Collins, Hunter chair joint Senate committee on small business issues among Black entrepreneurs

black businesswoman 100820CHICAGO – To discuss the structural challenges Black entrepreneurs face in commerce, Senate Financial Institutions Committee Chair Jacqueline Collins and Senate Executive Committee Chair Mattie Hunter will lead a joint Senate committee hearing today.

“Our goal in this ongoing series of hearings is to honestly and completely frame the problem of racial discrimination in Illinois as the basis for the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus’ legislative agenda,” said Collins (D-Chicago). “This must include a look at what challenges Black-owned enterprises face.”

“It is important for Black businesses to be equipped with the tools necessary to succeed, and overcome the obstacles set against them,” said Hunter (D-Chicago). “We need to take a deep look at the discrimination Black business owners face and ensure they are on an equal playing field.” 

Economic access is among the four policy pillars the Black Caucus is using as a foundation of their developing agenda. They include:

  1. Criminal justice reform, violence reduction and police accountability
  2. Education and workforce development
  3. Economic access, equity and opportunity
  4. Health care and human services

Additional witnesses can submit written testimony online at

To watch the virtual committee, visit and click "Watch Live Virtual Committee Video." The link will be available at 1 p.m.

WHO: Members of the Senate Financial Institutions, Commerce and Economic Development, Executive and Local Government Committees

WHAT: A joint Senate committee hearing on issues faced by Black entrepreneurs

WHERE: The virtual hearing can be viewed here: Blue Room will also stream the hearing.

WHEN: 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8

Sen. Mattie Hunter

Senator Mattie Hunter

3rd District
Majority Caucus Chair

Years served:
2003 - Present (Senate)

Committee assignments: Appropriations I; Energy and Public Utilities; Executive (Chairperson); Human Services; Public Health; Subcommittee on Special Issues (EX) (Sub-Chairperson); Subcommittee on Special Issues (HS); Opioid Crisis Abatement Spec. Com.; Transportation (Vice-Chairperson).

Biography: State Senator Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago – 3rd District) has served in the Illinois Senate since 2003. She is Chairperson of the Senate Energy Committee and serves on many other committees like Human Services and Public Health. She is also appointed to serve on the National Conference of State Legislatures Health Committee and is Co-Chair of the Council of State Government Health Policy Task Force.

Associated Representatives:
Sonya M. Harper
Lamont J. Robinson, Jr.