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Summer 2016 Newsletter

  ·  Sylvia Puente

Dear Friends,

Despite the festivities and warmth that make this time of the year special for everyone, there’s a cloud hanging over the state brought on by the failure of government officials to pass an operating budget at the end of the state legislature’s spring session for the second straight year. 

While much of state government continues to function through court orders and consent decrees, children and families are unnecessarily suffering due to the lack of state funding for human services and higher education.  According to a recent survey conducted by the United Way of Illinois, nearly 1 million people are without services because... Continue Reading

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Here are the latest leadership initiatives happening at the Forum.

Multicultural Leadership Academy

The application period for Year 7 of the newly redesigned Multicultural Leadership Academy has officially closed. More than 60 civically-minded, multicultural leaders throughout Illinois have applied, the most applications received to date. The Forum is currently working to determine Year 7 cohort participants and is set to begin in early September.

The Forum sends a special thank you to leaders who participated in various committees, namely the advisory, resource and selection committees. For updates on the Academy, make sure to check the Forum’s website or contact Jessi Pérez.

American Bar Foundation

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Here are the latest leadership initiatives happening at the Forum.

Budget crisis: As debate ensues regarding the next fiscal cycle, the Forum is profoundly disappointed the Governor and the Illinois General Assembly have failed to reach agreement on the FY16 budget nine months into the fiscal year.  The Forum also issued a formal reaction to Governor Rauner’s State of the State address. Click here to read the statement.

On February 27, The Forum stood with members of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus at Chicago State University to voice concerns about the MAP grant cuts recently announced. Advocates and students called on government officials to reinstate... Continue Reading

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Tomorrow is Election Day, which means Illinois voters will vote to nominate candidates for President; U.S. Senator; Representatives in Congress; State Senators; Representatives in the General Assembly; a variety of County elected officials and a number of judicial elections.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed with the idea of making an informed vote, don’t stress— there are many resources available that can help guide your decisions.

Be sure to print out a sample ballot, to determine who’s running in your area.

Here are a few resources, guides and questionnaires to help in your last-minute research:

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What is same-day voter registration?

If you missed the deadline for voter registration or weren’t able to change your personal information on time, you can still vote! Under new Illinois law, people can now register and vote on Election Day.

First implemented in 2014 during the presidential election, eligible voters can now show up to a polling place location (based on voter address) with two valid forms of identification and vote the same day. Voters seeking to update personal information can also do so following the same process.  

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Am I already registered? If you are unsure about your current voter status, follow Continue Reading
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With the Illinois March 15 primary election around the corner, The Forum has launched a blog series to guide you in making an informed vote.

Today's post is by guest blogger Juan Morado Jr. He currently serves as the General Counsel to the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board (HFSRB). Juan volunteers on several non-profit boards while also serving as the Communications Secretary to the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois (HLAI). HLAI promotes competence, professionalism and integrity among Latino attorneys and the Latino communities within the State of Illinois, and is dedicated to promoting the Latino culture and empowering the community through legal education, and support of its community organizations.

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Early voting in Chicago, Suburban Cook County and the Collar Counties during the March 2016 Primary Election

My wife and I make it a priority to vote together during every election cycle.  We usually go to our local polling station in Chicago on a Saturday during the early voting period so that we can do it together.  During the 2015 Chicago Municipal Election, we brought our young boys with us to cast our ballots.  They weren’t aware of what we were doing, but my wife and I are very intentional about including them in the process.  We want them to grow up remembering how we took them to vote, how we watched debates together as a family and how we... Continue Reading

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Who's on the ballot?

  ·  Emily Vasquez

Election Day is March 15 for the 2016 Primary. As the day approaches, it is critical that every voter become informed not only about the candidates on their ballot, but also where to vote and find useful resources.

To help navigate election season, the Forum has created a quick guide. Check out the breakdown below: 

Are you registered to vote?

To confirm your registration in Illinois, click here. Enter your First Name, Last Name and Zip Code and select “Submit.” If you are registered, your information along with your designated polling place will appear.

Don’t see your name? If you are not registered, missed the deadline or... Continue Reading

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Focused solely on Latino registered voters in the city of Chicago—the timely polling effort, Chicago Latino Voters and the 2015 Mayoral Runoff, conducted by Latino Decisions and co-sponsored by Latino Policy Forum, National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities (NALACC) and Univision Chicago—was released Monday, March 23, 2015 at a town hall held at 541 N. Fairbanks Court.

The discussion, moderated by Univision Chicago's Luisa Echevarria, was kicked off with Dr. Sylvia Manzano, principal at Latino Decisions, presenting the findings of the poll.  

“This is groundbreaking work,” she said. “This is the first scientifically sound public opinion research designed specifically to capture the views... Continue Reading

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by Communications intern Michelle Jimenez

Latinos hold the power to change the outcome of political elections. Earlier this year, the Huffington Post reported a total of “8.6 million Latinos…eligible to vote,” couldn’t vote because they were not registered. This number intensifies when one considers the fact that, “there are almost as many potential Latino voters (11.1 million) as actual voters (12.2 million)” in the U.S.  In Illinois, the 2010 gubernatorial election was decided by just 19,000 votes. That’s not many—especially when you think about how 361,000 eligible Latinos never registered. 

Knowing this, the Forum is taking action to change the narrative on Latino civic engagement by working with its nonprofit partners and volunteers to register new... Continue Reading

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