The ICIRR 2019 Gala is on Thursday, September 19!

Join us for an evening featuring a cocktail reception, dinner, a keynote address from one of the preeminent experts on economic and social policy and inspiring stories about the impact of our work. We will also honor three remarkable leaders responsible for a tremendous amount of impact throughout the city and the state.


Our keynote speaker will be Heather C. McGhee, former President and current Distinguished Senior Fellow at Demos, a public policy organization working for an America where we all have an equal say in our democracy and an equal chance in our economy. Ms. McGhee’s work at Demos as both staff member and president have led to achievements in consumer protection, voter registration and regulation of the financial industry. Click here to read Heather's bio.


Tom Balanoff, President of SEIU Local 1 and the SEIU Illinois State Council, will receive the Labor Award. We are honored to recognize Tom’s years of dedicated service to fighting for the rights and wages of workers and improving the lives of countless immigrants. Click here to read Tom's bio.


Tanya Cabrera, Assistant Vice Provost for Student Inclusion at UIC, will receive the Service Award. Tanya is committed to ensuring that undocumented students, both prospective and current, have access to the resources and support they need to succeed at school on their way to matriculation. Click here to read Tanya's bio.


David Hiller, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, will receive the Philanthropy Award. In his work at the McCormick Foundation, David has been tirelessly committed to advancing its values and promoting diversity and inclusion while working to create equitable opportunities for all. Click here to read David's bio.

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Ticket sales for our gala have ended. If you have any questions about tickets or sponsorships, please contact ICIRR Development Coordinator, Alex Miller at

Thank You To Our Sponsors!

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If you would like more information about sponsorships, please contact Alex Miller at or (312) 332-7360 ext. 261.