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    A Framework for Equity in Illinois


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With the failure of the fair tax amendment on Illinois ballots this fall, there are fewer options on the table to begin closing Illinois' budget hole and adequately fund services essential to our state economy including higher education. The possible reform of Illinois' longstanding flat tax system couldn't have been more timely as the state contin...
1. What is your current role/title? I serve as Associate Provost for Academic Innovation and Strategic Initiatives. 2. Where did you earn your degrees and what did you study? BA (Political Science), Reed College  AM (Political Science), University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign  PhD (Political Science), University of Illinois, Urbana-Champ...
The fourth ILEA Summit, held October 21-23, 2020, was our first-ever virtual summit, and was unequivocally a success! Over XXX faculty, staff, administrators from your institutions attended the summit, themed.The summit kicked-off with a video welcome from Mayor Lori Lightfoot of Chicago, followed by a keynote address, "Saying Equity Will Not Beget...
November 12, 2020 by ELYSSA CHERNEY - Chicago Tribune In Gov. J.B. Pritzker's first remarks after voters rejected his administration's signature proposal for a graduated-rate income tax in Illinois, the first-term Democrat singled out higher education as one of the many state-supported areas that could lose funding as lawmakers try to balance the n...
Jennifer Hernandez, PCC Policy Intern | October 27, 2020 Through the countless articles about inequities in access to online AP tests, learning pods, and the overall digital divide, COVID-19 has brought long-standing and new educational disparities under a harsh, unwavering spotlight. As students transition from high school to college, there are fu...
Keisha Rembert For too long, Illinois' working and low-income residents have borne the brunt of the state's 'flat tax.' A fair tax would ensure the state's wealthiest pay their fair share and Illinois' working and low-income residents have greater access to realizing their dreams - including going to college. Keisha Rembert | October 2020  Keisha Rember...
Data from the Illinois Student Assistance Commission showing costs for low-income students. October 21, 2020 by MIKE MILETICH - WSILTV.com SPRINGFIELD (ILLINOIS CAPITOL BUREAU) – State lawmakers hope to craft a plan to make college more affordable, especially for many in low-income communities. Experts say tuition rates continue to soar compared to the average income for those going to college or tech schools. They also told lawmaker...
Pernevlon Ellis Jr. Dr. Gina M. Rossetti Creating an equity-minded culture is hard work and takes a community of champions to bring to fruition. It takes commitment from all corners of a campus to ensure student pathways and organizational structures and institutional policies and teaching and learning practices are designed in ways that support more equitable outcomes. As members of the ...
Early voting begins today in Illinois, and with it, the opportunity to increase our state's revenue and set the stage for increased funding for higher education. The proposed Fair Tax amendment aims to change the income tax rate from a flat rate (taxing everyone at the same rate) to a graduated rate. Ninety-seven percent of Illinoisans will see eit...
Dear ILEA Partners, Welcome back to school for a fall semester unlike any other. We have seen your teams up close as they have done whatever it takes to make plans for students to continue high-quality learning, provide new supports for students, and enable them to form social bonds and foster a connection with your colleges – and to do all of...
Julian Williams, Ph.D., Equity Program Manager | Aug 20, 2020 Eliminating disparities in degree attainment between Black and White students, Latinx and White students and Pell-receipt and non-Pell receipt students is no small task -- but it is the challenge that our 28 college and university partners publicly committed to addressing when they volun...
Ahead of the upcoming public release of Equity Plans from partners of the Illinois Equity in Attainment (ILEA), leaders at ILEA institution Richard J. Daley College shared highlights of two of their cross-departmental strategies to address identified equity gaps. Read the full blog here:   Download PDF File Here Learn more about Daley College'...

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