Illinois 60 by 25 Network

Portrait of Edith Njuguna

Edith Njuguna

Illinois 60 by 25 Network Director

Portrait of Emily Rusca

Emily Rusca

State Policy & Strategy Director

Portrait of Jon Furr

Jon Furr

Executive Director



  • Aurora
  • Chicago
  • East St. Louis
  • Evanston
  • Lake County
  • McLean County
  • Mississippi and Rock River Region
  • Northwest Chicago Suburbs
  • Rich Township
  • Peoria
  • Rockford
  • Sangamon County
  • Starved Rock Region
  • Vandalia
  • Vermilion County

the illinois 60 by 25 networkThe Illinois 60 by 25 Network was established in 2013 by EdSystems, Advance Illinois, and the Illinois Student Assistance Commission in response to the P-20 Council’s goal for Illinois to increase the number of adults with high-quality college degrees and postsecondary credentials to 60% by the year 2025. The Network’s purpose is to support communities to increase meaningful and equitable postsecondary attainment and civic engagement. In 2015, we established the Leadership Community designation, which recognizes communities with systems in place to make progress towards the 60 by 25 goal.

Our Role

EdSystems supports Leadership Communities by managing a peer-to-peer learning and action network for communities to learn from one another, including an annual conference that draws over 200 participants from across the state. Additionally, we provide the Cradle to Career Community Dashboard, a mechanism to gather and curate critical data, as well as technical assistance on collective impact and other strategies. Finally, we serve as a conduit for financial support to communities for strategies to increase meaningful and equitable postsecondary attainment.

The 60 by 25 Network’s Leadership Communities serve as proof points for the state policies which we develop. We use lessons learned from communities to inform state policymakers on what’s working well and where more support is needed. EdSystems supports Leadership Communities to implement strategies outlined in the Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness (PWR) Act, including College and Career Pathway Endorsements and Transitional Math. To learn more about the Network, please download our Impact Report.

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