Civics Education Resource Site

About the ICMC

The Illinois Civic Mission Coalition (ICMC) is a broad, non-partisan consortium which includes educators, administrators, students, universities, funders, elected officials, policymakers and representatives from the private and non-profit sectors. Formed in 2004 by the Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago, the ICMC is part of the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools, a national initiative to restore a core purpose of education to prepare America's youngest citizens to be informed and active participants in our democracy.

Support Team

Our support team provides assistance to schools pursuing Democracy School recognition. They also manage the Democracy School Network, a community of faculty and administrators dedicated to sustaining and improving civic learning experiences at recognized schools across the state.

Shawn Healy

Shawn Healy
Director, Democracy Program




Sonia Mathew

Sonia Mathew
Program Officer, Democracy




Sue Khalaieff

Sue Khalaieff
Democracy Schools Network Manager




Mary Ellen Daneels

Mary Ellen Daneels
Instructional Specialist





ICMC Steering Committee

Jill Bass, Chief Educational Officer
Mikva Challenge

Andy Conneen, Social Studies Teacher
Adlai E. Stevenson High School

Mary Ellen Daneels, Lead Teacher Mentor
McCormick Foundation Democracy Program

Wayde Grinstead, Program Associate
Facing History and Ourselves

Susan Hilton, Director of Governmental Relations
Illinois Association of School Boards

Maryam Judar, Executive Director
Citizen Advocacy Center

Maureen Loghnane, Chicago Director
Facing History and Ourselves

Michelle Morales, Chicago Executive Director
Mikva Challenge

Donald Pankuch
Social Studies Department Chair
Metea Valley High School

Carolyn Pereira, Founding Chair
Illinois Civic Mission Coalition

Dee Runaas, High School Programs Director
Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago

Heather Van Benthuysen, Director of Social Science and Civic Engagement
Chicago Public Schools