was the keynote speaker at Adelante’s César E. Chávez
Humanitarian Awards Banquet in Toledo last March.
which campaigns for Mayor Richard M. Daley, has been tainted by
recent corruption investigations involving city workers affiliated
with the group. A recent survey conducted jointly by the Chicago
Tribune and sister newspaper Exito! found 500 HDO members holding
leader Victor Reyes said he welcomes any group that wants to help
the Latino community.
Irizarry, executive director of the LARN, said the group will be
active in community affairs and focus on establishing grassroots
campaigns to present a unified message on issues including
problems in immigration, affordable housing, and education.
2004 study on Latinos in Chicago Public Schools found one
bilingual teacher for every 42 Spanish-speaking students trying to
learn English. LARN will ensure that legislators and volunteers
are aware of such research and use it to promote public policies
that affect Latinos, Irizarry said.
definitely see it being about empowerment, in terms of creating a
more comprehensive, coordinated voice for the community so
legislators and other power brokers have to listen to us,” she