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Rep. Davis Legislation Looks at Disparities Facing African-Americans

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Illinois State Rep. Monique Davis, recently sponsored and got passed state legislation that would study the plight of African Americans in this state.

PA 97-0460 authorizes the assembly of a Commission to End the Disparities Facing the African American Community Act to look at health, employment criminal justice, education and other issues besetting African American Illinoisans. The commission would be empowered to make suggestions on how to make things better after holding at least one public hearing. It would report to the General Assembly on its findings and recommendations by December 31, 2013, the new law - signed by Gov. Quinn - mandates.

Davis told the Defender that the legislation was necessary because, “conditions are not being addressed that affect my community.” When it comes to reports on various issues, she said African Americans are usually on the negative end of the outcomes.

“Every statistic that's ever given, if it it's something good we're at the bottom, if it's something bad we're at the top,” she said. “This does not have to be the case.”

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