Another caucus is being formed to represent a minority group in Illinois. There’s the Black Caucus, the Latino Caucus and now there is the Asian Caucus. Shortly after a new law went on the books that created the Asian-American Employment Plan Advisory Council to ensure the state steps up effort to hire Asian-Americans to reflect the state’s diversity, state lawmakers gathered in Chicago to create the Asian Caucus.

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“I think it’s very important because you have a lot of members from the community, the leaders from different groups that want to address their concerns,” said State Sen. Tony Munoz (D-Chicago). Chicago’s Chinatown neighborhood falls in Munoz’s district. “There’s a lot of things that we don’t know about, as legislators, about the Asian community unless we hear it from them. It’s always good to have a caucus to try to address some of the issues or some of the concerns.”

State Rep. Edward Acevedo (D-Chicago), whose district also includes Chinatown, agrees. “With the Asian community growing they deserve some representation. We feel it’s about time that they have a seat at the table,” Acevedo said.

Asian-Americans make up 5 percent of Illinois’ population.

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