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Legislation in IL: School Standards for Sex Education and Life-Threatening Allergies

Recently, Governor JB Pritzker signed legislation that updates the state’s standards for sex education in K-12 schools. The voluntary standards will emphasize health, safety,…

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Legislation in IL: Inclusive & Safe Learning Environments & Transgender Individuals’ Rights

In recent news, Governor JB Pritzker has signed multiple bills into legislation that directly impact youth in Illinois. Additionally, the “State Second District Appellate Court of Illinois affirmed the expansive protections of…

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HB3821 Passes, Creating a Task Force to Examine Racial Disproportionality in the Child Welfare System

CHICAGO – Illinois parents and advocates pushing for critical changes to Illinois’ foster system are celebrating the passage of HB3821, which will create a…

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Protect The Inalienable Right To Vote – And Our Democracy

Scores of Americans of all races and nationalities have relentlessly fought for years – and even died – to protect our right to vote….

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ICOY supports the removal of police from schools

Authors: Eilene Ladson (ICOY Program Director), Kathryn Culleeny (ICOY Juvenile Justice Manager), & Jocelyn Vega (ICOY Trauma Specialist) As the nation continues to discuss the…

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Illinois General Assembly approves FY21 budget in special session

Lawmakers returned to Springfield May 20-23, 2020 to finish out the rest of the spring session that was interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This…

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ICOY condemns new ‘public charge’ immigration rule

On Wednesday, August 14, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published the final ‘public charge’ immigration rule. Unless legal action is successful, the rule change will…

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ICOY applauds the passage of the FY2020 Illinois State Budget

On behalf of the children, youth, and families who need community support to weather life’s storms, we applaud the bipartisan passage of a balanced…

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ICOY Statement: Discrimination based on religion of potential foster parents must not stand

The Trump administration on Wednesday granted a Christian ministry in South Carolina permission to participate in the federally funded foster-care program, even though the…

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Zero Tolerance for a Cruel and Inhumane Policy of Prosecuting Parents

Zero Tolerance for a Cruel and Inhumane Policy of Prosecuting Parents More than 2,000 children forcibly removed from their parents due to the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy…

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