CHICAGO — Governor Bruce Rauner held a $25,000-a-plate fundraiser Wednesday at the Chicago Club, in which the money will pay for the governor’s transition committee and his inaugural committee.
It’s been a busy week for the new Republican governor. As most new governors do, Rauner has been hiring and firing people he wants close to him.
Everyone in state government knows that will happen. But what some members of the Latino community are seeing is that high level positions are being filled — and “they’re” not getting those positions.
Latinos comprise 4% of state government, a number State Senator Iris Martinez says they fought for. Now 19 out of 29 Latino staffers have been let go without an interview and only a couple have been replaced by other Latinos.
Governor Rauner’s spokesperson says it’s only been a week and that they’re not done hiring. Lance Trouver says Latinos will definitely be hired. He says five staff members are Latino and even the lieutenant governor, Evelyn Sanguinetti, is Hispanic.
But Senator Martinez says she wants Latinos in high-level positions that work closely with the Hispanic community, such as public health and health and family services — all positions held by non-Latinos.
Four Latino cabinet members were let go. So far no Latinos have been hired to replace them.
Governor Rauner signed an executive order last week that requires unions and companies that do business with the state to report on how many minorities and veterans participate in apprenticeship and training programs.
His spokesperson points to that as proof Governor Rauner is serious about helping minorities.