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MPC State Policy Agenda

February 25, 2021, Noon to 1 p.m. CT

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Hosted by: Metropolitan Planning Council

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Illinois is at an inflection point: As the state continues to lose populationin particular Black and Brown residentswhile weathering ongoing and pandemic-related fiscal instability, positive signals during the early-January “lame duck” session of the Illinois General Assembly indicated that state lawmakers are ready to roll up their sleeves in Springfield this spring. The election of Ill. Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch as the first Black Speaker of the House, and sweeping criminal justice reforms passed during the lame duck represent new opportunities for the independent Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) to work with all parties and both Chambers.  

Tune into this lunch-hour event to hear MPC’s staff discussing our state policy priorities for the 102nd Illinois General Assembly. In areas ranging from transportation and water to housing and economic growth, MPC will be advocating for change that improves equity for residents of color, and ultimately builds a better, bolder, more equitable future for all Illinois residentsand we invite you to join us in learning how you can support these efforts.


  • Ahmadou Drame, Housing and Community Development Manager, Metropolitan Planning Council
  • Josh Ellis, Vice President, Metropolitan Planning Council
  • Audrey Wennink, Director of Transportation, Metropolitan Planning Council 


  • Justin Williams, Associate, Metropolitan Planning Council 

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