Advance Illinois

10th Anniversary Luncheon

This luncheon is an opportunity to celebrate the champions who have made our work possible since 2008 and to unveil the plan for our next 10 years of service. We will honor our Founding Executive Director, Robin Steans, for her many contributions to improving the state’s education system. We will hear from former U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings on the importance of education policy.


Founded in 2008, Advance Illinois believes all kids deserve a quality education. We are an independent policy and advocacy organization that works toward a healthy public education system that prepares students to achieve success in college, career and civic life. We are committed to an aligned education system that strives for equity, stresses college and career readiness and completion, and supports the whole child from the earliest years through adulthood.


Advance Illinois

Fairmont Hotel Chicago, International Ballroom