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.