centers — and then reimagine foster care,” Patrice James and Tanya Gassenheimer…

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ICOY statement on recent and ongoing racist events

ICOY believes that children and youth have the right to enter adulthood with the tools and capacity to succeed, and that Illinois only succeeds…

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