Privacy Policy


This Privacy Policy describes the type of information that Raising Illinois – a program of Start Early (“Raising Illinois”, “we”, “us” or “our”) gather on our website, (“Website”), and how that information is collected, stored, and used. The Website provides news and information about our Raising Illinois.

This Privacy Policy notifies you of:

  • What personally identifiable information of yours is collected through the Website;
  • Who collects such information;
  • How such information is used;
  • With whom your information may be shared;
  • What choices you have regarding collection, use and distribution of your information;
  • What kind of security procedures are in place to protect the loss, misuse or alteration of information under our control; and
  • How you can correct any inaccuracies in your information.


Questions regarding this statement should be directed to by contacting us at

Acceptance of Privacy Policy
By accessing, using, and visiting the Website and by providing information to Raising Illinois, you agree to be bound by this Privacy Policy. Please do not provide us with any personal information that you do not want to be used by us in the manner set out in this Privacy Policy. The Privacy Policy and the Terms of Use form an agreement that is effective as if you had signed it.

Raising Illinois reserves the right to change this Privacy Policy at any time. You are responsible for checking the Privacy Policy before each use of the Website for our most current privacy practices. If you do not accept this Privacy Policy, you are not authorized to use the Website and must discontinue use of the Website immediately.

Should the Privacy Policy be revised, we will post the changes on the Website and the new Privacy Policy will be effective immediately upon posting and will apply only to information collected thereafter. You can determine when the Privacy Policy was last revised by referring to the “Last Revised” legend at the top of this page. Each time you access, use or browse the Website, you signify your acceptance of the then-current Privacy Policy.

What Information We Collect

Raising Illinois may collect the following types of information from or about you through the Website: (i) personally identifiable information, including, but not limited to, your name, address, email address, phone number, interests and similar information (“Personal Information”); and (ii) information that does not personally identify you, such as your internet protocol address, browser type, internet service provider, equipment, cookie information, frequency of Website visits, pages requested, and the like.

How We Collect Information
We collect this information directly from you when you provide it to us, such as the following ways:

  • Registrations for any product, service, or event on our Website;
  • Subscriptions or purchases to receive one of our products or services;
  • Registrations to receive email subscription and/or e-newsletters;
  • Submission of a contact request;
  • Registrations for individual accounts or profiles;
  • Report a problem with our Website;
  • Responses to surveys available on the Website or through email communications;
  • Posts of material or requests further services;
  • Participation in contests or sweepstakes; and
  • Correspondence with us via e-mail transmitted on our Website or otherwise.

Data Collection Technology

As you navigate through and interact with our Website, we may use automatic data collection technologies to collect certain information about your equipment, browsing actions and patterns, including details of your visits to our Website, including:

  • traffic data, location data, logs and other communication data and the resources that you access and use on the Website; and
  • Information about your computer and internet connection, including your IP address, operating system and browser type.

We may also collect this information automatically as you navigate through the Website and from third parties, for example, our service providers and business partners. We may associate information we collect with personal information that we collect in other ways or receive from third parties.

The technologies we use for this automatic data collection may include:

  • Cookies (or browser cookies). A cookie is a small file placed on the hard drive of your computer. You may refuse to accept browser cookies by activating the appropriate setting on your browser. However, if you select this setting you may be unable to access certain parts of our Website.
  • Flash Cookies. Flash cookies (also called locally shared objects) may be used to remember settings and preferences and to track usage. However, Flash cookies are stored differently on your hard drive and are managed through a different interface than the one provided by your web browser. In general, Flash cookies are more persistent and can store more data that browser cookies. If you wish to disable or delete Flash cookies, you should consult the Help file for your Flash application, and/or visit and follow the instructions provided. However, if you turn Flash cookies off, you may not have access to some Website features and services.
  • Web Beacons. Pages of our the Website and our e-mails may contain small electronic files known as web beacons (also referred to as clear gifs, pixel tags and single-pixel gifs) that permit us, for example, to count users who have visited those pages or opened an e-mail and for other related website statistics (for example, recording the popularity of certain website content and verifying system and server integrity).
  • Google Analytics. We use Google Analytics, which is a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses cookies to help the website analyze how individuals use the Website. The non-personal information generated by the cookie about your use of the Website will be transmitted to and stored by Google. Google will use this information for the purposes of evaluating your use of the Website, compiling reports on Website activity for our purpose, evaluation and providing other services relating to the Website activity and Internet usage. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. You may disable cookies within your browser as described above, however please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of the Website. By using this Website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above. For certain browsers, you can also prevent Google from collecting information (including your IP address) via cookies and processing this information by downloading this browser plugin and installing it:

