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The rising number of children in foster care points out how Illinois fails Black women and their families

As we stand at the intersection of Black History Month and Women’s History Month, it’s time we examine a system that has an ugly…

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Gov. Pritzker’s budget proposal supports families, but child welfare crisis demands reinvestment, rethinking

Recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic will take investing in people and communities so they can realize their potential, protect and support their families, and…

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More intervention by DCFS is no way to stop juvenile carjackings

ICOY Chief Executive Officer Andrea Durbin published an op-ed in the Sun-Times firmly opposing recent suggestions that DCFS be brought in to investigate parents…

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ICOY and 20 other Health & Human Services Coalitions Call for Equity & Investment in Community Services

Today, ICOY was joined by health & human service coalitions from across the state as we presented our Guiding Principles for Illinois’ Budget to…

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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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ICOY receives award from One Hope United for efforts to support Illinois’ youth-serving providers

We’re excited to announce that ICOY is the recipient One Hope United’s (OHU) 2020 Chairman’s Award! This award is given to an individual or…

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HUD’s rule change will harm homeless transgender youth & adults

HUD’s rule change will harm homeless transgender youth & adults

In July, the federal Housing and Urban Development Agency (HUD) announced a new rule that would leave transgender people open to discrimination at shelters,…

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An Illinois voter’s guide to 2020 elections

We have now officially entered the countdown to the 2020 elections on November 3! With so much interest in early voting and vote-by-mail due…

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