Suburban lawmaker says more resources needed in Black communities
For veteran state Rep. Will Davis, D-Hazel Crest, filing legislation is often a way to start a conversation about racial justice in the Illinois General Assembly.
Davis shared his thoughts for Capitol News Illinois’ “Perspectives on Progress” series, which is a collection of conversations on race in Illinois with state leaders.
He also said more resources will be needed in Black communities trying to rebuild from COVID-19 and recent property destruction that occurred from civil unrest sparked by video of a white police officer killing an unarmed Black man, George Floyd, in Minneapolis on May 25.
“In the same way that the governor figured out how to focus resources to address COVID-19, and he pulled resources from different agencies to do it, make it happen, it’s the same conversation,” he said.
Black caucus members, he said, will continue to use their platform as state budget negotiators to continue to direct resources to communities in need as well.