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The Illinois finance saga added yet another turbulent chapter last week when Governor Bruce Rauner unveiled his proposed budget for fiscal year 2019. Here are the highlights as they impact Latinos in the state: The budget would move $490 million away from education state pensions and put it toward K-12 schools. This results in a net effect that will give K-12 education about $76 million extra for next fiscal year. The problem with this shift, though, is that local schools will now be asked to pick up the pension check and pay millions toward teacher retirement, adding an additional, unplanned expense for these schools.

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As the clock ticks down to permanently ending DACA, the hope that Congress and the White House will find a resolution before the March 5th deadline appears at a minimum, remote. Almost two week’s ago; a bipartisan immigration proposal raised the prospect of a workable legislative solution. Unfortunately, the President chose to reject it despite his claim not to do so. A few day’s later, it appeared another compromise had been reached by the Democrats to support a bill that would fund Trump’s border wall in exchange for protection of Dreamers. But, after some partisan wrangling, the Democrats led by Senator... Continue Reading

Posted In: Immigration Reform & Policy

By Roberto A. Valdez Jr, Communications Associate, Latino Policy Forum

Despite that the political climate has been tumultuous for Latinos since the 2016 presidential election, Illinois is again ready to engage with the polls and vote for candidates they believe will best represent them as governor.  While there are key congressional districts in play, in addition to the next Attorney General seat up-for-grabs, the gubernatorial race is hotly contested.

Commemorating its 10th anniversary, the Latino Policy Forum continues its legacy of providing the Latino community with resources needed to make educated decisions and co-organized Encuentro, a gubernatorial “get to know” the candidates gathering at Harold Washington College last week that focused primarily on issues impacting Latinos.

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Today, the Latino Policy Forum announced the 24 community, policy, art and culture leaders selected to the 2018 Multicultural Leadership Academy. The Academy, now in its second year, encourages intercultural collaboration and collaborative social action between Latinos and African Americans in Illinois. The Academy draws on the traditions of a diverse range of cultures to increase cross-cultural understanding and develop a network of leaders who will be able to call upon each other in the future.

Click HERE to read more about the 2018 Academy Cohort! 

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Dear Friends,

Winter days are here which means colder weather, shorter days and plenty of holiday cheer. It also means there are only a few days left in 2017, making me reflect on the past year and look forward into 2018. There have been moments this year that our country can feel proud and optimistic about, most recently seeing the incredible voter turnout in the Alabama senatorial election. We saw African American voters, specifically African American women, go to the polls in record numbers, which shows us the great impact voter engagement has on elections. 

Still, there’s an urgent need for Americans to get engaged with the government at a federal level... Continue Reading

Posted In: Strengthening Leadership