Do Not Track
Because we may track Website usage information through the use of cookies, pixels and other tracking mechanisms, your selection of the “Do Not Track” option provided by your browser may not have any effect on our collection of cookie information. The only way to completely “opt out” of the collection of any information through cookies or other tracking technology is to actively manage the settings on your browser to delete and disable cookies and other tracking/recording tools. However, getting a “Do Not Track” signal to work as you might want is difficult. Using browsers as an example, not all tracking technologies can be controlled by browsers; unique aspects of your browser might be recognizable even if you disable a tracking technology; not all settings will necessarily last or be effective; even if a setting is effective for one purpose data still may be collected for another; and even if one website observes a “Do Not Track” signal, that website usually will not be able to control other websites.

How We Use and Disclose Personal Information
Raising Illinois and its affiliates may use your Personal Information to present our Website and its contents to you, to provide you with information, products or services that you request from us, to fulfill any other purpose for which you provide it or to which you consent, to process and fulfill orders, ship and confirm orders or event registrations, administer and process payments, provide customer service, update account and profile information, administer contests and sweepstakes, improve your Website experience, forward promotional emails and postal mail, forward updates and annStart Earlyments, and communicate with you about the Website, contests and sweepstakes, and the products and services of Raising Illinois and its affiliates.

  • Requested Emails: You authorize Raising Illinois and its affiliates to transmit email to you to respond to your questions or use or access of our products or services. In addition, if you have an account or profile or sign up to receive email communications, you agree that Raising Illinois is authorized to send you announcements, updates and informational and promotional emails and postal mail from Raising Illinois. If you participate in Activities, you agree that Raising Illinois is authorized to contact prospective winners by telephone and send information, documents and prizes to you by email or postal mail, as provided in the applicable rules. Unsubscribe instructions are included in each promotional email.
  • Service Providers: We may disclose Personal Information to third parties that we may hire to perform services on our behalf. We may share Personal Information and other non-personal information with our service providers, shippers, vendors, advertisers, consultants, franchisees and affiliates for our internal business purposes, Website analysis or administration, communications with users, order payment and fulfillment, order delivery, marketing or similar activities.
  • Legal and Safety Reasons: Raising Illinois may disclose Personal Information as required by applicable law or as necessary or advisable to: (a) protect Raising Illinois ’s rights, safety or property or the rights, safety or property of others; (b) enforce the Terms; (c) respond to your orders or requests for customer service or other information; (d) comply with legal process or cooperate with law enforcement or governmental requests; (e) investigate, prevent or take action regarding suspected illegal activities, fraud or potential threats, or exercise legal rights or defend against claims; or (f) comply with or as permitted by applicable laws and regulations.
  • Major Transactions: Raising Illinois reserves the right to transfer any and all information, including without limitation Personal Information, collected from Website users to an affiliate or third party in the event of any reorganization, merger, sale, joint venture, assignment, transfer or disposition of all or any portion of our business or operations (including without limitation in connection with bankruptcy or any similar proceedings).

We will not share Personal Information with non-affiliated third parties for their direct marketing purposes.

How We Use Non-Personally Identifiable Information
Raising Illinois may combine Personal Information collected through the Website with information available from other sources (such as offline records or publicly available information). We will treat the combined information as Personal Information.

Raising Illinois may use and share non-personally identifiable information and aggregated information without restriction. The use and disclosure of such information is not subject to any restrictions under this Privacy Policy. Additionally, we may take personally identifiable information and de-identify it and share it in a de-identified or aggregated form with third parties to show or analyze site usage, improve our services, improve our user experience, or for similar purposes.

Security of Your Personal Information
Raising Illinois uses commercially reasonable administrative, physical and electronic security measures to protect against the loss, misuse and alteration of your Personal Information.

