March 1, 2018 Data Committee Meeting


Members of the Statewide Task Force and Staff. The public is welcome to attend.


March 1, 2018

2:00pm to 3:00pm 


  • This meeting will be conducted via teleconference with Chicago & Springfield Locations
  • Conference Call in:888-330-9549/Code:230540#


  1. Call to order
  2. Roll call
  3. Approval of Minutes
  4. Plan
    1. Review the issue of the cost of doing nothing
    2. Review the overview of neighborhood joblessness and crime
    3. LGBTQ numbers of youth and young adults who are jobless and jobless and out of school
    4. Review city, county, state and national data
    5. Discuss new report that is being developed looking at youth and young adult jobless, jobless and out of school numbers in Chicago, Cook County, other large cities in Illinois and other wider areas of Illinois in the south and the western ends of the state
  5. New Business
  6. Next Meeting
  7. Adjournment


  1. Call to Order
    Meeting called to order at 2:04pm
  2. Roll Call
    Present:  Caitlyn Barnes Illinois Community College Board; Gretchen Lohman, IBHE; Molly Uhe-Edmonds, DCFS; Kenneth Martin-Ocasio, Aunt Martha's; Ryadh Kazmi, National Youth Advocate Program; Jack Wuest, Alternative Schools Network. 
    Absent:  Quiwana Bell, Westside Health Authority
  3. Review of previous meeting minutes/edit and approval
  4. Update the areas covered in the March 1st meeting
    1. Cost of doing nothing
      • In terms of Medicaid costs
      • Also look at the costs of violence in terms of hospital care and other costs
      • Reveal and investigative journalist podcast estimates that the costs of all the shooting in Chicago per year is $2.5 billion, which includes lost tax revenues, medical costs, etc.
      • See if we can update the cost of an individual dropout which in a study in 2009 was $290,000. 
      • Discuss report being developed by UIC - Great Cities Institute looking at jobless and out of school youth, 16-24, by race and sex, in Chicago, Cook County, other large cities in Illinois, including Aurora, Rockford, Peoria, Decatur, and Illinois data in other areas that are rural, specifically southeast areas and western areas in mid-state Illinois.
    2. Review the overview of neighborhood joblessness and crime
      (see Crain's articles attached) There is a good source of data on this in this article.  Also look at other sources of data in other states. Other areas of data we want to research for Chicago, Cook County, other areas of the state, and areas in other states. We've brought on Grace Tran to work with us on this research and she can look through various reports that we'll find on Google and other search engines. (See attached data done by Drexel University for the Los Angeles Workforce Partnership on disconnected youth - one summary sheet and 4 reports)
    3. Any specific LGBTQ numbers of youth who are jobless & out of school in DCFS and more broadly if this is available
      Molly Uhe-Edmonds will get data on LGBTQ data in the stat and sub areas of the state. This group of young adults is often invisible and we need to find available data. 
    4. Opiate usage from various reports by IDHS, Gateway Foundation, and others (see attached)
      Gretchen mentioned an IDHS study which we will reference. 
    5. Graduation rate for DCFS youth and report
      Graduate data, if we have any reliable data for state and districts; dropout rates that ISBE does from a fall snapshot (see attached)
      Kenny Martin Ocasio said to find graduate and dropout rate numbers across the state for individual districts.  The ASN has tapped in to ISBE data and has the dropout rate that ISBE reports from the fall enrollments each year. 
  5. Data Committee schedule
    Meetings set for moving forward.  The next Data Committee Meeting will be March 22, 2018 at 2:00pm
    Please call 888-330-9549 Code: 230540#
  6. Other
    Molly suggested to look at the education level of parents who are students and young adults and see if there is some correlation of that with income. 
  7. Adjournment