Illinois

People in Illinois care about kids here in the United States and around the world. From expanding preschool for kids in the U.S. to ensuring children survive and thrive around the world, Illinois advocates are the voice for children.

Illinois activists use their voices in a number of ways! Our activists post information and actions to their social media pages, staff booths at community events, meet with elected officials and even ask presidential candidates questions about how they would work to help children.

There are countless ways you can use your voice to advocate for children. Plus, joining in our work will positively impact your life as well as the lives of children in Illinois and beyond.

Upcoming Events

Kirk-Duckworth Debate: Help Us Make Early Education A Priority This Election

University of Illinois at Springfield, Sangamon Auditorium (map) October 27, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Please note: Date of debate moved to October 27th.

Join Save the Children Action Network (SCAN) for the Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D) – Sen. Mark Kirk (R) debate at University of Illinois- Springfield’s Sangamon Auditorium.  We will meet outside the event (in our red t-shirts) to talk with attendees, the media and the candidates.  Help us make early childhood education a top priority this election.

Bonus: All attendees receive a free SCAN t-shirt!

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Campaign Materials

We want to help you be an effective voice for kids. Below are resources to help you take action in your community.

Join Us

Contact your local Save the Children Action Network staff member to learn how you can be a voice for kids.

John Gaudette
Mobilization Manager, Illinois

John Gaudette has over 25 years of community organizing experience.  Prior to coming to Save the Children Action Network, John served as the state organizing director at Citizen Action/ Illinois for 7 years.  Before that, John worked as a lobbyist and advocate for Illinois Environmental Council and Illinois PIRG, GOTV director for MoveOn PAC, and 13 years as a community organizing director for PICO Network and National People’s Action affiliate organizations. 

An Illinois native, John earned an undergraduate degree in Engineering from Michigan State University.  He currently lives in his hometown of Chicago.

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