Illinois’ comeback story starts here.

Ifeoma Nkemdi

Ifeoma Nkemdi

“I’ve been teaching for 15 years. I was part of the 50 schools closings [in 2013]. “I remember being really involved with the [Chicago Teachers Union], even getting on the news for them. “Even during that time, it just seemed as though we were placed there to show, ‘Hey we’re equitable. Here look, we’re putting...

Mecki Kosin

Mecki Kosin

“[I moved to Illinois] from Germany in 1972. I came with my husband. “He went to school here after the army and got training as an HVAC person. When I came over here, I found work in a travel agency for two years and then was pregnant and stayed home until my children were in...