CHICAGO (CBS) – In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Latino leaders across Illinois launch a new coalition to boost political representation in the state.
U.S. Congressman Jesus “Chuy” Garcia said Latinos are the largest ethnic group in Illinois, and there must be an increase in community investment and support services.READ MORE: From Hotels To Retailers, Staffing Shortage Crisis Persists In Chicago -- And It's Affecting Customers
“Latinos are everywhere and we are a force to be reckoned with. Our diversity and our numbers is our power,” Garcia said. “And our power is our archway to ensure that our communities get what they deserve.”
The Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Coalition also calls for equity in public schools; new youth development and workforce investments; and reforms in criminal justice, housing, and health care.READ MORE: Labor Shortage Blamed For Lack Of Headstone On Woman's Grave 8 Months After Her Death
Today we mark the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month, a time when we celebrate our heritage and contributions we as Latinos have made to the United States. We are strong, resilient people, and we are here to stay. #HispanicHeritageMonth #HHM #WeAreHome pic.twitter.com/RGo3tmHCpB
— Congressman Chuy García (@RepChuyGarcia) September 15, 2021MORE NEWS: City Leaders Hope New Campaign Will Boost Vaccination Rate, But Health Professionals Say It Will Take Time