About Econ Illinois

About Econ Illinois

Econ Illinois - Illinois Council on Economic Education, an affiliate of the Council for Economic Education, is the premier provider in Illinois of economic education programs for K-12 schools. The Council helps schools integrate the teaching of economics across all grade levels, preparing students to meet Illinois Learning Standards, and providing them with the fundamental economic 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 literacy in Illinois. A Governing Board and a Board of Trustees provide leadership for the Council's work. Funding for Council programs comes from both the private and public sectors.

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 Divison of Outreach, Engagement & Regional Development.

Econ Illinois accomplishes its mission of economic literacy through the comprehensive EconomicsAmerica Program, which consists of:

  • Setting Standards
  • Training Teachers
  • Developing Curriculum
  • Evaluating Results

Econ Illinois' programs, delivered through university-based Centers for Economic Education, integrate the teaching of economics (including personal finance and entrepreneurship) throughout the curriculum, helping schools develop a comprehensive and sequential curriculum for economics. Through its Centers for Economic Education, and in cooperation with the Illinois State Board of Education, the Council delivers training to approximately 2,500 K-12 teachers each year. Programs include:

  • professional development for K-12 educators
  • curriculum consulting
  • classroom simulations for K-12 students
  • educational competitions and awards programs
  • first-class curriculum materials for integrating economics within the curriculum.

Econ Illinois is the Illinois distributor of The Stock Market Game™ program, with more than 30,000 students participating annually.