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Topinka to launch Illinois Nonprofit Advisory Council

Posted by Admin On July - 17 - 2013

CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka will stand with nonprofit leaders from across the state for a noon press conference to kick-off the formation of the Illinois Nonprofit Advisory Council on Wednesday, July 17 at the James R. Thompson Center, Atrium.

The Council will meet regularly to discuss funding for service organizations and ways to address the staggering fiscal challenges facing nonprofits.

Members of the newly formed council include:

  • Reverend Charles Jenkins, Pastor, Fellowship MBC – Chicago, IL  
  • Stephanie Love Patterson, Center for Abused Women and their Children (CAWC)
  • Gloria Castillo, President & CEO Chicago United – Chicago, IL
  • Carol Green, Executive Director and CEO of Lifescape Community Services, Rockford, IL
  • Serena Chen Low, Executive Director, Apna Ghar, Inc.
  • Bill Kreeb, President & CEO, Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House- E. St. Louis, IL
  • Graham C. Grady, Esq. Shefsky & Froelich
  • Kathy Weiman, CEO, Alternatives for Older Adults – Moline, IL
  • Kenneth Wojcic, CFO, PACT, Inc.- Lisle, IL
  • Cesilie Price, CEO Boys & Girls Club of Lake County -North Chicago, IL
  • Andrea Durbin, CEO Youth Network Council
  • Valerie Lies, President & CEO, Donors Forum
  • Kathy Baumann, Executive Director, START – Murphysboro, IL
  • Matt Shoenholtz, Finance Director, Senior Services Associates – Elgin, IL
  • Rick Kasper, CEO, Joliet Area Community Hospice – Joliet, IL
  • Judith Gethner, Executive Director, Illinois Partners for Human Service – Chicago, IL
  • Calvin E. Williams, Chairman of Construction, Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce – Peoria, IL

Last July, Topinka embarked on the Illinois Has Heart Tour, a 4-day, 11-stop statewide tour, to encourage Illinois not-for-profit agencies to contact her office if they were on the verge of closing due to state payment delays. Additionally, she directed staff to prioritize payments for day programs, child group homes, community living facilities and other programs serving the developmentally disabled.

SCHEDULE FOR WEDNESDAY, JULY 17, 2013:

WHO:               Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka

                         Nonprofit Leaders

WHAT:             News Conference

WHEN:             12:00 p.m.

WHERE:           James R. Thompson Center, Atrium

                         100 W. Randolph St. Chicago, IL

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