Media Advisory

Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García to Join State Representatives and UnidosUS to Explore the Impact of the Great Recession on Latinos in Illinois

June 18, 2019

CHICAGO, IL—On Saturday, June 22, UnidosUS (formerly NCLR) alongside Representative Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) and Illinois State Representatives Aaron Ortiz (D-01) and Celina Villanueva (D-21) will host a public forum to discuss Latinos’ financial experiences since the onset of the Great Recession. The event will also feature an in-depth look at UnidosUS’s latest report, “Latinos and the Great Recession: 10 Years of Economic Loss and Recovery,” and a discussion on the policy solutions to alleviate the barriers to wealth-building facing Latinos.

The Great Recession had a deep-seated economic impact on many communities across the country, particularly on Latinos, who experienced disproportionate and devastating financial losses. The report will preview key findings on how Latinos are faring in terms of recovery 10 years later, with a special focus on Illinois’ Latino community. In addition, policymakers will provide updates on the outcomes of this year’s state legislative session for the Latino community.

Interested media should RSVP to Gabriela Gomez at or (202) 776-1732.


WHAT: A public forum to hear from local Latinos about their financial experience since the Great Recession and challenges they still need to overcome. Release of UnidosUS’s new report “Latinos and the Great Recession: 10 Years of Economic Loss and Recovery.”                          
WHEN:Saturday, June 22, 2019
10:30 a.m.—noon
WHERE:Curie Metropolitan High School
Room #192 (Enter Through Entrance #1) 
4959 S. Archer Avenue
Chicago, IL 60632
WHO:Representative Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04)
Illinois State Representative Aaron Ortiz
Illinois State Representative Celina Villanueva
Stephanie Román, Senior Policy Analyst, UnidosUS 

, previously known as NCLR (National Council of La Raza), is the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization. Through its unique combination of expert research, advocacy, programs, and an Affiliate Network of nearly 300 community-based organizations across the United States and Puerto Rico, UnidosUS simultaneously challenges the social, economic, and political barriers that affect Latinos at the national and local levels. For more than 50 years, UnidosUS has united communities and different groups seeking common ground through collaboration, and that share a desire to make our country stronger. For more information on UnidosUS, visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.