No transmission of data over the internet is guaranteed to be completely secure. It may be possible for third parties not under the control of Raising Illinois to intercept or access transmissions or private communications unlawfully. While we strive to protect your Personal Information, neither Raising Illinois nor our service providers can ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us over the internet. Any such transmission is done at your own risk.

Children and Privacy
The Website is not directed to or intended for use by minors. Raising Illinois and the Website do not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from children under the age of 13. If you are under age 13, you are not permitted to use the Website or to submit any Personal Information to the Website. If you are between 13 and 17 years of age, you may post messages, but you may not submit any personal information. If we become aware that a Website user is under age 18 and has provided Personal Information, we will take steps to remove his or her Personal Information from our files. If you are a parent or guardian and believe we may have inadvertently collected personal information from your child, please notify us immediately by sending an email to

California Minors:  While the Website is not intended for anyone under the age of 18, if you are a California resident who is under age 18 and you are unable to remove publicly-available content that you have submitted to us, you may request removal by contacting us at:  When requesting removal, you must be specific about the information you want removed and provide us with specific information, such as the URL for each page where the information was entered, so that we can find it.  We are not required to remove any content or information that: (1) federal or state law requires us or a third party to maintain; (2) was not posted by you; (3) is anonymized so that you cannot be identified; (4) you don’t follow our instructions for removing or requesting removal; or (5) you received compensation or other consideration for providing the Content or information.  Removal of your content or information from the Website does not ensure complete or comprehensive removal of that content or information from our systems or the systems of our service providers. We are not required to delete the content or information posted by you; our obligations under California law are satisfied so long as we anonymize the content or information or render it invisible to other users and the public.

Third Party Posts and Links
The Website may include posts by or links to websites operated by third parties. Raising Illinois endeavors to allow posts or links to reputable organizations; however, because third parties and other sites are not hosted or controlled by us, Raising Illinois is not responsible for the privacy practices of those sites or third parties, or their content or activities. We encourage you to review the privacy policies of third parties and their websites. This Privacy Policy only applies to information that Raising Illinois collects through the Website and does not address the privacy or information practices of any third parties or other websites.

Information Removal/Opt-Out
You are responsible for keeping your Personal Information current. You may update your Personal Information by sending an email to

We respect your privacy and give you an opportunity to opt-out of receiving announcements of certain information. Users may opt-out of receiving certain communications from Raising Illinois by clicking on the “Unsubscribe” link in any promotional email you receive from us and follow the “Unsubscribe” instructions, or contacting us at or 312.922.3863. Please note that such requests may take up to ten (10) days to become effective. You may not opt out of receiving communications regarding your purchases, your dealings with the Website, or technical information about the Website.

Notice of Privacy Rights of California Residents
If you are a California resident and have provided personal information to Raising Illinois, you are entitled by law to request certain information regarding any disclosure that may have been made by Raising Illinois to third parties of personal information for their direct marketing purposes. To make such a request, send an email to, specifying that you seek your “California Customer Choice Privacy Notice.” Please allow thirty (30) days for a response. Raising Illinois is required to respond to only one request per customer each year, and is not required to respond to requests made by means other than through the above email address.

We will not share your personal information with third parties for their direct marketing purposes if you request that we do not do so. You may make such a request by sending us an email at or by mailing your request to:

Raising Illinois
33 West Monroe Street, Suite 1200
Chicago, Illinois 60603

When contacting us, please indicate your name, address, email address, and what personal information you do not want us to share with third parties for their direct marketing purposes. Please note that there is no charge for controlling the sharing of your personal information or for processing this request.

Governing Law
This Privacy Policy shall be governed by, and will be construed under, the laws of the State of Illinois, U.S.A., without regard to choice of law principles. Those who choose to access the Sites from locations outside the United States or Canada do so on their own initiative, and are responsible for compliance with local laws if and to the extent local laws are applicable. Raising Illinois may limit the Website’s availability, in whole or in part, concerning any person, geographic area or jurisdiction, at any time in its sole discretion. Raising Illinois may host or store servers and information within or outside the United States.

Contact Information
Raising Illinois welcomes your questions or comments regarding this Privacy Policy. Please contact Raising Illinois at:

Raising Illinois

33 West Monroe Street, Suite 1200
Chicago, Illinois 60603

Please note that email communications may not be secure. Accordingly, you should not include personal or other sensitive information in your email correspondence to Raising Illinois.


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