Our Impact

Over our 50-year history, the Shriver Center has secured hundreds of law and policy victories with and for people living in poverty in Illinois. Building on these wins and our comprehensive view of poverty, we connect and train lawyers, community leaders, and activists nationwide to advance opportunity — for all, not just some.

The recent release of the report, Funding Our Futures: The Equitable Revenue Policies Illinois Families Need to Thrive, sheds light on the shortcomings of Illinois’ revenue system, calling it out for favoring the wealthy while leaving many struggling to meet basic needs.  

Recently, three unhoused individuals filed a complaint against the city, calling its anti-homeless laws unconstitutional. In Johnson v. Grants Pass, the Supreme Court will determine if the city is violating the Constitution’s Eighth Amendment protection against cruel and unusual punishment when it arrests, fines, and even imprisons people without homes for sleeping outside.

Since Illinois became the first state in the nation to outlaw cash bail, data shows early signs of success in building a more equitable system.

As COVID money dries up, state and local governments must find new revenue sources to fund permanent guaranteed income programs.

Our 2024 Illinois advocacy agenda supports and protects workers, expands access to health care, promotes inclusive housing, and keeps families strong and stable. 

The summit's three interactive panels examined housing, repairing the child welfare system, and entrepreneurism as a means to building Black wealth.

Before the Pulitzer prize and the MacArthur Genius award, the acclaimed author was a kid who grew up poor in Arizona.

Workers in Chicago, Cook County, and Illinois will benefit from some significant wins in 2024. The wins are especially important for workers with low income, who are disproportionately women and people of color and the least likely to have paid time off of any kind.

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