Bob Dolgan

Communications Director, Advance Illinois

Chicago, Illinois

Bob Dolgan is communications director for Advance Illinois, a nonpartisan education policy advocacy organization that seeks to promote a healthy education system that prepares all of the students in the state for success in college and career. He previously led the Greater Chicago Food Depository’s communications and school nutrition initiatives.

Early in his career, Bob developed stories and content for Anixter Center, a Chicago social services agency, and the Richmond (Virginia) Times-Dispatch newspaper.

A native of Ohio, Bob graduated from Kenyon College with a degree in anthropology and history and is completing an M.B.A. from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Bob is the husband of a Chicago Public Schools (CPS) teacher and father of two daughters, including a CPS student.

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Posted Apr. 11, 2017

A Lack of Funding at This Rural School Is Leaving English Learners Lost in Translation

When junior high students move to Beardstown, Illinois from places such as the Congo, they need basic “survival skills” as…

By Bob Dolgan

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Posted Mar. 9, 2017

This Rural Town Shows the Real Costs of Our Broken School Funding System

These days, the small town of Sandoval, Illinois, is mostly known for being a few miles away from Patoka, where…

By Bob Dolgan

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