Illinois Links & Snapshots

These downloadable documents are snapshots of aspects and stages of building a specific local food system in a specific geography — the state of Illinois.


Regenerating Our Democracy, Our Habitats, Ourselves  
(2-page PDF)
A two-page platform for candidates, voters, and media.
One page contains Illinois-specific goals and strategies, one page contains systemic policies and programs implementable at the federal level.


Beginning in 2006, a growing coalition of Illinois food-and-farm activists began meeting with State Rep. Julie Hamos (IL-18th district) about the wide range of food systems problems facing people, businesses, and organizations all over Illinois — the degradation of our health, local and state economies, natural resources, etc.   Together, Rep. Hamos and the coalition wrote two bills:
— HB1300 in 2007:  created a 2-year task force to draft a report and a comprehensive food-and-farm plan
— HB3990 in 2009: adopted the report and plan, providing for implementation of some key goals by 2020

Illinois Food, Farms, and Jobs Act FAQ Sheet  [PDF] (2 pages)
“Building Community through Food” (2009)
Legislation creates:
— a State of Illinois food council
— a comprehensive Food and Farm Plan as an economic development strategy
–Over-selling of global economy (a farm state is not feeding itself)
–Economic and public health basis for food council
–Legislative history
–Ways to connect

Illinois Local Food, Farms and Jobs Plan [PDF]  3 pages
Adopted by the Illinois General Assembly (2009)

Local Food, Farms, and Jobs:  Growing the Illinois Economy [PDF] 48 pages
Report to the Illinois General Assembly (2009) by the Illinois Local and Organic Food and Farm Task Force

ILLINOIS FOOD SCRAP COMPOSTING:  Market Study (2017) + Report (2015)

Economic Impact and Market Study Report: Elements of the Case for Advancing the Food Scrap Composting Industry and the Link to Building Illinois’ Local Food Economy [PDF] 2017

Food Scrap Composting Challenges and Solutions in Illinois Report  [PDF] 2015
56 pages plus appendices (total 83 pages)


The Role of Community Colleges in Developing the Local Food System  2011
A Report of the Illinois Green Economy Network (IGEN) Local Food Task Force


10th Congressional District, IL: Briefing Paper [PDF] (6 pages)

SNAPSHOT. Briefing for Candidate: People, Projects, Policies

  • Variety of food system issues
  • Variety of constituents (people, projects, businesses) involved in food issues
  • Current policy landscape (variety of food policy issues)
  • Bi-partisan support for food system policy
  • Variety of legislators sponsoring food system legislation
  • Real names of real constituents involved in food system issues*
    * For privacy reasons in this national initiative, real names have been removed from this version.

Illinois Food System Networks and Resources
[PDF] (5 pages)
SNAPSHOT. Getting Connected: People, Projects, Policies — Local, State, Regional, National

  • Network of networks
  • Ways for people new to Illinois to connect
  • Ways for Illinois people new to food system issues to connect
  • Statewide interest and activity
  • Variety of food system issues
  • Variety of sectors involved in food system issues

Illinois Food and Farm System Schematic
[PDF] (1 page)
SNAPSHOT. Food System

  • Historical model (Illinois 2009)
  • Food system components

Illinois Legislation 2009 – 2012
[PDF] (2 pages)
SNAPSHOT. Variety of State Legislation adopted to support a local food system

  • Variety of food system policy issues
  • Bi-partisan and statewide (rural, urban, suburban) support for food system policy
  • Variety of legislators sponsoring food system legislation
  • Variety of legislative mechanisms (law, resolution, task force, permanent council, optional registry)


Cook County Food Policy Council FAQ Sheet (DRAFT) [PDF] (2 pages)
SNAPSHOT. FAQ Sheet: Legislation creating a County Food Council

  • Stakeholders by organization, policy, agency (who is already invested)
  • Food councils within county and outside of county (county level as “missing link”)
  • Benefits and beneficiaries of a food policy council (county government, residents, economy, and natural resources)
  • Method to achieve benefits through a food policy council

Evanston, IL: Building a Local Food and Farm Economy
[PDF] (10 pages)
SNAPSHOT. Municipal Food System Assessment: People, Projects, Businesses, Policies

  • Network of networks
  • Ways to connect for people new to Evanston
  • Ways to connect for Evanston people new to food system issues
  • City-wide interest and activity
  • Variety of food system issues
  • Variety of sectors involved in food system issues