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.

These resource lists contain real and current information, usable by anyone who wants to

a. engage with Illinois people and groups
b. learn from a specific case study
c. create your own snapshot of another place

10th Congressional District, IL: Briefing Paper [PDF] (6 pages)
SNAPSHOT. Briefing for Candidate: People, Projects, Policies
Demonstrates:

  • 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
Demonstrates:

  • 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
Demonstrates:

  • 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
Demonstrates:

  • 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)

Illinois Food, Farms, and Jobs Act FAQ Sheet [PDF] (2 pages)
SNAPSHOT. FAQ Sheet: Legislation creating a State Food Council and a Comprehensive Food and Farm Plan as an Economic Development Strategy
Demonstrates:

  • 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

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

  • 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
Demonstrates:

  • 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