CHICAGO – State Rep. Kimberly DuBuclet, D-Chicago is highlighting the impact of the state budget she helped passe on the work of organizations fighting to uplift Black families in the communities she represents.
“Crafting a budget isn’t just a simple exercise in number crunching and balancing accounts,” said DuBuclet. “Rather, it is a public statement on our priorities and what we think is important. I am proud to have voted for a budget that declares that our Black organizations and the work that they do are an integral part of what makes our community a great place to live.”
DuBuclet worked to pass a fiscally and socially responsible state budget that makes smart investments in health care, public safety and education initiatives, along with significant investments in local non-profits serving the Black community. DuBuclet secured $188,000 for the Chicago Urban League, which has advocated for African-Americans since 1916 and played a role in events in history from the Civil Rights Movement to the election of President Obama. Additionally, DuBuclet helped provide $1.6 million in state funding for United African Organization, which provides immigration assistance and other services to African migrants in Chicago.
“At a time when people are still trying to figure out how to navigate life after the pandemic, our local organizations have stepped up to fill in the gap,” said DuBuclet. “Historically, Black-led organizations have often been more severely impacted by budget cuts and other economic woes, making their provision of services even more difficult. I will always stand up to help our community flourish by making sure we get exactly what we deserve.”
“We are honored to receive this investment from the State of Illinois and profoundly grateful to Rep. Kimberly DuBuclet and to Sen. Mattie Hunter for their efforts in securing it,” said Karen Freeman-Wilson, President & CEO of the Chicago Urban League. “This funding will support our longstanding work to advance racial and economic equity and strengthen communities by assisting Black residents on the path to good jobs, homeownership, higher education, leadership development, and business growth. We are pleased to have been included in this budget.”