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McCormick Foundation Executive Fellows Celebrate Holidays and Early Childhood Leadership!

Celebrating the holidays with McCormick Foundation Executive Fellows at the Early Childhood Leadership Academy's recent holiday party. It was once again so inspiring to spend time...

Early Childhood Investments Pay Off -McCormick Foundation Fellowship in Early Childhood Policy Learnings

Let's Be Honest (Part 2): Early Investments in Kids Pay Off Big, So We Must Invest This year I have had the great privilege to be part of the inaugural cohort of the McCormick ...

TBH (To Be Honest) The Real Reason Illinois Can't Properly Fund Vital Services

It’s been over a week since I wrote a blog entry, and wanted to make up for lost time with coverage of the most significant issue we face as communities and as a state &ndash...

Special Education and Access to Mental Health Services Top of Mind This Week -

I've been struck by the number of parents of special needs students and special education educators I have spoken to over the past week while knocking on doors. District 65 has em...

Conceal Carry - Things that make you go hmmm?

In 2013, Illinois passed a conceal carry law which superseded previous local laws prohibiting handguns in various communities in District 17. I was on the District 65 Policy...

SB1947 - Thinks that make you go hmmm!

Let me start by saying that SB1947 was absolutely necessary and is a step forward for increased equity of funding across the state. With revisions to include a hold harmless and c...