Leadership Community & Network Updates​

East St. Louis Celebrates Class of 2022

East St. Louis HS’s Class of 2022 has has earned a combined total of over $29 million in scholarships and two graduates also earned their associate degrees while in high school.

2022 Work-Based Learning in Evanston

MEAC, in partnership with Evanston Township High School (ETHS) is currently recruiting students and employers for the iKit Spring Job Shadow Program and the iKit

2022 Conference: Equity First

The 2022 Illinois 60 by 25 Network Annual Conference on February 28 to March 3 will be virtual and free to attend.

Manufacturing Day

conomic Development Corporation (CSEDC) successfully hosted their annual Manufacturing Day virtual sessions with businesses and high schools from across the Chicago Southland.

Greater Peoria Hosts Fifth Annual CareerSpark

The Greater Peoria Economic Development Council and their partners at Junior Achievement of Central Illinois collaborated with local volunteer employers to create 48 industry-specific virtual booths representing eight different career clusters.

MORE Graduates Earn Endorsements

This school year, three students from Fulton High School and one from Morrison High School graduated with their College and Career Pathway Endorsement in the

MEAC: Growing Summer Internships

The Evanston iKit Summer Internship Program featuring twelve-week paid internships has kicked off with sixteen interns going into local employer locations starting in mid-June. Three

2021 Conference: Forward Together

We have re-imagined the annual Illinois 60 by 25 Network Conference for 2021. We will bring the high-quality conference content you have counted on since 2014 over four days: February 22–25, 2021.

Trauma-Informed Practices Webinar

Representatives from East St. Louis School District 189 and Township High School District 214 in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago shared how they have implemented trauma-informed practices in their districts in partnership with the Illinois Federation of Teachers and community partners.

Trauma-Informed Practices Webinar

Hear about the strategies and resources East St. Louis School District 189 and Township High School District 214 are using to support the needs of students and community members as they deal with challenges related to COVID-19, racial unrest, and adjusting to remote learning.

Rockford Rolls Out Partnership Resources

In Rockford, partners are working together to prepare students for college, career, and life through the Great Lakes College and Career Pathways Partnership. Read more…

NECSS Student Spotlight

Yennifer Velazquez, an Elk Grove High School grad, completed her first year of college with no student loan debt, thanks to Middle College! When Yennifer

COVID-19 Resource Website Launched

To support communities during COVID-19, the McLean Chamber of Commerce, which serves as the backbone organization for the McLean County Leadership Community, has developed a new, jointly-sponsored website with resources for community access.

2020 Conference: Agents of Change

Since the Network’s inception, a core tenet has been to focus on opportunities for learning and sharing across communities, which includes our annual conference. “The