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President and Chief Executive Off...

Phone: (773) ***-****  
Email: m***@***.org
Illinois Action
4753 N. Broadway Ste. 1200
Chicago , Illinois 60640
United States

Company Description: Illinois Action for Children has championed the cause of quality child care and early education for families and children throughout Illinois for 37 years.Action...   more

Employment History


  • Bachelor's degree , History
    Clarke College
  • Master's degree , Social Services
    The University of Chicago
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Maria Whelan, president and ..., 27 Jan 2016 [cached]
Maria Whelan, president and CEO of Illinois Action for Children: "Nearly seven months into a fiscal year with no state budget, today Governor Rauner gave his State of the State Address that was unfortunately short on solutions for the children and families of this state that so desperately need this madness to end.
Leadership - Illinois Action for Children, 3 Sept 2015 [cached]
Maria Whelan, President & CEO
Maria Whelan has served as Illinois Action for Children's President and CEO since 2001. She leads the organization's mission to support strong families and powerful communities where children matter most, through the advancement of innovative human services programs and responsive public policies that improve conditions for children and families in Illinois.
An authority in the early care and education field, Maria possesses over 30 years of experience in human services. Prior to joining Illinois Action for Children, she served as the founding Executive Director of the Carole Robertson Center for Learning, a multicultural nonprofit partnership among parents, youth and communities on Chicago's West Side. Her leadership has been recognized through special awards and fellowships, including the Community Service Fellowship from the Chicago Community Trust, and Leadership Greater Chicago. She currently serves on several boards, including the Illinois Early Learning Council, Illinois Network of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies, Early Childhood Advisory Committee - Chicago Public Schools and Illinois Child Care Advisory Council - Illinois Department of Human Services.
Maria holds a Master's degree in Social Services from The University of Chicago, and a Bachelor's degree in History from Clarke College. She lives in Chicago with her husband and has three daughters.
Maria Whelan, Executive ..., 13 April 2015 [cached]
Maria Whelan, Executive Director of Illinois Action for Children, an advocacy group that also administers CCAP programs in Cook County, cautioned that even if funding for the program is restored, many families in Illinois could still face significant hardships under Rauner's proposed budget.
These children, their families, and many others will be significantly impacted by the drastic cuts proposed in the Governor's budget," Whelan said.
But since Maria Whelan, head ..., 15 June 2015 [cached]
But since Maria Whelan, head of the child care services agency Action for Children, doesn't know where the actual funding will fall in in the budget year that begins July 1 - and when that money might come through - she's making alternate plans. Action for Children's state grant helps pay for its 400 staff members and other overhead. Whelan says without a budget in place, the agency may have to consider a line of credit to pay its expenses.
LDN - Top Stories, 13 Feb 2006 [cached]
"Thousands of children across Illinois now have a chance that will make a difference for a lifetime," said Maria Whelan, president and chief executive officer of Action for Children.
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