TESOL International Association (TESOL), a global association representing approximately 12,000 English language educators worldwide, awarded Rebecca Vonderlack-Navarro with TESOL’s 2018 Outstanding Advocate Award. The award is presented annually to a public official or other individual outside the TESOL profession that has advocated for English learners, ESL instruction, and English language educators. Rebecca was nominated for this honor by Illinois Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages – Bilingual Education (ITBE) for her work in advocating for the needs of all Latinos and English learners, and ensuring they receive access to high quality education programs throughout Illinois.

Rebecca Vonderlack-Navarro manages the Latino Policy Forum’s Education team. With a focus on birth to third grade issues, the Forum’s education agenda... Continue Reading

Dear Friends,                         

As Illinois slowly transitions into springtime weather, we look forward to the longer days with more sunshine, blooming flowers and fresh changes. Upon reflection however, the Forum is  excited to have launched the second cohort of the Multicultural Leadership Academy, which brings together Latino and African American community leaders for intercultural collaboration and leadership building. The academy is the Forum’s initiative to strengthen relations between black and brown communities in Chicagoland for equity for all in Illinois. You’ll hear that slogan, equity for all, more in the months to come, so stay tuned.

The Forum... Continue Reading

Working class Illinoisans are struggling. According to the Heartland Alliance, over a third of all Illinoisans live in poverty or are considered low-income. In order to afford a simple one-bedroom apartment, they must work an average of 81 hours per week.

Currently, 20 percent of Latinos in Illinois are living in poverty, so the state’s imbalanced tax system is directly burdensome on them.  

These facts serve as the reason why the Latino Policy Forum is calling on the state Legislature to take action and adopt an amendment that creates a new fair tax. This new system would push our economy in the right direction and make life easier... Continue Reading

By Roberto Valdez, Communications Associate, Latino Policy Forum

Over 100 people gathered in Avondale recently to hear from seven of the eight Democratic candidates running for Illinois Attorney General. 

The candidates – State Rep. Scott Drury; Sharon Fairley; Aaron Goldstein; State Sen. Kwame Raoul; Nancy Rotering; Jesse Ruiz and former Governor Pat Quinn – addressed issues important to Latinos in Illinois. Candidates from both parties were invited.

They also answered questions from the crowd, which included students from the ASPIRA Business and Finance High School, as well as the audience of over 15,000 viewers watching on Univision's Facebook livestream. Univision Anchor Enrique Rodriguez was the... Continue Reading

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By Rocio Velazquez Kato, Esq., Latino Policy Forum Immigration Policy Analyst 

The window of opportunity for DREAMers to file renewals for their Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals (DACA) protections was left open after the U.S. Supreme  Court on Monday declined to review a key case out of California, handing the Trump administration a major setback in its efforts to rescind the Obama-era program. 

The White House tried to bypass the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals by asking the Supreme Court to review the northern California District Court’s preliminary injunction ordering that the administration reinstate the DACA program while the case is pending. SCOTUS responded that the 9th Circuit... Continue Reading