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Jones: Governor falsely claims support of black community

jones 012918CHICAGO – State Senator Emil Jones, III (D-Chicago) is issuing a response to misleading claims made by the governor during his Juneteenth remarks today.

Gov. Bruce Rauner touted helping the black community, especially black businesses. Rauner has actually largely ignored black-owned businesses during his term.

“I was disgusted by the governor’s claims that he’s been a pillar within the black community, when in reality, he’s done various things that have in fact hurt our people,” said Jones.

Some areas that have suffered under Gov. Rauner include:

  • Chicago State University—Budget  stalemate caused 400 layoffs
  • Safety-net hospitals—Rauner sought to reduce Medicaid spending and discontinue some projects
  • He also refused to issue federal dollars to hospitals even after a federal judge issued a ruling
  • Hospitals like Roseland Community Hospital were forced to sue to receive the funding
  • Childcare Assistance Program—nearly gutted by cuts made by the Rauner administration
  • Minority Procurement—state issuing fewer contracts to minority-owned contractors than its goals
  • Food stamps—Aid cut to tens of thousands of households as a state agency transitioned to a new computer system

“The governor has had three years to take the lead on black issues,” said Jones. “Yet, he waits until an election year to acknowledge our community and problems. It’s disgraceful, and I will not stand by as he tries to take credit for progress within the black community.”

Senator Emil Jones III


14th District

Years served:
2009 - Present

Committee assignments: Energy and Public Utilities; Higher Education; Licensed Activities (Chairperson); Transportation; Veterans Affairs.

Biography: Born May 16th, 1978, in Chicago; son of former Senate President Emil Jones Jr. and the late Patricia Jones; graduated from Chicago Christian High School in Palos Heights; attended Chicago State University and Robert Morris College in Chicago; former administrator at the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

Associated Representatives:
Robert Rita
Justin Slaughter