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Building a Stronger Democracy in Illinois

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by Dr. Shawn Healy, Democracy ProgramThe McCormick Foundation’s Democracy Program aims to strengthen democracy in Illinois through informed and engaged individuals and communities, and responsive systems of government.The program’s strategies center on youth civic engagement, journalism, and governmental reform, and take place at three levels of our democratic system in Illinois: individual, community, and systems. We recognize that individuals engage with one another to solve problems in their communities. They work within democratic systems to resolve them or to reform the systems themselves, ultimately to the benefit of both individuals and their communities. Partners and grantees of the Foundation will recognize significant continuity in this strategy. Youth civic development is supported through a range of investments in civic learning opportunities and our own Democracy Schools Initiative. The commitment to journalism also remains robust across a continuum that encompasses youth …