Friends and partners,

I wish you and your loved ones peace, resiliency, and fortitude during this challenging time.

The Forum’s staff, as you probably already know, is currently working from home due to the coronavirus outbreak. After a short adjustment period, we’re now settled into our new home offices and regular teleconference meetings. But here’s what hasn’t changed: We remain as available as ever to you as a resource for accurate, reliable information and analysis on issues affecting the Latino community in Illinois, and this global crisis is certainly no exception.

Right now, you can visit our website for a wide-ranging list of COVID-19 resources that we’re updating every day. These include the latest facts... Continue Reading

For a roundup of helpful information regarding COVID-19 as it affects the Forum’s issue areas, please refer to the following facts and links. To contact a Forum staff member, please refer to our staff directory.

A continuación ponemos a su disposición un listado con datos y enlaces de interés acerca del COVID-19, en la medida en que afecta a las areas de trabajo del Forum. Para contactar con cualquier miembro de nuestro equipo, por favor diríjase a nuestro directorio de personal.

Click here for a roundup of all the Forum's work on COVID-19.

Haga clic aquí para un resumen del trabajo sobre COVID-19 del Forum.


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The Latino Policy Forum is committed to the health and safety of all our partners and neighbors in the Illinois and global communities.

In an effort to help prevent the spreading of COVID-19, the staff of the Latino Policy Forum will be working from home for the near future. The Forum remains as committed as ever to keeping our network informed on issues affecting the Illinois Latino community and remains available as a resource for accurate, reliable information.

To contact a Forum staff member, please refer to our staff directory.

For a roundup of helpful information regarding COVID-19 as it affects the Forum’s issue areas, please refer to our page of coronavirus resources.

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The Latino Policy Forum’s Response to Governor JB Pritzker’s FY21 Budget Proposal

Key takeaways from Gov. Pritzker’s address and how it affects Latinos in Illinois

Last year, in his first budget address as Governor of Illinois, Governor JB Pritzker spoke about a web of recurring challenges that have spanned the state’s 200-year history, including fiscal instability, and a vision of tackling old problems with new ideas. Illinois started 2019 with close to $8 billion in unpaid bills, but one year later that has been cut by nearly $1 billion.

This year, Governor Pritzker still faces budget restraints. With an eye towards restoring economic and budgetary stability, his FY21 proposed budget prioritizes long-term solutions on criminal justice reform and public... Continue Reading

Editor’s Note: This letter is a version of Executive Director Sylvia Puente’s speech at the Forum’s annual policy fundraiser, Latinos On The Move 2019.

Every few years, there’s a buzz in the philanthropy community that dominates the conversation. It leads to a shift in thinking, in doing, and in how we approach the challenges before us.

That buzz term is “racial equity.” So, I wonder, how are Latinos being folded into the conversation around this idea? Of course, I believe Latinos should be included in any conversation surrounding racial equity, but I have been at a few tables where this was not the case and where we were an afterthought.

Is it because the Latino community seems to be thriving?... Continue Reading