Illinois African American Family Commission


   Bruce Rauner





Greetings from the Illinois African American Family Commission

Michael  A. Holmes
Executive Director

Reverend Clifford Spears

The Illinois African American Family Commission was established by Public Act 093-0867 to assist various state agencies to advocate for and promote the well-being of African American families and children through public policy. 

This will be accomplished by: 

  1. Monitoring existing legislation and programs designed to address the needs of African Americans in Illinois

  2. Assisting State agencies in developing programs, services, public policies and research strategies that will expand and enhance the social and economic well-being of African American children and families, and

  3. Facilitating the participation of African Americans in the development, implementation, and planning of strong and vibrant communities.

Download a copy of the IAAFC fact sheet in PDF format by clicking here!

Our Mission

The Illinois African American Family Commission
develops, evaluates and advocates for public policies,
plans, research and programs that will strengthen
and preserve families, family economics,
workforce participation, health status,
safety, education and training, and
quality of life for African Americans.


2014 Annual Report Now Online


Economic Development Grants For Small Businesses!

The Commission has launched a new initiative to promote community development, job growth and job retention in underserved communities!

For more information, click here!

This initiative is funded by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic




Serving Illinois Residents
of all ages!

African American Family Commission reconstituted under Public Act 098-0693 in July 2014

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Last modified: February 23, 2015