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Since its inception, the Latino Policy Forum has taken the lead on bringing Latinos from all walks of life together with lawmakers in Springfield to discuss building a better, stronger Illinois for all.

This year has been no exception.

As we count down to Census 2020, the next few months will be critical for getting the word out to hard-to-count Latino communities across Illinois—it is s necessary for everyone to be counted. As part of this census outreach, the Forum along with nonprofit allies are hosting our annual Latino Unity Day in Springfield under the theme “Countdown to Census 2020- Unidad, Fuerza, Adelante.” In addition to losing out on potentially billions of dollars in federal funding with a Census 2020... Continue Reading

Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Proposal Response

Governor JB Pritzker was sworn into office with a $3.2 billion budget deficit and almost $15 billion in unpaid bills and debt. His FY20 proposed budget focused on three key areas: education, health and human services, and public safety. Pritzker also emphasized a capital plan that will include investments in Illinois’ facilities and transportation infrastructure.

Gov. Pritzker stated that the FY20 budget plan was part of a multi-year endeavor to get Illinois fiscally stable and to eliminate its structural deficit. The address highlighted plans to create new revenue that will balance the budget, one of those streams being a progressive income tax that the Latino... Continue Reading

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The Latino Policy Forum would like to congratulate one of its co-founders, Sol Flores, a longtime Forum board member and Executive Director of La Casa Norte, for being named Deputy Governor in Governor JB Pritzker’s administration. 

Sol has served the Forum for many years and in many different capacities including board chair and co-chair of the Forum’s Housing Acuerdo, which brings housing organizations from across Illinois together to develop and execute priorities and a common agenda around housing in the state. She has served as executive director of La Casa Norte for 16 years where the organization serves youth and families confronting homelessness by providing access to stable housing and deliver comprehensive services that act as a catalyst to transform... Continue Reading

By Roberto Valdez Jr, Latino Policy Forum, Communications & Development Coordinator

The government shutdown is now two weeks long and has affected over 800,000 federal employees across the United States. One of those workers is my father, who has put in 34 years as a customs agent in the Department of Homeland Security. This is the third major shutdown that he has weathered. In 1996, under President Bill Clinton, he was without pay for 21 days, and again in 2013 under President Barack Obama, 16 days. Notice I stated, “without pay.” That’s because he still showed up every day on time for work, despite not getting a paycheck.

Regardless of... Continue Reading

By Rocio Velazquez Kato, Latino Policy Forum Immigration and Policy Analyst

Over 210,000 comments were submitted in the federal register in response to the proposed changes to the Public Charge inadmissibility bar, changes that would affect millions of families but take particular aim at immigrants seeking permanent residency in the United States.

The comments submitted are overwhelmingly in opposition to the proposed changes.

The Protecting Immigrant Families (PIF) coalition, of which the Latino Policy Forum is a part of, had a goal of encouraging 100,000 comments nationally, and we more than doubled that. Included in the numerous comments in opposition to the harmful rule,... Continue Reading