Governor Quinn signs law to increase opportunity for Asian-Americans

By WEEK Reporter

Governor Quinn signs law to increase opportunity for Asian-Americans

July 27, 2012 Updated Jul 27, 2012 at 12:21 PM CDT

CHICAGO, Ill -- Governor Pat Quinn signed a law Friday creating the Asian-American Employment Plan Advisory Council.

The council will focus on new ways to assist Asian-Americans who are seeking a job within the state government.  There will be 11 members of the council who are unpaid for their services.

"Illinois is a place where people of all cultures and backgrounds should feel welcome," Governor Quinn said.  "This new employment council will help ensure that Asian-Americans know about and have access to opportunities."

The new law also directs the Department of Central Management Services (CMS) to prepare an Asian-American Employment plan in conjunction with the council.  

The report will analyze the percentage of Asian-Americans in the workforce and be submitted to the governor and General Assembly on ways to increase Asian-American representation in the state workforce.

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