United Voices for Children is a coalition of congregations, agencies, groups and individuals in the Northern Illinois Conference of The United Methodist Church that speaks and acts on behalf of children, youth and families in need.


Standing Behind the United States Police Reform Bill

The televised murder of George Floyd, the protestors, and the conviction of formal police officer Derek Chauvin has brought exposure to a larger problem when policing communities of color. Now we have the police killing of 20-year-old Daunte Wright, 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant and 13-year-old Adam Toledo to add to a long list of victims. Of […]

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There's still time to nominate a hero!

We’ve extended the deadline to May 15 for nominations for our three annual awards! Do you know someone in the Northern Illinois Conference (NIC) who provides extraordinary service or advocacy efforts on behalf of children, youth and/or families? All NIC United Methodists are encouraged to nominate someone in their church or community who is doing […]

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Join the Fight for Equal Health Care for All Illinoisans

HB 158 is part of the continued and assertive efforts of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus to combat systemic racism. The bill also looks to provide the needed and equitable assistance to communities that have historically been harmed by systems of injustice.

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What HB 2170 Means for Illinois' Children

During this past year, the coronavirus pandemic has had an impressionable and, in most situations, lasting impact on Illinois’ children. Many teachers, administrators, professionals, parents and caretakers have worked tirelessly to help their students succeed during these unprecedented times. Virtual learning and virtual classroom participation have become the norm in many school districts across Illinois. […]

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Let's Get the Word Out: Child Tax Credit and EITC

The coronavirus pandemic has notably magnified some of this nation’s deepest disparities. These disparities are based on race, gender, ethnicity, and income level. It has unequivocally devastated our poorest residents, and those living in Black and Latino communities. These communities are more like to experience inequalities in health care, vaccine distribution, economic hardship, environmental pollution, […]

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UVC Partner Highlights Important Legislative Issues

On February 23, our partner Illinois Voices for Children hosted a webinar on state finances. Nearly 100 attendees received an overview of the Governor’s budget proposal, the latest on the Federal debate over a new stimulus package, and the outlook on the FY22 budget and FY21 payments from the State comptrollers and State legislators.  Click […]

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