African-American Commission Will Examine Racial Disparities In Illinois

08/15/2011 03:58 pm ET | Updated Oct 15, 2011

A bill signed by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn on Saturday will create a commission to research the disparities facing African-Americans in the areas of healthcare, health services, employment, education, criminal justice, housing and other social and economic issues.

“We know that disparities exist within the African-American community, preventing some from achieving their full potential,” Governor Quinn said according to a press release issued by his office. “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 Commission to End the Disparities Facing the African-American Community will be comprised of a bipartisan group of legislators from both houses of the General Assembly, as well as the directors of the Department of Human Services, Healthcare and Family Services, the Department of Corrections and other state agencies. The Commission will also include the Executive Director of the Illinois African-American Family Commission and up to 10 other individuals with research backgrounds representing African-American communities statewide.

Representatives Monique Davis and Mattie Hunter, both Democrats representing Chicago, proposed the bill, which went into effect immediately.

The Commission must hold one or more public hearings and will present its findings with recommendations to the General Assembly before the end of 2013.

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