A Brief History

2.18.15 Budget Press Conference
2.18.15 Budget Press Conference

Formally established in 1968, the primary mission of the ILBC is to assure that the interests of African American citizens are given equitable representation in the General Assembly and that legislative action is directed to address those interests.

For 47 years, the ILBC has represented the interest of Illinois citizens. Through the efforts of the Caucus, tremendous strides have been made in areas of housing, health and welfare, education, employment and minority business enterprise. Today 10 black senators and 21 representatives compromise the Illinois Black Legislative Caucus.

Since the first presence of an African-American in the House of Representatives in 1876, 157 African American legislators have been elected to serve in both the House and Senate.

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