Illinois Public Policy

Advancing the common good through public policy

United Way of Illinois is a statewide association of 59 local organizations, including United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, that create long-lasting community change by addressing underlying causes of the most significant issues.

United Way engages in public policy advocacy because we recognize that it is our civic obligation to use our experience and knowledge to help inform policy-makers’ decisions regarding policy and funding of critical human service programs.

United Way advocates:

  1. Wise, strategic investments to ensure that state government makes adequate appropriations to provide the critical service that communities throughout Illinois depend upon.
  2. Responsible management honoring existing contracts and providing timely reimbursement payments for services provided to our most vulnerable citizens.
  3. Greater Efficiency and Accountability by creating a public/private task force charged with review and study of the public contracting process to develop contract and administrative reforms that increase transparency, utilize cost-saving technologies and engage community service providers as equal partners.
  4. Increasing access to health & human services so that all residents have access to the information necessary to benefit from important community services and volunteer opportunities. 2-1-1 is an easy-to-remember, toll-free, 24 hour, information line that connects people in need with health and human services and volunteer opportunities. 2-1-1 takes the burden off the 9-1-1 system. UWI seeks to establish a public/private partnership with state government to make 2-1-1 available to all Illinois residents.
  5. In addition to its work in support of the human services sector and 2-1-1 UWI’s overall agenda will remain flexible to respond to emerging and urgent issues. Federal issues will be monitored in cooperation with the United Way of America’s policy team.