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DeKalb wants to hear your thoughts at their poverty commission listening session

DeKALB – DeKalb area leaders are inviting residents to share ideas on how a state commission tasked with addressing poverty and economic security can improve resources to better help Illinoisans.

The Illinois Commission on Poverty Elimination and Economic Security is soliciting feedback. A listening session in DeKalb will take place Thursday, Oct. 28, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Christ Community Church at 2350 Pride Ave. in DeKalb.

This event will allow the community the opportunity to share their thoughts on how the commission can work toward eliminating poverty in Illinois over the next 15 years. Those living in and around DeKalb County are encouraged to participate to help tackle systemic poverty throughout the state.

Rep. Jeff Keicher, R-Sycamore, the DeKalb County Regional Office of Education and a number of other community partners will be present during the event, according to a news release. Those include: Local homeless shelter Hope Haven, the DeKalb County Mental Health Board, the Sir Donald Foundation and more.

A $25 gift card incentive will be offered to those who participate during the event.

If you cannot attend the event in person, but would still like to share some thoughts, residents are encouraged to attend via zoom, and can register for the event here. Those who attend virtually can still fill out the incentive survey.