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The Illinois Civics Hub is your leading resource for information on the required implementation of civics classes in Illinois.

Laws & Standards

The vision supporting Illinois Civic Education Laws and Standards is to produce Illinois graduates who are civically engaged, socially responsible, culturally aware, and financially literate.

Implementation Plan

Many districts and schools have questions about whether civics is now mandated to be a stand-alone course or if it can be incorporated within existing course structures. Many schools are well-positioned to meet the requirements of the new 6-8 civics mandate.

Why Civics?

Civic education helps form the attitudes of students in ways employers report seeking in their employees. Students who experience high quality civic learning are more tolerant of others, more willing to listen to differing points of view and take greater responsibility for their actions and to improve their communities.


The Illinois Civics Hub recognizes the incredible assistance of these organizations who are actively helping bring civics back to Illinois middle and high schools.

Guidelines For Administrator

Schools implementing the Illinois Social Science standards with fidelity, as well as best practices associated with Social Emotional Learning, the Common Core State Standards, and 21st Century Skills, are well-positioned to meet new civic mandates.


The Illinois Civics Hub is in a research practice partnership with the Center for Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) at the Jonathan M. Tisch College for Civic Life at Tufts University. You can access reports that inform our programming.