The Majority Report 10/01/19 - Task force meets to improve state contractor diversity


Task force meets to improve state contractor diversity

Majority Caucus Chair Mattie Hunter / Assistant Majority Leader Dave Koehler

SPRINGFIELD – The bipartisan Diversity Task Force on Disadvantaged Business Enterprises, Minority Business Enterprises, and Women Business Enterprises met for the first time last week.

Assistant Majority Leader Dave Koehler (D-Peoria) and Majority Caucus Chair Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago) were appointed to this task force earlier this month.

The purpose of the task force is to provide opportunities for a diverse array of businesses to receive state contracts. DBEs, MBEs, and WBEs are often unable to compete with larger established firms because of capacity issues, lack of access, and available capital resources. Continue reading.



Bennett meets Taiwanese soybean delegation

Sen. Scott Bennett

Senate Agriculture Chairman Scott Bennett hosted a Taiwanese delegation at his family farm recently in Ford County to celebrate the $2.2 billion commitment to purchase Illinois soybeans and corn over the next two years.
“Illinois is a leading producer of soybeans and corn,” Bennett said. “Earlier this summer, I met with Taiwan government officials and agricultural business leaders to talk about why they should purchase soybeans and corn from Illinois.”

Bennett said he wanted to personally introduce the delegation to Illinois agriculture. Illinois and Taiwanese associations signed two $1.1 billion agreements to purchase Illinois crops between 2020 and 2021. Continue reading.


Murphy hosts senior fraud prevention event

Senior Fraud Prevention

State Senator Laura Murphy hosted a Senior Fraud Seminar last week. Financial experts from U.S. Bank met with local seniors at the Schaumburg Barn to teach them the signs of fraud and how to keep their financial information secure.

Because seniors are often targeted by scammers, Senator Murphy said she wanted to connect them with industry experts so they can take steps to protect their financial information. Attendees learned how to identify suspicious emails, password protection tips and how to properly dispose of financial documents.




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