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Commission on African-American Community Signed by Gov. Quinn

By Soyoung Kwak in News on Aug 14, 2011 4:30PM

Photo from Gov. Pat Quinn's website.
Governor Pat Quinn signed a bill into law forming a new commission that is "aimed at researching disparities in the African-American community."

Members of the bipartisan commission will be joined by directors of several state agencies and will look into a wide variety of community topics including employment and education. The committee will have until the end of 2013 to report its findings to the Illinois General Assembly. Gov. Quinn deemed the formation of the commission a necessity and is taking responsibility to make sure that the state is paying attention to what's going on in African-American communities:

“We know that disparities exist within the African-American community, preventing some from achieving their full potential,” Governor Quinn said. “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.”
Gov. Quinn signed the bill yesterday, which takes effect immediately.