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.

 

ILLINOIS FOOD-AND-FARM PLATFORM for 2018 Elections
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.

 

ILLINOIS FOOD, FARMS, AND JOBS ACTS – 2007, 2009
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
Shows:
–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)

 

ILLINOIS COMMUNITY COLLEGES
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