2017 Race for Results Report: Illinois Children of Color Continue to Face Barriers to Success
Written by Anna Rowan Illinois’ success as a state is directly tied to the well-being of every one of its children. Yet, too many Illinois young people, especially children of color and children living in immigrant families, still face barriers that limit their opportunities for success, according to the 2017 Race for Results report from the Annie E.
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Tasha Green Cruzat on the 2017 Illinois Kids Count Report (WCIU-TV)
Voices’ President, Tasha Green Cruzat, on WCIU-TV discussing the 2017 Illinois Kids Count report and what all of us can do to support kids in our state.
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Racial Disparities Persist in Juvenile Detention Admissions
While the total number of Illinois juveniles placed in detention facilities has declined over the years, racial inequalities persist in terms of those placed in such facilities. The state must continue to move forward with critical reforms, needed to ensure that all juveniles – regardless of race – are given an equal opportunity to lead successful lives.

Issues In Focus

Voices for Illinois Children Newsletter – November 2, 2017
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Looking at the Fragile State of Public Higher Education in Illinois
higher-education Attaining a college degree has never been more important for economic success than it is in the 21st century. The public university system is also the epicenter of the nation’s research apparatus, paving the way for the advancements that have affected every aspect of modern life. Yet, in spite of the essential nature of a thriving higher education system, Illinois is falling behind and jeopardizing the state’s ability to be a thriving economic epicenter for the United States and the entire world.
2017 Illinois Kids Count Report
IL KC 2017 - Cover Our 2017 report focuses on the education of our children. The data in this report tells a strong story about achievement and opportunity gaps. It also illustrates how we got here: by adults making choices to give some children less of what they need to be successful students. More often than not, we give low-income and minority students in Illinois less effective teachers, less experienced principals, a less rigorous curriculum, and fewer resources.
Damage to Women and Families Persists in Wake of Budget Impasse
CFW report Chicago Foundation for Women, Voices for Illinois Children, and Loyola University Chicago’s Center for Urban Research and Learning today released a new report on the impact of Illinois’ budget impasse on women and children. The report, titled “Damage Done: The Impact of the Illinois Budget Stalemate on Women and Children,” was prepared by Voices for Illinois Children and Loyola’s Center for Urban Research and Learning.