We’re putting Roosevelt ideas into action in Illinois.
With the federal government in perpetual gridlock, states are an important testing ground for rewriting the rules – and a way to improve the lives of millions of people. The Prairie State can benefit from the creativity of our thinkers and doers as it faces a chronically overburdened budget, large and visible inequality, and one of the lowest ratings for faith in government in the country.
Roosevelt’s first local office is designed to support Roosevelt work and chapters in Illinois to address these challenges. By providing direct connections and opportunities for Roosevelters to become actively involved in community movements, carry policy ideas directly to state and municipal leaders, and connect across chapters, we’re creating Roosevelt @ Illinois.
The NextGen Illinois project, launched in the context of the gubernatorial election, engaged 20k young people to identify a set of key policy priorities young people would like to see their state address. We’ve created local partnerships, built new chapters and hosted engaging policy focused events to engage fellows, students and local leaders.