Supt. Tony Smith, Ph.D. 5 Key Areas of Focus

  • Money - Establish an adequate and equitable education finance system
  • Quality - Common definition of, and fair access to, quality education
  • Autonomy - Maximize district autonomy to provide quality education to all families
  • Competency - Encourage competency-based learning
  • Community - Districts and schools as centers of healthy communities

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State Superintendent​


State Superintendent of education

Illinois State Board of Education Members


Chairman - Chicago


Vice Chairman - Oak Park


Cesilie P​rice

Secretary - Lake Forest

Cesilie Price currently serves as the chief executive officer of the Boys & Girls Club of Lake County in North Chicago.

Price has been a longtime advocate of children’s educational opportunities, working and volunteering for the past 16 years in the underserved communities of Waukegan, North Chicago, Zion, and Beach Park. Her work with the Boys & Girls Club of Lake County has allowed youth to have programming and enrichment opportunities in academic success, healthy life choices, good character, and citizenship both after school and during the summer months.

The Boys & Girls Club of Lake County was recently awarded the Gold Level Gateway to Impact Award from the Boys & Girls Club of America for service to youth. Price continues to cultivate awareness of youth living in poverty and the challenges they encounter as barriers to their success. She has made building partnerships with businesses, community groups, and faith-based organizations a priority in creating a network of support for youth in North Shore communities.

Previously, Price served as president of the Lake County Alliance for Human Services. She was a founding member of District 67’s EFFORT Committee, which was established to foster respect between students, teachers, administrators, and parents. Price also served as District 67’s ED-RED representative.

She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Southern Methodist University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Price was appointed to a partial term to the Illinois State Board of Education in September 2016 and was reappointed in February 2017 by Governor Bruce Rauner. Her term will expire in January 2021.












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