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Illinois Governor Strengthens Hispanic Family Commission

July 22, 2013

Gov. Pat Quinn signed last week House Bill 3049, which will strengthen the Illinois Latino Family Commission by increasing the voices of stakeholders.

Created in 2007, the panel advises the governor and general assembly on policies, services and opportunities for Latino families.

The law addresses a gap in the commission's composition by including advocates from agencies that oversee the state's K-12, community college and university systems. This action is part of Quinn's agenda to make Illinois the most welcoming state in the nation.

The governor signed the bill while addressing more than 1,000 Hispanic-American leaders at the 30th Annual Conference of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) in Chicago.

"I salute NALEO for its 30-year struggle to empower Hispanic Americans, build communities and develop leadership," Quinn said. "Our motto is 'everybody in, no one left out.' This new law will ensure that more students and working people are at the table to help the Illinois Latino Family Commission make a difference."

The commission currently has 15 members appointed by the governor and four legislative leaders, plus ex officio representatives from five state agencies (primarily in the human services area). This bill will add representatives from the State Board of Education, Illinois Community College Board, Illinois Board of Higher Education, Department of Human Rights, Department of Labor and Capital Development Board.

The bill passed the general assembly unanimously and takes effect Jan. 1.

Source: Copyright 2013 Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)

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