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Welcome from Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner 

Welcome to our website, where we recognize the important role the Latino community has played in shaping Illinois.

With more than 2.1 million Latinos living in Illinois, our state has the fifth largest Latino population in the nation. From urban Chicago to rural DePue, Latino families and businesses are enriching our communities both culturally and economically.

Latinos have also made great strides in public office in the past year. Upon taking the oath of office in January, Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti became the first Latina to hold the position.  A first-generation American whose primary language growing up was Spanish, Lt. Governor Sanguinetti’s success represents the wealth of opportunities Illinois offers individuals from every background.

I hope you enjoy our website and learn more about the many ways Latinos have influenced our state.

Bruce Rauner
Governor of the State of Illinois