Rep. Tom Demmer Touts Afterschool Programs

Rep. Will Davis (D-East Hazel Crest), Rep. Tom Demmer (R-Dixon), Susan Stanton of ACT Now, and Rep. Tom Bennett (R-Pontiac) at the ACT Now “State of Afterschool” presentation in Chicago on October 31.

State Representative Tom Demmer joined leaders from throughout the State in touting a new website resource and report to find Afterschool programs for youth throughout Illinois.

ACT Now created the Afterschool Map and Database to define the afterschool landscape for policymakers, help to better connect programs to one another, and help to better target resources to communities in need.

“This morning I joined with people from around the state to unveil a new report about the importance of afterschool programs for kids in our community,” said Rep. Demmer following the event on Monday. “The best programs come from a coalition of community organizations, government and private citizens working together for the common good.”

According to ACT Now, youth who participate in afterschool programs demonstrate improved levels of academic achievement and significant reductions in problem behaviors.

The database and map can be found online at