Illinois Asian American Caucus State Agenda 2013


  •         Urge Governor Quinn to appoint the 11-member Asian American Employment Plan Advisory Council, a crucial component to implementing the State Asian American Employment Plan.

Last year, AAI and PAVE helped pass HB4510 and Governor Quinn signed it into law in July 2012. This law seeks to address the barriers and challenges faced by Asian Americans in State employment. The community’s input is essential to any effective solution.

  •        Encourage elected officials to resolve the overdue State payment issue for organizations that provide basic services to Asian American communities.

AAI and PAVE are working with elected officials to ensure that any common-sense solution does not forget the impact this issue has on Asian American communities.

  •         Push for Illinois to begin addressing the issue of Hepatitis B and its enormous impact on Asian American communities.

Over half of the 1.5 million people in America infected with Hepatitis B are Asian American. That’s one out of every 10 Asian Americans. Illinois currently spends zero dollars in addressing Hepatitis B, which can lead to liver cancer.

  •        Engage with elected officials on how to improve access to basic government services and information for immigrant and limited-English speaking community members.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 30% of Asian Americans in the Chicago area are limited-English proficient. AAI and PAVE are strategizing with elected officials on how to improve the ability of these community members to fully benefit from available services and information like every other Illinois resident.