Voices for Illinois Children is hosting an Illinois Kids Count symposium from 9 a.m. to noon on Monday, Sept. 10, at St. Alexius Medical Center, 1555 Barrington Road in Hoffman Estates. Policymakers will discuss a report from the organization called "Investing in Opportunities for Children -- Now" that found children are getting caught in a "budget crossfire" at both state and federal levels and policymakers are neglecting to address the erosion of long-term investments in children. Representative Fred Crespo of Hoffman Estates and Senator Matt Murphy of Palatine, along with two other local leaders, will take part in a panel discussion about how policymakers can work together to make good investments in children. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Visit voicesforkids.org for information or to register.
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