Renewing Illinois

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Renewing Illinois: Ambitious Dreams and Practical Steps to Revive the Prairie State

Renewing Illinois Booklet (provided to the participants prior to summit)

The Renewing Illinois program is built around an annual summit of Illinois college students, historical case studies and commemorations, and an annual over-the-horizon seminar by leading analysts on future challenges confronting Illinois. 

The Institute hosted an inaugural summit for Illinois university students on March 28 and March 29, 2019, “Renewing Illinois: Ambitious Dreams and Practical Steps to Revive the Prairie State.” 

Thirty-five students from nine Illinois colleges and universities--both public and private--attended our inaugural summit. They came from every corner of the state and brought wide-ranging backgrounds and penetrating insights.

The Renewing Illinois program includes an annual “Future of Illinois” project in which leading demographers, journalists, and political analysts will be annually convened by the Institute to consider the future of Illinois. We will try to gaze over the horizon and contemplate what longer-term challenges confront the state.