DePaul's office of Community & Government Relations manages the relationship between the school with the state of Illinois. It is our goal to ensure that DePaul's voice is heard on all issues affecting higher education. Our services benefit DePaul students, staff, and surrounding community. One way we do this is by supporting legislation for grants and other student related financial assistance. Our office also handles the funding for the projects and programs that benefit DePaul's neighboring area. CGR coordinates DePaul's response to state requirements on ethics regulations. We also work with the DePaul Career Center to obtain information on careers in the federal government for students.
Working with Illinois Elected Officials
The CGR office acts as DePaul's liaison with elected government officials. We support and track legislation in Springfield that impacts higher education. Our office maintains DePaul's relationships with state senators and representatives who serve the districts where the campuses are located. Here are some of the current Illinois elected officials we work with:
- JB Pritzker, IL Governor
- Lori Lightfoot, Mayor of the City of Chicago
- Dick Durbin, US Senator
- Tammy Duckworth, US Senator
- Mike Quigley, US Congress
- Lamont Robinson, US Congress
- John Cullerton, IL State Senate
- Michele Smith, 43rd Ward Alderman (Lincoln Park)
- Sophia King, 4th Ward Alderman (Loop)
- Brendan Reilly, 42nd Ward Alderman (Loop)
- Pat Dowell, 3rd Ward Alderman (South Loop)
Voting is your constitutional right and civic responsibility. Registering to vote is simple and takes just a few moments. Use these helpful links to learn more:
Your vote matters! College students who vote make a difference:
- The youth vote accounts for nearly one-fifth (19%) of national turnout in elections.
- Youth (18-29) voter turnout was 50% in the 2016 Presidential election.
- In the 2016 election, 66% of youth voters had college experience.
Check out Federal, State, and Local Links
Want to learn more about the areas of government that affect your higher education? Take a look through these links to explore federal, state, and local types of law.