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Stadelman urges child care providers to apply for financial assistance

Published: Friday, October 09, 2020 08:47 AM

startup 594090 640ROCKFORD — As parents continue to return to in-office work, they’re relying on child care providers more than ever. At the same time, many of those providers struggling to keep afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Belt: Economic inclusion is vital for Black businesses

Published: Thursday, October 08, 2020 03:58 PM

pexels nappy 936137EAST ST. LOUIS – State Senator Christopher Belt (D-Centreville), who helped spearhead the Black Caucus’ economic access, equity, and opportunity agenda, said after a committee adjourned Thursday that providing Black businesses more tools to succeed is vital for economic inclusion.

“Economic inclusion will help ensure Black business are no longer historically excluded, marginalized and placed in disadvantaged communities, and have the same opportunity to become successful entrepreneurs,” Belt said. “Prioritizing support for Black businesses will help change the agenda of systemic racism and help them thrive.”

Black Caucus unveils efforts to end disparities in health care and human services

Published: Thursday, October 08, 2020 03:57 PM

black healthcare 100820CENTREVILLE, Ill.—The Illinois Legislative Black Caucus will unveil their final pillar, health care and human services, as part of their efforts to develop an agenda to eliminate systemic racism ahead of the upcoming fall legislative session. The press conference will be on Friday, Oct. 9 at 10 a.m. at Touchette Regional Hospital located at 5900 Bond Avenue, Centreville, IL.

Members from both chambers will discuss their efforts to deliver fair, quality health care and human services to Black communities throughout Illinois.

Health care and human services is the last of four pillars guiding the Black Caucus’ efforts to build an agenda to rid the state’s institutions of racism. The pillars include:

  • Criminal justice reform, violence reduction and police accountability
  • Education and workforce development
  • Economic access, equity and opportunity
  • Health care and human services

Members will then participate in a joint virtual hearing of the Senate Public Health and Human Services committees at 2 p.m. The hearing will focus on social determinants and social influencers of health and health disparities. The Black Caucus has called for a series of hearings for each pillar. Ten hearings have already been held on the first three.

What: Press conference, followed by virtual joint Senate committee hearing

Who: Illinois Legislative Black Caucus

When: Friday, Oct. 9, 10 a.m.

Where: The press conference will be held at Touchette Regional Hospital located at 5900 Bond Avenue, Centreville, IL 62207. It can also be viewed on www.blueroomstream.com, a subscription-based service.

Harris works to give Black businesses the tools to succeed

Published: Thursday, October 08, 2020 03:50 PM

Senator Napoleon Harris, IIIDOLTON – State Senator Napoleon Harris, III (D-Harvey) an advocate for the inclusion of minorities in all industries, voiced his support on giving Black businesses the tools they need to succeed and compete in Illinois business marketplace at a hearing Thursday.

“Black business owners often face more hurdles when it comes to obtaining working capital and resources,” Harris said. “It’s no secret that minority-owned business owners often have weaker banking relationships than white business owners. However, as a state, we can help provide the tools to help Black businesses succeed.”

A joint Senate Executive, Commerce and Economic Development, Financial Institutions and Labor Committees Subject Matter Hearing covered the importance of entrepreneurship and small businesses in Black communities Thursday.

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