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COVID-19 Resources & Updates

With the on-going COVID-19 pandemic and recent Executive Orders issued by Governor JB Pritzker’s office, our organization is working to consolidate information and resources…

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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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Image shows Senator Mike Simmons standing next to Governor JB Pritzker, Jett Hawkins, and Ida Nelson after the legislation was signed.

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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A collection of school supplies, including a backpack, pencils, tissues, face masks, art supplies, cleaning wipes and a backpack.

Back to School with COVID-19

“The COVID-19 vaccines have done an extraordinary job of stamping out disease and death. But as the hypertransmissible Delta variant hammers the United States,…

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Immigrant Heritage Month and BIPOC Mental Health Month

June was a month to celebrate immigrants and their contributions to community and culture in our country – Immigrant Heritage Month. And as July comes to a close,…

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LGBTQI+ Pride Month: Transgender Awareness

At ICOY, we champion the safety, health and success of Illinois’ children, youth, and families. Within this mission, we strive to create an inclusive…

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LGBTQI+ Pride Month: Future & Past Generations

At ICOY, we champion the safety, health and success of Illinois’ children, youth, and families. Within this mission, we strive to create an inclusive…

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Juneteenth celebration in 1900 at Eastwoods Park. Credit: Austin History Center

ICOY Staff Reflections on Juneteenth

Recently, both the House and Senate voted in favor of recognizing Juneteenth as a federal holiday, and President Biden is scheduled to sign the…

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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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ICOY Responds to Recent Police Brutality Involving Youth

We share in the anger, frustration, and grief felt across Illinois and the country in the wake of the killings of Daunte Wright and Adam Toledo, a child and…

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