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Quinn Signs Law to Examine State Hiring of Asian-Americans

Bill calls for the creation of an Asian Employment Plan.



    CHICAGO - FEBRUARY 20: Illinois Governor Pat Quinn holds a press conference to call for the resignation of Senator Roland Burris (D-IL) and to voice his support for special elections to be used to fill future vacancies in the U.S. Senate in order to help prevent the controversy surrounding the seat vacated by President Barack Obama February 20, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois. Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich's named Burris to Obama's senate seat shortly before being impeached and removed from office. Burris is currently accused of lying under oath in an attempt secure the appointment. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

    An advisory group to encourage more Asian-Americans to seek jobs in state government is set to be formed under a new law signed by Gov. Pat Quinn Friday.

    "We've gotta go out there across Illinois and make sure our Asian-American population in our state, almost 5 percent of the people, is well-reflected in the ranks of our state government," said Quinn.

    House Bill 4510 calls for the creation of an 11-member Asian-American Employment Plan Advisory Council. That council is to examine how many Asian-Americans are employed by the state, the barriers they face with state employment, and incentives that could foster employment of Asian-Americans.

    "It's important that our state employees really reflect the diversity of Illinois and reach out to the world, he said."

    The law also calls for the state to create and implement an Asian-American employment plan.

    The text of this law adds to a statute requiring a Hispanic Employment Plan, the first of which was required to be turned in to the Secretary of State in 1993.