Hunter070214State Senator Mattie Hunter’s plan to include African-Americans in the planning process of minority-focused programs was signed into law today. The law changes the composition and objectives of the Illinois African-American Family Commission.                    

“Including African-Americans in the development and planning process of policies is another step toward promoting equality within Illinois,” said Hunter, a Chicago Democrat and member of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus. “With collected statistics, we can address problems often overlooked within the African-American community.”

Hunter’s measure (Senate Bill 121) requires the commission to monitor existing legislation and programs designed to address the needs of African-Americans. The commission will also identify and research issues affecting the community while serving as a resource for community groups across the state.

“Helping local community groups develop strategies to enhance the social, cultural and economic status of residents will improve the commission’s effectiveness,” Hunter said.

The measure also changes the structure of the commission to mirror that of the Illinois Latino Family Commission.

The governor and four legislative leaders will appoint one member to the commission for the terms that will expire in 2015 and 2016. For terms that expire in 2017, the governor must appoint five members to the commission.

The new law is effective Jan. 1, 2015.

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