Casten, Underwood, Foster, Hold Press Conference on Child Tax Credits Encouraging Illinois Families to Sign Up for Newly Expanded Benefit

June 22, 2021
Press Release
Members were joined by three participants from North Aurora, DeKalb, and Woodridge shared how Child Tax Credit benefits will help their families and children.

WEST CHICAGO—  U.S. Congressman Sean Casten (IL-06), Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14), and Congressman Bill Foster (IL-11) hosted a press conference on the newly expanded Child Tax Credit (CTC), encouraging Illinois families to apply for the benefit which was expanded under the American Rescue Plan to help families and reduce child poverty. The Child Tax Credit will benefit over 2.5 million Illinois children, lifting $153,000 children out of poverty across our state. The families of nearly 70% of children in the 6th District are eligible, and 37,150 households will receive an average benefit of $2,600. Families could get monthly payments of up to $300 per child beginning July 15th.

During the event, Shelley Bromberek-Lambert, Chief Reimagination Officer at YWCA, Michele Begeron, Director of Development at SPARK discussed the importance of Child Tax Credits for the communities served by YWCA. Members were also joined by Colleen Zavodny, a parent from Woodridge; Dana Merk, a parent from North Aurora; and Courtney Hill Michels, a parent from DeKalb who shared how the pandemic has impacted their families and how the Child Tax Credit benefits will help them pay for care essentials. 

Child Tax Credit Fact Sheet


"This is one of the most impactful things we have done as Members of Congress,” Congressman Casten said. “For an awful lot of families who are trying to choose between rent, diapers, and a health care visit, the extra $300 a month will help ensure no parent has to make that painful choice. It is transformative.”

“This money is going to make a big difference in the lives of families across our state,” said Congressman Foster. “Hard working parents and families need to be aware of and fully informed as to how to receive this tax credit – we need to make sure Illinois families don’t miss out.”

“This life-changing Child Tax Credit will provide critical relief to nearly 75% of children in the 14th District. More money in the pockets of northern Illinois parents means more money for day camp, childcare, groceries, even family vacations or fun summer activities. If you haven’t already, I encourage parents to sign up today and be on the lookout for relief starting July 15,” said Congresswoman Underwood.

Click here or on the image below to view a video of Congressman Casten’s remarks at the event. For more photos from the event, click here.

Image of Rep. Casten at the Childcare Tax Credit press conference, hyperlinked to a video of his remarks at the event.

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