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The Monroe Foundation is a publicly supported not-for-profit community and enterprise development intermediary. We seek to educate, link and fund community development projects within low-income communities in that State of Illinois.

The foundation supports small business start-ups and financing through lending partnerships with Marquette Bank, and US Bank. Our current supporters are Bank of America, Citibank, Marquette Bank, PNC Bank, US Bank, Field Foundation of Illinois, and Woods Fund of Chicago.

We also provide small business development seminars through the small business development “Boot Camp” Program, funded by a grant from Citibank.

The Monroe Foundation
1547 South Wolf Road
Hillside, IL 60162
Phone: 773-315-9720
Email: omonroe@themonroefoundation.org

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GET CLEARED ILLINOIS RAP SHEET DAY PRESENTATIONS

GET CLEARED ILLINOIS RAP SHEET DAY PRESENTATIONS

The Get Cleared Campaign of the Monroe Foundation is an initiative designed to create a pathway for the tens of thousands of returning citizens whose rap sheets and expungement records hold them back from acquiring jobs, homes and other economic opportunities. Continue Reading

Organized Communities Against Deportations

Organized Communities Against Deportations

OCAD has been building relationships with Black-led organizations for years in their fight against deportations and the criminalization of immigrants and people of color. “We believe we can be an example of collective power – that starts with collaborations between organizations like OCAD and Black Lives Matter Chicago, which can amplify movements at the national… Continue Reading

I’m Voting! – Justice Can’t Wait!

I’m Voting! – Justice Can’t Wait!

Justice Leaders of “Get Cleared, Illinois’ P.O.W.E.R….I’m Voting” Project hit the streets near the Cook County Criminal Courts Building on Monday, November 2nd, and then hit the office of Clerk of the Court Candidate and current Illinois Senator Iris Martinez, on “Justice Monday!” Continue Reading

IL Housing Blueprint

IL Housing Blueprint

The Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) recently announced that it is developing a new statewide plan for housing and community development in Illinois. This plan, called the Housing Blueprint, is a large-scale planning endeavor that will collect information on local housing needs throughout the state, develop a vision for the future of housing in Illinois,… Continue Reading

Report To Commissioner Brandon Johnson

Report To Commissioner Brandon Johnson

GET CLEARED, ILLINOIS The following describes one of the most immediate as well as one of  the long-term structural goals. *** Short Term Immediate Goal: Enlisting additional judges to sign orders  for uncontested petitions on an ongoing, regular basis. Background: Per the Illinois expungement and sealing statute (20ILCS 2630/Criminal Identification Act) the only time the… Continue Reading