Latino Unity Day 2019 - Latino Equity: Countdown to Census 2020

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Illinois State Capitol Complex

501 S. 2nd Street

Springfield, IL 62756

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2019 Latino Unity Day

Latino Equity: Countdown to Census 2020 --

Unidad, Fuerza, Adelante!

Program at a glance - subject to change

7:30 am - 9:00 am: Legislative Breakfast:

Sponsored by ICIRR


10:00 am - 11:00 am: Registration & Opening Session

Sponsored by IAHSE & LULAC

Location: Auditorium, Howlett Building

  • Legislative Briefings I: Moderated by MALDEF

  • State Employment

  • Early Childhood Education

  • Housing

  • Fair Tax

  • Census 2020

11:00 am- 11:45 am Welcome and Opening Remarks:

Location: Rotunda, Capitol Building

  • Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus Welcome

  • Governor’s Office Welcome

11:45 am – 12:00 pm: State of Latinos in Illinois & Call to Action

  • Sylvia Puente, Latino Policy Forum

  • Griselda Vega Samuel, MALDEF

  • Call to Action: Alex Medina, IAHSE

**Youth Mariachi: Los Rayos de Leman School, DuPage County**

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm: Legislative Luncheon (ticket required)

Spsonored By: IAHSE, Latino Policy Forum & PepsiCo

Location: Hall of Flags, Howlett Building

Corporate Sponsor: Armando Saleh, Dir. of Government Affairs, PepsiCo

Invocation: Pastor Marlon Ramirez

Legislative Briefings II: Moderated by MALDEF

  • Immigration: ICIRR

  • Higher Education: ILACHE

  • Capital Bill

Luncheon Keynote: Lieutenant Governor for the state of Illinois Juliana Stratton

Teresa Reyes, Deputy Chief of Staff, LT. Governor's office

1:30 pm - 5:00 pm: Legislative Visits On Your Own

2:00 pm: Press Conference: Census 2020 & Equity in Illinois


Sponsored By: ILACHE, Latino Policy Forum & LULAC

Session I:

2:00 pm - 3:15 pm: Education Leadership Parity For Latinos

Illinois Latino Coalition of Education Leaders (ILCEL)

Location: Hall of Flags, Howlett Building

2:00 pm - 3:15 pm: The Importance of Quality Early Education:

A Vision for Low-income Families in Illinois

(Screening of Trailer for "No Small Matter")

Location: Corporate Development Board Room, Stratton Building 3rd Floor

Session II:

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm: Census 2020: Why Illinois Must be Accurately Counted

Presenters: MALDEF, Latino Policy Forum & Invited Guests

Location: Auditorium, Howlett Building

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm: Kingdom Council Summit: Casting Vision While Building

Leadership Structures From The Community Of Faith

Led by Pastor, Alex Medina

Location: Corporate Development Board Room, Stratton Building 3rd FL

7:00 pm – 12:00 am: Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus & IAHSE

Latino Unity Celebration

Location: Abraham Lincoln Hotel

701 E. Adams Street


I. FREE same day roundtrip travel from UIC-Chicago. Space is limited. Registration required.

Buses will depart directly from University of Illinois at Chicago -UIC Student Center East (750 S. Halsted)

6:30 AM and return to UIC by 10:00 pm

II. AMTRAK: (For ticket price information, please visit website)

From Chicago Union Station: Train departs at 7:00 am and arrives in Springfield, IL at 10:12 am

From Springfield, IL: Train departs at 5:15 pm and arrives back in Chicago Union Station at 8:36 pm OR

Train departs at 7:00 pm and arrives back in Chicago Union Station at 10:21 pm

FYI- UBERS are available in the area

LODGING: There are various hotles in the area. Book soon as rooms do sell-out quickly.

2019 Latino Unity Co-Conveners by alphabetical order:
Hispanic Illinois State Law Enforcement Association (HISLEA); Illinois Association of Agencies and Community Organizations for Migrant Advocacy (IAACOMA); Illinois Association of Hispanic State Employees (IAHSE); Illinois Coalition for Immigrants & Refugee Rights (ICIRR), Illinois Latino Council on Higher Education (ILACHE); Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus, Latino Policy Forum; League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)

2019 Latino Unity Day Community Partners:
Illinois Migrant Council; Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF); United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI)


For additional information please contact: Dolores Ponce de León at

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