Chicago to Study Disparities in Black Communities

Chicago to Study Disparities in Black Communities

The new commission will examine why Blacks lag in various social and economic areas and report findings and recommendations by the end of 2013.

Published August 14, 2011

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn approved a new commission that will study social and economic issues including health services, employment and education in Black communities in Chicago.


“We know that disparities exist within the African-American community, preventing some from achieving their full potential,” Quinn said in a statement. “In Illinois, we want everybody in, and nobody left out. We won’t shy away from examining the root causes of inequality, and working to correct them.”


The Illinois African-American Family Commission will consist of a bipartisan group of legislators from both houses of the General Assembly, along with the directors of state agencies including Human Services and Corrections, and up to 10 people representing African-American communities from around the state.


The commission must hold at least one public hearing and report its findings and recommendations to the General Assembly by the end of 2013.

Written by Britt Middleton and Joyce Jones


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