By John Arenas, Housing Policy Associate

As National Fair Housing Month comes to an end, the Latino Policy Forum will continue to honor the work being done to promote discrimination-free access to housing in the Latino community, as well as reflect on the current challenges to progress fair housing.

It has been my privilege as the Forum’s Housing Policy Associate to provide housing rights education to our Housing Acuerdo partners. The Forum’s Training and Education Create Housing Opportunities (TECHO) curriculum was developed in 2013 with the input of many of our Acuerdo partners to create a resource that is culturally and linguistically relevant to Latinos. The final product was a series... Continue Reading

By Rebecca Vonderlack-Navarro PhD and Karen Garibay-Mulattieri

Test scores are not the end-all be-all when it comes to predicting college success. Nor should they be the only data used to evaluate school performance. Studies conducted by the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research have shown that attendance and grades in core subject areas are more reliable indicators of high school graduation and success thereafter. Yet, the national rhetoric and federal law remain firmly focused on student growth and subject area mastery as demonstrated by annual testing. This practice is troublesome for subgroups such as English learners and the newcomers who are a part of this group (newcomers are those students who are in their first year of... Continue Reading

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Dr. Ana Gil Garcia

Recently, in a mixed audience of citizens of many countries, an American journalist raised his hand and asked to explain how Venezuela, once the richest country in South America, that holds the world’s largest supply of crude oil, became one of the poorest nations among Latin-American countries. The question was difficult to respond without providing a historical, socio-political perspective of the origins of the human tragedy that permeates the country nowadays. What we know, as a fact, is that for 21years, Venezuela has been plummeting toward the worst humanitarian crisis in the Western hemisphere, with more than 4 million people displaced. According to... Continue Reading

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

I first went to work in Springfield in 1982 on a fellowship in the governor’s office. At that time, there was just one Latino in the Legislature and one that worked in the governor’s office. While we celebrate the great strides our Latino community has made, at the same time, please know that we at the Latino Policy Forum recognize there still is much more to be accomplished.


Today Latino representation in state government is at an all-time high. In the first months of 2019, Latino appointments have included:

  • As Deputy Governor, Jesse Ruiz, a longtime Forum ally on public education issues, and Sol Flores, a Forum co-founder and former board chair.
  • Aurora Rep. Linda Chapa... Continue Reading