The Illinois Legislative Black Caucus released a telling report detailing how the budget impasse is disproportionally affecting the black community. African-Americans make up nearly 15 percent of the population, yet 30 percent live in poverty. There are four areas of interest that affect the most vulnerable populations in the black community: early childhood education, violence prevention, MAP grant funding and senior concerns. All of these areas of interest result in concentrating economic loss directly in communities where black people reside.
“Media reports have detailed how young black men and women are killed in Chicago almost daily, and that is extremely alarming,” said Illinois Legislative Black Caucus Chairman Kimberly A. Lightford. “Perhaps if we were funding violence prevention and after school programs at an adequate level, then our children would have an alternative to the streets.”
The report outlines how the budget impasse is positioning the next generation of potential leaders for failure. Without funding for the MAP grant, thousands of first-generation African-American students won’t have an opportunity to attend or continue their education.
“Minority students are disproportionally low-income,” Representative Will Davis said. “The MAP grant helps close the achievement gap between low-income black and white students.”
Attached is the report that gives details and statistics expounding on the disproportionate effects of the budget impasse.
On Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the Thompson Center Press room on the 15th floor, the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus will be hosting a press conference with community advocates to discuss how the ongoing budget fight affects the black community.
The ILBC is also calling on Governor Bruce Rauner to end this stalemate and sign the budget elected representatives sent him to end this madness.
Time: 10 a.m.
Date: Wednesday 11.18.15
Location: Thompson Center – 15th Floor press room