Illinois Commission on Poverty Elimination and Economic Security

Description

The Illinois Commission on Poverty Elimination and Economic Security's (CPEES) purpose is to improve policy makers' understanding of the root causes of poverty and economic insecurity in Illinois, support efforts to ensure residents have equal opportunity to achieve economic security, and ultimately reduce and eliminate poverty in Illinois by making policy and other recommendations to the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of the State.

The Commission was created under the Intergenerational Poverty Act (IPA) in June 2020 and is comprised of 25 state leaders. As part of the IPA, the Interagency Working Group on Poverty Elimination and Economic Security was created to advance of the work of the CPEES by studying systems that perpetuate poverty, improve interagency coordination, and implement policies and programs that break the cycle of poverty.

Please follow this link to view a description, membership, and meeting information about the Interagency Working Group on Poverty Elimination and Economic Security.

Board/Commission/Task Force Requirements

Training Requirements

Please visit the link above to view the training requirements for this Board/Commission/Committee/Task Force.

Commission Goals

The Commission has the following goals:

  • Reduce deep poverty in the State by 50% by 2026
  • Eliminate child poverty in the State by 2031
  • Eliminate all poverty in the State by 2036

Commission Activities

The Commission is in the process of:

  • Developing a strategic plan to reduce poverty by 2036 in the State
    • Informed by at least six listening sessions held throughout the State
  • Reviewing programs and services provided by the State that target poverty and economic insecurity to determine efficacy and feasibility

Listening Sessions*

Session Date Location Registration Information
Session 1 June 10, 2021 West Side of Chicago Part 1 Find more information and register here.
Session 2 June 29, 2021 West Side of Chicago - Part 2 Find more information and register here.
Session 3 August 5, 2021 South Side of Chicago Find more information and register here.
Session 4 August 10, 2021 South Suburbs of Chicago Find more information and register here.
Session 5 August 26, 2021 Greater Northwest Illinois Region-Peoria, Rockford, and Rock Island Find more information and register here.
Session 6 October 5, 2021 Southern Illinois Region Find more information and register here.
Session 7 October 28, 2021 DeKalb County Find more information and register here.
Session 8 October - TBD Champaign County TBD

*please note that the above dates and locations are tentative and subject to change.

Commission Resources

Hunger Commission Roadmap (pdf)

American Rescue Plan - Flyer (pdf)

Press Releases

Meetings

Commission Schedule

Membership

Appointment Appointed By Member
Member of General Assembly President of the Senate Senator Kimberly A. Lightford
Member of General Assembly Minority Leader of the Senate Senator Dale Fowler
Member of General Assembly Speaker of the House Representative Lamont J. Robinson, Jr.
Member of General Assembly Minority Leader of the House Representative Jeff Keicher
Member of the Judiciary Chief Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court Honorable Joy V. Cunningham, Appellate Court Justice, 1st Judicial District
Representative of an anti-poverty organization focusing on urban and suburban poverty Governor Co-Chair, Evelyn Diaz, President, Heartland Alliance
Representative of an anti-poverty organization focusing on rural poverty Minority Leader of the House Co-Chair, Amy Susan Brown, Chief Executive Officer, CRIS Healthy-Aging Center and Mass Transit
Individual who has experienced deep poverty Speaker of the House Channyn Lynne Parker, Director of Strategic Partnerships and Executive Leadership, Howard Brown Health
Individual who has experienced deep poverty Minority Leader of the Senate Oriane E. "Annie" Hewitt
Representative of an organization that advocates for health care access, affordability and availability Minority Leader of the House Angela Curran, JD, LLM, President & CEO, Pillars Community Health
Representative of an organization that advocates for persons with mental illness President of the Senate TBD
Representative of an organization that advocates for children and youth Governor Audra Wilson, President & CEO, Shriver Center on Poverty Law
Representative of an organization that advocates for equity and equality in education Minority Leader of the Senate Dr. Mark Eichenlaub, Regional Superintendent of Schools, St. Clair County Regional Office of Education #50
Representative of an organization that advocates for individuals who are homeless President of the Senate Lisa Stanley, Supervisor, Decatur Township
Representative of a statewide anti-hunger organization President of the Senate Kate Maehr, Executive Director & CEO, Greater Chicago Food Depository 
Representative of an organization that advocates for military veterans Minority Leader of the Senate David E. Leckrone, Board Member, Illinois Joining Forces
Representative of an organization that advocates for individuals with disabilities Speaker of the House Dr. Charles A. Montorio-Archer, ESQ., MPA, President & CEO, One Hope United
Representative of an organization that advocates for immigrants Speaker of the House Juan Manuel Calderón, Chief Operating Officer, The Puerto Rican Cultural Center
Representative of a statewide faith-based organization that provides direct social services in Illinois Minority Leader of the Senate Pastor Jason McKinnies, Senior Pastor, Southern Illinois Worship Center
Representative of an organization that advocates for economic security for women Minority Leader of the House Jennifer Groce, Director of Community Promotion, Northern Illinois University
Representative of an organization that advocates for older adults Minority Leader of the House Kenneth D. Grunke, Executive Director, PLOWS Council on Aging
Representative of a labor organization that represents primarily low and middle-income wage earners Governor Beth Menz, Vice President & Home Care Director, SEIU Healthcare Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Kansas
Representative of school districts in this State President of the Senate Al Llorens, Vice President - Board of Directors, Illinois Education Association
Representative of county governments in this State Governor Pam Davidson, Chairperson, Knox County Board
Representative of municipal corporation governments in this State Speaker of the House Daniel Lurie, Chief of Policy, City of Chicago

IDHS Administrative Support

Poverty Commission Administrative Contact: Dana Kelly - Dana.Kelly@illinois.gov

Ethics Officer Contact Information: DHS.EthicsOfficer@Illinois.gov

Legislative Liaison: Kassandra.Silva@Illinois.gov