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One Chance Illinois appoints new staff, expands statewide


From Illinois Business Journal news services

CHICAGO – One Chance Illinois has added three staff members to support the organization’s statewide expansion and growth. A public charity, OCI works to advance policy that expands quality educational options for Illinois’ low-income and working-class families and children.

The new appointees include:

– Lori Reimers, Central and Southern Illinois Coalition director. With nearly 20 years’ experience, she has extensive background in Illinois politics and the legislative process. She has served as legislative liaison for the Illinois Department of Revenue; government relations and public information officer for the Illinois Student Assistance Commission; government affairs specialist for State Farm Insurance; and most recently, ran a successful consulting business. She will lead OCI’s government relations efforts and manage its new Springfield office.

– Anne Kavanaugh, operations director. She joins OCI from Democrats for Education Reform, where she served as Illinois Program associate. Previously she spent seven years working as a member of the pastoral staff for New Life Covenant Church in Chicago.

– Trey Cobb, community navigator. A recent graduate of DePaul University, he grew up in Chicago. He will be working with community leaders, educators, advocates and elected officials statewide.

Currently, OCI is advocating for legislation that will provide every child in Illinois access to education, such as the Illinois Kids Campaign, among others.

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