IL is the first state to approve a state-specific DREAM Act!!!!!
Chicago, IL – On August 1, 2011 at Benito Juarez Community Academy, Governor Pat Quinn signed into law the Illinois DREAM Act, a provision that will support college aspirations of children of immigrants in Illinois. Before heading to Governor Quinn’s desk for approval, the bill (SB 2185; Cullerton/Acevedo – Public Act 97-0233) passed the state Senate in early May by a wide margin (45-11) that involved bipartisan support. In the state House, it was approved in a much closer vote (60-54).
Illinois is the FIRST STATE to approve a state-specific DREAM Act.
State Legislative Update of August 4, 2011.
The Illinois DREAM Act – which borrows its name from a similar piece of federal legislation – creates an Illinois DREAM Fund and a nine-member Illinois DREAM Commission, to be appointed by the Governor with Senate consent. Once these are established, a privately-funded scholarship source and the option to invest in the state’s 529 college savings and prepaid tuition programs will become available to the children of immigrants, including undocumented students who graduate from Illinois high schools.
To address the need for guidance on matters of postsecondary options, the Act requires high school counselors and college admission and financial aid officers to be trained on educational opportunities for immigrant youth. "The Governor has announced that he hopes to fill the panel by mid- September," reported Katharine Gricevich, Director of Government Relations at Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) in her
Members of the Illinois DREAM Commission will represent the geographic and ethnic diversity of the State, including students, college and university administrators and faculty, and other individuals committed to advancing the educational opportunities of the children of immigrants. Individuals with an interest in serving on the DREAM Fund Commission may learn more about the Commissioners' duties and submit nomination forms at http://appointments.illinois.gov/appointmentsDetail.cfm?id=417.
Office of Pathways to College and Careers at Chicago Public Schools (www.chooseyourfuture.org). In the meantime, students and families seeking assistance may wish to visit the Web page of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (www.ICIRR.org) to access a guide for undocumented students in Illinois.
RESOURCES FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY:
As it becomes available, more information about the Illinois DREAM Commission and Illinois DREAM Fund will be posted on the official website of the State of Illinois (www.Illinois.gov). Updates and resources will also be added to the website of the
List of Immigrant Support Groups and Community Organizations supporting undocumented students and families- Immigrant-Groups-and-Community-Support.pdf
TO LEARN MORE AND LEND YOUR SUPPORT......................................
As it becomes available, more information about the Illinois DREAM Commission and Illinois DREAM Fund will be posted on the official website of the State of Illinois (www.Illinois.gov
). Updates and resources will also be added to http://www.chooseyourfuture.org/college/undocumented-students
In the meantime, consider the following:
Illinois DREAM Act Description http://www.chooseyourfuture.org/sites/default/files/illinois-dream-act-description-2011.pdf:
Illinois General Assembly
Bill Status of SB2185
Public Act 097-0233
State of Illinois, Office of the Governor
Illinois Student Assistance Commission, Office of Government Relations
ISAC State Legislative Updates
Chicago Public Schools, Office of Pathways to College and Careers
Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights - www.icirr.org
NOTE: As of this e-mail’s date, ICIRR guides and resources are not commissioned by the Illinois DREAM Commission, are not produced by the State of Illinois, and neither the State nor Illinois Student Assistance Commission is responsible for their content.