AGENDA: Interagency Working Group on Poverty and Economic Security Meeting 12/16/21


December 16, 2021

2:00PM - 3:30PM

WebEx Video Conference

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*Members of the public are invited to attend. For those who would like to make public comment, we request that those comments be submitted in advance of the meeting to Dana Kelly by email at or by phone at 217-836-8176. Please send all comments to Dana Kelly by 8:30am December 16, 2021.


Illinois Department of Human Services- Chairperson, Secretary Grace Hou

Illinois Department of Labor - Director Michael D. Kleinik

Illinois State Board of Education - State Superintendent Carmen Ayala

Illinois Department of Public Health- Assistant Director Amaal V.E. Tokars

Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity - Deputy Director Office of Policy Development, Planning & Research Jason Horwitz

Illinois Department of Aging - Director Paula A. Basta

Illinois Department of Corrections - Chief of Women and Family Services Tangenise Porter

Illinois Department of Agriculture - Deputy Director Kristi Jones

Illinois Governor's Office of Management and Budget - Deputy Director Marc Staley

Invited Members:

Illinois Department of Employment Security - Labor Market Information Director George W. Putnam

Illinois Housing Development Authority - Assistant Director of Policy and Research Megan Spitz

Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services - Administrator Strategic Vendor Relationships Jenny Aguirre


I. Welcome/Roll Call (10 mins)

II. Approval of August 25, 2021 Meeting Minutes (5 mins)

A. Roll Call Vote

III. Public Comment - Open (5 mins)

A. Subject to written comment in advance

IV. Poverty Commission Listening Session Report Out (10 mins)

A. 8 Commission Listening Sessions Findings

B. Report

C. Additional Stakeholder Engagement

i. Agency Survey - Results
ii. Business Roundtable
iii. GOMB Engagement

V. Introduction of Commission University Partner - Illinois Institute of Government and Public Affairs (IGPA) (5 mins)

A. Charge

VI. Strategic Plan Outline (10 mins)

VII. Break Out Discussions - Strategic Plan Outline Feedback (30 mins)

VIII. Staff Level Poverty Policy Work Group and Additional Feedback Opportunities (5 mins)

IX. Announcements: Other Key Initiatives (5 mins)

A. Hunger Commission

B. Reimagine Public Safety Act

C. GATA Equity Initiative

D. Illinois Housing Help

E. Other

X. Next Steps and Adjournment (5 mins)