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We are watching two major pieces of legislation at the federal level: 1) The “INVEST in America Act” (Senate Amendment 2137 to H.R.3684), which is authorizing legislation for a massive infrastructure spending package; here is a summary of its major provisions from Independent Sector, and 2) the Better Care Better Jobs Act (H.R.4131 and S.2210), which has significant funding and implications for Home and Community Based Services (HCBS). In other national news, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago and Howard University conducted a study about the impact of the COVID pandemic on young people, which shows “alarming levels” of housing and food insecurity during the pandemic, especially among young BILPOC.
At the state level, the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability published its FY22 State Budget Analysis and the the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget released its annual Fiscal Scan of Illinois Public Investments in Children and Youth for FY20, with support from coalition partner Children’s Home and Aid. Another coalition partner, Voices for Illinois Children, released the annual 2021 Illinois Kids Count Report, which…
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Illinois Partners Releases McLean County Economic Impact Report

Illinois Partners’ new report, “The Economic Impact of the Human Services Sector in McLean County,” shows that the human services sector is the county’s 5th largest employer and is a net contributor to the county’s GDP. It also demonstrates that for every dollar of funding received, the sector returned a total of $2.23 in economic impact to McLean County in Fiscal Year 2020. 

55 nonprofit organizations that operate in McLean County completed a survey (75% response rate) and the economic impact was then calculated for the report by Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council (BN-EDC).

To learn more:

  One Page Infographic

  Full Report




Illinois Partners for Human Service Honors Pride Month

June begins a month-long celebration of LGBTQ+ liberation. While we can rejoice in the progress the LGBTQ+ movement has made over the years, from the resistance of oppression during the Stonewall Riots to the passing of legislation supporting LGBTQ+ rights, there is still much work to be done.

As of 2021, LGBTQ+ folx are still fighting for basic human rights, quality care across the health and human service landscape, and resisting systems designed to hinder their livelihood. As human service organizations, we know you witness the impact of these inequitable systems firsthand.

We encourage all organizations to acknowledge the intersecting challenges of LGBTQ+ folx. We support the efforts of organizations in our coalition who dedicate their missions to including a commitment to equality and equity for the LGBTQ+ community. Pride reminds us that history includes the LGBTQ+ movement and advocacy should include fighting for the LGBTQ+ community. This month is an opportunity for reflection and renewed commitment to continued allyship and advocacy to combat anti-LGBTQ+ legislation and systems.

IPHS Statewide Webinar with Senator Durbin

Our coalition partners had the opportunity to speak with Senator Durbin in early May, where we discussed the American Rescue Plan Act and the needs of human serviceproviders across the state.

Thank you Senator Durbin for your time and for all you do for Health and Human Services in Illinois!


Illinois Partners is looking for an energetic  Director of Grassroots Partnerships to join our team, who will be focused on amplifying the work of our coalition partners in Chicago.  An ideal candidate is someone with an extensive community organizing experience, connections to human service organizations and grassroots movements in Chicago, who is rooted in a deep commitment to racial and social justice. Access the full job description here.

Prospective candidates please send your resume and cover letter to


COVID-19 and Mental Health

A number of issues were discussed at last week’s McLean County and Peoria Local Area Council meeting, including the effect of Covid-19 on Mental Health. According to studies, nearly 1 in 5 Covid-19 patients develop a mental illness within three months of testing positive for the virus, further emphasizing the need for fully funded and available human services.  Read more here.

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