About Econ Illinois

Econ Illinois, also known by its legal name of the Illinois Council on Economic Education, is an affiliate of the Council for Economic Education, and stands as the premier provider in Illinois of economic and financial literacy education programs for K-12 schools, for individuals, and for families. We help educators integrate the teaching of economics across all grade levels and disciplines, preparing students to meet Illinois Learning Standards, and providing them with the fundamental economic and financial concepts and skills needed to understand and succeed in our market economy.

A partnership of leaders from business, labor, agriculture, education, and government, Econ Illinois is dedicated to increasing economic and financial literacy in Illinois. A Governing Board and a Board of Trustees provide leadership for the Council's work. The majority of funding for Econ Illinois comes from the private sector.

Established in 1951 as the Illinois Council on Economic Education, Econ Illinois is the oldest continuously active state council in the national network. Located at Northern Illinois University, Econ Illinois is a unit within the Division of Outreach, Engagement & Regional Development.

Econ Illinois accomplishes its mission of providing economic and financial literacy programs and services through comprehensive programming that includes:

  • Setting standards
  • Training teachers
  • Developing curriculum
  • Evaluating results

Econ Illinois' programs, delivered through the Council and its university-based Centers for Economic Education, integrate the teaching of economics, personal finance and entrepreneurship throughout the curriculum, presenting a comprehensive sequence for learning. Econ Illinois, together with its Centers for Economic Education, deliver training to approximately 2,500 educators annually, realizing a total student impact of 160,000. Programs and services include:

  • Professional development for K-12 educators
  • Curriculum consulting
  • Classroom simulations for K-12 students
  • Educational competitions and awards programs
  • First-class curriculum materials and assessments for integrating economics and personal finance.