The Latino Policy Forum and the undersigned respectfully pledge solidarity and allyship with the Black community at this watershed moment. To our Black brothers and sisters: Your pain is our pain, and your struggle is our struggle.

Black lives matter. The Forum grieves for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and for all the lost lives and destruction caused by structural racism.

At this moment, a valve is being opened. What’s being released is hundreds of years of pain, frustration, and anger resulting from stolen Black lives. It’s pent-up rage that has festered over the course of our nation’s history, a history marred by systemic inequality and... Continue Reading

The Latino Policy Forum applauds the Illinois General Assembly for passing a Fiscal Year 2021 budget and other COVID-19 related legislation in a four-day span. Though the circumstances were challenging and unusual, the legislature stepped up to provide the people of Illinois with a bipartisan budget. Totaling over $40 billion, the FY21 budget includes a $5 billion line of credit from the U.S. Federal Reserve. 

The Forum is pleased that the FY21 budget will fund comprehensive health coverage for low-income immigrant seniors made especially vulnerable by the COVID-19 crisis, making Illinois the first state in the country to do so. The Forum also commends the passage of legislation to expand voting opportunities by mail for the 2020... Continue Reading

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The data is clear: Illinois communities of color have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19. The pandemic has been an especially devastating blow for the Latino community, which now has the most reported positive cases in the state, as well as its highest percentage of positive test results.

Take a look at the numbers behind the work lives of Latinos, and it’s not hard to see how this happened. Only 16... Continue Reading

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Que sólo el 16% de los latinos pueda trabajar desde casa significa que la gran mayoría de trabajadores latinos o bien están siendo obligados a trabajar durante esta crisis, poniendo en riesgo su salud, o bien han perdido sus ingresos o su trabajo. 

–Rep. Joaquin Castro, presidente del Congressional Hispanic Caucus  



Si bien es cierto que la comunidad latina es fundamental para la vitalidad social, política y económica de Illinois, también lo es que se trata de un grupo especialmente vulnerable a las consecuencias de la... Continue Reading

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If just 16% of Latinos are able to work from home, that means that the vast majority of Latino workers are either being forced to risk their health and keep working through the crisis or have lost their income or their job.

–Rep. Joaquin Castro, Chairman of Congressional Hispanic Caucus 


The Latino community is vital to the social, political, and economic vitality of Illinois but is especially vulnerable to the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. Many data points outline this:

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