How voting “yes” on the Illinois Fair Tax Amendment helps fund critical human services

On November 3, Illinois voters have the opportunity to transition Illinois from its current regressive flat-rate income tax – which taxes a family making…

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Understanding intergenerational poverty: Q&A with Illinois State Rep. Lamont Robinson

Recently, Chicago and other areas around Illinois have experienced a spike in violence, which has many people asking why and what can be done…

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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 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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Advocacy tips: How to engage with lawmakers during COVID-19

Normally, I’d encourage our members to take advantage of this time between the spring legislative session and fall veto session to meet in person…

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Billing Medicaid Managed Care

On-demand webinars for healthcare providers: The basics of billing Medicaid managed care

ICOY’s Medicaid Technical Assistance Center (MTAC) hosted a virtual training series in July 2020 for healthcare providers on how to bill Medicaid managed care (MMC). These…

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icoy rebranding announcement

ICOY has rebranded. See why & how!

We’re excited to announce that as of today, we’ve rebranded with a new logo, tagline, and website! We want to share with you our…

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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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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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Illinois Department of Children and Family Services

Coronavirus Q&As with Illinois DCFS Acting Director Marc Smith

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) is holding weekly COVID-19 webinars for Acting Director Marc Smith to provide guidance and answers to questions…

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