CHICAGO (CBS) — Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed an executive order he said will increase the number of women- and minority-owned businesses that receive state contracts.
Loop Capital CEO James Reynolds, who advocates for black-owned businesses with the Business Leadership Council, said governors have avoided the issue for years.READ MORE: Chicago House Music DJ And Producer Paul Johnson Dies After Battle With COVID-19
“We have been pushing for decades just to find out the percentage of business that was done with the state, and no governor would ever tell us,” he said.
A recent study found what Reynolds called blatant discrimination towards women- and minority-owned businesses.READ MORE: Woman Pistol-Whipped On CTA Blue Line Train In Bucktown
Rauner, after signing the order at a Pilsen tech incubator, said that will change.
“We set goals for minority participation in state contracts. People talk about it, nobody does anything about it. Well I’m a business guy. We’re going to do something about it starting right now,” he said.