Throughout the years the Forum has helped ensure continued funding for early childhood education. The Forum remains dedicated to understanding how additional resources for bilingual education can result in a quality education for English Learners in Illinois schools. Recently, the Forum staff provided budget testimony to the Illinois State Board of Education, as the upcoming funding cycle approaches, to address these concerns.

The Forum's education team urged ISBE to strongly consider recommendations to fix and foster a more productive approach to early childhood education for English Learners and to address the shortage in bilingual educators. In the Forum’s testimony, an increase to the Early Childhood Block Grant (ECBG) for... Continue Reading

The Forum's Housing Department provided two fair housing trainings through the T.E.C.H.O. Fair Housing cirriculum in the early part of this month. This training could impact thousands of people throughout Illinois by providing them with community-based housing.   

T.E.C.H.O. stands for Training and Education Creates Housing Opportunities, is a “train-the-trainer” model designed to develop community-based housing advocates capable of delivering practical housing education. The content is targeted to individuals who experience housing challenges and offers practical knowledge to aid in the acquisition and maintenance of quality housing. 

The engaging curriculum introduces best practices on major housing topics with an end goal of assisting housing seekers and providers serving the greater Latino... Continue Reading

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Janet Murguía, CEO and President of UnidosUS (formerly National Council of La Raza) was keynote speaker at Latino Policy Forum’s “Latinos on the Move” policy breakfast fundraiser last month, which focused on impacting Latinos through civic engagement, leadership and building relationships among communities of color.  

Murguía, a renowned civil rights leader, highlighted the Forum’s recognition as UnidosUS’ Midwest Affiliate of the Year in 2017 and spoke to the Forum’s mission of an informed and empowered Latino community. “The Forum has already defined the best of our organization (UnidiosUS) and is the backbone of service to our community and frontline to our work,” said Murguía.

In addition, the Forum’s Executive... Continue Reading

Dear Friends,

This Fall feels as if it’s a time of wonderful and frightening transitions. The days grow shorter, the skies get darker, the weather gets colder and the kids are back in school. The worlds challenges are difficult and testing our resolve.

Many of us have had family or people we know impacted by the hurricanes that have devastated Caribbean Islands, Texas and Florida, the California wildfires and the earthquakes causing widespread havoc in Mexico. As of this letter’s writing, we’re keeping our brothers and sisters in Caribbean in our hearts as Hurricane Maria bears down on Puerto Rico.... Continue Reading

By Forum Staff

U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth took part in a roundtable discussion with Latino community leaders hosted by the Latino Policy Forum in Pilsen recently. The discussion covered a variety of issues, including immigration reform, education, small business development and healthcare. 

“From Gage Park to Pilsen and from Little Village to Humboldt Park, Chicago’s Latino population is an integral part of this city,” said Duckworth. “It is important that their voices are sought out and heard, so I am grateful to have spoken directly with Latino business owners and community leaders today about how I can help their communities in Washington. America is at... Continue Reading

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