With a strong and growing coalition in Illinois for more than 5 years, the USGLC works to educate and engage policymakers and community leaders on why investments in development and diplomacy help keep America safe and strengthen Illinois’s economy.

The USGLC’s Illinois Advisory Committee brings together more than 130 business, faith, non-profit, and political leaders who understand how American global leadership matters for Illinois. We’re also proud of Illinois’s Veterans for Smart Power – part of a nationwide network of 30,000 veterans.

  • Advancing Chicago as a leading global city.

    John Hewko

    General Secretary and CEO, Rotary International

Top Facts

In 2023, Illinois exported
$78.7 billion
in goods to foreign markets.

In Illinois,
1,632,000 jobs (20.50%)
are supported by trade.

From 2022-2023,
55, 337 international students
were enrolled in Illinois colleges and universities.

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Advisory Committee

Stories from Illinois

AC Spotlight: Dr. J. Mark Munoz, Millikin University

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What They’re Saying in the Heartland: COP27 and America’s Global Climate Leadership

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U.S. Heartland Global Leadership Day

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News & Press Related to Illinois

June 02, 2021

USGLC Virtual Town Hall with Rep. Jan Schakowsky Highlights How Investments in America’s Global Leadership Combat COVID-19 and Support Local Health, Economy, and National Security


May 06, 2021

USGLC Virtual Town Hall with Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi Highlights How Investments in America’s Global Leadership Combat COVID-19, Support Local Health, Economy, and National Security


April 14, 2021

USGLC Virtual Town Hall with Rep. Cheri Bustos Highlights How Investing in America’s Global Leadership Is a Win for Illinois’ Health, Economy, and National Security


February 05, 2021

Virtual Roundtable Recap: Global Partnerships, Local Impact in Rockford, IL


January 22, 2021

USGLC Launches Next Gen Global Leaders Network and Welcomes Nearly 100 Young Professionals to the 2021 Inaugural Class


September 23, 2020

Rep. Darin LaHood to Local Leaders: Global Health, Foreign Assistance Critical to Fighting Pandemic, Protecting Americans


Past Events

Invite-only | America’s Global Leadership: What’s It Worth to Illinois?

May 10, 2024 11:30 am CT

Featured Speaker

Representative Brad Schneider


Featured Speaker

Vice Admiral Carol M. Pottenger

Featured Speaker

Anne Murphy


Featured Speaker

Catherine Mellor


Featured Speaker

Mimi Rodman

Chicago Union Cares Inc

Chicago Roundtable with Travis Adkins, African Development Foundation

August 11, 2022 12:00 pm CT

Featured Speaker

U.S. African Development Foundation

2021 USGLC Heartland Summit

September 28, 2021 12:00 pm ET

Virtual Heartland Summit

A Roadmap for Global Leadership with Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky

June 2, 2021 12:00 pm CT

Virtual Town Hall

Featured Speaker

Representative Jan Schakowsky

U.S. House of Representatives

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Eric Moorer

Director, Heartland Region