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Illinois Commission on Poverty Elimination and Economic Security


About the Commission

The Illinois Commission on the Elimination of Poverty is an independent body focused on eliminating poverty in our state in a manner consistent with international human rights standards. As such, the Commission’s charge is twofold:

  • To create and monitor a specific, substantive, measurable strategic plan for cutting extreme poverty in Illinois; and
  • To offer advice and comment on state matters that may positively or negatively impact the state’s goal of ending poverty.

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 also 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.

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Dana Kelly, Chief Policy Officer, Illinois Department of Human Services