NextGen Illinois

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Roosevelt @ Illinois

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

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July 2015 In order to increase the capacity of food programs serving food insecure individuals Cook County, the Chicago Department of Procurement Services should require all city food contracts to be awarded to businesses that participate in food recovery programs with the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Authors Jennifer Kim, Cornell University Doug Ortiz, DePaul University

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July 2015 Chicago boasts over 15,000 restaurants yet still struggles with arguably the most basic of human rights: access to healthy and affordable food. Since donations to local food pantries have not kept up with local need, this policy proposes using tax and limited liability incentives to leverage food suppliers as to collect food donations

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At the NextGen Illinois conference, Campus Network leaders found a policy space shaped entirely by young people. Last Saturday, the Midwest Regional Team of the Roosevelt Institute | Campus Network met in Chicago to attend the NextGen Illinois conference, the culmination of months of discussion, caucuses, and ideas from around Illinois. NextGen IL, an initiative

The NextGen Illinois project is an initiative of Young Invincibles and the Roosevelt Institute | Campus Network, in collaboration with dozens of other Illinois organizations, designed to activate young people to shape a unique policy agenda for the state of Illinois. Young adult voices are frequently overlooked in state-level political conversations, and the NextGen project

NextGen Illinois Convention

On September 27th, 2014, hundreds of young people gathered together in the University of Illinois Chicago Forum for a first of it’s kind convention designed to create a statewide policy agenda for Illinois. This event represented the culmination of six months of work on the NextGen Illinois project, including over 60 in person discussions on

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More than thirty organizations contributed to the NextGen Illinois project. They hosted caucuses for young adult attendees, provided research help on the ten issue areas included in the project, trained young people in advocacy skills, and registered Millennials to vote in record numbers. The NextGen Illinois policy agenda is a result of their hard work

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  We need to use the power of our numbers and our solidarity and lead these fights against corporate greed, against structural racism against economic inequality.  This is where it starts  – with more than a thousand young folks organized and standing together in this fight. let’s do this. -Brianna Tong, a sophomore at the

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