Illinois Lawmakers Sign New Economic Fairness Laws To Address Racial Inequality And Systemic Injustice

CHICAGO (WLS) – Governor JB Pritzker, along with the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus, are celebrating a new round of laws aimed at addressing racial inequalities and systemic injustices.

“We have the opportunity to make fundamentally positive changes that will benefit many who have been left behind and left behind for too long,” said Pritzker.

Laws prevent employers from discriminating against people with criminal records, reducing interest on payday loans, expanding access to state contracts to businesses owned by minorities, women and people with disabilities, and improve access to public housing.

“It is now considered a violation of civil rights to refuse to hire someone on the basis of a criminal conviction if that conviction has nothing to do with the type of job sought,” said the representative of Illinois Sonya Harper, (D) Chicago.

The black caucus said the new set of laws is a big step forward, but there is still a lot of work to be done to reduce inequalities in the state.

“The push for equitable solutions to the economic problems space for African Americans and the underprivileged starts here. But as everyone has said before, it doesn’t end there,” said her colleague representative. Kam Buckner, (D) Chicago.

The governor signed the bills developed by the black caucus earlier this week. Mayor Lightfoot believes the laws will help Chicago’s black and brown communities.

“In too many of our communities there are no banks. There are no credit unions and our workers are at the mercy of payday loans and currency exchanges, ladies and gentlemen something. gentlemen we have to stop in its tracks, ”said Lightfoot.

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